Gluten and lactose free not quite carbonara carbonara

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So after Nigella’s recent controversial carbonara recipe (apparently it is a seriously big crime to put cream in a carbonara) I’m definitely not claiming that this is an authentic Italian dish in the slightest. However, this is a recipe inspired my my dear old step-dad which was always his signature dish, and it was a perfect carb-heavy pre-half marathon meal!

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Coconutty prawn and veggie masala

Prawn and veggie masalaLast week I had a horrible realisation that I have been cooking the same eight meals over and over for about two months. So at the weekend I dug out all of my recipe books for a bit of inspiration. My all time faves are Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 range and Clean Eating Alice.

I’m pretty rubbish at following instructions of any kind, especially recipe books as I’m wayyy too impatient, so instead I take some pics of the dishes I like the look of and freestyle the recipe up as I go along. The first one I gave a crack at was a coconutty prawn masala, packed with veggies and some easy-peasy rice. It took about 15-20 mins max all in and was perfect after a horrible training run (4 days until my half marathon, eurgh!).

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Food transparency

menu.jpgRestaurants are definitely getting better and better at marking up menu’s, with it now being pretty much standard to mark up gluten free and vegetarian options (thank god!). However when your food intolerances expand to anything further it can be a lot trickier.

Following a low FODMAP diet and being highly gluten intolerant (I haven’t been tested for coeliac disease as too scared about having to ingest gluten prior to the test!) my main triggers are gluten, garlic, onion and lactose. Helpfully, these are possibly the most common ingredients of pretty much every dish! I have written an eating out guide to help with picking a restaurant/ meal and overall have had a massive success with following this process, however every now and then I still get caught out – especially if I can’t research and pre-select the restaurant.

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New year, slightly more excitable me

So I started writing this post on 8th January. It’s now 24th so my goals aren’t going quite as well as planned but I’ve finally caught up with work, house jobs and life admin so I’m posting this now anyway despite being late to the party…

tableHappy New Year! Not to say I couldn’t have sat on the sofa eating cheeseboards (lactose free of course) whilst watching the Game of Thrones for a few weeks longer, but I was actually quite excited to crack on with 2018. The plan was to wake up on 2nd, smash the gym at 6am, have a productive day at work, cook a much-needed healthy dinner and write my first blog post in months…

How much of that did I achieve? None. Instead I spent the first five days in bed feeling sorry for myself with what I’m pretty sure was the Norovirus (that or the plague).

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Sticky soy salmon and aubergine

FullSizeRender-7Sticky salmon is one of my favourite go-to’s, and after rediscovering my love for aubergine in my cheesy aubergine bake the other week, I stumbled across an amazing recipe by the food medic. I tweaked the recipe to make it FODMAP friendly and added in a couple of extra bits and this is what I came up with… a delicious sweet, sticky soy fish and vegetable dish!
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Overnight oats

oatsGoing to the gym before work means that I eat breakfast at my desk, which limits me a little in terms of choices. I usually go through two-moth cycles of eating a certain breakfast until I get bored of it, but overnight oats is always the one I come back to. They’re super-quick to prep, easy to eat on the go and absolutely delicious!

I also love that you can vary them up using different flavours. I usually keep the base the same, but choose from my list of favourite “flavour bulkers” to thicken them up or just add an extra bit of tasteyness. Choose one or even try mixing a few!
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Aubergine and mozzarella bake

IMG_1546.jpgThis is one of my almost forgotten mid-week favourites! I used to cook it weekly but it somehow made it off of my regular rota. It’s the ideal dish to eat as the star role with salad, or team with meat, fish or potato to bulk it out. It’s a dish that takes you minutes to prepare on a Monday and one that you have enough to add to your meals for days – ideal for a busy life!
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Mind vs tummy

FullSizeRender21Dealing with the physical side effects of having a gut disorder is hard enough, but I personally find that dealing with the mental side can often be just as hard, if not harder.

Searching online, it’s surprising how hard it is to find information and support on this. There’s so many great websites with recipes and advice on what and what not to eat but not actually that much around the stress and anxiety that living with your tummy condition can cause.
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