Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 27

Curse the mighty heat wave…

I don’t know what it is like where you are, but here in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), it certainly feels like hell has cracked open and is spewing its fiery heat all over the place – it is HOT! Luckily, I have managed to ensconce myself in my air-conditioned house (I work from home) for most […]

February 26

Dear Doctor…

Today I went to the doctor, as promised in yesterday’s post, to get a referral for someone to talk to about the various things I am facing at the moment. I have been through this process twice before in my life, during traumatic periods for me and my loved ones. Each time, the first step – […]

February 25

My hardest post to date…

Yesterday was not a good day. I wasn’t okay. I wasn’t even slightly okay. From late-afternoon, I felt like crawling up in a ball in the corner and crying. I didn’t quite get to that level, but I did sit on my couch and have a cry there instead, with my two amazing kitty cats […]

February 24

What I wish I had known…

As I start day three of my first challenge week (still no symptoms, hooray!), I find myself thinking back on the last four and a bit weeks and how much I have learnt over that time. Which got me thinking about what I know now, that I really wish I had known at the start. One […]

February 23

Challenge One: Sorbitol

So, the time has come to start challenging. First cab off the rank is Sorbitol – to be tested Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with either 1/2 cup/10 blackberries (frozen is okay) or 4 apricot-halves each day. I went with the blackberries, as even though I have never had them (I know!) I […]

February 20

Dear stress: I hate you

Let me level up here: I am nervous as f$%k about challenging on Monday. Why? ‘Cos even though I don’t start challenging until Monday, I already feel sick. Why? That doesn’t even make sense?! Because challenges with food are not all I am dealing with right now. Stress is a commonly cited IBS trigger, and […]

February 19

Here come the challenges

So I saw my dietician yesterday. The good news: she is happy with my progress and my success so far. The other good news: she wants me to move onto phase 2 of the low-FODMAP diet, the challenge phase. I am seeing a lot of concern and nervousness about the challenge phase, and it seems […]

February 17

Today is all about reflection

Tomorrow, I see my dietician for the first time since starting this diet (roughly three and a half weeks ago). Naturally, I have gone through my food and symptom diary, and have been generally reflecting on how things have gone as I look ahead to this appointment with a mix of positive expectation and nervousness. […]

February 16

Love is all around

Excuse the gross headline, over the top right? Ugh! However, despite its cliche-ness and general ickiness, this is the only way I can think of to properly explain how I am feeling right now. Yesterday, I had ventured out into the world of posting my blog on the two Facebook groups that have been a […]

February 15

Review: Woolworths’ Free From Gluten Buttermilk Pancakes

I was a very lucky girl on Sunday, when my partner decided to make me these very cute pancakes using a gluten-free pancake mix I had picked up to try earlier in the week. I had tried a ‘from scratch’ gluten-free pancake recipe previously and found it not really up to the task of satisfying […]

February 13

Crying in the supermarket, and the silver lining…

What’s that saying? One step forward, two steps back? Last night I was congratulating myself on how I’m adapting to this diet… I was really feeling like I was getting on top of it, and then BAM, cue holding back tears in the middle of Woolworths on a Saturday afternoon because I’m just completely and […]

February 13

Tried and Tested: Sweet potato, blue cheese and spinach frittata

I tried my first recipe from The Food Intolerance Management Plan (available for purchase from Shepherd Works) by Dr Sue Shepherd and Dr Peter Gibson, and if I do say so myself, it was a great success! The recipe is called ‘Sweet Potato, Blue Cheese and Spinach Frittata’ and is located in Part Two (recipes) of the book. I […]