Category Archives: FODMAP

In Two Minds

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I hadn’t figured out a way of articulating it. Now that it’s Easter Sunday and I’m up waaaay too early for my liking, I figure that my creative juices should be flowing, so why not write it now?

Of late, my eats (I hate the word diet) haven’t been the healthiest. I’ve been eating chocolate, cakes, processed meats, etc. for quite a while now and I’ve been feeling it. I have had no energy and I’ve just all round been feeling like crap. Mentally eating this way doesn’t affect me, but physically I’m suffering.

I discussed it with a close friend who’s digestive system is very much like mine (IBS, anyone?) and she’s been making healthy changes to her way of eating such as having smoothies, less processed foods, less FODMAP foods, less sugar, and she says she’s been feeling much better.

However, I am in two minds. I’ve been trying to add healthier foods into my day, but it’s really been making the orthorexic thoughts in my mind go crazy. I have an all or nothing personality when it comes to my “diet” and so on days when I haven’t eaten anything like chocolate, etc. and then I suddenly feel like chocolate, the thoughts go rampant wanting me to not go near it because I’ve been eating so healthy so far and that having a piece or two of chocolate will ruin it. Despite these thoughts, I’ve been eating chocolate anyway because I don’t want to deprive myself of what I truly want. But I hate that when I choose to eat healthier, these thoughts come rushing back.

I’m not saying that I’ve been acting on these thoughts. There is no way in hell that I’m going to go back to that dark place in my head.

I have to admit that I have been feeling better since I’ve chosen to add healthier foods and I’m most definitely NOT cutting back on foods like I did in the past when I chose to eat healthier. Today is Easter and I’m certainly not going to go without chocolate! Could you imagine a life without chocolate? I don’t even want to think about it…

I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this, and if so, how did you overcome it? I know that I just have to tell myself the honest reason as to why I’m choosing to be healthier, but I’m just scared that I’m kidding myself. I do like that I’m trying different foods and feeling better all round, but I just don’t like the effect that it’s having on my mind…

On a jollier note, Happy Easter!!!!! 😀



Have a Slice of Rhubarb and Berry Crumble

Helloooo! Thank you all for your responses to my last post. I’m glad that you all agree with my food philosophy!

Today’s post is going to be slightly more delicious with a new, FODMAP-friendly dessert recipe. 

Ooooh yeaaah!

Katy-Pie’s Rhubarb and Berry Crumble

You will need:

  • 2 cups of chopped, uncooked rhubarb (~800 grams)
  • 150 ml water
  • 3 cups of frozen berries
  • 1 cup of white sugar*
  • 2-3 tablespoons of corn flour
  • 75 grams of chilled butter 
  • 1 cup of GF flour (2/3 cup rice flour, 1/3 cup tapioca starch, teaspoon xanthan gum)
  • 1 cup of oat bran
  • 1/2 cup of soft brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F.In a pot, gently simmer the rhubarb and water until soft and fluffy. Take off the heat and stir in the white sugar.

Poor into a lasagne dish and stir in frozen berries and corn flour.

In a bowl, combine the GF flour, sugar, and oats. When combined, chop the butter into cubes and rub the butter and dry mixture with your fingers (or put into a food processor – whatever takes your fancy) until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Pour the mixture over the fruit and put in the oven four 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 

Serve with ice cream or custard. 


*For a lower fructose content, use half white sugar, half glucose powder.

Have a Slice of Oat and Nut Bar..sss

As promised (I don’t remember when), here is my Oat and Nut Bar recipe:

Katy Pie’s Oat and Nut Bars

Oat and nut bars!

And they’re wheat and dairy free to boot!

You will need:

  • ~100g of any nuts of your choice (I use mixed nuts)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats (not porridge oats)
  • 1/4 cup of oat bran
  • 1/4 cup of brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup of tapioca starch
  • 50g of coconut oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips and seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake. Put the nuts into a snap lock back and smash them with the end of a rolling pin until they’re crushed and lumpy. Combine the dry ingredients (including the sugar) in a bowl. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in the microwave and add to the dry ingredients. Then add the egg, golden syrup and vanilla extract. When that’s all combined, add in your extras. Dark chocolate is delicious in these!

Put into a 9×9 inch pan and flatten with a spatula. Put in the oven for 15 minutes or so until the edges are brown. Let cool before cutting into squares. Serves 12.


Eat When Hungry, Stop When Full. Easier Said Than Done.

Bonjour, mes amis!  I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful week! My week has involved a few ups and downs. 

Not only did I pull out most of my eyelashes in my right eye due to my deadly eyelash curler (yes, it really happened and before you ask, yes it really was painful!), but my Nan is also sick and in hospital and we aren’t sure if she’s going to make it through. She’s been in and out of hospital for years but this time we just aren’t sure. I’m hoping she has at least another two years left in her so that I can visit her for one last time but her living in England while I live down the bottom of the world in New Zealand makes things very difficult. Please keep her in your thoughts 🙂

Onto a more foodie-related subject now…

These past few weeks I have been having trouble figuring out how much I am supposed to be eating. Some might think of this as an easy task. “Why don’t you just eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full?” they say. Yes, this is grand advice but it’s not for those who aren’t familiar with their body’s signals. I do feel hunger and I do feel fullness but even today around lunch time, I couldn’t distinguish between hunger and tiredness. Did I need a nap or was I tired because I was hungry? I waited a bit and alas, it was actually hunger. I knew this because I started to shake which is a sure sign that I was hungry. This happens the other way around as well. Sometimes I’m full but can’t tell whether I’m full because I’ve eaten so many vegetables or if I’m legitimately full!

It’s especially bad during the week when I’m at work. I eat breakfast before I leave to catch my bus and then after an hour or so of being at work I am absolutely starving. I have a snack of cookies that I pack but that never seems to do anything for my hunger. Lunch time rolls round and I hoover it down. Then snack time rolls around and I eat whatever I pack but it never seems to be enough. I get home and dig into my chocolate stash because I just need that sugar fix. I am taking this as a sign that I’m either a) not eating enough, b) not eating enough protein or c) all of the above.

So I am going to start by overhauling my breakfast. Typically on a work day, I go for a quick bowl of oats. I stick with the normal 1 serving but clearly this just isn’t cutting it for me. I’ve upped the ante by having 1 and a half servings of oats which tends to help keep the hunger at bay for just that little bit longer. These days I just make oats with a cup of soy milk, add blueberries and brown sugar and eat that before I run out the door. I went through a huge nut butter phase last year where I would add nuts and nut butter to my oats everyday but now I never crave anything nutty in the mornings which could be why my breakfasts aren’t holding me over as well as I would like them to.

Next is my morning snack. I tend to just grab a handful of gluten free cookies that I keep in the pantries because I love dunking them in my morning tea. However, these contain no protein whatsoever which explains why I’m wishing I had the whole box with me once I’ve finished my last one. Does anyone have any high protein cookie recipes that don’t involve protein powder? I’m not into the whole protein powder thing. I think that once I have my morning meals sorted that they will keep me going till my next meals but at the moment, they are lacking somewhat.

I’m sorry if I bored you but writing it down helps me to keep everything in order and it would be great to get some feed back on this 🙂

Now enough with the boring stuff. I will show you what I’ve been eating of late for dinner and desserts.

Fish and chips. There was plenty of tomato and tartare sauce involved.

 This might an example of where my issue with too many veggies comes into play:

In the mix: Quinoa, veggie sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots drizzled with olive oil and salt. You can also see my calcium tablet above my plate. Yum!

These are my wheat, dairy and fruit free muesli bars. Recipe for these coming soon 😉

This would be my Deconstructed Lemon "Cheesecake". Recipe for this is also coming soon 😉

Questions: Do you have trouble knowing how much food your body needs?
Do you have any high-protein protein powderless cookie recipes??

Love to you all! ❤