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Caterpillar Crawl: October 2016

It’s almost Halloween!

I remember I was always super-excited for Halloween when I was a kid, and I still get super-excited, even though I don’t really do anything to do celebrate anymore. Except there’s going to be a Halloween-themed swing dance on Wednesday. 😉

Here were my favorite links from the month of October–lots of delicious recipes and wise recovery thoughts out there. Enjoy the links!


Low-FODMAP Recipes

Tahini Sweet Potato Pancakes from Katalyst Health. One tablespoon or less of tahini is low-FODMAP, as is 1/2 cup or less of sweet potato, meaning that these puppies should be safe for the elimination phase of the low-FODMAP diet–as long as you don’t eat over half then recipe. Which might be tempting. 😉

Flourless Pumpkin Brownies from Running with Spoons. These healthier brownies look easy and so delicious, don’t they? Just use brown rice syrup or golden cane syrup in place of the honey for low-FODMAP.

Pumpkin Raspberry Buckwheat Loaf with Crystallized Ginger from My Little Tablespoon. Because ginger!

Vegan Sandwich with Homemade Baba Ganoush from Karlijn’s Kitchen. I haven’t had baba ganoush in so long. Doesn’t it sound delicious?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats from Beaming Baker. I don’t know about y’all, but chocolate and peanut butter is the combo I think of when I think Halloween.

The Best Gluten & Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls from Hold the Cheese Please. I seem to be on a roll for sweet things. (No pun intended.)

Quick and Easy Low-FODMAP Steak Salad from A Less Irritable Life. Oh, look, something not sweet! Fresh and vegetable-y and meaty instead.

Low FODMAP Ginger Halloween Cookies from A Little Bit Yummy. Okay, back to sweet. But seriously, I can’t remember the last time I had cutout cookies. I might not get these puppies in for Halloween, but they’d be perfect for Christmas, too.

Tofu, Quinoa, Spinach Protein Power Bowl from Brighton Your Health. Just substitute diced green onions tops for the shallots to make these low-FODMAP.

Vegetarian Stuffed Courgettes from The Wee Foddie. Courgette? It’s a zucchini! As my literary translation professor grumbled on Wednesday, “English has so many words for squash!”



Low FODMAP Guide to Halloween Candy from A Little Bit Yummy. It’s good to know which candy ingredients are safe for FODMAPers, for Halloween and in general.


Recovery and Health

The Number One Fear of New Intuitive Eaters from Avocado a Day Nutrition. Eating what you want, when you want it? No, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be living on ice cream. It only feels that way if you’ve had the deprivation mentality for so long.

How to Stay ED Behavior Free While Living on a College Campus from HealthyEzSweet Life. College is can be a time in which it’s tempting to develop eating disorder behaviors, or to re-establish them if you’ve already been dealing with them. In this guest post, Alyssa of Blissful Lyss shares her thoughts on how to remain ED-free in college.

You Don’t Need to Get Back on Track from Blissful Lyss. There’s nothing wrong with balancing healthier foods with less traditionally healthy foods. But just because we enjoyed a treat doesn’t mean we need to punish our bodies or “get back on track”–because we were never off track to begin with.

Dieting? There Goes Your Social Life from Avocado a Day Nutrition. Not only is dieting really damaging to your social life, but having a healthy social connection with others may have a huge impact on your physical health, too.

Your Body, Forever from Loved and Worthy of Love. Erin reminds us that our bodies change over time, and that there’s nothing wrong with that.

The One Food Rule You Must Get Rid of to Become an Intuitive Eater from HealthyEzSweet Life. “If you were actually hungry, you’d want to eat an apple.” This “rule” is my biggest pet peeve ever. So many reasons why your body might crave something other than [insert arbitrarily determined “healthy” food here] and still be genuinely hungry.

Accepting a Changing Body from The Domestikated Life. Fighting hard to keep off a few pounds won’t make you happier.

What I Wish More Men Understood about Eating Disorders from HealthyEzSweet Life. Dear men, It is not your job to fix us.


And Other Stuff

5 Tips for Quick Weeknight Cooking from Polyglot Jot. Feeding yourself healthfully does not need to take all of your time or energy.


Got any plans for Halloween?

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  1. A Halloween-themed swing dance? What exactly does that mean? Are you going to dress up?
    We don’t really celebrate Halloween over here and I even heard a colleague say her daughter didn’t want her children to go around trick-or-treating because of those scary clowns currently in the news. I prefer ‘Laterne-Laufen’ [literally ‘lantern walking’] for the little ones in anyway.
    By the way: your mail came at just the right time yesterday. Thank you for that!

    1. Joyce says:

      We’re going to dress up! There might also be Halloween-y music, but I don’t know for sure.
      Glad you got my email and that it came at a good time. Hang in there!

  2. So many good posts here! I loved Cayanne’s and Kate’s in particular. I’m so glad to have wonderful people like them in the blogging world who remind us to love and take of our bodies. <3

    No plans for Halloween over here! Class, work, studying, and hopping into bed as soon as I can manage after everything is done. 😛

  3. Alyssa says:

    I want to try so many of those recipes!!

    I loved Kate’s post so much. And thank you for including my post as well- that means so much to me! I hope you had a fun weekend, and I hope you are having a great start to your week 🙂

    1. Joyce says:

      You’re welcome, Alyssa. I loved your post. 🙂

  4. lol Joyce. “Fresh and vegetable-y” is a good way to describe a salad. Thanks for sharing.

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