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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

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...