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Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies

Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies

I often find that people either love potlucks or hate them. Either you know the perfect dish to bring, or you spend hours worrying about what is an acceptable dish to bring. You ask yourself: what is considered a big enough portion? Are people going to like the dish I bring? Does it have to be homemade, or is it acceptable to opt for some store bought snacks? Although potlucks are supposed to be a fun get together, they can often be more stressful than desired. In addition when trying to stick to a low FODMAP diet, a whole new layer of stress is added. It can be difficult to distinguish which platters are low-FODMAP and which are not. Especially when your co-worker won’t share that...

How Prebiotics Help Gut Health

How Prebiotics Help Gut Health

Do you take a probiotic for gut health every day? Let me stop you righttttt there. While probiotics may be helpful in managing specific conditions – what REALLY matters when it comes to gut health are ‘prebiotics’. See the difference there? Pre, versus Pro. Many of you may know that probiotics are living bacteria. However, when I say the word ‘pre’biotic – people often give me a funny look. No, I’m not just pronouncing probiotic incorrectly, pre and probiotics are two different things! (to throw some confusion in the mix ‘post-biotics’ is now a thing too). So, what are ‘prebiotics’? Prebiotics are beneficial compounds that act as food for bacteria and can improve our health. Prebiotics are undigestible parts of food that reach the colon without being absorbed, for...

How To Start On The Low FODMAP Diet

How to start on the low FODMAP diet

So you’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and have been told to start on the low FODMAP diet? As a dietitian, I’m thrilled that more people are being referred in the direction of ‘food first, medication second’ for IBS management. In fact, the low FODMAP diet has been shown to improve symptoms in approximately 50-75% of patients who implement it under dietitian supervision and support. However, the majority of patients suggested to follow the low FODMAP diet are not given the resources and tools needed to implement it safely and effectively! Awareness is growing around the low FODMAP diet – and with that, so too are the resources and foods available to help patients get started on the low FODMAP diet. Today, in partnership with Rachel Pauls...

Low Fodmap Tomato Sauce

Low FODMAP Tomato Sauce

Low FODMAP Tomato Sauce can be SO hard to find (especially in Canada!) Quite often ready-made tomato-based sauces bought at the local grocery store contain garlic and onions. Roasted red pepper sauce, sweet basil pasta sauce, and even organic marinara pasta sauce: they all sound delicious, but when you have irritable bowel syndrome and are on the low FODMAP diet, the garlic and onion content just doesn’t work. This Low FODMAP tomato sauce is the perfect alternative to high FODMAP, and also highly salted, store bought tomato-based sauces.  This recipe is simple as it just involves two cans of tomatoes, two chopped vegetables, spices, and a garlic-infused olive oil. NOTE: Garlic-infused olive oil has been labelled safe for individuals following a low FODMAP diet since the High FODMAP...

Non Pharmacological Strategies For IBSD Managment

Non-Pharmacological Strategies for IBS-D Management

Believe it or not, roughly 20% of the population have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Of this, we see that about half the IBS patients at Ignite Nutrition fall under the umbrella of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) or have symptoms that alternate between diarrhea and constipation (IBS-M). Diarrhea predominant IBS can be SO frustrating to manage. Loose stools cause urgency, which causes stress, which tends to make symptoms worse!   IBS-D Management - Our Approach At Ignite, we first approach diarrhea management from 3 perspectives. how quick the gut moves (motility) stool consistency working on abdominal pain and cramping that is so common when your bowels tend to empty quickly! Today we are going to be discussing exactly how we manage IBS-D, as well as discussing some non-pharmacological options. At...

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

This sponsored recipe is brought to you by BC Tree Fruits. They’ve kindly compensated monetarily me to develop this post – and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you a delicious apples recipe! I LOVE pancakes. Growing up, weekends were for stacks of delicious pancakes covered in syrup. One of my favourite ways to enjoy pancakes was with apples. We would shred them into the mix, adding the perfect amount of sweetness and tartness! Now, I've gone on to being a dietitian and am more cognizant of building a balanced breakfast. What I love about this recipe is, you get added fibre and nutrients from the oats, whole grain flours, and almost full serving of fruit! Picking the Perfect Apples Luckily, BC Tree Fruits has you covered! They are perfectly...

anything goes energy balls

Anything-Goes Energy Balls

To me, the perfect snack is salty and sweet. I LOVE energy balls - especially in the summer when I'm busy, and need something quick I can eat on the golf course! We made these energy balls for the Husky Wellness Fair 2018. I love this recipe because: the energy balls are easy to make ahead and keep well in the freezer (up to one month ish) They're balanced, with fibre, protein, and fat They are good for your gut microbiota I use them A LOT in my patients that struggle with constipation They are super easy to eat in the car on the way to work or if you're running out the door and need a snack Save Print Anything-Goes Energy Balls...

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Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Halloween is one of the most fun and creepy times of the year - however, it shouldn’t be the treats that spook us! For many people, holidays that centre around snacks and candy can induce a lot of fear around managing food allergies and intolerances, especially when you're trying to find allergy friendly Halloween Treats! Did you know? Food sensitivities affect 1/5th of the population, and most common food sensitivities are often staples in our diets - making them challenging to avoid! As a dietitian who specializes in GI disorders, I work with many different conditions that have food sensitivities & allergies, including celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and more traditional IgE mediated food allergies, like peanut, soy, egg or dairy. One of the most challenging conditions is Eosinophilic Esophagitis...

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EoE 101: Everything you need to know about Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Today we will be discussing all things Eosinophilic Esophagitis. I know. You’re saying… Eo-what? It’s a rare condition – however its occurrence is increasing. In fact, here in my own city, a 4 year study saw occurrence increasing 39% year over year. This is partially attributed to better biopsy techniques – BUT even when accounting for that – the rates are rising. This condition captured my attention – because I’m obsessed with unusual food sensitivities(given I have one of my own), and how our gut microbiota and immune system cause them. And then of course, how we can use nutrition to help manage them! Jump To Contents: What is EoE Who Develops EoE Symptoms of EoE How is EoE Diagnosed Treatment of EoE Can EoE be Cured? Nutrition for EoE Allergies & EoE Prognosis with EoE What we...