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Caterpillar Crawl: September 2017

Hey all! Happy almost October. (Although from how long I’ve been seeing Halloween decorations for sale, you’d think it’s already been October for two months. Yeesh.)

My pet peeve about people preparing for holidays waaaay to early aside, it’s just been this past week or so in Fort Collins that I’ve really noticed the leaves starting to change. ?❤️?

I haven’t been reading blogs quite as much this month. In my defense, I did grade 90 papers in the last two weeks. I know many high school teachers do more–but it’s a record for me.

I feel like my blog could be alternatively titled: “Joyce’s complains about having to grade things.”

But I have found a few good links for you.

And if you can only read one, read Robyn’s (the Real Life RD). ⬅️Basically always true.

Have a good weekend, lovely readers!


Low-FODMAP Recipes

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bread from Beaming Baker. Because coconut palm sugar hasn’t been tested for FODMAP content, you might choose to play it safe with cane sugar instead.

Peanut Tempeh Buddha Bowl from Low Fodmapper. Yum!

Broccoli Polenta from Looney for Food. Super-simple vegetarian and gluten-free dish. Just omit garlic for a strictly low-FODMAP version.

Gluten Free Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins from Beaming Baker. I’m still not certain that oat flour is low-FODMAP–hasn’t been tested–but it’s too good not to try. 🙂

Low-FODMAP Blueberry Cheesecake with Lemon from Karlijn’s Kitchen. If you’ve not heard of quark, it’s very similar to Greek yogurt–I would imagine Greek yogurt could be subbed in this recipe!

Simple Gluten Free Summer Spaghetti with Bacon from What the Fork Food Blog. It’s not exactly summer anymore…but I’ll eat fresh tomatoes and basil as long as I can get ’em at the farmers’ market! Just use garlic-infused oil in place of the olive oil and garlic for a low-FODMAP variation. 🙂

Slow Cooker Ratatouille from Treble in the Kitchen. Ratatouille is the perfect September dish because you’ve still got lots of summer produce but it’s getting chilly so you’re ready for warm stew!



My Thoughts on Intuitive Eating with IBS: It’s Okay to Use Your Brain from My Littletablespoon. Cora and I have been going back and forth lately about our common experience of what it’s like to try to eat intuitively when we have GI issues and a history of disordered eating. As always, Cora is so good at writing about the emotional complexity of it.

Acceptance Doesn’t Mean Giving Up, It’s Freeing from Great post from Glenda Bishop about how learning to accept IBS actually relinquishes some of the control it has over you.


Recovery & Health

Defining What Really Matters: Are You Spending Your Energy Where It Counts? from Rachael Hartley Nutrition. Is thinness and some externally-defined ideal of “health” really worth the amount of time, energy, brain space and money you’re putting into it?

“You Might Need to Eat More If…” + Tips for Balancing Meals and Your Schedule from Naomi Why: Roots. So many good points in this post, I don’t know where to start with a mini-synopsis here. Just go read it!

Eating When You’re Not Hungry Is Okay…And Healthy from The Real Life RD. Eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full is one part of intuitive eating. But there’s more to it than that.


And Other Stuff

Why You Need to Share that Imperfect Blog Post from Bloggers Gonna Blog Community. I don’t always feel awesome sharing posts about my bad moments. Yet many readers have reached out to me and shared that some of the posts where I felt most vulnerable are the posts they found most valuable.

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  1. Cora says:

    Gosh I just clicked on every one of those recipes. I think that’s a sign that I miss baking. I’m am 200% over that chocolate pumpkin bread holy droool…

    Thanks for giving me more excuse to take an hour of down time today. Some great reads!

    1. Joyce says:

      Yay for downtime. And chocolate pumpkin bread.

  2. Alyssa says:

    Robyn’s post was spot on… so was Naomi. Love seeing bloggers touch on these topics. Happy Sunday love!

    1. Joyce says:

      I really liked Robyn and Naomi’s posts too!

  3. I’d complain if I had all that grading to do too! I was a graduate assistant in grad school and the essay grading nearly killed me.

    Love all those recipes! I need to try the tempeh buddha bowls!

  4. Kaylee says:

    Okay that buddha bowl looks delicious. I’m a sucker for a peanut sauce.
    And ditto to Cora’s comment. I am in need of baking time 🙁

    Robyn is great! I used to think intuitive eating was just listening to your hunger/fullness; but it’s much more flexible and fluid than that.

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