Hi, I’m Steph, food lover and blogger of Friendly Little Kitchen. I was born and raised in the lovely Melbourne, Australia, and work in Marketing by day. Food plays a huge role in my life, with every great memory of mine connected in some way or another to food and the way it brings people together – cooking, eating and sharing food with loved ones. Almost four years ago, after suffering from severe digestive issues, I was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption and was forced to transform the way I eat. This included cutting out most gluten, lactose and fructose. Having always had a health conscious approach to eating, the transition, although challenging cutting out many foods, has actually been the best thing! It fuelled my passion to begin blogging and sharing my food experiences and recipes with others. Instead of dwelling on the limitations, I love to focus on the positives of feeling great and being adventurous with the foods I can eat. I hope Friendly Little Kitchen will inspire you to do to the same :)
Tips for helping you make & stick to a change in diet.
I made a drastic change to my diet almost 4 years ago now and I haven’t once looked back! The reason for me was easy, I found out I had fructose malabsorption and a low FODMAP diet would put my digestive issues to a stop. The low FODMAP diet really improved my overall feeling of wellness, energy levels and eradicated most of my symptoms, but that didn’t mean making the change was an easy feat. I mean, I had to cut out wheat, lactose, excess fructose and onion and garlic all in one go! While this change wasn't necessarily a choice, it still required me to make a decision and a commitment to stick to my new way of eating 100% of the time. So, as you can imagine, I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that will make the change that little bit easier for you.
Whether you’re making a change to your diet because of an allergy or intolerance like me, or you simply want to shift to a healthier way of eating, it doesn’t have to be a laborious or scary task! Here are my top tips for helping you make AND stick to your new way of eating...
Prepare to plan: A little bit of planning can go a long long way, especially in the beginning. To sustain your new way of eating, always plan ahead. Finding meals to suit my intolerances is difficult at the best of times! Finding healthy options can be just as difficult to find when you’re on the go. I like to take ‘emergency’ snacks with me everywhere I go (think nuts, trail mix or homemade muesli bars). I check menus and call restaurants in advance so I have the confidence to eat out without stress or hassle. I even pack myself lunch and dinners in my small portable esky when I know I may be caught out.
Set your boundaries: Write a list with the foods you can (or want) to eat, and a list of those you want to avoid. Keep the list handy at all times! You’d be surprised how often you will look at this. Take a photo of it on your phone or keep it in the notes section so you can easily make adjustments.
Find a friend: Get your partner, family member, friend or roomie to join you or support you in the change. The obvious bonus here is how much easier grocery shopping and preparing meals will be, but also the support, encouragement and guidance you will receive is invaluable when it’s close by your side.
Get inspired: Read blogs that align with your diet. Use Pinterest to create a board of food ideas and recipes. Connect with like-minded people on Instagram and Facebook, and even join Facebook support groups. There are many people out there in the same position as you, so reach out, inspire one another and build up a great support network :)
You may find more helpful tips and recipe inspiration from Steph at www.friendlylittlekitchen.com.
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