7 Non-Diet Ways to Support Gut Health

Removing FODMAP's is one way that can support our digestion while we heal, but it should never be used long term.  It is only a a way to see which foods, if any, are causing issues.  When we experience IBS, SIBO or other gut issues we often turn to diet first,  but when taken too [...]

Low-FODMAP Pizzoccheri (Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes, Green Beans, Zucchini and Spinach)

Just north of Milan is a mountainous region of Lombardy known for its epic skiing, spas, bresaola (dried slices of beef similar to prosciutto) and a hearty pasta dish called Pizzoccheri.  Pizzoccheri is a robust dish of short buckwheat pasta cooked up with potatoes, cabbage, butter and cheese. My first introduction to buckwheat pasta was [...]

Should We Follow a Paleo Diet For Gut Healing?

If you search the internet for "gut healing diet" you will find many recommendations for following a paleo-type or autoimmune protocol diet.  These diets eliminate grains, beans, soy, dairy and sugar.  The autoimmune protocol goes further and eliminates nuts, seeds, nightshades and eggs. The most pervasive theories behind a paleo diet is that grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and even [...]

Can IBS Contribute to Eating Disorders?

People suffering from eating disorders (ED) often complain of digestive distress such as bloating, constipation and abdominal pain.  In one study 98% of female ED patients met the criteria for at least one Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (FGIDs).  Out of those patients 52% of were diagnosed with IBS, 24% with constipation, 31% with abdominal bloating and [...]

The Mediterranean Diet Low-FODMAP Style

May is Mediterranean Diet month and before you disregard it as another fad read on. There have been literally hundreds of studies done on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.  Even the New York Times best-seller “The Blue Zones”, which identified places were people live the longest, found 2 of the 5 “zones” located in [...]

Low-FODMAP Diet Not Helping Constipation? Now What?

We often think that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) causes the same symptoms in everyone but this isn't true.  IBS is categorized into 4 types: IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) IBS-C (constipation predominant) IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) IBS-U (unclassified; the symptoms cannot be categorized into one of the above three subtypes) Today we are going to focus on [...]

The Ultimate Low-FODMAP Costco Haul

I still can't believe that our small family of three (and one of us is a preschooler) can eat our way through bulk items I buy at Costco.  I do my best to avoid food waste therefore, when I shop at Costco I plan ahead and go when my fruit and vegetable bins are nearly empty. [...]