Category Archives: Diary of my attempts to stay lactose and diary free

Cruising with FODMAP

Recently I was treated to a trip to Alaska on a cruise ship with 10 family members. Before you flinch thinking of spending that much time with family in close quarters I want to mention that actually our family is AWESOME and we had a great time checking out the Alaska Glaciers. This part of our family gets along great. Okay…enough bragging. Now that you know this you’ll see why my biggest concern was food.

Yeah there is a ton of food on a cruise ship and it’s available 24/7…  but not with listed ingredients and I do think much of it has a lot of “unnatural” fillers.  Before heading out I called Celebrity and told them about my diet and concerns. They told me that many people have a variety of diets and just to talk to customer service as soon as I got on the boat and they would walk me though all the food and help me find what I could eat. WOW! Talk about service.

I didn’t do this check in right away, but our first night in the dining hall our server came and asked for me by name. I was shocked to find out that just by calling to inquire they had sent that information on and my server already knew about my dietary concerns! She quickly appeared with Gluten Free bread for me to chomp on before I ordered my steak dinner. I did however gain some weight back…oh well it was still super NICE!

On the cruise there were times that my tummy wasn’t happy but usually that was when I cheated or just ate something without asking if it was FODMAP friendly. So yes, it is controllable and fairly easy to do even on a cruise ship. I was able to enjoy the trip fully no stress! YAY!WP_20140908_013

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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…

What does “Spices” mean?

So in the past m0004973309101_500X500onth of doing the low-FODMAP diet I have struggled with this lack of clarity in many ingredients listing. Especially in my hot sauces, so I have begun to write to companies to see that they say. So far I have heard back from only Cholula in this nice letter that says no, it’s not good for us FODMAPIANS, but a great way to correspond with your customer!

Dear Costumer;

Thank you for your interest in our product and thank you again for preferring our great Sauce. Regarding your question, our innovations team confirms that Cholula Hot Sauce contains Garlic, but not Onion within our ingredients;

In spices we have the following;

-Garlic; Yes
-Onion; No,

If you have any other questions do not hesitate to ask, we will be glad to answer, and also we wish you the best of luck with your current condition, sincerely we hope that you get better soon. Have a good day.

Regards,

Walter Alain Chisholm Sánchez
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Tel.: (52-33) 31-34-33-00 Ext: 3210
Nextel: 52*1682*189
Cel.:  +52 1 333 661 35 36
wchisholm@cuervo.com.mx

 

Thank you Cholula!

Escape from Salad, Low FODMAP Caper Chicken!

It’s been sunny, I’m feeling a little better already which is awesome. I’m about two weeks into my journey with the FODMAP diet and learning what I can and cannot do, and of course making some good mistakes (did you know there is onion powder in seasoning salt? Yeah there is!) But in my mad dash to stop eating salad all the time I tried updating a recipe my mom used to make and it was SO GOOD my husband requested it be a regular on our rotation. SO Here you go…

Low-FODMAP FRIENDLY Caper Chicken :WP_20140709_004
1/3 C Finely chopped Pimentos
1/3 C Capers
2t Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp dill
1/2 tsp tarragon
1 C olive Oil
1/3 C of garlic infused olive oil
3/4 C Red Wine Vinegar
2 large chicken breasts

Add all ingredients except chicken together and mix well, put into a plastic bag or container for marinating then add chicken. Let marinate for 24 hours in the fridge.

Next day, when you are redy for NOM NOM land
Preheat oven to 425
Remove chicken from marinade and cook for 20-30 minutes until tender and not pink.

Then enjoy. This stuff is SOOO GOOD!

A new diet for Belly Issues

It’s been a lifetime, no literally, a lifetime of stomach pain. Starting from birth drinking soy to stop me from screaming to now where I am almost 40 (no I’m not screaming too often 😉   I go in and out of bad cycles filled with illness. BUT there is now a new hope. After trying dairy/gluten free, elimination diets, Paleo, allergy testing and all kinds of things it has been discovered I have a few things going on, one of which is SIBO and another is Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). I have been tasked to try a new diet, the Low FODMAP diet. After having my diet slapped around more than a punching bag at a boxing gym, i thought I would blog about it. So here I am, ready or not I’m going to sort out Yet another diet.  I have hope that this time it may just work! As of July 1, 2014 I’m IN!

No Need to Miss Breakfast!

A friend of mine from high school and I reconnected a while back because she too is eating gluten free. We found one another again a while back on Facebook and this commonality gave us something to chat about. I was new at the time and she was many years into the struggle. So she recommended I hit up Trader Joe’s and give a lot of their well marked Gluten Free stuff a try. I did and find so many great treasures in rices and my BELOVED rice crackers. Seriously,have you tried the Savory Thin Min rice crackers from Trader Joes…HOLY COW… they are so good my nieces and nephews and friend always eat them up…choosing them over the wheaty ones… but I digress.

Back to the one I forgot for a while then discovered again recently. A friend of mine was coming into town from Denmark and I thought it would be nice to have some foods for her gorgeous 3 year old Cecilie.  Now the wee one is not gluten free but there I was at the store and I ran across the gluten free pancakes. I grabbed the box and promptly forgot… we didn’t eat them when my friends were in town. Then I discovered them in my freezer a few days ago. I grabbed a packet, popped the coaster sized pancakes in the toaster, let them go topped with maple syrup. Delicious!  I honestly couldn’t tell they were gluten free…they weren’t super heavy or grainy, they were perfect and fluffy. AND I just dropped them in the toaster! Yup…it rocked. SO if you want something easy, give these a go. Seriously yummy…and portion controlled 🙂
Another win! WOOP WOOP!

Stroganoff Brilliance

One of the many foods I have missed are my creamy delicious dinner. My mother made the best Beef Stroganoff. In fact I used to request that for my birthday dinner…in June. My mother refused since it was “off season” so I had to always come up with a second option or wait until it was cold out.

Turkey Stroganoff, I know it may look a bit…interesting but IT’S SO GOOD!

Now I can do whatever I want, but her recipe takes hours and has all kinds of gluten and Dairy… since I’m watching what I eat for both health and Gluten/Dairy issues this is something I skipped until I ran across a food blogger that was new to me…Skinnyms.com. I don’t know about you but I’m always hesitant with new recipe sites since some are…um..well… uh…how to put it delicately?  Ah forget delicate, some have “healthy” recipes that resemble cardboard more than meals. Horrible…but I gave Skinnyms.com a shot and WOW… she wasn’t kidding. This is great. I made a few modifications to her recipe since it had dairy in it and I always have to tinker…but wow.. it’s super super good! Check this out:

Ground Turkey Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1/2 C tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Seasoning Salt to taste
  • 1 cup dairy free sour cream (or she used plain greek yogert)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Put tomato sauce, chicken broth, salt, pepper, onion powder, balsamic and garlic salt into a crockpot and stir up. Turn crockpot on low.

 Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray and  cook ground turkey until it loses its pink color, drain off any fat and add to the slow cooker. Spray pan again with your nonstick spray  sauté mushrooms and onions with a sprinkling of Seasoning salt over medium-low heat until tender.

Add mushroom/onion mixture to the slow cooker the remaining. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours. Combine Greek yogurt with cornstarch, add to Stroganoff and continue cooking 30 minutes. Serve over gluten free pasta, white or brown rice.

Serving size 1 cup of sauce. 6 Points per cup.  Rice or pasta is extra points.

Enjoy! So GOOD!