A couple weeks ago Claire sent me this lovely email describing her journey with food allergies and intolerances. I was completely bawled over by how complicated the journey sounded but also how positive and up beat Claire is about it all. I also found that I was learning a huge amount during this interview, I loved chatting with Claire and hope you enjoy listening as much as I did!
What You’ll Learn:
Rather than my usual show notes, I wanted to share a quick summary of Claire’s story but in her own words. Here is the email she sent me a couple weeks ago and what told me I HAD to get this lady on the podcast pronto!
I’ve just found your podcast and I’m really enjoying it. I heard you ask whether any listeners might have a story to share and I wondered if you might be interested in mine?
Here is a summary of the main issues I’ve encountered: (Background, I am 34, I eat a low FODMAP diet, and I have 2 children, one who is allergic to dairy and soya and intolerant to gluten, and another who is intolerant to dairy). I had an intolerance test at age 16 after 2 years of GI symptoms – came off dairy and felt better. (I suspect I’ve had issues with dairy all my life, my mum agrees when she describes me as a baby…) Suffered chronic pain and what I called a ‘soft tissue issue’ for most of my twenties. Discovered the contraceptive pill I was taking at this time had lactose in! Stopped the pill, no more chronic pain and the ‘soft tissue issue’ cleared up. (So much to talk about regarding the link between intolerances (and sugar consumption in general) and inflammation).
Had my children – various allergies and intolerances became evident in them. It has been interesting to raise them ‘free from’ in our society! I was recently advised to try the FODMAP diet – it was scary! But it has been revolutionary and I believe has been my issue all along (all the foods listed on my intolerance test age 16 are high FODMAP!)
Cooking for a family with such a diverse range of allergies – helping extended family understand how to cater for us, and carrying on with a relatively normal life/not making food intolerances and allergies a big deal (especially for the kids) I’ve recently tried extended fasting for gut health and that worked wonders for me. I also cut out sugar 2 years, 3 months ago, and we now raise our children sugar free in the home (they do occasionally have sugar in rare circumstances – it’s interesting/challenging to get a balance!).
Challenging people’s perceptions of how hard they think it is living free from! So hopefully you might think that there could be some useful and illuminating aspects of my experience which we could discuss to help other people on their own journey.
Let me know and I hope to be speaking with you soon!
Many thanks Claire x
When I asked Claire to send me the links she had mentioned in our chat, I just expected the links. But not only sending me the links she sent me the why and the what she found useful! So I asked whether I could post all of her words unedited, because it is just so much helpful to have a personal recommendation!
Here are Claire’s notes and links to the resources she found incredibly useful in her journey:
- Low FODMAP cookbook from Emma at She Can’t Eat What? is amazing: http://www.shecanteatwhat.com/about/
- The Australian University which pioneered research into FODMAPs is THE place to go for information on what to avoid and what to eat. They have an app too which I’ve found to be well worth the money: http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/low-high.html
- The FODMAP Friendly Vegan is a lovely site too: http://thefodmapfriendlyvegan.com
- Amazing resources on giving up sugar, the first one (IQS https://iquitsugar.com ) has fantastic cookbooks, and the second one (That Sugar Film http://thatsugarfilm.com) started with a guy documenting his experience of eating the average Australian’s sugar consumption similar to the Supersize Me movie years ago…? Both of these sites regularly link to the latest science in the area of sugar consumption too.
- This article in particular explains how I felt when my pill had lactose in and I was in chronic pain- it wasn’t my imagination! https://iquitsugar.com/link-between-chronic-back-knee-pain-and-sugar-diet/
- And an amazing podcast which I’ve listened to for years and which got me really interested in fasting is called ‘On Air with Ella’ and she’s done several fasting episodes, also interviewing an author Jimmy Moore who wrote a book with Dr Jason Fung on fasting.
- Podcast: (episodes 90, 92, 93a, 93b and 94).
- Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide-Fasting-Jason-Fung/dp/1628600012
My Skillshare Courses
As mentioned at the end of the episode, along with writing some recipe books (“Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Treats” & “30 Days, 30 Dinners”) I have started teaching allergy safe baking and cooking! To find out what you like to learn about, I’ve started putting them up on Skillshare.
I’d love for you to take a look, so I have created some FREE enrolment links. Simply click on the titles below and it will take you straight to the class. You will NOT need to pay anything or sign up with a card. You will be able to watch the tutorial straight away 🙂
P.S. I’d love to know what you thought. Leave me a review on Skillshare or a note in the comment section below of this post.
FREE Enrolment Links:
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