Welcome to She Can’t Eat What?! A blog dedicated to simple and delicious, FODMAP-friendly recipes.
12 years ago, after suffering from horrible stomach pains and never-ending bloating, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and wheat intolerance. Removing wheat from my diet helped for a few years, but when my symptoms returned, I was told to give up lactose and all gluten too. Without much change, I became increasingly frustrated. When my dietician at the time suggested following a Low FODMAP Diet, it was a light-bulb moment. The diet didn’t only decrease my symptoms, but completely changed my life..
I realised however, that although the science was empowering – nobody knew about it! And there were a huge lack of recipes available that were both healthy and low FODMAP (free from ingredients such as onion, garlic, dates and milk). I created She Can’t Eat What?! with the aim to share my story, raise awareness of the Low FODMAP Diet and to help others in the same position.
Life is about balance; there will always be a very large place for chocolate in my life. But stomach aches and an unhappy gut have become routine for so many of us in our stress-filled, 24/7 worlds and gut health is so important. It’s time to think about taking care of our bodies and what we’re eating; small changes really can decrease those crappy symptoms that come from IBS and other nasty digestive disorders.
Causing a fuss eating out or at some people’s houses hasn’t got much easier (yet); if I could count how many times people declare in confusion, “…she can’t eat what?!” followed by me having to explain the complications and symptoms that come with food intolerances and having a sensitive belly. But although I miss baked beans more than I thought was possible, I want to spread the word that if you do have food intolerances or allergies you shouldn’t have to feel restricted in what you eat! She Can’t Eat What?! was created to share simple, healthy(ish) recipes and to show others just how easy, delicious, and life-changing, FODMAP friendly food can be. It’s lovely to meet you and I hope you enjoy looking around, Emma x
Photograph by Adam Brazier