The last couple of months have been rough health wise, thank to my much hated but always around companion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The last time it was this bad, about 5 years ago, I was sent off to a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy and a colonoscopy, which was the worst medical procedure I’ve ever experienced and I have had electrodes inserted into my leg muscles. Anyway, after all his tests I was diagnosed with severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome and told to stay away from fructose and lactose. I ignored his medical advice after about 3 months.
Now it has come to the stage where I can’t ignore his advice any longer, thanks to the impact this disease is having on my life. I want to go and see the world, not go and see its bathrooms. So, in the spirit of New Year’s and starting afresh, I am on a strict lactose, gluten and fructose free diet to see if I can kick IBS’s butt. The things I’m allowed to eat are minuscule when compared to the things I no longer can eat and I’m still working out what my body likes and what it most definitely doesn’t. However, three days in and I’m starting to see small signs of improvement and I’m eating more vegetables (the ones I’m allowed to eat anyway) then I have in quite some time.
However, here is where I turn to you, my knowledgeable reader, for help. I know that there are a number of you out there with similar intolerances and I want to know your favourite recipes and meals. I’m struggling in particular with breakfast since my breakfast used to consist of a croissant or cereal, neither of which I’m allowed to eat. At the moment I’m eating some home-made lactose & gluten free corn muffins, but would like something lower in carbs. Also some low calorie snack suggestions would be great as well since most healthy snack ideas eg fruit and vegetables are now on my can’t eat list.