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!
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 😉)!
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!
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! 😜
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)!