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…
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!
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.
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…
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!
So here we are on the 1st of May, it’s a bit scary how quickly we got here but instead of freaking out, let’s celebrate with a BRAND NEW TEE!
Yep the my May tee has dropped and it’s pretty dam awesome if I do say so myself!
Paying tribute to one of the most common complaints among lifters, Squat Rack is my way of helping you to save our squats from the plight of bicep curls!
Just Click the Photos to go to their shop page (link opens in a new window) and get yourself one of these little beauties! I’ve got a red tank on order to hopefully wear to BodyPower!
Before you run off to treat yourself to one of these awesome tees (you know you want to), how do you fancy giving your core a bit of a challenge this week? Head over to my Workout Challenge page to have a go at my ‘Hardcore’ Challenge for this week! I’m taking on the experienced level and already dreading the thought of doing almost 1 hours worth of planks this week!
Just like last week, I’ll post my videos to my Facebook/Instagram page to share my pain and give you laugh (or inspiration, but probably more laughing though), so make sure you’re following me to see how it goes!
The first is my new Weekly Workout Challenges! These little challenges are a great way to get more active by adding little workouts into your week! The first is my “You Squat?!” Challenge and it starts tomorrow! Every challenge has 3 levels so there’s something there for everyone!
Check it out here or watch the video on my Facebook page!
Next up is the Prep Plan for my Free Meal and Training Plan – Kickstart Change!
It’s a 2 week Prep task before embarking on the actual plan! Even if you don’t go for the plan, I 110% recommend doing this exercise, it’s a great way to assess where you are now in your eating and training. Like the plan, this is free and you can download the info sheet here!
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!
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!
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
I’ve always loved my dads chicken chasni and well who doesn’t love a chasni? For me though the fun stopped when I became dairy intolerant and when I became aware of the calorie content…
so today I reckoned I could make chasni swapping the bad stuff for better stuff. Out went the ketchup, cream and mango chutney; in went tomato purée, coconut milk and fresh mango in its place! And you know what? The sauce contains only 155 calories per serving and it ain’t half bad!
Click the photo to do it yourself and get stuck in to that chasni-y goodness!
It was a very very rare day today as I had a vegan lunch! I bought a Scotch Broth mix (it’s a mix of barley, lentils and split peas that you’re supposed to add to Soup) ages ago and I was determined to use it for something. So On went my experimental cooking hat (Random thought: I should make an actual hat for this) and behold I produced a tasty wee Dhal adaptation that I felt was worth sharing since it was super easy! Click the photo to go to the recipe and give it a try! Enjoy! 🙂