No pasta “Carbonara”

Ingredients:

2-4 rashers short cut bacon (or more if you love bacon!)

1 large zucchini, thinly sliced or spiralised

Peas (your FODMAP friendly amount)

300 mls full fat cream

2 small eggs

Parmesan, as desired

Method:

Preheat pan, add bacon, cook until slightly brown.

Add peas, warm through, then add zucchini and warm through. (Or cook longer if you prefer, but I don’t like mine soggy).

Remove pan from heat.

Lightly mix cream and eggs together, add to pan. Take care to not add when pan is very hot as it will scramble the egg.  The aim is to just warm the sauce through.

Place into a bowl, add parmesan if using, sit down and relish the deliciousness.

This is such a simple dish, and although it is higher in fats you are not going to be eating this every night, so enjoy!

NOTE: Finding gut friendly servings can be tricky. I recommend and use the Monash FODMAP app, and refer to their blog for tips

Good food, bad food

As I wrote in my last post I have been following the lowFODMAP diet for a couple of weeks now and I have started to feel better. Yesterday I realised just how much better, but this is because I slipped and had a bad day as a consequence. 

I was craving eggs and even though they gave me grief before Christmas I decided to give them another go. I had one poached on FODMAP approved spelt bread and a short cut rasher of bacon. I’m thrilled to say it went down well with no bad affects, where I was having severe pains within a short period of time. So I will go back to eating eggs, but only once or so a week. 

It was lunch where I slipped. I made the poor decision to have pasta with a store bought sauce that I know contains added fructose. The pain began quickly, and it didn’t stop until after breakfast this morning. I’m disappointed, but it also really does point to fructose being the issue. Clearly I’ll be avoiding regular pasta and bottled sauce!

Only a couple of days until I have my fructose breath test, so fingers crossed I get answers!

On a side note the meal I cooked tonight just may make it to my “last meal ever” list. My son and I enjoyed it so much! I will pop up the recipe soon, a modified “Carbonara”, no pasta. So yum- but unfortunately no good for those following low FODMAP with diary issues. 



How do you feel?

Just a quick post today, a small update until I have a little more time to show you what I’ve been working on. 

At almost two weeks into following low FODMAP guidelines I am feeling…somewhat better. I have had a couple of bouts of cramps but nothing incapacitating and overall I am just feeling like I’m turning a corner into something better. 

It has been a hard slog at times, particularly when I’ve not been at home at meal times. I also feel very restricted at times and my inner rebel just wants to eat the onion in any meal. I am staying strong though!

This weekend I have my next breath test, so I’m hoping ok to find out once and for all whether I have fructose malabsorption or not. 

I have been doing a lot of reading/research on IBS and FODMAPs, which has helped me to feel in control and positive. Food has been simple due to my time constraints but I look forward to trialling and sharing some recipes that I’ve been working on.

I’d love to hear how you’ve coped with a change to low FODMAP eating in the first few weeks, or how you coped with fructose issues so leave a comment below!