This site was created to try to spread the word that cooking delicous food within the parameters of a low FODMAP diet doesn’t have to be difficult. It is easy to find information about which foods are considered ok and which ones to avoid, but not so much guidance about how to put a family meal together to satisfy the hungry bellies around the dinner table.
Too often low FODMAP eaters end up cooking the same few dishes over and over, feeling a loss of freedom to enjoy variety in their meals. This was certainly the case when I first switched to a low FODMAP diet after years of struggling with irritale bowel syndrome (IBS). Although my symptoms were vastly improved, I was bored with the food I was eating. I have always loved experimenting in the kitchen, and there’s nothing like the satisfaction serving up something yummy for family and friends to enjoy. So, instead of letting that love die, I got back in the kitchen with my list of low FODMAP foods in hand, and got busy developing a range of recipes that I could keep my family happy with. I had a lot to learn about wheat-free baking and onion-free dinners. With a bit of encouragement from those around I decided to put my new recipes together in a book for others to enjoy, The low FODMAP cookbook.
I need to let you know that I am not a doctor or a dietitian. I started out a career in nursing and midwifery, which I feel has given me a good background in how these human bodies of ours work and, therefore, understanding what’s going on when we malabsorb FODMAPs. I have been fortunate to have met with and learned from some of the researchers involved with developing the low FODMAP diet at Monash University in Melbourne. I am not formally trained in the culinary arts, but have had many opportunities over the years to provide catering for a variety of events. And, of course, there is always my family if 5 that needs feeding!
This site is a work in progress and I’m sure it will evolve over time. The research into the low FODMAP diet is always advancing and I try to keep up-to-date and informed. What I learn I hope to share with others so that we can all enjoy a delicous low FODMAP diet.