I had a rough winter with my digestive issues. It was very confusing (and even more frustrating) since I didn't know what more I could possibly do to heal my gut. My stress is low (other than having three kids which is a bit of a circus most days), I eat clean, I've cut out two of the four food groups recommended in the Canada Food Guide (dairy and grains). I'm super strict with my sleep schedule. I don't drink ANY alcohol. Ever. I don't drink any caffeine. Ever. Not even decaf. I take my supplements.
ARGGGGHHHH. Its maddening.
Or it was.
After hitting rock bottom on Easter weekend, I went "research crazy". And stumbled across "The Complete Low-Fat Diet" book. It is basically a diet for IBS sufferers. Its categorizes the different types of sugars (certain groups of which can be difficult to digest for people with IBS) and specifies which are high/low in FODMAP's. You basically need to eliminate the foods with high FODMAPS for a few weeks and then you are supposed to re-introduce/test them to see which ones you are sensitive to.
Well, for the record:
1) This diet is really restrictive, especially if you already know you are sensitive to grains, dairy, banana's, yeast and mushrooms. Now there is a whole slew of vegetables and fruits I'm also not "allowed" to eat. The most difficult ones to give up: onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and apples. That last one is just cruel;
2) This diet WORKS. I was better within 2 days after months of upset (really upset) stomachs.
This is not meant to be a long-term diet/lifestyle. But guess what. I'm too scared to go off of it. I enjoy not being sick. I've had a few things in small amounts (beans, garlic powder, onion powder) and I survived. But I'm still not ready to really test it.
So in the meantime, I've been keeping these "balls" in my fridge as my snacking options are pretty limited. I make a batch every week. They are easy to whip up and help to keep my fingers out of the cookie jar.
If you are eating super healthy and still not feeling great, it might be worth looking into the low-FODMAP diet. There's definitely something to it!
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites - Raw, Vegan & Grain Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Keywords: raw dessert snack vegan grain free pumpkin coconut peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 4 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/2 Tbsp cacao nibs (optional - for some crunch)
- vegan chocolate chips - to taste
- 1 Tbsp Truvia or sweetener of choice
- dash fine sea salt
Just mix it all together. Roll it into balls (I make them 1 Tbsp each). Store in the fridge. And munch on one (or two or three) when you start looking in the fridge for a snack. Easy to make. Easy to eat.
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