Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lenten Sacrifice and some FODMAP friendly recipes!

Another Ash Wednesday has come upon us. For those of you that are curious, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It's different every year and can start between the beginning of February and the middle of March. It's quite early this year! Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Jesus' 40 days of prayer and fasting while dealing with the Devil's temptation in the desert. In the Catholic faith, ashes are placed on the forehead as a sign of mortality and repentance to God. Because Jesus fasted for those 40 days, it is tradition for many Christians to give up a Lenten Sacrifice. {I'm not talking animals or small children here people :)} You can give up certain types of food or shopping or alcohol. Or you can make lifestyle changes. Or promise to read scripture daily. It's all up to you! Here's what I'm doing this year...

Kind of weird I know and most of your are probably trying to figure out what the hell I'm talking about. I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago. Last spring, my doctor recommended I try the FODMAP diet to see what foods I was intolerant to. This requires me to knock A LOT of foods out of my diet. A lot a lot. Something I'm not very fond of. Luckily, it's only for six weeks. Then you gradually add things back in and see which foods upset my stomach. Sounds easy enough right? Well last year I stopped a few weeks in because I had allergy testing done. Instead of continuing with my FODMAP diet, I quit and just assumed it was the foods I was allergic to. Well I was wrong. I still have an upset stomach pretty often and I go through phases where it gets really bad. I'm in a bad phase right now. So this is a great time to actually do this the right way. It won't be fun, but it will be good for me. Thus Lent has come at a great time! Here's a little more on what I can and can't have...

Source: via Pac on Pinterest

Yikes right? I'll live though. I won't be eating out too much that's for sure! I leave for Disney in just over 2 weeks for 4 days. Over those days I'll probably cheat a little bit. Mostly because I need the bread carbs for running and it's just not easy to abstain from all of this when my food choices are limited.

So there you have it! My Lenten Sacrifice. It may seem like I'm not really sacrificing anything since I was told to do this, but I'm not sure I would have done it the right way if I didn't have Lenten pressure on my shoulders! So here are some FODMAP friendly recipes from none other than Pinterest that I plan on trying!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Blueberry oatmeal muffins!

Low FODMAP lemon pancakes

Polenta crust pizza - I'd remove some of the non-FODMAP friendly toppings!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Garlic herb tilapia and veggies

Raw peanut butter "cookie" and "brownie" balls

Parmesan veggie spiral

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Nutella cookies

So it looks like I'll be trying some new recipes over the next several weeks. There are plenty of tasty options out there, it's just about changing my frame of mind. A lifestyle change!

Are you giving anything up for Lent?
Anyone else have to eat FODMAP friendly? I'd love some recipes :)

Until next time...
With love and God bless,


  1. Good for you, girl! I still haven't decided what I'm doing for lent, which is sad because it starts today!!! I know I want to make a positive lifestyle change, but I really want to make sure it's something I can commit to! Don't want it to turn out liike my New Year's resolutions!

  2. these looks so yummy! and i'm so glad to know they are all good for you! great pins!

  3. Great idea! I do believe I shall give up French Fries... It is one of the only things I love that I can live without to get me through the wedding! Ice cream just wouldn't cut it! :)

  4. My hubby just had to switch to a renal diet - low phosphorus, low potassium, low sodium. We switched from dairy milk to Silk Pure Coconut milk - it's pretty much the only vegan milk that doesn't have potassium and phosphorus added back in to "enrich" it. It's interesting how foods that are good for some people are bad for other people.


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