The human digestive tract contains both friendly (aka "good") and not-so-friendly (aka "bad") bacteria. Good bacteria improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and help increase the absorption of nutrients. Bad bacteria are commonly defined as pathogens, which means they may cause infection, make us sick, or even be deadly.
The beauty of homemade vegan cookie dough for snacking is that it doesn't contain any eggs, so it should be safe to eat raw, right? Not necessarily.
When people talk about a vegan low-FODMAP diet, or really any low-FODMAP diet, the dialogue tends to revolve around which foods are off-limits. This can lead to the erroneous and flawed belief that avoiding high-FODMAP foods means permanently excluding many nutrient-dense and delicious ones and enduring a lifetime of misery, deprivation, and nutritional deficiencies. But how closely does that assumption align with reality?
This hearty low-FODMAP stew is loaded with flavor, veggies, and protein. It's ideal to serve on a chilly day or whenever you're craving something warm and filling. Even better, once the minimal prep is done, you can have it on the table in about thirty minutes! I prefer to use jarred minced ginger to make the process go even faster.
For some people, avoiding high-FODMAP foods doesn't provide complete relief of IBS symptoms. That's understandable, since IBS isn't yet curable and tends to be cyclic, with periods of greater stability and calm interspersed with flare-ups and times of symptom exacerbation. There often isn't any explanation for why the condition gets better or worse if a person's diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits haven't changed. It appears to just be the nature of the beast.
Although pudding is a pleasurable comfort food any time of the year, it's especially welcome during the dark, cold, dreary days of winter when a little pick-me-up is needed. Chocolate, of course, makes everything more bearable. It increases the brain's level of serotonin, the "feel-good" brain chemical, which plays a major role in boosting mood and enhancing emotions, along with a slew of other health benefits.
The beginning of a new year is when many people commit to making positive changes for the next twelve months. Sadly, those lofty promises often fizzle out in just a few weeks. Despite our noble intentions, our objectives may simply be unrealistic or out of our reach. Instead, if we focus on taking small steps toward our ultimate goal -- steps we can truly achieve -- it's possible we'll actually get to the finish line, or at least be a whole lot closer to it.
Need an irresistible snack or welcome gift? Here you go! It's easy to create vegan candied pecans at home. This simple, no-bake version makes a scrumptious topping for any special fall or winter dish. Crumble the pecans over baked sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cooked grains, vegan yogurt, or salads.
Certain times of the year are more challenging than others when you're vegan and have a chronic digestive disorder. Holidays in particular can be difficult because not only do we typically have high hopes and expectations (often followed by disappointment), but we also may be surrounded by an abundance of food that doesn't meet our dietary needs. Most people want to please their hosts, friends, family, and coworkers and avoid disagreements, especially at holiday gatherings and celebrations, but vegans with IBS face more hurdles than others in accomplishing this.
I like dishes that are quick and easy, so one-bowl meals are a staple in my house. This one pulls together in just half an hour. It's rich-tasting, satisfying, and high in protein, but it won't weigh you (or your tender tummy) down.
This recipe can be a life-saver when you don't feel much like cooking. It's simple to pull together with very little effort and gives everything it's added to a boost of flavor and protein. It's ideal to add to one-bowl dishes, such as the Bliss Bowls in Low-FODMAP and Vegan, and makes a great sandwich filling too.
Please enjoy my interview with Steve Prussack (the Juice Guru) as we talk about how to balance a vegan diet while managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and how to support other vegans who are dealing with this condition.
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This easy rice dish is a little bit sweet, a little bit savory. Infused with tropical flavors, it makes a terrific main dish or side dish.
Prune juice is an age-old remedy for constipation, but is there any merit in using it for constipation-predominant IBS? Prunes, now officially called dried plums, are an excellent source of fiber that can help maintain bowel regularity. But are prune products right for you?