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Eating at Events- Food FODMAP Fiasco

Brandon & I

Enjoying the Wedding Weekend!

Imagine this…so there you sit with your partner, at the wedding rehearsal for your lovely sister-in-law and you suddenly realize, crap I’m on this newish to me (the low FODMAP diet) and I don’t’ want to blow it, but there will be limited food options all weekend.  Have you been there or something like it? Yeah I just did this over the weekend ..and on thing I HATE is feeling like the pain the butt so I kinda panicked. Don’t get me wrong most of my family is very supportive, but I have changed diets so many times and really…I remember planning my wedding and there were so many things to worry about that remembering peoples dietary issues was not on my radar other than making sure there was vegetarian food.

So back to this weekend… there we were, at a gorgeous yard right on the Puget Sound, the sunshine keeping us warm as we laughed and chatted. One would think that as the appetizers came around it would have dawned on me that I would have to deal with dinner and my diet. Nope, I had my glass of wine and was happily chatting with family deWhidbyviewclining the tasty treats. Then we were seated and my gorgeous dressed salad with fig, blue cheese and bacon arrived.  It looked amazing, and like a HUGE NO NO… I stared at my pretty salad for a moment  as if I could ask it, can you just be something I can eat please.  It stared back as if to say, Um…No lady figure it out. I sighed…then excused myself and headed into the kitchen.  I thought if I discretely spoke to the catering staff they could help me out. I did meet some resistance from the proud chef, but in the end we worked out a meal for me eliminating my large and random seeming FODMAP list. Phew. I drifted back to the table and pawned my tasty looking figs off on my happy to receive them hubby.  Sounds like the end of the story until….

One of the hosts was worried, seeing me chat so long with the catering staff she asked what happened. I had to fess up that I had dietary issues so I had to be careful with my food. I hoped it would end there but it started a discussion. I think it is a good thing that people are interested in allergies and FODMAP diet (or any diet) but somehow I find this terribly embarrassing when I just want to enjoy and fall into the fold. But this is my lesson, I need to speak up for myself and get the food I need to stay healthy and able to enjoy this kind of time with my family.  And I did it and had a great time at the awesome wedding. Phew…

Fodmap Fermentation Fun

Who SiboComicknew I’d ever get to say this and sound like an action hero, but I can…KILL PHASE COMPLETE! Yes, with my SIBO I’m all done with the antibiotics and the kill off the problematic bacteria and move on to the re-build phase where there will be all kinds of resorts and condos in my but for the happy healthy bacteria, or so this is the plan. But how does it get there? Fermented Foods is one of the many ways.

Super, you may say, that sounds great, why post about it? This is why…FODMAP  has a no cabbage deal going. And while I plan to ferment my own food I need to learn how to do this (Any tips from food fermenters welcome!) the problem with the store bought stuff is Cabbage is in EVERYTHING!    So I had hoped that maybe the chemicals changed and maybe I could get back into Sauerkraut but from what I have seen that is no dice. So what is a girl to do?  Enter Firefly!

OH MYGOODNESS! NUMMERS!

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With the help of my awesome Doctor Laura Eastman, I found Firefly Kitchens wonderful concoction of Carrots!  So if you are looking for live fermented foods that will make your tastebuds sing, try the Firefly food… it’s seriously that good and one of them is FODMAP friendly.   Thank you Firefly!!!