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Gut Health & IBS

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7 things you can do to support someone on the low FODMAP diet

The low FODMAP diet, or really any medically necessary diet, can be really isolating. It can make you feel alone, misunderstood, and a giant inconvenience. While you’re busy navigating one of the most restrictive, non-sensical diets out there – you not only have to content with label reading, picking the right foods, and making a shift to your planning – but you ALSO have to navigate the impacts it has on your relationships at work, at home, and when you go out with friends. While most people are well-meaning (often in their desire to understand and relate) their questions can put you on edge. Make you feel judged, singled out, and unheard. As someone who counsels patients, it’s not the diet changes (though hard!) that are the most...

Low FODMAP Grilled Shrimp

Low FODMAP Grilled Shrimp

It is finally that time of the year when we get to dust off the old BBQ and put out the patio chairs! Summer has arrived and it is time to soak up all the sun we can get! Starting the low FODMAP diet in the summer can be frustrating with all the things we typically grill, which is why we created this super simple, crowd-pleasing low FODMAP grilled shrimp recipe! This recipe works great as an appetizer for those Sunday potlucks with friends, or a light dinner when served on top of your favourite grain. It is simple and delicious. What more could you ask for? Give it a try! Low FODMAP Grilled Shrimp Recipe adapted from Delicious As It Looks. Save Print Low-FODMAP Grilled...

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Long Term Low FODMAP | A Dietitian Explains

Living with gut symptoms is miserable. They are painful, embarrassing and awkward. It’s not surprising that when people find relief on the low FODMAP diet, they want to stay on it forever. BUT, this is over restrictive, in most cases totally unnecessary and even detrimental to gut health. My name is Joanna Baker, I’m a FODMAP expert dietitian from Everyday Nutrition in Melbourne, Australia and today Andrea has kindly asked me to contribute some info on reintroducing FODMAPs back into your diet. What’s the deal with FODMAP cut offs? You probably know by now that: We can test foods in a laboratory to see what the FODMAP content is. We also have plenty of research telling us what people with IBS will tolerate before they start loosening their...

Homemade Gut Friendly Granola

Homemade Gut Friendly Granola

Hey there, it is Nancy again, and I am excited to share with you a homemade granola recipe made for a special someone found within your gut! Let me explain… Did you know that there is such a thing as good bacteria? Not all bacteria needs to be cleaned away, and killed through sanitization. We as humans contain trillions of good bacteria within our gastrointestinal system most of which have vital tasks to maintain our overall health. Our good bacteria help us in a variety of ways including producing a physical barrier in our gut to protect against bad bacteria, helping us digest nutrients, and even help support an efficient immune system.1  In fact, research is beginning to show - those bacteria may also play a role in...

Microbiome in Pregnancy

Microbiome in Pregnancy

Can I just take a second to introduce my AMAZING colleague, Sarah O’Hara, RD? She runs a private practice here in Calgary specializing in prenatal and PCOS nutrition. When she suggested writing a blog post on the microbiome and pregnancy - I was ALL over that. As a gut health dietitian - the microbiome, especially in infancy BLOWS my mind. So let’s get to it! Microbiome 101 The human “microbiome” refers to the community of microorganisms living in/on our bodies. It outnumbers our own cells by a factor of 10, contains upwards of 100 trillion cells and a collective 27 times more genes than the human genome. (That’s a LOT of microbes!) The species diversity and abundance vary depending upon the location in/on our bodies: our skin,...

Nine IBS Triggers That aren't FODMAPs

IBS Triggers that aren’t FODMAP’s

Have you ever wondered why, despite following the low FODMAP diet 'perfectly', you still have IBS symptoms? IBS is a complex condition where the low FODMAP diet can HELP - however I always explain it like a 'bandaid' solution - and putting all your eggs in one basket is never a good idea. I review the top 9 IBS triggers I see in my practice that aren't FODMAP related - and how to fix them! Catch the replay of my #AskADietitian Facebook Live: IBS Triggers That Aren't FODMAPS My Top 9 Triggers That Aren't FODMAP's Stress Eating Quickly Meal Spacing Hormones Sleep Medications Spicy Foods Alcohol High Fat Foods I go into detail in the video about each one! Be sure to watch it. (Also - I love that on...

Understanding IBS On Breakfast Television

Understanding IBS on Breakfast Television

April is IBS awareness month! I went on breakfast television to discuss understanding IBS, specifically, debunking myths in IBS, and FODMAP's! Specifically the myths I commonly hear 'IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion' and 'just eat more fibre'. As a Calgary IBS dietitian, I wanted to make sure that Calgarians had a better understanding of what IBS actually is, and to reduce the stigma around the disease! We talk about the low FODMAP diet, and it's role in IBS management - specifically that it's a SHORT TERM diet. SO many patients come to me, having been on the low FODMAP diet far too long, wondering why their symptoms regressed. We know the low FODMAP diet causes a depletion of important bacteria in your gut - likely...

Low FODMAP Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Low-FODMAP Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Hey- it is Nancy here, Andrea’s student, and today I have got a Low-FODMAP hummus to share with you! Yes, that’s right, there is such thing as a delicious hummus without any garlic or onions! Garlic and onion are two foods that are high-FODMAP, specifically due to their high contents of fructo-oligosaccharides, and can make digestion for IBSer’s unpleasant. Unfortunately, they are also two flavour ingredients that are common in so many dishes! But - let all your troubles fade away because this hummus is specifically made Low-FODMAP and is still full of flavour! Hummus is a great snack to help you get through the morning before lunch, as its primary ingredient is chickpeas which is full of protein to keep you full! An important note about chickpeas is...

Understanding and Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Understanding and Managing IBS Event Calgary

April is IBS awareness month - it's JUST around the corner! This month is of course, very near and dear to our hearts - because we at Ignite are experts helping those struggling with irritable bowel syndrome! IBS awareness month is SO important, because of the stigma and lack of understanding that exists around IBS. It is OUR mission at Ignite to bear witness to our patients stories - to hear what they've been going through - and act as connectors to  care. While nutrition plays a large part in managing IBS symptoms - it's not the ONLY piece of managing IBS. Join Andrea Hardy, registered dietitian (that's me!) and Dr. Andy Liu, a gastroenterology fellow from University of Calgary with a special interest in IBS for...

Top 10 IBS Low FODMAP Recipes

Top 10 Low FODMAP Recipes

Eating low FODMAP is hard - having to avoid onion, garlic, and many favourite fruits and vegetable make our regular go-to recipes kaput until after the reintroduction phase. If you aren't someone very confident in the kitchen, modifying recipes can seem overwhelming! Luckily, my colleagues have some AMAZING low FODMAP recipes. From breakfast to late-night snacks, these are tried and tested - all delicious and simple to make! Top 10 low FODMAP Recipes Dark Chocolate Granola by Alana Scott of A Little Bit Yummy This low FODMAP, gluten-free recipe brings the best of both worlds together: chocolate and breakfast. This granola can easily be paired with Greek yogurt or almond milk for a quick and energizing breakfast! Hash Brown Egg Nests by Kate Scarlata, RD Jazz up your bacon and eggs brunch...