I hope you’ve all had a fun, relaxing Christmas and that you’ve enjoyed plenty of chocolate and mince pies! I’ve finished my lactose-free advent calendar and survived my first ‘fodmap friendly’ Christmas much better than I’d expected to!
I cannot believe how quickly 2016 has flown by. Can you remember being little and how six weeks of summer holidays felt like forever and ‘a year from now’ felt too far away to comprehend? I can remember sitting in my flat in December last year with one of my best friends talking about how fast our final year of uni was going and wondering ‘is this it from now on?’- would time just continue to get faster and faster? I know people say time goes faster as you get older, but I thought I was still too young to notice!
This year I graduated, then started another uni course to train to be a teacher. I was lucky enough to travel to Paris, Copenhagen, Nice, Florida, London and Berlin. I also said a (hopefully temporary) goodbye to wheat, lactose, onions, garlic, beans, as well as a whole load of other formerly loved foods, and tried to embrace a fodmap friendly lifestyle. In a bid to better look after both my physical and mental health I started running, which turned out to be very good for my poorly tummy, and I’ve actually managed 288km this year! I was hoping to make it up to 300km by the end of the year, but I’ve not been very well since I got back from Berlin so I don’t think it’s on the cards this year. However, in the excitement of all the Black Friday sales, I bought a half price place in the Women’s Running 10K in Glasgow next year! It’s not until August so I’ve got loads of time to get up to that distance, but I thought it would be motivating for me.
I went to see a nutritionist at the start of this month because I’m struggling to reintroduce any higher-fodmap foods to my diet and I’m worried that I’m not eating enough variety to get all the nutrients I need to be healthy. Whilst expensive, I think it was very helpful. She’s given me a plan of foods to eat more of (oily fish, protein-rich foods, bitter vegetables) and I’m now taking Bio-Kult (a ‘multi strain bacteria product’), vitamin D, omega 3 fish oil and multivitamins and minerals daily in an attempt to rebalance my body. I appreciated that she was mindful of my limited budget- she was giving me the best advice and information for me, not just for someone with similar problems to me. I’ve found quite a difference already in what I seem to be able to tolerate and I do feel better, so I’m hoping this is making a difference. I was actually fine flying to and from Berlin too. I dread flying, because normally whenever I’m on a plane, even if it’s just a short flight, my tummy will get bloated and airy and I won’t feel well until the following day, but for the first time in years I didn’t have any of that. Obviously this in particular doesn’t benefit my day to day life so much, but I’m hoping this is the start of a general improvement. Woohoo!
This month Craig and I also took quite a spontaneous drive to Anstruther for some gluten free fish and chips! We’ve had a couple of tasty gluten free chippies from The Chip Inn in Oxgangs, but you can’t quite beat the Anstruther Fish Bar can you? It was absolutely delicious. I had prawns, but there was a selection of fish as well as smoked sausage. They even had gluten free bread.
It turns out they do gluten free days every so often, which are advertised on their facebook page (thank you to my Auntie Myra for letting me know!), so I hope to be back in 2017! I know this is not what the nutritionist meant when she said oily fish, but it’s everything in moderation, right?