I've got FODMAPS on my mind. My son has developed a throat clearing condition that's had me searching for answers for a couple of weeks now. Obviously the first thing to cross my mind was food intolerances so I looked back through my journal and worked out that every time he did it, he'd eaten a meal containing garlic. So that was the first to go. It did the trick but it was short-lived, because not long after it started up again. This time I removed onions because they're in the same allium family as garlic and it seemed only sensible that the two should be linked. Yet still he did it. So then I removed coconut, because we eat a fair amount of it in various forms, but again the problem didn't stop. My husband and I decided that perhaps it takes a while for the offending food to clear the system so I kept all those things out of his diet. However, a couple of weeks later he is still doing it, in fact he clears his throat after eating pretty much anything. That's why I've started thinking about SIBO and FODMAPS.
As well as the AIP, we incorporate the GAPS diet which is based on starving bacteria in the small intestine in order to heal the gut lining. The difference between GAPS and the standard Paleo diet is that GAPS eliminates the more starchy vegetables (a perfect breeding platform for bacteria), such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, yams, plantains etc. However we have never eliminated high FODMAPS such as cauliflower.
Of course we all need balance in our eating habits, after all the way we eat is so restricted anyway, it is probably a bad idea to be restricted still further, so denying us of essential nutrients. It's important to ring the changes, not to eat the same things day in day out and that way the body doesn't start to rebel. So we shall gradually reintroduce onions and garlic but not use them every day and the same goes for coconut. Though I'm not ready to eliminate all high FODMAP foods just yet, I shall be concentrating on rotation. And that's where this veggie side dish comes in since it is happily a low FODMAP recipe.
Update : The throat clearing has stopped. Now I need to work out why 🙂
Further update : the throat clearing was down to food allergies - read more here.
crushed roots with herbs
I love that this veggie dish is rustic and you can see what's inside. If you prefer to blend it that's fine, but you'll have to call it mash!
Print the recipe here
650g (5 medium) carrots, chopped into 1/2 inch rounds
900g (1 large) celeriac, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 tbsp solid fat (I use lard)
salt (I use this one)
1/4 packed cup coriander leaf (cilantro), chopped
1/4 packed cup parsley, chopped
Put the carrots into a large pan and the celeriac on the top. Half cover with filtered water, put a lid on the pan and bring up to a simmer. Cook for approximately 20 minutes until tender. Drain and leave in the pan with the lid on for a minute or two to evaporate as much excess water as possible. Add the fat and using a potato masher, roughly crush the vegetables until rustic and still quite chunky. Stir in the herbs, check to see there is enough salt for your taste and serve.