New Recipe Alert! Low FODMAP Teriyaki Sauce!

This one is a game changer for me, finally I have a good option for eastern inspired food! There’s nae garlic, nae onions and it’s DELICIOUS! 

This is my first attempt so I expect I’ll perfect and tweak the recipe as I try it for other dishes but this version is still pretty damn special!

Click the photo to get the recipe! 

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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 Poreฤ 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!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
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!

Kickstart Change is here!

Yip it’s finally here and for me it was day 1 on my new Kickstart Change Plan!

It’s the first of what I hope to be many plans and what I hope will be the plan that gets you into strength training! My ultimate goal is to help women on the path to lifting and to show them that lifting does not make you “manly” or “bulky”.

It’s also the first step toward my goal of helping others make the move from processed to homemade food, as former ready meal addict, I’ve learned that making food from scratch isn’t actually as hard, time-consuming or expensive as you may think!

So if you’re looking to make some changes to long term changes to you life, head on over to download the plan today!

AND as if that wasn’t enough! This weeks workout challenge is also up, this week we’re working the booty and beyond so go check it out here and give it a try!

Homemade Gains Ep.3 – Coconut Mixed Nut Butter!

Yep my latest episode of Homemade Gains is live and this week it’s a truly easy and heavenly recipe! 

For Nut Butter addicts like me you MUST try this! Click here to see me make it or click the picture below to get the full recipe!

Also this weeks episode features my lovely “Little Lifter” Tank in Heather Purple, which you can get here!

Enjoy! 

Homemade Gains Episode 2 is live! This week stars Oat and Almond Loaf!

After an epic battle with technology and its lack of storage space, I finally have episode 2 of Homemade Gains on the YouTube channel for you all to enjoy!

Click here to check it out!

This week features my absolute bread of the moment: Oat and Almond Loaf


You can get the full recipe by clicking the text above but make sure you watch Homemade Gains too! I’ve got big plans for the YouTube channel so I need your views to make it awesome and well what’s not to love about seeing some tasty food being made! And of course it’s always a chance to see my tees in person! This weeks episode has got 2 of my current favourites!

Right for now I have to go finish work on my training plan (super excited to share that with you all very soon)! Your homework good people is to go watch Homemade Gains and like, subscribe and share (if you would be so kind please ๐Ÿ˜‰)! 

Homemade Gains Episode 1 now on the YouTube Channel

Yep it’s finally here! Yesterday I recorded the very 1st episode of “Homemade Gains”; the place where magical food is made (& also where I can product placement my own Tanks and tees hehe)!

Episode 1 features my protein honeycomb recipe (it can now also be found here on the blog). There’s definite improvement in this weeks video (though I think nerves are certainly still in there). Mostly in that I keep saying the honeycomb is “pretty good” when it is actually very damn good! Although, looking at my attempts last week, it does show that to get better at something you have to keep on doing it. I’m going to have to get busy in the kitchen and make it ultra awesome then!

So yes, protein honeycomb is awesome therefore, I must insist you go watch how it’s made and try it yourself! Just click the tasty photo below to go to the video!

New Recipe Section!! Breads and Bakes!

I have recently gotten quite into my Bread making, it gets you a loaf of fancy artisan Bread for pretty much the price of a standard supermarket loaf (I’ll have to do the math to confirm but it’s definitely very affordable)! Also kneading dough is very stress relieving for me and it smells magical.

So today I made my very own Bread recipe, Buckwheat Bread and since it turned out nice (yay!) I’ve made a new section in my free recipes for breads and Bakes! 

Click the lovely lovely photo of my beautiful Buckwheat Bread to go check it out! ๐Ÿ˜œ

New (Free) Recipe: Curried No-Mayo Egg Mayo!

I wanted egg mayonnaise on toast today as a snack but I had no mayonnaise (nooooo). So I boldly experimented and created this little beauty using Yogurt instead! Click the photo to go to the recipe and try it out (its yum)!