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Caterpillar Crawl: November 2016

It’s been a long month, and a hard one in many ways. It’s hard to believe some of the challenges I’ve faced (both in my personal life and in the larger world) happened less than a month ago. But November’s also brought some joys.

Including (cue suave transition)…some awesome reads from around the web!


Low-FODMAP Recipes

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese from Katalyst Health. Add veggies to your mac & cheese! Just omit the garlic powder for a low-FODMAP variation.

Pecan Bars from Karlijn’s Kitchen. Like pecan pie but in a more modest serving size!

Light & Crisp Flourless Oatmeal Waffles from Running with Spoons. Make a healthier variation on waffles with oats as a base.

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing from Delicious as it Looks. Pumpkin + maple = one happy FODMAPer. Or perhaps I should say, at the very least one.

Miso Roasted Salmon Bowl with Quick Pickles and Sesame Spinach from Avocado a Day Nutrition. A flavorful and healthy low-FODMAP recipe paired with awesome thoughts about why you don’t have to eat perfectly according to nutritional guidelines in order to have a healthy diet.

Vegan Ratatouille from Nutrition on a Mission. Just omit the onion and use a low-FODMAP broth (or water) to make this healthy dish low-FODMAP!

Low-FODMAP and Gluten-Free Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole from Delicious as It Looks. My aunt and cousins often make a casserole a lot like this for Christmas dinner. So good with ham!


Managing IBS Is a Balancing Act from A Less Irritable Life. “IBS can’t be cured. You’re stuck with it for the long haul.” And that means you’ve got to find a way to live your life despite it.

Top 3 Mistakes When Reintroducing FODMAPs from Calm Belly Kitchen. Reintroducing FODMAPs is a messy process, but don’t let that deter you. Number one mistake with reintroducing FODMAPs? Not doing it.

Review: LactoJoy Lactase Supplements from Karlijn’s Kitchen. Lactase supplements are a great option! I’m not sure they would work for everyone with lactose intolerance as a component of their IBS, but they have worked quite well for me and Karlijn both.

Navigating the Holidays with a Food Intolerance from Polyglot Jot. Though not specifically about the low-FODMAP diet, this post from Heather offers great tips for how to “negotiate” with your hosts to make your holiday gathering safe for you.

Low FODMAP Ingredient Swaps for Holiday Recipes from A Little Bit Yummy. How to still enjoy your favorite recipes in the elimination phase of the low-FODMAP diet.


Recovery and Health

Why I Hate the Term “Clean Eating” from Bucket List Tummy. Even something that sounds really healthy like “clean eating” can become unhealthy if we use it as a form of restriction.

Making Goals: How Do You Want to Feel? from My Littletablespoon. Great post exploring the relationship between goals and feelings, as well as how we use eating disorder behaviors to find unhealthy, unhelpful temporary fixes to uncomfortable feelings.

The Thin Gene from The New York Times. Although the image included with the article may be a little painful for some–the woman featured in the story is not anorexic, but she has a rare genetic condition that makes her appear so–this is a compelling read about how Abby Solomon and her rare disorder is helping scientists understand the relationship between genetics and weight. Science suggests that being fat or being skinny is not as closely tied to behavior as we sometimes think.


And Other Stuff

That Time Wine Made Me a Better Feminist from HealthyEzSweet Life. Cayanne shares a great story about standing up for women facing harassment.

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  1. Evangeline says:

    Glad November has been sprinkled with happier things for you. Thanks for sharing my recipe 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  2. Great finds! Thanks so much for sharing my post too! Cant wait to check out some of those other posts…especially the pumpkin mac and cheese!

    1. Joyce says:

      You’re welcome! I haven’t tried the pumpkin mac and cheese yet, but doesn’t it look amazing?

  3. I want to eat my way through these recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cora says:

    Huh. Well you summarized my post better than I could. Thanks for making me feel like that post did have some clarity after all… haha
    Looking forward to learning about Abby Soloman. And eating some miso salmon.

    1. Joyce says:

      Lol. I know the feeling. Like, I think this post/piece is about something, but I don’t know what yet?

  5. I very much relied on my Lactaid supply to get through the holidays last week! My celiac BF wishes there was a “Glutaid” so that he could eat donuts again–it’s not quite that simple, unfortunately 😛 That NYT article was so interesting–sad, but it’s really great that she participates in medical research that has led to progress!

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