Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with FODMAPs? Does anyone else even know what a FODMAP is? I first became aware of these delicious but gut-busting ninjas in 2015. My health was failing me and so in order to find the root cause of it all I underwent a series of comprehensive elimination diets. Not a single one of them cured me and remarkably, while I’ve healed completely since then, I’ve just discovered the source of my long-ago suffering this month. Unbeknownst to me at the time, what I was experiencing was, in fact, the miserable aftermath of going off the pill.
I’ll admit, even to myself the storyteller, it seems unbelievable that I would never connect the dots of my suffering to Post-Birth-Control-Syndrome (PBCS) myself, but hey, it’s how this true tale goes.
I can’t offer any excuses for my oversight in self-analysis. I suppose I was so horrified when I woke up one day and realized I had been ingesting hormonal contraceptives for fourteen years that once I stopped, I censored the thought of it immediately.
Although I never figured out what had caused my skin to break out, my hair to fall out, and my gut to be perma-bloated while I was living in the States, I did finally release the tormenting “whyyy me” thoughts, and so in that way, I guess my experience could be considered good life-practice.
While some of us may experience neck or wrist pain when feeling stressed, for those of us who are like me, the ball-and-socket joints of our hips take hold of it all. When we’re carrying around our negative emotions instead of releasing them, we may not be surprised (albeit still offended 😉) to hear that we’re acting like control-freaks. What we’re experiencing when we revert to controlling tendencies is outward evidence that we’re holding stress inward. And for me, stress means serious digestive distress.
Ahh, just like old times.
Fortunately, being sick wasn’t all bad. I picked up some healthy-gut habits during that time: I now get overly excited about beets, I’m in love with cold-pressed juices, and true, I’m admittedly obsessed with all things fermented. During this chapter it’s not surprising that I learned a trick or two for soothing a stressed tum. And just like forest fires and pregnancy, the best cure for an upset stomach is prevention.
Now I’ll admit, stopping all this controlling madness, that’s what we’re really after. Surrendering our control, this is what really sets us free of pain and discomfort. However, contrary to what my ambitious side seems to think, there is no fast or easy fix for this. So while we wade through the process of letting go, there are some things I do to alleviate pressure during times of stress. Mainly, I watch what I eat. Avoiding high-FODMAP foods prevents illness and dis-ease from forming in my body.
Well…avoid high-FODMAPs, you say. Easy fix, right? Problem solved.
You’ve forgotten about curry!
As any good yogini knows, proper love and respect for all things curry is mandatory, but high-FODMAP curry staples like chickpeas, sweet potato, onion, and garlic have had me suffering through big-time belly bloat every time I needed a lil’ something comfortable in my life.
…..THAI CURRY RISOTTO!
Trios of sweet peppers; heaps of carrots; nutty and dense, slow-cooked, creamy, coconut milk-soaked whole-grain arborio rice…This FODMAP-free curry dish was heaven in a bowl last night. Great thing about it? It goes smashingly well topped with a spicy red onion pico for days when stress isn’t an issue.
As Tyler’s decided to keep this mystery close at hand for now, I can’t share this top secret Thai Curry Risotto with you tonight.
But I bet if you ask he’ll make you a batch 😉