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WIAW #2: Crummy Tummy Days

In a previous post, I talked about how my onion- and garlic-test was a success!

So I decided to try fructose, adding a little honey to my green tea after lunch one afternoon.

Not good.

DSCN0361Since then I’ve been dealing with crummy tummy days. Yesterday was alright, actually, but today I’ve felt like there’s a woolly mammoth hangin’ out in my abdomen.

Or at least a full-grown saber tooth tiger.

Not a good feeling, Harry.

I’m actually planning an upcoming post on how that feeling affects me emotionally. But today is Wednesday, which means WIAW!

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Because I’ve been having tummy trouble, it’s back to a pretty strict low-FODMAP diet so I can heal up and get ready for my next re-introduction. So, another opportunity to share low-FODMAP eats for anyone trying the diet.

DSCN0245 (2)I’ve been breakfasting on my maple quinoa granola. I’ve discovered actually that I like it best with almond milk–which is okay with me because frankly, almond milk is a lot cheaper than lactose-free yogurt and even lactose-free dairy milk. Just a small serving with some fresh fruit on the side is enough to hit the spot, especially since when I’m having a bad tummy day, I get full and bloated really quickly.

DSCN0290 (2)I’ve been trying out some new recipes from a cookbook I won in a drawing on Kate Scarlata’s site, including this lovely soup. So far, every recipe I’ve tried has turned out quite good (and they’re all low- or moderate-FODMAP), and I’m planning to do an (unsponsored) review of that book soon.

DSCN0355I had extra canned chickpeas from that recipe, so I played around with substituting 1/4 cup of those (the low-FODMAP serving amount) in place of one egg for my very favorite egg salad. Actually quite good, and a good way to get a little extra vegetarian protein and fiber in. I’m not vegetarian–good lord, low-FODMAP is restrictive enough–but I do like the idea of reducing meat in one’s diet for environmental reasons.

DSCN0354I also tried some gluten-free homemade bread from Barefeet in the Kitchen. It didn’t rise quite as high as I hoped, probably because it’s a bit chilly in my kitchen, but it otherwise turned out quite good!

DSCN0327 (2)I’ve been experimenting with some low-FODMAP cupcake recipes and came up with these gluten-free, dairy-free puppies. They were…interesting. The strawberry-lemon cupcakes were good, and the chocolate avocado frosting was good, but together: not so much. I may try a different icing for these and give ’em another chance for the blog.

The leftover chocolate avocado frosting, I will say, was pretty good on rice cakes.

DSCN0358Have you ever tried carrots with peanut butter? Apples and peanut butter or celery and peanut butter was a favorite recovery snack for me, but both are, unfortunately, high-FODMAP. I’ve found, though, that baby carrots with a little natural PB is actually quite a good combo. Who knew?

And, of course, lots and lots of tea. My brother and sister-in-law got me this white tea with rose for Christmas, and it’s really been hitting the spot.

DSCN0270 DSCN0338 DSCN0362By the way, I’ve been painting my nails lately, which I haven’t done in eons, which means pulling out bottles of nail polish that I haven’t looked at in eons (read: months). Who in the heck names the colors?


What’s the oddest name for a nail polish color you’ve encountered?

What do you use as a vehicle for your peanut butter?

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  1. OPI makes some seriously odd named nail polish colors. I used to be such a nail polish junkie! Sorry to hear about your tummy troubles, that’s no good at all!

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks! Yes, OPI does have some wacky color names.

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