Thursday, 22 December 2016

Survival guide to the festive season: Part 3

 By Shirley Webber (Research Dietitian)

Keep it fresh

If you’re invited to join family and/or friends for a Christmas at their place then offer to bring a salad or a vegetable mix that you know you would enjoy and work for you. Get creative with the flavours and bulk it up with all your favourite ingredients. This way if this salad or vegetable side is the only thing on the table to suit your tolerance levels then you can be sure there is a tasty meal there for you. Also I’m sure your host wouldn’t mind the extra help.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Survival guide to the festive season: Part 2

Include carbs in your regular meals

This may be a daunting thought for some people with IBS but carbohydrates play a very important role in providing energy and fibre to your diet.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Survival guide to the festive season: Part 1

By Shirley Webber (Research Dietitian)

Is the thought of a Christmas feast stressing you out? Well here are a few tips and tricks to help you through the party season.

There are many challenges to be faced during this festive season from catching up with work colleagues and friends for celebratory drinks, nibbling on finger food and frantically running all over town to find the perfect gifts. This all makes for a month of and following a normal diet can feel almost impossible.

Reaching for takeaway and the munchies becomes increasingly easier but can leave many with symptoms and zero energy for meeting deadlines and enjoying this time of year. This inevitably leads to the “I’ll be good after Christmas” and the New Year’s resolutions to be “healthier”. The best way to avoid the symptoms, adding weight and/or need for resolutions is to form some habits that will not only help you through the holiday period but will set you up for a better start to 2017.

You can start now by following our top 5 tips for maintaining a healthier holiday.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Low FODMAP Christmas Cake with Brandy Custard

Don't let IBS spoil your Christmas Festivities - have your Christmas Cake and eat it too with this delicious low FODMAP take on a traditional recipe!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Getting Enough Calcium on a Low FODMAP Diet

By Erin Dwyer (Dietitian)

Calcium is a nutrient required for normal development of our bones as well as the proper functioning of our cardiac and neuromuscular systems. Diets low in calcium have been associated with osteoporosis – a weakening of bones that can fracture easily.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Low FODMAP Banana Bread Smoothie

By Lyndal McNamara (dietitian) 

Do you often crave desserts but can't spare the calories (or the FODMAPs)? Inspired by a deliciously soft, rich slice of spiced banana bread, this healthy smoothie can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or hey, why not even dessert!) 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Mustard Vinaigrette

Recipe by Lyndal McNamara (Dietitian) 

Looking for ways to boost prebiotics in your diet without FODMAPs? Try this delicious potato salad! Cooking then cooling the potatoes overnight increases their resistant starch (prebiotic) content, keeping your gut bacteria happy without increasing IBS symptoms. 

With the festive season fast approaching, why not include this simple salad as a low FODMAP side on Christmas day!