Adventures in Croatia and holidaying on the low FODMAP diet

Since being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome I’d spent a lot of time worrying about my summer holiday. “What if the food has garlic/onions?”, “what if there is not dairy/gluten free breakfast option?”, “what am I supposed to eat for lunch if I can’t get a sandwich?” There was a whole host of questions and stress, all ultimately leading to the fear that this years holiday would be like the last where I was unwell for days.

So when we finally arrived in the outstandingly beautiful Poreč in Croatia earlier this month, I could have never anticipated just how much of a eating adventure it would be…

There I am on day one, all excited about the sunshine (and damn I am seeing some good gains there)!

As it turns out the hotel was very good on the non-dairy front, I had a whole host of meats for my morning protein fix and lactose free and rice milk (turns out I rather like rice milk) to choose from at breakfast. So everyday started with a bowl of oats and fruit and then some rice crackers with meat. While my milk was strictly non dairy most days, dairy is where the first discovery lies in this trip. Through some cautious sampling I learned that (after avoiding it for 13 years) I can eat cheese and ice cream! Granted it’s only hard cheeses and 1 scoop portion wise for ice but this is an astronomical discovery of pure joy for me, two of my favourite treats are back on the menu!

CHEESE!!!!! πŸ˜€
Oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, fresh fruit and rice milk

In fact I discovered that there are plenty of awesome options on a low FODMAP diet, over the week I sampled some awesome risottos (cuttlefish was my favourite) and tucked into plenty of fresh fish, meats and veggies. I strongly suspect that I ate some disallowed food as pretty much everything is made with garlic &/or onions and one of the rissotos did have mushrooms but I seemed to survive as long as I stayed sensible and kept portions small.

Oh look more polenta and cheese!
Octopus, polenta and ice cream were firm daily favourites and also note the breadcrumbs (that one was not a clever choice)

Aside from the occasional naughty choices (breadcrumbs, mushrooms) the only real issues I faced were 1. Under ripe bananas (I love them, my stomach does not) and one evening when we went to the hotel grill restaurant. The grill restaurant was a preset menu and in reality was all FODMAP friendly food however, I am a child of the “you can’t leave till you finish all of your dinner” generation. So this meant I attempted to consume the overly generous offering of food (there were enough fries to feed 6 people), had the food confiscated by my partner and spent the next 2-3 days in significant discomfort. Honestly when it comes to controlling my willpower, I doubt I’ll ever learn…

I’m not sure why but it was a whole tray of pork (note I devoured the park ribs before I took the photo). It was soooo good though!
Is that not a thing of beauty? Oh the yum!

So in short I worried a lot for nothing, FODMAP is tough in some aspects (mainly no Bread) but there are so many alternative options that I actually barely noticed that I was on a restricted diet. I’ve come home inspired and ready to make the most of what I’ve learned, namely with the desire to up my polenta and risotto game and get cheese and ice cream back into my life!

For now though it’s back home to a rather chilly feeling Scotland, oh well at least I have this memory to keep me warm!

Till next year Croatia! Dovidenja from my creepy wee toes!
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New Breakfast Recipe! Meet the superbreakfast, Golden Rice Porridge!

People are all about turmeric these days, it’s one of the superfoods of the moment and the trendy chaps and chap-ettes can’t get enough of their Golden Lattes! 

By coincidence I am experimenting with Rice Porridge and needed a new idea when a Golden Latte recipe popped up on my Facebook feed sparking my foodspiration! 

And so I give you Golden Rice Porridge! Click the photo to go forth and enjoy its superfoody goodness! 

New Breakfast Recipe and my free transformation plan is coming very soon!

This week I’m experimenting with a new purchase; Rice Flake Porridge and I’ve added the first successful creation in the breakfast section – Honey Cinnamon Rice Porridge! It’s dairy free and it pretty much tastes like you’re having rice pudding for breakfast!

Click the Photo to go to the recipe and give this little wonder a try!

Honey Cinnamon Rice Porridge: it’s yum yum yum!

I’ve also just finished the meal plan of my first ever transformation plan! Now I just need to write up the accompanying training plan I should have just the thing for anyone looking to embark on a healthier lifestyle!

Finally got the Protein Shakes section open with a new recipe!!

Yip I finally got that blender that I’ve been pining for since last year! It was a super awesome birthday gift from my parents and the fun is just beginning!

First recipe up is a super super easy one; it’s a chocolate peppermint shake and a great way to make your post workout shake a little bit fancy!

Click the photo to go the recipe and enjoy! πŸ™‚ 

A few updates and 2 new breakfast recipes!

I wasn’t loving all the pages on my top menu bar so I’ve clean it up a little, you can now find everything about me in one neat little section: “Me, My Eating & Training“. The section has my about me section, my food diary and training plan (both also updated so give em a cheeky peek!

Also TWO new recipes (oh how I spoil you lovely people, you’re worth it though)!

Both breakfast numbers: My breakfast classic “Chocolate Protein Porridge” & (adapted from a women’s health recipe) “Mango Chia Pudding”. Click the photos to go try em yourself, the chia pudding is a must, I mean look how instagramable that beauty is! :p

Mango Chia Pudding
Chocolate Protein Porridge

Food! My first breakfast on the Blog

This is the 1st of many things today; the first breakfast, first food photo, first review and the first item I’ve tried from my Box of Protein (https://www.boxofprotein.com/ i’ll review fully later but in short: seriously worth a look)

So here it is – Today I gave Chocolate Protein Porridge (MyProtein) a go.

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What is it?
It’s a ready mix sachet with oats, flavourings, Whey powder and some other things. My guess is the idea is it’s quick, easy, low calorie and protein packed

Macros Per 50g Sachet/Serving (minus mik/water):
Cals:197 | Fat: 3.89 | Carbs:23g | 16g

The Breakdown:

It’s speedy and definitely easy
I like breakfast to be a quick process in the mornings, the quicker it’s made and eaten, the chances of me catching the earlier tram to work increase, and this is pretty quick. You chuck it in a bowl, add your milk/water/whatever you choose to use,quick stir, microwave it for 90-120 secs and that’s it.

How is it tasting though?
Admitedly with Whey in there I had my doubts (whey can leave a horrible undertaste sometimes) but this is pretty nice, I taste chocolate rather than whey. For me though it’s not quite rich enough on the chocolate front. I like cocoa powder in my porridge normally so this feels a little like it’s slighthy sweeter and more artificial cousin. But that aside it’s a welcome and tasty discovery

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The final verdict?

It’s good but in truly bias fashion, i think my homemade version is nicer. When I make chocolate porridge myself it takes the same amount of time, has a richer flavour and is minus sweetners and thickening gum. Homemade has more calories and a less protein but has way more to give in my eyes.
So it’s definitely a worth a try but there’s more to gain from having a go at making your own!

Check out my Friday Breakfast favourite: Coconut, Chocolate and Banana Oatmeal/Porridge