I’m Meredith – a 30-something semi-newlywed (married in April 2013 and still feeling the newlywed bliss) loving life with my husband Ilya and our fur children, Gizmo (woof) and Kali (meow). I absolutely love food and have always enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for friends and loved ones. I have digestion issues but love making and eating all kinds of delicious foods and this blog has followed my eating all across the spectrum, from the decadent indulgences to the healthier (but still delicious!) digestion-friendly foods (safe for those with IBS and/or GERD/acid reflux). With my digestion issues mostly in check (it’s not all about food, but stress management and lifestyle too!), I don’t need to adhere to quite as strict of a diet.
With that said, though, I know that the blog was doing a lot of good for people out there who have IBS and GERD/acid reflux and have no clue what to eat (or at least what to eat that isn’t going to be something sad and awful). Because of this, while recipes posted on here will be all over the spectrum, I will definitely continuing to post recipes that are safe for IBS and GERD on a fairly regular basis which will be delicious, flavorful recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their tummy health.
The recipes that are IBS/Reflux safe will all be adhering to the Low FODMAP eating plan laid out by Monash University. I have paid for both the phone app and the physical booklet and have access to all of the information, including what foods are safe (and/or in what quantities foods are safe). I will be using those tools along with my knowledge of common GERD trigger foods to continue creating recipes that are safe for both of these conditions.
In addition, I’ll continue to post “regular” recipes and, when possible, indicate on those recipes how they could be modified for those with IBS or GERD. I do love my sweets, though, so beware: there will be numerous baked goods posted which will not be safe for those of you with these digestion issues. The recipes that are digestion friendly will all be categorized under “tummy friendly” and will also be tagged with their respective digestion-friendly characteristics (IBS Friendly, Low FODMAP, Lactose Free, etc. etc.). This way, if you do a search in the searchable recipe index by category or tag, you’ll be able to easily find all of the recipes that work for you. Those recipes that are not digestion friendly will indicate this in the posts (directly under the image at the top, and/or directly before the recipe itself) in big bold letters letting you know they are not safe for those of you with digestion issues.
The goal is to provide a little of something for everyone on here, with recipes ranging from digestion-friendly to decadent indulgences. Thanks to all of you that have stuck around and I look forward to gaining new followers as well!
Note: For those with IBS and/or GERD/Acid Reflux, check out our digestive health pages: The IBS Lowdown, The Word on GERD (& Acid Reflux/Heartburn), The IBS & GERD Connection, Low FODMAP Food Plan, Shopping w/Dietary Restrictions and What a Symptom-Free Day Looks Like.