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Do you have a problem with lactose?

22nd July 2018 / Julie Thompson

Food Intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nutrition, WordPress, food, health, lactose free milk, milk, milk free, science
The following script is based on an article I wrote for the Allergy & Free From show magazine last year. With some updates! What is lactose? Lactose is a sugar, for this sugar to be used by us, the walls of our lower digestive system produce a digestive enzyme called lactase. This enzyme helps to

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IBS digestive distress – is there a problem with bread?

31st March 2018 / Julie Thompson

Digestive Health, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, WordPress, bloating, bread, food, health, low fodmap diet, science, yeast
Many people with IBS state that bread is a real issue in provoking symptoms. Is this true? What is it about bread that is the problem? This post aims to discuss the provocateurs of digestive distress in IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Cited as sustenance – for example, the line ‘give us this day our daily

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Mini chocolate orange panettone – low fodmap

16th December 2017 / Julie Thompson

Christmas, Coeliac Disease, Digestive Health, FODMAP, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, Recipes, Uncategorized, WordPress, christmas recipes, food, gluten free, health, panettone
This is an ideal Christmas recipe for low fodmappers who want to have a festive bread without marzipan and probably one of the only bread recipes that I have managed to produce that has risen well! It is based on an enriched bead dough mix produced using a standard purchased bread flour. Recipe 250g gluten

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Coffee, caffeine and the complexities of digestion.

15th December 2017 / Julie Thompson

Digestive Health, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Uncategorized, WordPress, caffeine, coffee, drink, food, health, insomnia, science, sleep
Struggling with sleep? Constantly wired? Have to dash to the toilet immediately after drinking your morning brew? It’s possible that coffee is causing these symptoms. The caffeine contained in coffee is a gastrointestinal stimulant, this means caffeine increases the contractions that move the contents through the bowel, risking diarrhoea and urgency. For those with slower

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Vegan Pate – Christmas starter Low Fodmap

3rd December 2017 / Julie Thompson

Christmas, Digestive Health, FODMAP, Food Intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized, WordPress, christmas recipes, digestion, dip, dips, food, health, healthy gut, low fodmap diet, pate, vegan
This is a spiced vegan pate starter – a really nice way to begin Christmas lunch. It is based Moroccan themed flavours and has lots of seasonal flavours to remind you of the traditional Christmas. Being very easy to make it will take no time at all for you to prepare. Entertaining guests can be

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Chestnut, carrot & celeriac soup – low fodmap Christmas recipes

2nd December 2017 / Julie Thompson

Christmas, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Recipe, Recipes, Vegetarian, WordPress, christmas recipes, food, gut health, health, lowfodmap, roots, soup, vegan, vegetables
Having guests around for Christmas lunch and wondering what to serve for a starter? This recipe is a tasty soup, suitable for vegan low fodmappers and has Christmas flavours with mixed spice. I have been using my copy of the flavour thesaurus by Niki Segnit, a gift for my birthday, and this marries chestnuts with

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Chocolate coated peppermint snow peaks – low fodmap Christmas recipes

24th November 2017 / Julie Thompson

Christmas, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Recipes, WordPress, christmas recipes, food, health, lowfodmap
Just the ticket for giving out to friends who come caroling.   Ingredients 4 egg whites 200g castor sugar Pinch of cream of tartar 400g of mint dark chocolate 3-4 drops of peppermint flavouring. Method Add the egg whites to a bowl and add the peppermint, cream of tartar and whisk, when they are forming

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Jeweled Koshari – low fodmap

12th November 2017 / Julie Thompson

Digestive Health, FODMAP, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, Recipes, Uncategorized, WordPress, food, health, irritiable bowel syndrome, middle east, rice dishes
Koshari is a dish served in Egypt and usually has plenty of fried onions on the top and pulses mixed in the rice/pasta blend and added as a topping. Obviously the onion is a no-go for low fodmap diets, but the chickpeas? This could be used in small portions as long as the chickpeas are

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Chicken and pesto pasta – low fodmap

30th September 2017 / Julie Thompson

Chicken, Digestive Health, FODMAP diet, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, Recipe, Recipes, WordPress, food, health, pasta
I am trying again with Kale, using kale is a way of getting more cruciferous brassica vegetables into the low fodmap diet. Why should that be important? These vegetables contain sulphur compounds such as glucosinolates, compounds that have been implicated in the prevention of colon cancer (1). These vegetables are also rich in nutrients such

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Puff pastry topped with creamy courgette and walnut salad – Low Fodmap

10th September 2017 / Julie Thompson

Coeliac Disease, FODMAP, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, Recipes, WordPress, autumn, courgette, fennel, food, health, walnut
Autumn days are really setting in now and we are entering my favourite time of year with lots of squashes and root vegetables to roast – great for sensitive digestive tracts. As we are entering the cooler days of the year I have decided to try a different approach to a salad – this might

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