It’s one of my favourite idioms…”When life gives you lemons make lemonade.”
It is such a good reminder to try to find the positives in all situations. I know this can be a difficult ask sometimes, but just a shift in our mindset, an attempt to put things into a broader perspective can help us move forward.
Many of us on a low FODMAP diet have known some tough times when it comes to our health. The recurrent symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome that seemed to hit without warning, a drawn out process of finding an answer for why they continue, and the adjustments the low FODMAP diet requires can be can seem like more sour lemons than you really want to taste.
Today I want to offer you some encouragement for your low FODMAP journey. Yes, it can be frustrating. Yes, it can be restrictive. BUT, it can also be a start to eating healthy, nutritious and delicious food that doesn’t trigger all those awful symptoms of IBS. And hey, you never know where it might lead, like writing a cookbook!!!
So when you feel like you’re loaded up with lemons, take some time out and join me in a glass of refreshing lemonade.
Real Lemonade makes 3 1/2 cups lemonade syrup
There is nothing like homemade lemonade. Making it yourself gives you the opportunity to play around with some other flavours too; add some sliced ginger to the simmering syrup, a spoon of pureed raspberries in the bottom of each glass, or substitute half the lemon juice for lime. It’s also pretty good with a splash of gin…let me know your favourite.
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups strained lemon juice
chilled soda water to serve
Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and simmer for 5 minutes; cool. Mix the cool sugar syrup with the lemon juice. Pour into a clean bottle and chill.
To serve, fill a glass approximately ¼ full with the lemon syrup (adjust according to taste) and top up with soda water.