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. 



What is “Healthy Gut For Life”?

Healthy Gut For Life came about for two reasons: 1. I needed an outlet to write about my experiences with gut issues. 2. I wanted to create a supportive community.

I have had IBS symptoms for many years and mostly put it down to stress. (I choose to not call it ‘suffering’ as I feel that is victim claiming. Right here I wish to state that this is going to be a positive site that concentrates on all that is good, not the bad, of having and treating digestive issues). I ignored the possible link between my symptoms and that of my family. I didn’t want to follow ‘fad’ diets and mostly just tried to ignore my issue.

Recently I have had to get real. My symptoms kicked up a few notches, to the point where I could not eat without intense pain, bloating and diarrhoea. (Gross hey? I figure if you are here you have these symptoms or similar. This is going to be an honest blog, so no need to feel squeamish here!)

This leads me to the creation of this blog. I am a modern woman, like many others. I am me: a person who loves to eat, (sometimes) loves exercise, wife, mum, uni student (Communication and Sociology), pet and environment lover. All these things and more. I am busy. And I have IBS.

This blog is a place for me to pop my thoughts down, to share my research and personal experiences. And to create and be involved in a community of people who want to share information, and be supportive of one another. My aim is to post regularly with well written and researched pieces; have guest bloggers; and have this as a forum for one and all.

This is a work in progress, and I will be doing it around my mum and study commitments. I am still learning about my condition, but hope to share to make it easier for others to negotiate the information out there.

I can’t wait to share and hear others experiences so join me on this ride.

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