Top 5 resources for dealing with IBS

Top 5 resources for those suffering with IBS (in UK)

I have been suffering with IBS for around 7 years, though I was only properly diagnosed 4 years ago. Below are the top 5 resources that I use nearly everyday now, and that I wish I had known about 7 years ago! I wanted to share these with you as I think you will find them incredibly useful, supportive and …

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Managing your IBS at Christmas

Christmas is literally just around the corner and it’s such an exciting time of they year, with Christmas Parties, families getting together, Father Christmas visiting the little people in our lives, mint matchmakers are back on sale… I could go on! However, for those of us suffering with digestive conditions, it can actually also be a very daunting time of …

Which supermarkets are best to shop ‘free from’?

One of the reasons I developed the Bay’s Kitchen brand is because after being diagnosed with IBS and handed a scrap of paper saying ‘FODMAP’ I then spent hours upon hours for the next few months in supermarkets scanning the shelves and reading the back labels of hundreds of products to try to find something I could eat, which didn’t …

Interview with Kirsten Jackson

Welcome to our latest interview blog post… welcoming Kirsten Jackson! Kirsten is a Dietician, who also founded The Food Treatment Clinic. Kirsten has a passion for providing more support to help us overcome our tummy issues! I am a consultant gastroenterology dietitian and founder of The Food Treatment Clinic. I initially started working in the NHS after I graduated with …

What to wear when you have IBS

Girls… How To Dress When You Have IBS!

Sorry guys, this one is just for the girls! Living with IBS isn’t great. It can really take over your life and get you really thinking about things which never really crossed your mind before. Before I had IBS I would throw some clothes on and walk out the door, with no worries and it’d never really matter if I’d …

Batch cooking at Easter

Batch Cooking at Easter

Whether you’re lucky enough to have the whole two weeks of Easter Holidays off, or you’re just free to enjoy the long Easter weekend, it’s a great time to work on some batch cooking and meal prepping! In order to really make use of your time to batch cook, you need a few key things… plenty of spare tupperware, space …

Destress with Yoga

10 Dos & Don’ts when you have IBS!

Here are some key things to follow when you are living with IBS to make life a bit easier! We’ll start with the ‘dos’!!  And now for the don’ts!! We hope these tips help you manage your IBS and you begin to lead a happier more symptom free life!

Cecilie Hauge Agotnes

Interview with Cecilie Hauge Agotnes

My name is Cecilie.  I’m 44 years, married to my teenage-boyfriend and have a grown-up son. We live on the West-Coast of Norway, the next biggest city in Norway, Bergen. I used to be an award-winning nailtech (won the English championship!), but became ill 7-8 years ago and had to close my company. I was diagnosed with a rare, chronic …

Low FODMAP Lifestyle

Does following the Low FODMAP Diet have to be expensive?

The short answer is no. Most people will always have the perception that following any kind of diet will be more expensive. Making meals from scratch and buying more fruit, veg and healthy ingredients can add up to a lot more than buying five ready meals. However, firstly the cost will depend on what your diet is like at the …

Julie Thompson

An interview with Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson is a UK specialist IBS dietitian working in the NHS and private practice. She has been involved in the development of dietary guidelines for IBS in the UK and with colleagues published a review of probiotics for IBS. Julie has worked with people with IBS at a specialist level for eight years and is passionate about people getting …

Joanna Baker

An interview with Joanna Baker

Joanna is a foodie, a Dietitian and a Registered nurse, who is passionate about digestive health. She now works exclusively in IBS and food intolerance, dividing her time between consulting to FODMAP Friendly as a dietitian advisor and Everyday Nutrition, her Melbourne based private practice. Her work in never boring, she gets to work alongside food manufacturers to develop low …

Exercising with IBS

Tips for exercising with IBS

Written by Joanne O’Connell Grab your trainers, here are our tips on how to burn off energy (even when you’re not feeling very energetic)… You know when you’re having a bad day. You feel like your digestive system is in total meltdown and even the thought of going to the gym stresses you out. Well, the good news is that …

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Supporting those who suffer with a digestive disorder

Do you suffer from a digestive disorder, such as IBS or SIBO and just wish those around you were more supportive? Or do you know someone who suffers with gut issues? Well here’s a few ways how you can support them, as from personal experience a bit of understanding goes a long way. Dealing with IBS is exhausting, whether it’s …

Eating out

Eating out whilst on the Low FODMAP Diet

Eating out can be one of the greatest challenges for anyone following the diet, particularly through elimination. If you’re anything like me, you shy away from being really fussy in restaurants and just deal with the consequences of what you eat, rather than having to spend half an hour talking to the waiter about what’s in particular dishes and waiting …

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10 of my favourite low FODMAP ingredients

When I was first diagnosed with IBS and advised to follow a low FODMAP diet, I went and did what we all probably did, I ‘Googled’ it! I was immediately panicked and disheartened to see so many of my favourite things on the high FODMAP list, which I needed to avoid. However, rather than dwelling on what I couldn’t eat, …

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Top 10 ways to destress

Stress is a major factor for those suffering with IBS and other digestive issues. It has been proven in some cases, large amounts of stress (be it down to a new job, grievance or other factor in your life) has been the trigger of some peoples IBS. Whether your IBS started as the result of a hugely stressful time in …

Dealing with IBS at work

Dealing with IBS at work

Most working environments aren’t at all ideal for IBS sufferers. I have predominantly worked in an office environment since having IBS and it has thrown up daily challenges for me; from being in a client meeting where it’s quiet and my bowels are not! To being in the toilet cubicle whilst there are other ladies in the toilets and I …

Don't panic about IBS

Don’t Panic

So you’ve just been diagnosed with IBS and start to panic… well there’s no need to. In November 2015, my doctor told me I have IBS. I had thought about it before, had food intolerance tests and taken over the counter remedies for my symptoms but the flare ups were getting worse and more frequent. When I got the diagnosis, …