On 2nd & 3rd March the Scottish leg of the Allergy & Free From Show 2019 was held in the SEC in Glasgow, and as Founder of Bay’s Kitchen I was invited to speak in the Just-V show ‘theatre’! The theme of the talk was ‘Following a Low FODMAP Diet, whilst maintaining a Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyle’.
My talk was at 11.45am on Saturday, and the show opened at 10am, so I had a short time to browse the show before hand and then continued to following my talk. There were lots of other fantastic talks on the line-up, including Registered Dietician Lesley Reid talking all things IBS and Low FODMAP Diet, and the Mac Twins from The Gut Stuff talking about gut health, the gut microbiome, what The Gut Stuff do and Symprove!
Being all the way up in Scotland, I know there are many of you who couldn’t make the show and so I thought I would include my key points from my talk and findings from the show in this blog post for you!
Don't forget the Allergy & Free From Show takes place in Olympia, London on Friday 5th - Sunday 7th July 2019! Make sure you're there, there's a link to free tickets at the end of this post!
At the beginning of my talk I gave a brief overview of the Low FODMAP Diet, along with my story suffering with IBS, being diagnosed, researching the diet and starting Bay’s Kitchen. If you would like to know about the diet, we have more information on our website, here. I always ensure I make it clear than I am not a Registered Dietician or Medical Professional and so will never diagnose anyone and I would always recommend you follow the advice from your GP with this diet. I also always highly recommend you seek help from a Registered Dietician to follow the Low FODMAP Diet, but that is even more crucial if you are trying to follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle at the same time. Please contact us if you would like some recommendations of dieticians to speak to.
I also discussed how it’s key for you to find your individual triggers. The Low FODMAP Diet is a very restrictive diet (even more so if you are also vegetarian or vegan!), and the elimination stage should only be followed for a maximum of 8 weeks. Whilst reintroduction is a scary thought, it is so important to your health and your gut microbiome to reintroduce as many foods as possible back into your diet. Even if it’s only small serving sizes you find you can tolerate, it’s better to have that small amount in to add variety than to exclude it altogether.
I get asked a lot “if I have some symptoms, when I try to reintroduce, does that mean I shouldn’t continue it in my diet?” As mentioned, the diet is very personal to you and you need to decide what symptoms/level of symptoms are ‘tolerable’ to you. If you get a bit of bloating but it’s not causing you sever pain and so is ‘tolerable’ then I would keep that food group in.
Whilst discussing identifying your triggers, I mentioned our Food & Symptom Diary – it’s a great resource to record your food, medication, bowel movements, stress, tiredness and more. You can use the morning and evening symptom scales to easily flick back and forth to find your most problematic days and start to identify your triggers. If you go to a dietician or GP they will always ask you to complete a diary, so you’re best to start this one and then take it to them and be one step ahead! See our diary >>
Combining the Low FODMAP Diet with a Vegan diet can be a challenge, as most FODMAPs (excluding lactose) are found in plant based foods.
Don’t panic! There are still a huge list of foods you can eat, and if you have a successful reintroduction, then hopefully there are many more you can add in too! Below is a great example from Fodmap Everyday which shows you the huge list of fruits and vegetables which are all Low FODMAP (at the listed serving sizes) and Vegan!
Getting enough Fibre can be difficult when following The Low FODMAP Diet...
...and getting enough Protein & Calcium can be tricky when following a Vegetarian or Vegan diet...
...So what about if you're following both?!
As a ‘Vegan Fodmapper’ do you get enough fibre, calcium and protein in your diet?
We have just seen a huge list of fruit and vegetables which are great for following a Low FODMAP, Vegan diet, but we all need to make sure we are getting a healthy, balanced diet with the right levels of nutrients and vitamins. Here we go through some great sources of fibre, protein and calcium for when you are following a Low FODMAP, Vegan diet!
Fibre is always a big subject when you follow the Low FODMAP Diet. We need fibre to make our bowel movements regular and the right consistency.
Women under the age of 50 need 25g of fibre a day (over 50 21g) and men under the age of 50 need 38g of fibre a day (over 50 30g).
The following ingredients are all good sources of fibre, and are Low FODMAP (check serving sizes) and vegan!
- Oats – 1/4 cup has 2g
- Rice – 1 cup has 3g
- Quinoa – 1 cup has 5g
- Quinoa pasta – 1 cup has 2g
- Broccoli – 1/2 cup has 2.5g
- Carrot – 1/2 cup has 2g
- Potato – 1 medium potato has 3.5g
- Oranges – 1 orange has 3g
- Bananas – 1 unripe banana has 2.5g
- Raspberries – 1/2 cup has 3.5g
- Pine Nuts – I tbsp has 6g
- Chia seeds – 2tbsp has 10g
- Bread – 2 slices Gluten Free Multigrain Bread has 6g
Now you have a good idea of what foods you need for your diet, now you need to know where it is best to get them from! And my best recommendation… online shopping!
Food shopping online is incredible, you have all the information you need at the tips of your fingers, in the comfort of your own home, without wandering aimlessly up and down supermarket aisles for hours! The best parts of shopping online:
- Ingredients listed
- Key features and allergens highlighted (e.g nut free, gluten free etc)
- Search facilities for Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian foods (we are also working on getting Low FODMAP as a category to search by too with major online retailers and supermarkets)
- Browse in your own home, at your own leisure
- Specialist Low FODMAP online retailers – see our stockists page for some of the best, including FODMarket!
MY FAVOURITE REASON FOR SHOPPING ONLINE…
- Most use ‘favourites’ or ‘recent purchases’ so you can quickly find and re-buy the items you researched on your first shop!
Whilst food shopping you can also start to look out for certifications on products. There’s the Vegan certification from the Vegetarian Society, as well as two Low FODMAP Certifications – one from FODMAP Friendly and the other from Monash University which are starting to be seen on more and more products every month! Be careful of products which claim they are Low FODMAP yet don’t have the certification – as it may mean they have just taken out the ‘onion and garlic’ but not other ingredients. The certification tests take things like fodmap stacking and the cooking process into account, which all have an affect on the fodmap levels in foods.
To finish my talk I spoke about our Low FODMAP, Gluten Free, Vegan sauces (see link below to head to our shop to purchase) perfect if you are a vegan Fodmapper! I also provided a list of the most useful resources I have found over the years I have followed the Low FODMAP Diet, which can all be found below.
Monash Uni Fodmap App – https://www.monashfodmap.com/
Fodmap Friendly – http://fodmapfriendly.com
Kings College London App – http://foodmaestro.me/fodmap-app/
The Wild Gut Project – www.thewildgutproject.com
The Food Treatment Clinic – https://thefunctionalgutclinic.com/
The Functional Gut Clinic – https://thefunctionalgutclinic.com/
Vegetarian & Vegan Society – https://www.vegsoc.org/
The IBS Network – https://www.theibsnetwork.org/
Emma Hatcher Blog & Cookbook – http://www.shecanteatwhat.com/
Low Fodmap Recipes & Support – https://www.facebook.com/groups/743558315679493/
Low Fodmap For Vegans – https://www.facebook.com/groups/573481779398275/
When I finished my talk, I had a chat with a few member’s of the audience. It was my first time speaking at a consumer show like this, and though I was pretty nervous, I really enjoyed it and somehow I was exactly within my timings! The audience were so lovely, so thank you to all who sat and watched!
I then went and wondered around the show and listened the The Gut Stuff’s talk. I absolutely loved listening to them… you can tell they are also DJs as they were great with a microphone and so engaging!! I chatted with Lisa and Alana after their talk all things ‘gut health’ and ‘Low FODMAP’!
Following our chat, I went and visited other stands, I finally met Lauren from Fodilicious who was launching her new snack product and promoting their read meals at the show. I also went to the Symprove stand… Symprove is a supplement which, over the course of a 12 week programme, will help you support a healthy balance in your gut bacteria. I have finally (been meaning to for ages) signed up for the 12 weeks and will start my programme in the next day or so. I will be writing a diary/review on my experience for you!
So that’s the show all wrapped up! We will be exhibiting at the Allergy & Free From Show, at Olympia in London, on 5-7th July 2019! I will also be speaking again, so make sure you head to London for the biggest consumer show in allergy products and free from foods!
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