By Guest Blogger Alexandra Sherman
Travelling and going to many different events over the Christmas period may be a bit daunting to those who have intolerances to FODMAPS. Lots of meals are sometimes an unknown, drinks might also be an issue, and making sure your symptoms are controlled for the entire Christmas period may feel impossible. There are a few things you can set in place before heading away to make sure you stay on track, helping your gut along the way!
What is your favourite go-to snack that you know won’t upset your gut? Packing a couple of these with you is a great way to support yourself on a holiday away. If you’re getting to a hotel or someone else’s home, it’s always nice to go for a walk or a drive to the nearest store to check out their stock too. Having a few things tucked away if you find you cannot eat any other food is important so you don’t go hungry!
As you probably know from a lot of ingredients lists and recipes, many gravies, relishes, spreads and sauces have a lot of added FODMAPS hidden away. Steering clear of these means you won’t be consuming any hidden nasties in your meal.
Christmas meals and summer meals are generally made up of simple, wholesome meats and vegetables. If you cut out the toppings, as mentioned above, generally you can find some lean meat and low FODMAP vegetable options.
Don’t be afraid to call ahead of time to ask your host about the food at the function. Many restaurants already ask ahead of time to ensure food intolerances are taken care of, but to double check, do not hesitate. Your wellbeing is priority to you, which means double checking ingredients of certain foods.
If you’re off to a family meal or a friend’s house, offer to make a plate of something for dinner or dessert. You can be rest assured your plate will be FODMAP friendly, so you can freely eat it without any anxieties. Even if it’s a salad or a side for the main meal, having a larger portion of that means you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out.
Christmas time and New Year is a few weeks of drinking and being merry… but one or two days in a row can lead to a few solid weeks of alcohol every evening. Schedule some days where you will have some alcohol free nights. Make a FODMAP friendly mocktail or drink sparkling mineral water to keep hydrated with a drink in hand, but without that headache in the morning.
IBS and discomfort often occurs in times of stress or changing up routine. Keep your day as normal as you can. If you have breakfast and go for a morning walk – do it! Your body will thank you for keeping things consistent.
What are your favourite tips for managing a low FODMAP diet over the holidays? Comment below!