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January 14, 2019

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 ac

January 7, 2019

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 –

December 31, 2018

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

December 3, 2018

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 co

November 26, 2018

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 Nutri

November 19, 2018

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 mo

November 5, 2018

What You Need to Know About Nutrition and PCOS

We work with many women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and all too often we hear the same story about their diagnosis. They are told they have PCOS an

October 24, 2018

Low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

These low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats are a go-to in our house (and a HUGE hit on our 5 day low FODMAP and gut health menu plan).  We cre

October 24, 2018

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

October 22, 2018

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 t

Do You Have A Travelling Poop plan?

Do You Have a Travelling Poop Plan? | Guest Blog Kirsten Oilund

Do you have a travelling poop plan? You laugh - you maybe feel a bit uncomfortable even saying it - but how many of you struggle with your bowels while on the road? I know I DO. Which is why I was SO excited when Kirsten Oilund agreed to guest blog on the topic! Kirsten is one of my FAVORITE dietitians. She works in Jasper, Alberta, and runs a private practice called Jasper Nutrition.  If you don't follow her on social media - you probably should. Her food photography is on fleek - and her Instagram account is drool-worthy. Not to mention - she's brilliant, and provides practical advice, which I LOVE! Without further ado...

Does Peppermint Help IBS? A Dietitian Explains

Does Peppermint Help IBS? | A Dietitian Explains

Does Peppermint Help IBS? A few weeks ago, my colleague Andrea D'Ambrosio asked me to talk about foods that help to relieve digestive symptoms. As part one of this series, I'm going to be talking about one of the most popular herbs to help manage digestive woes, and one of my personal favourites, peppermint. How Does Peppermint Help IBS? People have been using peppermint to help with digestion for a LONG time. And I mean long. Fun fact - they can trace use of peppermint leaves in tea, and as a post meal digestive agent over 2000 years back in time. I'm sure at the time, this habit arose out of the peppermint making their tummies feel better. Totally valid - a food-first herb that I'm sure many of...

Is It Irritable Bowel Syndrome? What You Need To Know

Is it Irritable Bowel Syndrome? | What You Need to Know | IBS Awareness Month

Did you know, April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month? At Ignite, I primarily practice in functional gut disorders and other gut diseases. IBS is very near and dear to my heart - as someone who has suffered from IBS and has seen the impact nutrition and a holistic approach to IBS management can make, I'm a huge advocate that everyone with IBS should be involved with a dietitian. Interestingly enough, many of my clients come to me 'kinda/sorta' diagnosed with IBS - they aren't very confident in their diagnosis, or what it means. They've had all other gut conditions ruled out, and often they're left with a 'well I guess you have IBS' diagnosis, and occasionally advice to eat more fibre. There appears to be a lack of confidence in...

IBS Awareness MonthLets End The Stigma

IBS Awareness Month | Andrea’s Personal Story

Ok guys. I rarely go into much details about my personal life in counselling unless I see it of the utmost benefit to my clients. Because in all reality - counselling is about you, not me. HOWEVER. April is IBS Awareness Month - and my MISSION is to remove the stigma around IBS. 13-20% of Canadians have IBS It is NOT a diagnosis of exclusion - rather - real symptoms to match a real diagnosis Many times clients come to me have been told 'IBS is all in your head'. The stigma breaks my heart that they're so afraid to talk about their disease! Time to diagnosis from symptom onset is GREATER than 6 years. 6 years with digestive issues. No answers. Feeling unheard. This is...

Easy Low FODMAP Tabouleh Salad

Eat This: Tabouleh Salad [Low FODMAP]

Recently, I've been craving a fresh flavour. With spring just around the corner, I decided a tabouleh salad would give me JUST that. With the mint and parsley, two of my favourite garden herbs, alongside the bright acidity of a lemon, I knew this was the dish. Of course, I made it low FODMAP (it's still for errrr'one though. Don't worry.) If you aren't following a low FODMAP diet - I PERSONALLY prefer my tabouleh with bulgur. You can totally swap the quinoa out for bulgur if you'd like - portions remain the same. Interestingly, small portions of bulgur (1/4 cup cooked) are low FODMAP! However, in this salad, once everything is all cooked up, you most certainly get more than that per serving. This easy lunch salad is...