I'm Emily Rose, a fellow IBS sufferer, who loves to travel.
This photo was taken on my balcony in Phu Quoc in Vietnam in 2015 during a tropical rainstorm.
I was loving life!
You're probably reading this because you're like 'Hey! What's low fodmap travel all about?!
Well guys and gals, the low fodmap travel project started back in September 2016 when I was travelling in Bali.
Having spent the summer in the UK after a long stint in Saigon (HCMC), Vietnam I was ready for a new challenge.
Usually I would be worried ( and so would most of my friends and family) as I usually have such a tricky time eating and travelling with my IBS.
Not this time.
I first developed Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my early twenties when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS.)
This triggered a nasty 6-year stint of bulimia, which in turn fuelled my IBS. (Bulimia is no good for anyone's gut.)
My GP sent me to dieticians, and hospital for colonoscopies and endoscopies. They all came up with ...nothing. They just said I had IBS.
Tough s**t basically!
Well, I don't give in that easily. I wanted to travel the world and build a fulfilled life, why should I let IBS stop me?
The Low Fodmap Diet
I was introduced to Low Fodmap, by my clued up dietician at the time. Luckily she was on the ball ( unlike my GP) and started me on the process of elimination.
I'm not going to lie, it was tricky and difficult, especially on the lead up to Christmas!
Slowly, slowly though, I started to work out what I was intolerant to. I personalized the list for me and realised what my limitations were.
Being half Italian, I have been brought up on pasta, garlic, bread and good wine. All four of these were off limits.
I am the worst Italian ever.
However, I didn't let this get me down and like you probably do, I worked around it.
My confidence was a bit 'off' when going out for dinner with friends. But I soon got some balls and realised, that if I am paying for a meal, the restaurant don't care if you have special requests. You just need to let them know before and be nice to them. Simple.
So In the UK, I was totally in the swing of things. I had no symptoms, lived a crazy busy, happy life and even drank wine every now and then.
That all changed when I decided to make a drastic life change and move to Vietnam.
My friends and family really didn't want me to go, they thought my stomach would take a hit.
I'm not going to lie, at first, it did.
Sneaky garlic was everywhere, and some of the tropical fruits, just didn't work for me.
But gradually, I started to put together a plan.
It contained resources of what I could and couldn't eat, blog posts of recipes that were safe and how to communicate to cafe and restaurant staff about my intolerances.
After a couple of months, I totally had the hang of it.
That got me thinking.
So many other men and women have this exact same problem and there is nowhere, ANYWHERE, that offers information for IBS free travel.
It has the resources to really help others.
That's when I started putting together Low Fodmap Travel. To help you.
Having been through the mill a bit, before I fully figured out what worked. I realised that so many IBS sufferers (like you) don't have that long to figure it out, before their trip is over.
Why not help as much as I can to make their holidays IBS free?
Now I travel the world freely, referring back to my guide ( yes even I forget some things!) It's alot of information haha!
You'll be happy to know, my stomach survived Bali and Thailand and I am successfully moved to Europe this year-what's your excuse?
I hope you enjoy being a part of Low Fodmap Travel.
If you want free low fodmap travel resources and to hear more about how I survived moving abroad on the low fodmap diet, just pop your email in and be part of the growing low fodmap community.