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Eat Drink Perth for the Digestively Challenged

March 10, 2011 · 64 comments

Fear not, my digestively challenged friends! You too can revel in the eating and drinking fest that is Eat Drink Perth without having to fill your pockets with emergency antacid supplies and take a pet dog around with you to blame for potential alarming gas situations.

As those of you who follow me on twitter (@ConorHoldthBeef) may be aware from my recent whinging, I am currently on an elimination diet to sort out some digestive quirks. More specifically, I am currently on a low FODMAP diet, meaning that I am reducing or eliminating the amount of Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols getting into my system.

In more digestible (ha!) language, this means I am following a low gluten, lactose, fructan and fructose diet. After following it for 6-8 weeks you can then reintroduce things one by one and see what effect it has on your system, to try and ascertain what foods trigger unhappiness in your belly (wishing with every ounce of your being that these won’t include chickpeas, broccoli or apples). It’s been a bit of a tough slog to cut out so many things that bring me joy, but in the quest for an end to belly unhappiness I am being strong!

Another moment in my life when I had to be strong, at the Australian Open tennis this year sitting in front of the world's most irritating tennis spectators.

The past few weeks have given me an insight into what it’s like for those with food intolerances, and I have to say it can all get a bit tiring. In what felt too stereotypical a situation to be true, I had a French waiter at Fraser’s Restaurant laugh at me when I said I couldn’t eat any of their suggested (full of gluten) breads, after I’d also just explained I couldn’t have the pear salad he suggested as it was too high in fructose for my diet (I do have to add though that the subsequent meal we had was delicious and well presented, and the rest of the wait staff were great).

I thought in this great month of eating and drinking, when I am so horribly restricted in both, to share some of the foods about the City of Perth that are suitable for those on such diets. Although the FODMAP diet is essentially a gluten-free one, I have been reasonably casual about eating wheat in small amounts such as in Vegemite and soy sauce, so some of my suggestions may not be entirely suitable for Coeliac sufferers.

Let’s get things started with breakfast/brunch:

  • Yum cha/dim sum is possibly fraught with danger for coeliac sufferers due to potential cross-contamination and the gluten content in many flavourings, but options for the lesser gluten-intolerant and those following a FODMAP diet include rice flour rolls, Chinese greens, roast duck, radish cake, congee, sticky rice and sago pudding. Our favourite yum cha haunt has been Jade Chinese Seafood Restaurant (now called Xintiandi) but we recently had a good experience at Northbridge Chinese Restaurant, and have also heard good things about Dim Sim Cafe and Dragon Palace.

Rice flour rolls, hiding prawns, not gluten!

  • Quite often there are gluten-free/low gluten and FODMAP friendly options on breakfast menus that I find more attractive than the other dishes anyway. Things like the house-cured salmon and potato cake, or poached eggs and polenta special at CNR in Northbridge that I discovered the other day.

House smoked salmon and potato cake, and poached eggs and polenta from CNR in Northbridge

  • Coffee is totally gluten free and FODMAP friendly if you drink it black or use lactose-free milk. Good coffee places are popping up all over the joint in Perth, check out the Eat Drink Perth guide for many suggested places and if you already have a favourite, vote for it to win a year’s supply of sweet, sweet caffeine (or, you know, super bitter) for free!

and now onto Lunch and dinner ideas:

  • Freshly shucked oysters – this really seems to be in its heyday in Perth at the moment, with restaurants such as Fiorentina offering freshly shucked delights when the mood takes you, and many small bars such as 399 offering regular oyster days for their punters.

Freshly shucked oysters from the hands of Jerry Fraser

  • Rice paper rolls are a great gluten-free lunch or entrée option, and their fillings are often FODMAP friendly too. My favourite local purveyor is Phi Yen, either at their main restaurant in Northbridge or their outlet in the enex100 shopping centre in the city.

Gỏi Cuốn Chay from Phi Yen

  • In fact, there are often many FODMAP friendly choices in Asian restaurants due to their tendency to use rice as their carbohydrate. Your usual Pad Thai, for instance, is great for the FODMAP diet as long as you steer clear of the white parts of spring onions.

My version of Pad Thai, totally FODMAP friendly and gluten free

  • It was a happy day when I learnt Jus Burgers was opening up a new store within an easy walk from my house, on William Street in Northbridge. They have a gluten-free bun option with all of their burgers, and I’ve found the Pancetta Chicken burger (minus the Spanish onion) is a delicious FODMAP friendly option as long as you’re not a ‘oh-god-what-is-this-pineapple-doing-in-my-savoury-dish-Hawaiian-pizzas-are-the-work-of-the-devil-argh’ type person.

Pineapple is your friend (yes, this is the closest photo I have to a burger with pineapple in it, and I realise it does nothing to help fight against the pineapple-is-weird-in-savoury-dishes movement)

and now some Eat Drink Perth treats for the FODMAPper or Coeliac sufferer:

  • You can’t let March pass you by without having some of Marcelita’s Empanadas at the Twilight Hawker Market in Forest Place. The dough is made with gluten-free corn meal, but you may want to double check with Matt or Marcela if there are any gluten sources in the fillings. Be warned though – FODMAP followers will have their hearts broken by the delicious guacamole optional extra that they’re not allowed to eat.
  • Feeling game? Want to show all those gluten lovers what you’re made of? Take on the Pho Eating Competition at What the Pho? in Northbridge, held from 6:30pm to 7:30pm every Wednesday in March. Chris from Bon Viveur and I are planning to take it on next week. If you finish a jumbo sized pho you get it for free, plus a food voucher to use later when you’re feeling less explosive. Really though, this is the kind of thing you do for the high fives, not for the prize.
  • Although many sausages contain gluten, good old unadulterated meat is well and truly on the cards for both Coeliacs and FODMAPpers alike! Head down to The Butchers’ Picnic at the end of the month to give your iron levels a good top up and get better acquainted with where your meat actually comes from.

And finally, this weekend the Coles Gluten Free Food and Healthy Living Expo is on at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and I’m sure they will have much more useful information than what I can offer.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go fill in my food record diary.. sigh…

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Apex@blueapocalypse March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Great list of gluten free options, will have to pass it along to my friend who is gluten intolerant.

I will be down at the pho challenge to contribute to high five awesomeness!


Conor March 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

Apex I know that your support is going to make all the difference. After hearing the jumbo contains 900g of noodles, I think we’ll be needing all the potential high fives we can get.


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

Poor you Conor. I simply would die if I had to do one of those diets… Though your list of allowable foods actually makes it all look pretty do-able. I hope you find out what is making your tummy unhappy and that it’s nothing that you love. Really. xox
Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite´s last blog post ..French Fridays with Dorie- Savory cheese and chive bread With BACON On Wednesday


Conor March 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

(tee hee, I accidentally replied without signing into my Wordpress properly, so I deleted the response and put it in properly.. just as well, as I called you Mardo in the original one, ha!)

Poor you too, Mardio with your ears being so very badly behaved. Let us give each other hugs and gentle pats from afar. You’re right though, there are a lot of good options in the allowable list and I’ve been trying to focus on those instead of thinking about the things I can’t have (although my friends may say I’m doing a poor job of not complaining about it).

Thank you, and sending you lots of healing vibes.. xxx


Conor March 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

Oh dear god, Mardio? What is wrong with me?

Sorry MARDI. There, I’m sure that’s right. Yeesh.


Hannah March 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

I want your beanie. And your earrings. And your face. (In a non-creepy way. Okay, well, maybe in a slightly-creepy way.)

I shall cross my fingers that broccoli and chickpeas are able to stay in your life long-term! And cheesecake and dark chocolate and broad beans and oatmeal with nut butters nad maple syrup and wait I think this just became about me…

Funnily enough, pretty much all of the dishes you’ve highlighted here are ones I love/would love. Particularly the smoked salmon and the polenta and egg breakfast. Om nom nom!
Hannah´s last blog post ..Whittaker’s Dark Caramel Chocolate and CSN Giveaway Winner


Conor March 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hannah I’m totally willing to lend you my beanie and earrings, and even possibly my face, but you have to come here to pick them up. I’ll be waiting with a cup of tea. Ready, GO!

You know, dark chocolate and oatmeal and nut butters and maple syrup are all allowed! Not broad beans though. I’ve been missing my legumes. Better than missing my legs though.. it could be worse.


Hannah March 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

Well, in all seriousness, if you hear of any writing jobs in Perth…
Hannah´s last blog post ..Whittaker’s Dark Caramel Chocolate and CSN Giveaway Winner


Conor March 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Ooh. I shall keep my eyes peeled! Unlike my mangoes, boo.


OohLookBel March 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh, I pity you (or should that be ‘have sympathy’). You must have really strong self-discipline to cut out so many things from your diet. I have enough trouble cutting down from 3 to 2.5 tsp of sugar in my tea (it’s been 6 months and I can’t go any lower, honest). Best of luck with it. PS: the look of bemusement on your face at the tennis (and those strange-looking people behind you) is priceless.
OohLookBel´s last blog post ..Chorizo pilaf in cute dishes is a winner – FACT!


Conor March 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

Pity, sympathy, I’m willing to take whatever you want to throw my way. Just don’t throw any cherries or mangoes at me, my self resolve may slip.

Thank you, it’s been tough but I guess it’s like a lot of things – once you pt in the initial effort, you are doubly determined not to ruin all the hard work you’ve already done. You should be proud of your 0.5tsp reduction. Over a year that is over 800g of sugar you’re not drinking! (thank you Google for that). If this were The Biggest Loser we’d put that in a bag and make you run up and down stairs with it for a prize of seeing your loved ones for half an hour. I won’t make you do this, count yourself lucky.

Hehe, thanks, though it doesn’t quite capture the magnitude of the irritation as well as it should!


Meggy March 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

MMM I am having oysters for dinner tonight so thanks for the visual reminder.

There are ‘gluten friendly’ chicken sausages also at Leonard;s but they arent prepared to say gluten free and i dont know why as the ingredients are gluten free. Its concerning nonetheless. Fortunately these days most supermarkets have a whole range of gluten free produce but Food labeling should go a step further and tell you about the calories/sugars/fructans/carb contents of fruits and vegetables. Glad you have still been able to live it up on Fodmap and sadly you are restricted for eating mangoes and avocados and that is such a shame!


Conor March 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

I wish I were having oysters for dinner! I’m having work for dinner instead. Poo. Still, I wish you much oyster enjoyment! Suck a couple extra down for me.

Yes, my sister (who is also FODMAPing) told me about the sausages, though to be honest I’m not much of a sausage fan anyway, apart from chorizo. I find sausages suspicious enough without the makers refusing to confirm that they are what they are.

It would be great if food labelling were so useful, but I at least have my little handy FODMAP shopping guide book to whip out in the meantime!


Meggy March 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I shall do!
I agree, to the point where i insisted on being bought a sausage maker but suspiciously i never got it – although i am sure people are sick of me opening up sausages and saying things like “what exactly is this bit here” so really making ones own sausage is the only true calling. Despite my lack of snagger maker, i am learning about meat making and curing so hopefully i can make tasty chorizo instead.
Great news on nut butters. i find that instead of gluten free flours, its better to use nut meals or oat meals.
Given my super pickiness and aversion to so many things, i think its kind of a blessing because you get to be more inventive and try all sorts of things and use foods in different ways – for example I can make pancakes from eggs/creme cheese and tartar and they are good.


Conor March 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I am curious about these pancakes of which you speak…

I am also looking forward to your eventual chorizo stall at some market somewhere. Meggy’s Marvellous Chorizo! Roll up, roll up, for a snagger sensation! (can I be your spruiker?)


sophia March 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I can’t imagine being on a diet like that…it seems really horrible, because all my favorite foods have those things you mentioned. But now I see there are some pretty sweet options around. I love rice rolls from dim sum. that I think of it, most SE Asian cuisine may fit your diet restrictions…?


Conor March 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Yes Sophia, SE Asian foods have been my saviour, my glimmer of joy in the darkness of this diet. I’ve been trying to focus on the good allowed foods and forget the naughty foods exist. I am developing food blinkers. It’s kinda working..


Bryt March 12, 2011 at 4:52 am

Haha they really know how to choose names for digestive problems/diets etc. It can be embarrassing enough but add in names like IBS, Coeliac Disease, FODMAP *insert googled digestive disease here*…. they couldn’t choose something a little more delicate sounding could they! Nup they choose ones that sound contagious that make people take a noticeable step back from you.
Am definitely checking out the GF expo today. Just follow the trail of empty stalls from trying and buying and you’ll know I’m somewhere near :D


Conor March 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

So true, Bryt! I’ve been talking about FODMAP a lot lately with friends and family as I explain why I can’t eat *insert delicious thing that I’m being offered here* and everyone’s first reaction is a look of confusion/horror/suspicion as I tell them what FODMAP stands for.

I don’t think I’m going to have any time this weekend to head to the expo, I’m sad to say! Hope you have a good time eating your way through the crowd :D


Bryt March 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

The expo was good. Smallish, but I’ve now found the perfect bread. That actually tastes like bread :D I went on a massive shopping spree!


Karen Harris March 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

This diet would be a very tall order for me although I do love some of the things on it with the exception of oysters. I hope you figure out the culprit soon.
Karen Harris´s last blog post ..Homemade Pappardelle and Life Outside My Comfort Zone


Conor March 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Karen, me too! I have to say though, as I sit here with a belly full to bursting with dim sum deliciousness, it’s not TOO awful :)


tasteofbeirut March 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

I probably also suffer from gluten and lactose intolerance but have yet to do something about it; good for you to take it to heart and find solutions!


Conor March 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I think a lot of people feel this way! Still, ignorance is bliss… if you don’t follow it through and discover you actually ARE intolerant of things then you can keep merrily eating them. Merrily eating them and suffering the consequences, I guess. I hope your consequences are minor :)


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Aww good luck Conor! I hope that it sorts out your digestion issues. Nothing worse for a food blogger is there :(


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Cheers Lorraine! So far so good, though am very much looking forward to the reintroduction phase :)


Gcroft March 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Sorry to hear about your unhappy belly – may all the chickpeas and broccoli you’re consuming taste super delicious. My favourite above is the rice paper rolls. I shall look out for PhiYen next month.


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Thank you! Rice paper rolls are so awesome. I think I’m actually heading to Phi Yen for lunch with my family tomorrow, so I can crave them in the comfortable knowledge that I shall likely be eating them soon :)

Next month? Excitement plus!


Katerina March 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

My stomach is giving me a hard time sometimes. I must try such a thing myself! I hope you will find what bothers you so you can eliminate it!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Thanks Katerina! It takes a fair bit of effort but think it’ll be worth it in the end :)


5 Star Foodie March 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’m so sorry that you have to be on a special diet, hope you can sort out all the digestive issues very soon. Those are some great delicious gluten free options though!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Thank you! Yep, I’m finding that it makes a lot of sense to focus on the positives, and there surely are a lot of tasty things I can still indulge in :)


Maria @ Scandifoodie March 14, 2011 at 1:55 am

My bf went through the same diet, unfortunately it didn’t help for his problems but I hope you’ll find it helpful! I think it was more challenging to me to cook meals for him than for him to eat them though ;-) Good luck!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Oh no Maria, so sorry to hear that! I’ve noticed a lot of success already so I have high hopes.. just crossing my fingers I won’t have to leave out too many of my favourite things.
Thank you!


panamahat March 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Let me know when you can eat cherries again, and I will make some cherry ice-cream from the morello cherries I froze from this year’s crop. And then I will invite you down to eat it with me. Perhaps late spring…
panamahat´s last blog post ..Another milestone or two


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Oh heavens.
You are amazing.
Yes please.


Trix March 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I am keeping my fingers crossed for you that the reintroduction of chickpeas goes swimmingly. I have a friend with an incredibly complicated and restricted diet, and I always feel so bad for him when we go out – it’s tough. Looks like you’re finding some great options though (though I just cannot embrace the raw oyster … ) Loved you in the video you posted on Facebook! A real pro, you are!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Thank you Trix, thank you! It has been really hard being so damn picky with my ordering when I go out, or when someone wants to cook for me or bring me food.

Aw thanks :) Much appreciated :)


ylenate March 15, 2011 at 3:20 am

Wow – this can’t be easy! However, whilst reading your post I had – “Always look on the bright side of life” – playing in my head as this it seems like this is exactly waht you are doing. I am going to pass this on to all my “digestively-challenged” friends!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hooray, that’s so good to read! Sadly it is not entirely true, as I’ve been certainly doing my fair share of complaining about being on this diet, but I’m glad I managed to successfully hide this fact :D

P.S. Sorry if the song is still in your head. It’s so very catchy.


Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz March 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Oyve! Like everyone…amazing you are holding on and doing this diet to hopefully find your trouble makers. Harder as an adult to maybe find an intolerant food. But when you know which one hurts you it is easy to ban…like pineapples for me that I love but now disagree. Good luck hon!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Thanks Evelyne! With the support of my bloggy friends, how can I fail? Right? RIGHT? :D

Oh no, luckily pineapples are on the ok list for me, seeing as I have a free year’s supply of them. I’ll know now to post any your way when I eventually tire of them.


Pam March 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I am sorry you are on such a strict elimination diet…no fun. Hopefully everything gets sorted out and you can eat your favorites again soon.
Pam´s last blog post ..Shredded Pork and Monterey Jack Cheese Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Conor March 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Thanks Pam. All for the best in the long run, no pain no gain, etc etc I keep telling myself! And try not to think about tasty, tasty hummus…. sigh..


Juliana March 16, 2011 at 5:57 am

Conor, sorry about your digestive issues…hope you can find what is bothering you at the end of this trial. As for me, it would be very difficult, but we have to do what we have to do and hope for the better. As far as the list and pictures of the food that you can have they sure look yummie :-) Have a great week!


Conor March 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Thank you Juliana! Thank goodness for Asian food, that’s for sure. It has been my saviour! Hope your week is going well too :)


penny aka jeroxie March 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I hope it wasn’t the beef tripes I made you eat in melb! must be horrid. big hugs!
penny aka jeroxie´s last blog post ..Oreos cookies and cream mini cheesecake


Conor March 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Haha yes Penny it’s all your fault! I’m going to send my dietician after you!


mademoiselle délicieuse March 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm

So sorry to hear about your suspected food intolerances and the restricted diet =( My mother is a suspected sufferer of irritable bowel syndrome but has never been dedicated enough to go on an exclusion diet. She does, however, have some obvious known triggers which she knows to avoid.

As for me, diets are not my friend and I have only ever been on two – one following some unexplained sudden weight gain in the space of a week which I attributed to being seated at a conference while treated to 5 meals a day, and then for a month before my wedding when I avoided all things which make me bloat – wheat, onions/garlic/chives/etc and sugary desserts (which is all of them really, isn’t it?).
mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog post ..The difficulties of running a local café


Conor March 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Conferences are the worst for that! All those pastries and cakes for the breaks in discussion, and you’re usually away from home and don’t have any non-cake/pastry snacks on you, and you’re hungry, so you gobble them down. Throw in a buffet lunch and dinner and I’m in stretchy pants land.

Good that you and your Mum have a grasp on what things disagree with you, even if it can be hard to cut them out entirely :)


Monica March 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh Conor… I am so glad you showed us a list of things that you *can* eat :) What a challenge but I’m sure it will be worth it!
Monica´s last blog post ..Peanut Butter- Cranberry &amp Chia Seed Cookies


Conor March 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Just trying to focus on the allowed stuff, Monica! Going to see my dietician this week to start the reintroduction phase, yippee!


Magic of Spice March 25, 2011 at 2:29 am

Looks like a pretty great diet to me :) I am sure it is a bit difficult especially in the beginning though to sort out what you can and can not have…


Conor March 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Yes, the sorting out bit is going to be tricky. Lots of diary keeping, will have to keep my little piece of paper on me at all times as this memory cannot be trusted!


Bunkycooks March 29, 2011 at 7:51 am

Oh, my…poor you! I know my day may be coming soon on the food and beverage restrictions. :( Mr B has major tummy troubles after colon cancer, so I do understand. If we come to Australia can we cheat and have some fun for a few days?! ;)
Bunkycooks´s last blog post ..On the Road in Charleston- South Carolina


Conor March 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for the sympathy Gwen! Oh poor Mr B, I can imagine he would have had to change things quite a lot, but I guess much better to have to do that than the alternative xx
P.S. yes yes yes of course cheating is not only allowed but encouraged ;)


Jean | Delightful Repast April 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Conor, love your sense of humor! I need to do just such a test, to find out if something I’m eating is contributing to my sinus allergies. I have developed some gluten-free recipes for friends, and even the non-GF like them. Dining out isn’t too hard for just GF, but add all those other things, FODMAP, and you’re just asking for the chef and waitstaff to run screaming out into the street! Let us know how that turns out.


Conor April 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Jean!

It’s amazing how many people I know either in person or through here, that suspect something in their diet is triggering a reaction in their body – one of my friends has terrible sinus reactions when she drinks many types of wine – it is such an undertaking to test these things though!

You are so right.. GF these days isn’t too tricky, but adding all these other things in makes it impossible in some restaurants. I went out for dinner with friends the other night and we ended up with some great dishes but man, I felt like an annoying friend!


Leeanne May 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Really interested to read your blog, however I am coeliac, but also have frustose/fructan/raffinose and amine malabsorptions. Understand what you are going through! Thought the coeliac was bad enough but at the moment I can’t any fruit, or vegetables except for lettuce! Also, fresh fish and seafood is fine but once you freeze it, voila, amines. This also applied to any aged meat, or meat that is charcoal grilled etc. Amines are also in all the lovely tasty cheeses, including feta, camembert and brie. Amines are also in chocolate! No problem with dairy, but the amines are really getting to me! Salicylates are the next ones I have to look at but am really avoiding it! Something to remember is than inulin, a dietary fibre in a lot of yoghurts and other foods, is a dietary fibre – fodmap being fructans!
Any suggestions as I am really struggling foodwise when I am out and am not able to “snack” at home either, as I have to cook every meal and do extra for my lunch at work each day. When out to dinner, I stick to steak or fish but that does get a bit boring when I can’t have the veg to go with it.


Conor May 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

Leeanne.. I have been thinking about your situation since you made this comment, and dear god I will not complain about my low FODMAP diet again!

I’ve read into the amines and raffinose a little.. and it seems that there are a few fruit/veg that are ok with these AND ok with fructose/fructan levels… like rhubarb, strawberry, mandarine, rockmelon (1 serve of 1 type at a time), capsicum, carrot, cucumber, celery (in small amounts), some corn, green beans, potato, zucchini?

Inulin is an annoying one – when you’re trying to find lactose free products they often bang some of that in there too so you can’t so with those things either! I was really happy to find Harvey Fresh lactose-free yoghurt, which has no inulin and is a great tasty yoghurt that you wouldn’t know is any different to their normal stuff.

I read that beef is often bad with amines as it is generally an “aged” meat and thus higher in amines than meats like fresh chicken. You seem to be ok with steak though so perhaps you aren’t too super sensitive to amines? Of course I am sure you know a hell of a lot more about this than me though!

If I am right about the fruits you can eat, then a snack I like to have at home these days is a little bowl of lactose-free yoghurt with frozen FODMAP-good berries stirred through… seems like you could do frozen strawberries if my reasoning is correct. This kind of turns it into a tasty faux frozen yoghurt?

I’ll have a bit more of a think too, but please let me know how you’re going.


Gemma June 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hey Conor,
I’m doing a low fodmap diet at the moment as recommended by my dietician.
Just wondering what you did for everyday breakfasts? My issue is slightly complicated beacuse I can’t eat eggs, but I’m slighlt over soy porridge with stewed rhubarb and berries every morning. It was exciting at first but anything you eat regularly seems to get old quickly! ( as is having japenese for lunch every second day when i dont bring any leftovers to work for lunch!)
Are you still FODMAPing? Hope you have discovered the culprits in your diet making you ill!


Conor June 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

Hey Gem! Will send you an email with some ideas :)


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