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Caterpillar Crawl: May 2017

I’ve found some really wonderful reads to share with you all this May. Many of the recovery ones are especially good. Happy browsing!

 

Low-FODMAP Recipes

Arugula and Roasted Potato Salad from Delicious as it Looks. Arugula is one of my favorite spring/early summer veggies!

Strawberry Sparkling Mocktail or Cocktail from Treble in the Kitchen. Since the low-FODMAP diet limits drink options (soft and hard), it’s nice to have a refreshing alternative for hot days.

Low FODMAP Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Satay Sauce) from A Less Irritable Life. How delicious does this look?

Low-FODMAP Egg Roll Bowl from Delicious as It Looks. Eggrolls were one of my favorite foods when I was a kid.

Cranberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing from Peas and Crayons. Just sub in a honey alternative like maple syrup in the dressing and stick to 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries per person to keep it low-FODMAP.

Double Chocolate and Hazelnut Banana Bread from A Less Irritable Life. You knew I’d get to the sweet things one of these days. πŸ˜‰

Coconut Ice Cream from Chocolate Covered Katie. Looks ah-mazing! And you don’t even need an ice cream maker.

Coconut Chicken Strips from Lauren Renlund. I’m not a huge chicken strips gal, but coconut chicken strips sound amazing.

Gluten-Free Vegan Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies from Beaming Baker. Good thing I have chocolate chips!

Iced Golden Milk Latte from The Healthy Maven. A caffeine-free latte alternative. Use maple syrup and almond milk or soy milk made with soy protein concentrate for a low-FODMAP option.

 

IBS & FODMAPs

Bananas Re-Tested from Monash University. They’ve re-tested bananas and found that a whole ripe banana is high in fructans. How dumb is that? Fortunately, I can tolerate fructans with fruits and veggies. Remember to reintroduce once you’re through the elimination phase!

7 Key Low-FODMAP Swaps You Should Know from A Less Irritable Life. Navigating low-FODMAP is a lot easier if you know some simple swaps.

Good Sorts: Alana Scott from TVNZ. Shout out to Alana Scott, author of the IBS and low-FODMAP blog A Little Bit Yummy, who has made an amazing career for herself despite a host of health problems.

5 Secrets on How to Love Your Body with a Chronic Illness from Casey the College Celiac. It’s hard to feel positive about my body when it’s paining me or forcing me to give up things I enjoy to take care of it. I love the tips Casey has to share about loving a body with chronic illness anyway!

The Anxiety of a Restricted IBS Diet from IrritableBowelSyndrome.net. Following the low-FODMAP diet, especially during the elimination phase, is super-stressful. In this article, Glenda Bishop reminds us to try not to stress over it too much. After all, FODMAPs cause discomfort but are otherwise harmless.

 

Recovery & Health

Stop Using Food to Cope from Blissful Lyss. It took me a long time to realize I was using food–in my case, restricting and fearing food–to cope with emotions. Let food be food.

Having a Structure of Spontaneity with Movement from immaEATthat. I do have an exercise schedule. Partly it’s just the practical convenience of my life. But I love and identify with what Kylie’s saying here about letting go of an identity centered around exercise.

Orthorexia on Instagram: Is It More Prevalent than We Think? from Beauty in Christ. Great podcast about playing the comparison game on social media. Whether it’s how many vegetables someone else eats or how much they exercise, or even an elimination diet like the one I follow, remember that just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for you.

Your Period Is Important from Avocado a Day Nutrition. Don’t listen to doctors telling you that not having your period is “healthy” and “normal.”

Finding Your Healthy Set Point from The Real Life RD. Really useful post about the nuanced and complicated factors that impact our weight. Bottom line: eat enough.

Transferring to Intuitive Eating from Blissful Lyss. Great post about the difficult transition from following a meal plan in recovery to eating intuitively.

 

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday to share these reads with you.

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10 comments

  1. Diane Wahto says:

    I wish I liked to cook. Your recipe ideas look fabulous. However, I’m a nonchalant cook. I do like what you said in regard to food–“Let food be food.” Harder to do than it sounds. It was good to see you.

    1. Joyce says:

      It was good to see you too, Grandma. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in being a nonchalant cook!

  2. Kat says:

    Thanks for sharing all these links! I’m going to have to spend some time reading through all of these πŸ™‚

  3. Emily says:

    Lyss’s posts are so good. She really puts some common sense into my head and gets me to talk to myself about why the feelings or thoughts I’m having about food are irrational.

    Thank you so much for sharing my podcast friend. <3 I hope you're doing well.

    1. Joyce says:

      Lyss is such a wonderful blogger. Hope you’re well, too!

  4. All of these recipes look UH-mazing!! Thanks for including me in such a yummy roundup!

  5. Wow–so many good ones! I’m particularly excited for the coconut ice cream! I don’t have an ice cream maker and am always sad when the good recipes call for one!

    1. Joyce says:

      I hear ya! I’d love an ice cream maker, but there’s only so much room in my kitchen…and money. πŸ˜›

  6. Alyssa says:

    Thank you so much for including my posts! Truly means a lot to me. I loved the post on how our period is important. As much as it sucks, it really is necessary to be health. Happy Sunday <3

    1. Joyce says:

      So important! And I was very glad to share your smart posts. πŸ™‚

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