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Caterpillar Crawl: December 2016

Earlier in December, I was finding so many delicious low-FODMAP cookie and treat recipes, I thought my Caterpillar Crawl for December would be waaay too long. So I decided to post a separate collection of them before Christmas.

And somehow, I still ended up with a crazy long list of delicious-looking recipes, awesome thoughts and tips, and well-written posts.

Oh, well. More to eat! (And read.)


Low-FODMAP Recipes

Low-FODMAP Basil Pesto Dip from A Less Irritable Life. A healthier appetizer or snack alternative–looks delicious too!

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad from Southern in Law. If you live in the southern hemisphere or just want something cool to mix it up from soup all the time, this healthy sesame noodle dish looks delicious!

5 Recipes for an Italian Christmas Dinner from Karlijn’s Kitchen. Christmas is past–but these Italian dishes still look delicious for all winter long!

Low FODMAP and Vegan Candy Cane Cupcakes from The Happy FODMAPPER. Also a holiday recipe, but it looks perfect for any time of year you need a cupcake, with or without the candy canes.

Easy Roast Chicken Pieces from Keeping It Real Food. Use a low-FODMAP seasoning blend such as Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning for a basic low-FODMAP dinner.

Gluten Free Tamales from GFTracy. I’ve never tried making tamales from scratch, but it looks like fun! Just omit the garlic clove for a low-FODMAP option.

Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies from Beaming Baker. These cookies are gluten-free and vegan, and they have an oat flour base. Just don’t go crazy munching on them if oats are a trigger food for you.

Easy Homemade Greek Dressing from Peas and Crayons. Skip the garlic powder and swap in some garlic-infused oil for some of the olive oil and you’d have an easy low-FODMAP salad dressing!

One Skillet Mexican Chicken and Rice Fiesta from Kate Scarlata. A simple one-skillet Mexican dish.

3 Ingredient Gluten Free Pie Crust from Cotter Crunch. This pie crust is made from a loaf of bread. How cool is that? Plus, Lindsay has lots of recipes based on this crust, like quiche and hand pies.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Baked Oats from My Little Tablespoon. Chocolate + healthy + breakfast!



Is alcohol low FODMAP and how much is safe to drink when you have IBS? from A Less Irritable Life. Short answer: It depends, and it depends.

12 Tips for Gluten Free Air Travel During the Holidays from Casey the College Celiac. Great tips for folks with celiac or low-FODMAP folks–or for anyone on a flight who can’t easily grab a snack.

Eating Should Not Make You Feel Guilty from Kate Scarlata. Great post about the relationship between GI disorders and food-related feelings of guilt–there is no need to eliminate more than is necessary to control your GI symptoms, and no reason to blame yourself for a flare-up.

25 Things I Wish I’d Known About the Low-FODMAP Diet When I Started from Calm Belly Kitchen. Don’t despair: it’s tricky at first, but it gets easier.


Recovery and Health

It’s All About the Angles from A Dancer’s Live It. Marina helped me look at fitspo Instagrams in a way I never had before, showing us how they’re very much constructed and manipulated to show us the only type of body we think we want.

The Holiday “Anti-Diet” from A Dancer’s Live It. It’s okay to not eat 100% healthy over the holidays. And in general. Really.

Living Requires Eating…Without Exercise from Beauty in Christ. You don’t need to exercise to “justify” eating, or to “jutsify” eating more. You need to eat to live!

The Best Body Positive Books to Build a Better Body Image from Avocado a Day Nutrition. Reading for Christmas break…with a body-positive twist!

Help! I Still Miss My Eating Disorder from HealthyEzSweet Life. Being recovered doesn’t mean never having hard moments.

What Weight Loss Before and After Pictures Don’t Tell You from Avocado A Day Nutrition. Are you sure the person in the second picture is healthier and happier than the person in the first?


And Other Stuff

The End of Coconut Water? The World’s Trendiest Nut Is Under Threat of Species Collapse from I Fucking Love Science. This article addresses a major critique I have of foodie culture–so often when we discover new, trendy “health” foods that are supposed to be great alternatives to what we currently eat (think quinoa, bananas, goji berries, coconut) and demand them in large quantities, it can actually have major stress on the environment and the well-being of the workers that produce those foods.

Eating for Climate Change from Khushboo’s Blog. It’s important to think about our own health when we eat, but it’s also important to think about the health of the planet.

“I know I can treat you better…” No, Shawn. No, you don’t from Sarahbeth Caplin. Very smart thoughts about a song that’s always made me very uncomfortable.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Joyce!! What a great roundup, can’t wait to start reading! Wishing you a VERY Happy New Year! xoxo

  2. GFTracy says:

    Hey, thanks for including my tamale recipe! I’m just learning about the low FODMAP diet, good to know I was pretty close ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy New Year!

    1. Joyce says:

      Glad to find your delicious recipe!

  3. Khushboo says:

    Thanks so much for the feature, Joyce- it looks like I’m in wonderful company :D!

    1. Joyce says:

      You’re welcome, Khushboo! I really enjoyed reading your post.

  4. Alyssa says:

    ah love reading round ups like these!! Loved marina’s post as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cora says:

    Oooo such interesting reads. This is why I love these round ups – I see articles I’d never find on my own.
    … and I was just writing my grocery list for tomorrow and put down zucchini just because I want to get back to my chocolate zucchini baked oats. Yummmm. Thanks for sharing!

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