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The Low FODMAP Vegan: The Proof is in the Pudding

Facebook has been great for me recently – I joined a FODMAP intolerance support group and just having that interaction with people from all accross the globe that you wouldn’t meet otherwise, and just interacting, bouncing ideas off, sharing experiences. It really does make you feel like you’re not alone in the world when it comes to how you feel because of what you eat.

The transition to a low FODMAP diet was not easy – and still isn’t. I won’t sugar coat anything for you, sorry. It requires a huge amount of dedication, will power and above all else – organisation. You need to plan what you’re going to eat, what cravings you think you might have – stock your cupboards full of things you CAN have – and eliminate ones you can’t.

I’ve been on the low FODMAP diet for 4 weeks tomorrow. It has been an amazing journey so far, and I’m sure it will continue to be. I have had my slip-ups, with products containing dairy, wheat, processed sugars, onions, garlic and chickpeas. Let me tell you this – the suffering wasn’t worth it. I did it out of frustration sometimes, and out of the simple need to satisfy a craving other times. It has completely made me appreciate how valid the statement You Are What You Eat is. So that is my motto going forward.

After 4 weeks you would have thought this process has gotten easier – but in fact i’ve reached a stage where i’m more frustrated now at the lack of options I feel are available. But, my new targets are to become more familiar with foods I can eat before introducing ones i’m unsure about so I can do this when I’m ready and not simply just out of frustration.

The ultimate question – has this worked for me? So far yes. I feel better – more energised. The bonus? I’ve lost 2kg without even trying. No exercise. I’ve now kicked my butt in gear and hitting the gym 2-3 times a week (well, that’s the plan – i’ve been once – another 2 more times this week to go!).

Rxx


 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Low FODMAP, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Pre-Christmas Shed..

So a lot of my friends are recently engaged, or have recently gotten married, and amidst all they talk about over the months and weeks leading up to the wedding, and during the planning, the most prominent topic is the pre-wed shed. This is the worst crash diet of all – practically starving yourself to shave off those extra pounds so you can fit into that amazing wedding dress you bought which is 2 sizes too small at the moment…so that you lose enough weight just for the day..just for the photos.

Well. I’m taking a leaf out of their book today – minus the starvation. My sister arrives in just over a month, and you all know what that means – carrot cake. THE carrot cake. So with a month to go, and most of the big birthday bashes out of the way (sorry guys – i love you, but the last month has done some serious damage) we’re going to try the pre-christmas shed.

I never work well with long term goals, I know you guys know that. So for now, i’m going to focus on the next 2 weeks – the trickiest part. Where your body craves the fatty unhealthy foods you are depriving it of, where those chocolate cravings creep in, and the caffeine addiction gets the better of you (especially in soy gingerbread latte season!!).

As I sit here, sipping my green tea, thinking about the 0.2g of fat i lose in each cup (guesstimate – I can’t remember how much it is so please don’t take my word for it)..I wonder if I really am up for the challenge.

Bring. It. On.

Rxx

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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New Beginnings

June 1st marks a new beginning for a lot of people, me included. Why? Well, for no one reason in particular – more like, over a thousand. For me, it marks the beginning of a whole new detox. The last week or so has seen an increase in my exercise cycle (by increase I mean going from doing little to no exercise to doing yoga *almost* every evening, and walking instead of taking the bus wherever possible). Today I am determined to change my diet (again). As mentioned previously, I’m not sure where this road will take me – be it veganism, non-veganism, but we’ll see how it goes.

My best friend for my birthday this year (albeit 2 months ago) bought me a Moleskin Wellness Journal. I didn’t think much of it then, but I think he was hinting at something (perhaps he felt it was time for me to lose weight…who knows),

I left it gathering dust for a little while, but now I’ve unwrapped it and I’ve actually written in it. It’s actually pretty cool, if it could automatically count calories for me it would be even cooler, but for the meantime, it’s making me feel guilty about writing down any bad foods, which is making me not want to eat bad foods,,,so that’s a good thing right?

In addition to the food diary section, it also has a section where you can write down your personal goals, an exercise log, and what inspires you, a food calendar and food facts – all of which are rather useful. It will be interesting to see how much I do actually eat in a day without realising.

Do you know how much you eat?

Rxx

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Weight Loss

 

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Yoga Meltdown

So my new found frenzy for exercising and being healthy has resulted in me going to yoga / exercise classes a couple of times a week. Shock Horror I know. I had every intention to go to yoga yesterday morning, and then, Sunday lazyness kicked in and I ended up over-sleeping and missing the class entirely.

My solution as a result was yoga at home – now, i’ve always toyed with the idea of following some kind of DVD but in the end I never took the leap. But yesterday I really had no choice it was either that or venture out of the house and go for a swim or to the gym, but I was too lazy for that (Sunday lazyness kicked in big time).

So I ended up with Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. Now, for those of you who don’t know, Jillian Michael’s is one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser – not that I watch the show on a regular basis, but I’ve heard the name, and heard that her workouts are intense – so what was I getting myself in for, but at the same time – it’s meant to be Yoga – so how bad can it really be?

Truth be told, I fell in love with it – and the best part is – it’s a 30 minute intense workout that easily fits into your schedule – morning or evening – or daytime (if you have that luxury during the week).

So what Jillian does is combine yoga positions with movement and repetitions – I really like how she incorporates the yoga into the movements and it doesn’t put strain on your joints like holding yoga positions for a long time does. You definitely break a sweat!

Highly recommended – let’s just see how long I can keep it up! I’ve got no excuses now!

Rxx

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Weight Loss

 

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38 Days

38 Days – that’s how long my vegan “stint” lasted this time. It’s no secret that i’m not a full-time vegan. As much as I would like to be, it’s incredibly difficult in a city like Hong Kong, especially for a foodie like me. I always struggle with what to do and where to go to eat out. As much as there are fabulous vegetarian restaurants and one in particular is a vegan favourite – they are few and far between and life as a vegan if you eat out, get’s very repetative – same places, same dishes – i’m not that kind of girl.

So i’ve opted for a semi-vegan lifestyle – vegan lunches and non-vegan dinners. Eventually, when I find myself willing to spend more time working out a vegan menu at home, it will mean vegan full time again – when? I don’t know. For how long? Again, i don’t know. But the challenge awaits.

In the meantime, a new challenge – to lose weight. I find, that everytime i do a vegan “detox” when i come off it, i put on all the weight i may have lost as fast as lightening. So i’ve decided now a food diary is the way to go. This inherently makes me feel guilty if/when i snack on anything as I don’t want to write down any seemingly unhealthy foods, so if i’m writing down everything that i’m eating, i can’t eat any inherently bad foods. Not as easy as it sounds.

Additionally, a lovely friend of mine signed me up to a 1-month trial at a gym – complete with Bollywood aerobics and Yoga…so attempting to frequent that, get into a routine, then hopefully – not give it up. The classes provide the structure and the motivation that I lack because once you get home after a long day – the last thing you want to do is change into trainers and trackies or swimmers and head down to the gym/pool. Even though they’re only a stones throw from home. Instead, the structure of going to classes (not close to work or home mind you but that’s another story..) seems to work. I just hope it lasts.

I am the kind of person that gets more motivated when I see results, and so far…no results. Reducing portion sizes at both lunch and dinner, limited healthy snacking during the day – let’s see how we go. I’ll keep you posted. But do bare in mind that this is no longer my whole-ly vegan blog…it shall return one day, just not today.

If you do however, need advice on being vegan…I can still give you that – so don’t hesitate to ask or post questions.

I leave you now..with some fabulous gluten-free / vegan cookies I discovered awhile ago and didn’t get round to posting:

They are fab, available in Hong Kong and I would totally buy them again – bonus point: you can’t really tell they’re gluten free.

I also experimented with some gluten free vegan chocolate cupcakes…but that’s another post altogether.

Rxx

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Baking, Chocolate, Cookies, Gluten Free, Vegan

 

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Day 25: Breaking News

PCRM recently published an article suggesting that “Vegetarians have significantly lower blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, blood sugar, and triglycerides, compared with nonvegetarians”.

Interesting fact isn’t it? Find the full article here.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Step 1: Meal Planning (Day 1)

So, I mentioned previously that I felt the need for structure. And I googled and googled vegan meal planning, but there wasn’t anything that I liked, or that would fit my lifestyle, or so I felt. So I guess I have to devise my own (I was counting on that quick fix google never fails to provide me with, but alas, I have to put the effort in). I started thinking about what I like to eat, and what I wanted to include, and most of all, what the reason for the seesawing was.

To be honest, I love food. I love meat too. So when temptation drew me in, I caved. But this time, no. This time, I’m remembering how great I felt, how much energy I had, and most importantly, how much I loved cooking! (If my mother reads this she’s going to think I’m nuts because my motto has ALWAYS been “I only cook because I have to eat”, let’s hope she doesn’t see this then!)

Where do I begin with this planning then? At the beginning I guess – first meal of the day – breakfast. Well for a start I’m not a breakfast person so I guess I’ll just have to stick some fresh fruit in there…so that brings me to lunch. During the week I need something that can be prepared the night before, and stuck in a box in the fridge ready to be dragged to work and microwaved or eaten cold at lunch time. I’m a huge fan of cous cous so a simple cous cous salad would work for me here. Then there’s dinner. Something quick, easy and doesnt require a lot of faffing or time between starting to make it and it being set on a plate in front of me. That’s why I like the sound of this tomato and onion tart – looks easy enough, not requiring huge amounts of ingredients and hopefully will taste great!

That’s one day out of the way, I’m off to pull out all my recipe books and fill up the rest of the week! I’ll be back shortly with my findings…

Rxx

 
 

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