Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it.
Over the years I've come up with quite a collection of FAQ to share with people about the low FODMAP diet.
So here in part 3 of my series 'Get rid of your bloating and other random digestive issues' I'll share some things that you really should know before you get started on the exclusion stage of the diet.
Part 2: Blame it on your bacteria
Bacteria live in us, on us and all around us. There’s more genetic material from bacteria in our bodies than from us. At least 2kg of our weight is bacteria.
Our bacteria are us.
It’s no wonder that we’re finding out how big a part bacteria play on determining our health.
If you’ve ever wondered why you’re feeling bloated? Bacteria are one possible answer. And here I’ll share with you how. It's a bit sciency, but I promise you a light bulb moment!
Part 1: what could it be?
Bloating, tummy pain, wind, reflux, constipation, diarrhoea – whether it’s constant or just occasionally can have a massive impact on our lives.
Have you ever turned down a social event because you’ve got tummy pain or diarrhoea? Or chosen different clothes because the bloating made you look 9 months pregnant (even if you were a man!)?
It doesn't even need be all the time, even if these are sometimes-symtpoms they can really bring you down.
Well, this is part 1 looking at how to get rid of these more-than-just-annoying symptoms.
Doing the right thing for health is often met with great enthusiasm, but falls over when it comes to practicality. With the best intentions we stock our cupboards with pretty jars of dried beans, our fridges with sauerkraut and kombucha, and vow to eat more raw veggies.
Two weeks later, the beans still look immaculate, the sauerkraut has been well and truly rejected by the family and the veggies look a bit worse for wear.
But we started with good intentions (and it’s the thought that counts right?!).
Doesn’t it feel like eating healthily can take hours of prep? Or cost the earth?
Those fast, last minute meals can’t be healthy (can they?!), but sometimes zero time is all you’ve got.
What you put in to your mouth is what fuels your body and mind. You’re worth the effort.
So here are my top 5 budget-friendly, against-the-clock tips for choosing good food for great health.
I'm all for having quick and easy meals.
In fact, I hate (or at least have to have a good incentive) to cook anything that takes longer than 30 minutes!
After school activities, end-of-week syndrome, whatever ... one pot meals are a great way to a) save time, and b) save washing up duties! Win win!
Let me share one of my favourite one pot meals, with some great low FODMAP swaps.
Alcohol in moderation is ok, we tell our selves. That’s because ‘healthy’ alcohol intake is around 14 - 21 units, the scientists tell us.
Recent research from the UK gives weight to the argument that we can’t have a “one size fits all” approach for healthy drinking / eating. And for some, well, wine o’clock may be safer being a nice cup of tea!
Recently we have been more and more encouraged to stop. Take a moment. Think. About food, what we are doing, what we are thinking. Some people call it “mindfulness” other people call it “being intuitive”. There is a lot said about the origins of “mindfulness” – some associate it with Eastern religions and yogi practises. Really, I think that being mindful is a human trait it is just that over time as our lives become more busy we have lost the focus on what we really need (i.e. being mindful).
Winter officially starts here in New Zealand next month, but it's starting to feel mighty chilly already.
Every year I get asked about the best ways to keep healthy over the colder months.
So, here are my top 5 tips on keeping well this winter - and guess what? Probiotics are right at the top!
One of my top tips for making "healthy" a routine is to plan your meals.
Whether you write a quick list on the fridge, download a planner off the internet or use one of the many meal plans available ... planning MAKES LIFE EASY!
Katrina Pace, Dietitian
Gut bugs fascinate me. Diet and gut bugs intrigue me. Cooking is essential. Add them all together and you get a fairly interesting opinion on life! In my humble opinion.