All of my life I have LOVED food and when I was younger I was lucky enough to have no intolerances. I enjoyed trying new flavours and cooking with my Mum from quite a young age, especially baking! Growing up in Country Victoria I was surrounded by farming and plenty of local produce, something which I have become quite passionate about. In my cooking today I love to source fresh local produce and support the agricultural industry in which I work today as an Account Manager.
My Fructose Malabsorption went unidentified for nearly two years. It started with bloating, bowel irregularities and constant stomach pains, eventuating into days when I felt so unwell that I couldn’t even go to work. I tried every diet under the sun in an attempt to work out what was making me feel so unwell. Finally after much investigation I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I started following a strict FODMAP (Fructose and Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) free diet and really started to notice improvements.
When I was first diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) I found it overwhelming trying to remember which foods I could and could not eat, finding a recipe that would suit my dietary needs without compromising flavour and, of course, eating out. How do you find a restaurant who a) is aware of Fructose Malabsorption and b) Will actually take your request of “No onion or garlic please” seriously and not just assume that you’re a fussy eater.
So, using my culinary skills as a qualified chef and my knowledge of food and flavours, I started experimenting in my own kitchen, finding and creating recipes that suited me but were not so bland that my family and friends couldn’t share the same meal.
Three years on I have refined my diet and whilst I still always stick to Fructose free or friendly meals, I do not necessarily have a strict FODMAP free diet. It has taken me quite some time, however I have been able to work out which FODMAP foods I can and cannot eat, therefore giving myself some extra freedom with ingredients.
I am a fully qualified chef, completing both a commercial cookery and patisserie qualifications and I have a passion for ALL things food. I love watching cooking shows, reading Delicious. magazine and recipe books for inspiration and following countless food bloggers and stylists on Instagram. I also love travelling and experiencing different cultures and cuisines, with my travels thus far including Europe, South East Asia and the U.K.
I must bring to light that I am not a qualified doctor, nutritionist or dietician. I’m just a passionate foodie who knew there were plenty of people like me who would be experiencing the same challenges, so I decided to share my knowledge and love for good food in an attempt to help my fellow FM’ers.
The blog is an easy way to access recipes, meal ideas, recommended products and places to eat for Fructose Malabsorption sufferers or FODMAP diet followers. I hope you find it to be a useful resource and would love any feedback or to hear your experiences.
AKA (The Fructose Friendly Chef)