What’s the deal with gluten?

What’s the deal with gluten?

What's the deal with Gluten?

Have you ever wondered what the deal is with gluten, and how come so many people are against it?

On social media these days, it seems like it’s healthy eating 101 to cut the stuff out – but is it necessary?

Or perhaps you’ve already cut it out, but yet your IBS symptoms are still sticking around.

Now I know I might ruffle some feathers with the following statement, but…

…research hasn’t shown any sizeable link between gluten and IBS symptoms (when celiac disease, the autoimmune condition related to gluten, is properly controlled for).


However, many people do report anecdotally that their symptoms have lessened when cutting it out.

The thing is, it might have nothing to do with gluten!

Many gluten containing foods also contain fructans – a FODMAP! Where gluten is a type of protein, fructans are a type of carbohydrate – specifically a long chain of fructose molecules.

This is why you might still experience symptoms when ditching the gluten – fructans are found in more foods than just wheat, like onions and garlic.

And the good news is, most people with IBS can tolerate some fructans in smaller servings. For example, a couple slices of sourdough bread or a small side of pasta likely is low enough in fructans for many IBS-sufferers to tolerate – even though they contain gluten!

This is just yet another example of how individualized IBS triggers can be. What works for one person might not for you.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t tend to be one, overarching catalyst triggering your symptoms, regardless of whether you find yourself sensitive to gluten and/or fructans.

(As an aside, if you suspect you’re sensitive to gluten, be sure to be properly screened for celiac disease by your doctor.)

Check out this week’s video below to dive deeper:

What’s Holding You Back?

What’s Holding You Back?

What's Holding You Back?

Have you found yourself talking time and time again about how you wish things were different?

You don’t want to feel bloated anymore.

You want to go on vacation without the fear of feeling miserable the whole time from cramps and pain.

You want to buy an article of clothing that doesn’t come with a stretchy waistband!

It’s one thing to want those things, but it’s another to actively work towards making that your reality.

I tend to see three big aspects holding people back from doing the work and realizing their goals.

1/ Only focusing on the roadblocks

All your mental energy is going into thinking about how hard the journey is going to be. You become overwhelmed in determining the steps you need to take and your anxiety and internal resistance just continues to build.

You’ve forgotten what the end goal looks like. You’re focusing on the challenges and not on the opportunity you have. It’s time to reframe your mindset and stop getting bogged down by the details.

2/ A lack of accountability

For some, it can be extremely hard to hold yourself accountable for making personal changes. Stop beating yourself up for “a lack of willpower” and instead harness the potential of an accountability partner! Whether this is a friend, family member, colleague, or coach, (or even strangers on the internet!), sometimes you just need someone to report in to to keep you moving forward.

3/ An identity crisis

Sometimes the hardships we go through can become, consciously or no, a part of our identity. You might not be aware of it, but you could be “identifying” with your symptoms or disorder. The idea of suddenly becoming symptom-free may actually be causing you to question your identity, and this transition can cause a lot of anxiety. It’s only by releasing this identity that you’ll be able to ultimately move on.

Check out this week’s video below to dive deeper into these three roadblocks!

What are FODMAPs?

What are FODMAPs?

What are FODMAPs?

What are FODMAPs?

You’ve maybe heard this strange term floating around, especially if you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). But what does it actually mean?!

FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for:

Fermentable

Oligosaccharides

Disaccharides

Monosaccharides

And

Polyols

While these are perfectly healthy nutrients, foods that contain these substances can sometimes cause a flare-up of symptoms in people with IBS. (But note that FODMAPs do not cause IBS!)

Check out the video to learn more.

 

Healthy Living & IBS

Healthy Living & IBS

Healthy Living & IBS

You are what you eat – right?

Well… partly – but there’s so much more to it than that!

When it comes to healthy living (IBS or not), I like to focus on 5 key foundational elements with my clients.

And (shock, horror) only one of them is nutrition!

While nutrition is often the biggest piece of the puzzle, there are other areas that you absolutely need to look at as well, otherwise you’re probably undermining all your efforts in the kitchen.

By taking positive action in each of these five foundational areas, the halo effect on the rest of your life can really be profound.

These are the places where one change can easily blossom effortlessly in to more change, and before you know it your entire lifestyle has been overhauled for the better!

 

What is IBS?

What is IBS?

What is IBS?

Do you have IBS?

Odds are, even if you don’t, then you know someone who does. There are estimates that up to even 1 in 5 people may suffer from it!

It’s also highly likely that if someone you know has IBS they just aren’t talking about it. The symptoms are really something people like to discuss about openly and can make sufferers feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. 

Irritable bowel syndrome can greatly impact the person’s daily activities and quality of life. There’s a lot of stress and uncertainty around where and when they may experience a flare-up of symptoms. 

So they definitely need an extra dose of understanding and empathy!