People who are prone to migraine headaches and people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have a number of characteristics in common, including an enhanced sensitivity to pain. Clinical observations have long acknowledged an association between migraine headaches and functional digestive disorders, and many epidemiological studies have confirmed this link.
I'm one of those unfortunate people who suffer from both IBS and migraine headaches. Although they are two different disorders, they have a lot of features in common, including enhanced sensitivity to pain, so it's not surprising that these two conditions often go hand in hand.
Mashed taters are comfort food at its best. They are delicious, satisfying, and soothe the digestive tract. But when you're not feeling well or just want something tasty and filling in a hurry, you may not have the time, energy, or motivation to peel and boil and mash from scratch.
For decades, fiber has been extolled as a vital component of a healthy diet. Doctors, dietitians, the food industry, and government have prominently touted a high-fiber diet as essential for preventing or relieving digestive disorders, including IBS-C (constipation-predominant IBS) and idiopathic constipation (constipation with no apparent cause). However, most of these health claims aren't supported by scientific research.
Everyone loves easy, simple salad dressings because dressings are incredibly versatile. They can be used to top salads, of course, but they also add a satisfying jolt of flavor when they're drizzled over vegetables, grains, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Bananas are just one of many kinds of fruits, so why do we give them so much attention? For starters, bananas are different from the majority of fruits in that they are both starchy and sweet, and these qualities put bananas in a class of their own in terms of their versatility.
Protein is often a looming but unwarranted concern when it comes to vegan diets, and low-FODMAP vegan diets in particular. That's because many vegan diets rely heavily on legumes (beans, lentils, and peas), which are excellent sources of concentrated plant protein. Unfortunately, most legumes are high in FODMAPs and can cause digestive distress for people with irritable bowel syndrome.
Making breakfast can be tough at times for people with IBS. Hunger may lag when your tummy has been in a twist all night or when you still feel bloated and stuffed from yesterday's meals. There certainly may be occasions when eating is the last thing on your mind in the morning.
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.
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.
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.