I wrote a post a few months ago about living gluten-free and/or dairy-free in ways as easily and inexpensively as possible. Those tips are helpful here, too. Some people on the FODMAP diet can eat dairy, but I can’t – that will be represented in the recipes that I share in this piece.
A little while ago, I dealt with a serious hospital-acquired infection that destroyed my ability to digest for a little while. I decided to get help once again for my long-term GI problems, since I was already frequenting doctors’ offices once again. Frustratingly enough, when I went looking for answers, nothing new came up, and I was given the same diagnosis of exclusion I’d had for ten years: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
I was relieved to not have received even worse news, but also confused that I had no more answers than I had already had. My dear friend Amanda put it in a way that helped me to somewhat appreciate what had happened:
“Knowledge is power. If your health journey involves turning over rocks and finding nothing but an assortment of worms, it can be both discomforting and fortunate. Cheers to rocks and worms.”
Although it’s frustrating, learning no new answers is an answer in itself.
Three-quarters of people who try it find it helpful, and it’s possible over time to add foods back in if you realize that a certain carbohydrate doesn’t bother you quite as much. It’s highly complicated, especially at first. I hate it sometimes, especially since I’ve had to begin cooking for myself so much, but it’s actually been helping me a lot, and I’ve begun having fun in the kitchen and even being confident enough to do things without recipes the second or third time I make it. Changing your diet is the most effective way to treat IBS, according to patients.
I want to share a Google Drive with y’all that includes a folder of resources about the FODMAP diet that my mom and I have compiled, general notes and tips about cooking, and some of my favorite recipes so far. (There’s also a longer list of other recipes in the folder, but I haven’t them yet and can’t vouch for them. I will continue to update the folder, including my experiences making them.) I’m sharing this because I don’t want you to have to recreate the wheel – it’s been complicated, but fruitful, to learn these things, so I want you to be able to glean from my work.
I hope you will enjoy the recipes – there’s something for everyone in here, whether you’re vegan, paleo, low-FODMAP, or just interested in some recipes like no-bake cookie bars (served frozen – perfect for a hot day!), mac and cheeze, maple-glazed pork loin, overnight oats, the easiest-ever peanut butter cookies, or kitchen-sink veggie quiche. Enjoy, friends!