All posts tagged: irritable bowel syndrome

10 Symptoms That Let Me Know I’ve Been Royally ‘Glutened’ #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week this week (11th-17th May 2015, #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek) and this year Coeliac UK is focusing on improving diagnosis of Coeliac Disease. It still takes an average of 13 years (13 YEARS!) to be diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and even though approximately 1% of the UK population has it, only 24% of people with the disease are medically diagnosed.*  Part of the reason that it takes so long to diagnose, is that the isolated symptoms can be attributed to many different conditions (e.g. IBS, Crohn’s) and it can take a long time to join the dots. In my own small way, I want to help spread awareness of the sort of symptoms that can occur when “glutened”, and the impact they can have on day to day life. There are still far too many people who believe Coeliac Disease is about being fussy or faddy!  So, let’s go. 1. Thinking starts to feel like wading through treacle. I become forgetful, have difficulty focusing on tasks, can’t remember words (I am in my twenties – far from senile!). …

Another day, another hospital appointment.

I realised this week that I have been asking doctors for answers for almost two years. As I have written about before, even though I stick religiously to the gluten-free diet, I have ongoing health problems that seemingly cannot be explained by coeliac disease. For a while I worried that it was all in my head, but I have since found countless stories from other coeliacs on Facebook, Twitter and online forums that chime with my experience. At this point it is likely that as well as coeliac disease, I also have IBS, or SIBO, or some other gut-related condition. IBS is the front-runner, and as this can only really be diagnosed through process of elimination, I have had (and am still having) every gut-related test under the sun. I have had a range of advice to help deal with the symptoms. A Dietician put me on the FODMAP diet, a Gastroenterologist recommended I try yoga, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy, another Gastroenterologist prescribed me peppermint oil capsules to ease the pains…though some of these have helped to a degree, …

Gluten Free & Low Fodmap ideas: Breakfast

In my last post I gave you my top tips for staying sane on the FODMAP diet as a coeliac. As a veteran of said diet, I want to share a few of the easy, gluten-free and FODMAP-friendly meals that I have actually enjoyed. This is the first in a series of gluten free and Low-FODMAP recipe ideas, starting with the most important meal of the day. 1. Gluten free cornflakes + rice / almond milk + FODMAP-friendly fruit. Blueberries, raspberries and bananas all work well. Small glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice on the side. 2. Rice porridge with rice or almond milk + optional maple or golden syrup or jam. Hearty and reasonably healthy. 3. Genius Pain au chocolat. Love these. The only gluten free pastry I have continually repurchased in 21 years of being coeliac. 4. Lactose free yoghurt (I like Lindahl’s, it tastes similar to Total Greek yoghurt) with FODMAP-friendly fruit + sunflower seeds or maple syrup. 5.Traditional English breakfast! FODMAP style: gluten-free sausages that do not contain any soybean flour, onion or garlic (look out for Heck …