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The Fussy Fodmapper

This website by Jennifer has a lot of interesting reading and information about living with FODMAP Intolerance

Here is a link 

About the Fussy Fodmapper

The quick facts:

Who am I? My name is Jennifer and I am a primary school teacher, part-time Masters student and home cook living in Melbourne, Australia. I suffer from IBS and follow a low fodmap diet.

Why am I blogging? I want to help others on the low fodmap diet fall in love with food again. I want to provide first-hand, real life, home-cook advice to help make their journey easier.  Ultimately, I want to provide the practical tips that I dearly needed when I started on my low fodmap journey.

Why do I call this blog the ‘Fussy Fodmapper’? Find out in my blog post here.

The longer story:

I wasn’t always fussy. Growing up I took great pride in the fact that I could eat anything I wanted. My two sisters have numerous food allergies and my parents both had food intolerances. I was the one that could, and did, eat anything I wanted.

I absolutely loved my food.  Anyone close to me knew that the way to my heart was serving me a delicious meal, just don’t ask me to share! The problem was food didn’t always love me back. I refused to believe that it was what I was eating and I told myself numerous stories to explain my symptoms. It mustn’t have been cooked properly. I’ve caught gastro. I have “traveller’s belly”. I was in denial.

When holidaying in Vietnam I became quite ill. I had caught the “traveller’s belly” that plagued me every time I tried the local cuisine. But this time was different and I didn’t bounce back. When I got back to Australia, doctors concluded that it was a parasite and gave me a strong course of medication.  Unfortunately this just made everything worse.  Leaving the house became too difficult. For months, the only foods I could stomach were rice and chicken broth.  Food had become my enemy. I lost over 15 kgs and had too many tests to count before the doctors finally diagnosed it as IBS.

It was recommended that I try the low fodmap diet, alongside my other treatments, to help relieve my symptoms. I researched, attended talks by Monash University and sought advice from dietitians (yes plural, I had become fussy after all). The fodmap diet allowed me to move beyond rice and broth and is helping me regain control over my life. Looking back, fodmaps were the culprits for many of my attacks, the parasite and medication just exacerbated my condition.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

My journey has been tough and I have had to learn a certain amount of self control when it comes to food. Luckily I love cooking and have been modifying my favourite recipes into low fodmap options. I started this blog to help others like me fall in love with food again.


Fructose Friendly Store

Shop 5, Ranelagh Arcade, 20 Ranelagh Drive, Mount Eliza or online at

I regularly put in an online order for the Fructose Friendly Store because I can find a lot of low fodmap products in the one place. No more running to multiple supermarkets/shops to get all of my products.  I’ve also found low fodmap products in this store that I’ve never seen anywhere else.  Some of my favourites from this store include the asofoetida powder, Buon Appetito pasta range (including hard to find macaroni, shells and rigatoni), the Simply Wize range (including their hard to locate Choc O biscuits), Chang’s range of gluten free noodles and sauces, the Sue Shepherd ‘Fodmapped For You’ and confectionary range, Food for Health’s cereal and muesli bar range, Gourmet Bush Food’s sauce and spice range, Golden Day’s snack foods, Kez’s Kitchen ‘Free’ biscuit and cereal range (they even have the Anzac & choc chip biscuits that I haven’t seen anywhere else),  Massel 7’s stock, Moo Free chocolate, Naturally Good’s cookies,  nutritional yeast flakes, the largest selection of Orgran’s products I’ve seen, Mamee’s rice chips, Cobram Estate’s infused oils, Table of Plenty’s rice cakes and Your Flavour’s spice mixes.  They also stock some of my favourite low fodmap brands like Foddies, Fodmap Friendly Tea Co, Nogo sauces, No Worries Curries, Some and Well and Good, which I discuss further below.

I haven’t yet made the trek out to Mount Eliza but I hear they also have low fodmap frozen meals and fresh bakery products available in store. Their delivery is fairly priced and shipped promptly (within three days). The staff are also really responsive to online enquiries: I sent an email asking if they could get a product in specially (The Simply Wize Choc O biscuits) and they were more than happy to oblige, emailing me again when they became available online. I highly recommend browsing their website (link at the top of this post)


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