Bay’s Blog 

Welcome to the blog where we hope you’ll find interesting articles, interviews and top tips on all things IBS and FODMAP.

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Take Control – a podcast for people with IBS

Take Control – a podcast for people with IBS

We are so incredibly proud to be sponsoring Kirsten Jackson's, The IBS Dietitian, Podcast, series 3. 'Take Control - a podcast for people with IBS' is packed full of amazing information and insights, with multiple guest speakers including our Founder Bay, Dr Will...

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Introducing Mighty Small, the supermarket of small brands

Introducing Mighty Small, the supermarket of small brands

At Mighty Small, we’re all about supporting the most exciting British independent brands that offer tasty and unique food and drink. That’s why we created our online shop with exclusively small brands that want to make a big difference. We’re proud to offer Bay’s...

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Dairy & IBS… What’s The Link?

Dairy & IBS… What’s The Link?

Dairy foods are often accused of triggering IBS symptoms, but as Dietitian Laura Tilt explains, for most people with IBS, there’s no need to avoid dairy completely. What Are Dairy Foods? Dairy foods are described as milk, and any foods made from milk, including...

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Fibre & IBS

Fibre & IBS

If you’ve been following the gut health movement, you’ll probably have heard that a high fibre diet is beneficial for the gut and its microbes. But what if you’ve got IBS? Is a high fibre diet still a good idea, or can it make your symptoms worse? Here’s what you need...

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Stress & IBS – What’s The Link?

Stress & IBS – What’s The Link?

Stress - it’s something we all experience, but if you have IBS, it can be particularly problematic for your gut. Let's talk about stress Described as the reaction we have to being put under pressure, stress is something we all experience from time to time. It can...

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Low FODMAP Meal Plan – One Day Sample

Low FODMAP Meal Plan – One Day Sample

One of the biggest challenges to getting started with a low FODMAP diet is knowing what to eat! Take some inspiration with our one-day sample Low FODMAP meal plan, designed by FODMAP trained dietitian Laura Tilt. Scroll down to see our meal plan infographic, which you...

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5 Steps to Successful FODMAP Reintroduction

5 Steps to Successful FODMAP Reintroduction

The second stage of the FODMAP diet (also known as FODMAP reintroduction) doesn’t get much airtime, but it’s arguably the most important part. Here’s how to get it right. Low FODMAP Isn’t Forever If you’ve found your IBS symptoms have improved whilst following a low...

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What is IBS?

What is IBS?

IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - a digestive condition nearly 1 in 5 suffer with.  What is IBS? You may have heard of IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you may have it, or know others who have been diagnosed with the condition, but what actually is it? In the...

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10 Steps To Success With Low FODMAP Elimination

10 Steps To Success With Low FODMAP Elimination

The FODMAP diet is a 3-step elimination diet which helps to identify foods that trigger your IBS symptoms. It was developed in Monash University in Australia and is now one of the leading therapies for IBS. The diet is an effective route to managing IBS symptoms, but...

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An Interview With The ‘Low FODMAPPER’, Haley Brown

An Interview With The ‘Low FODMAPPER’, Haley Brown

This interview is with Haley Brown, author of the popular blog 'Low Fodmapper' and creator of a new Low FODMAP eBook. Suffering with digestive issues? Following a low FODMAP diet? Then read on to find out what happened to Haley and how she eventually found the help...

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How To Eat Healthily On A Low FODMAP Diet

How To Eat Healthily On A Low FODMAP Diet

Following a low FODMAP diet? Here’s our advice on getting a healthy balance. The first stage of a low FODMAP diet (known as elimination) involves swapping high FODMAP foods for low FODMAP alternatives for a period of  2-6 weeks, to see if IBS symptoms improve. As with...

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IBS & Low FODMAP Glossary

IBS & Low FODMAP Glossary

If you have been suffering with IBS, or looked at the Low FODMAP Diet, the chances are you have comeacross lots of medical and techincal jargon that probably makes very little sense! So we have put together this IBS & Low FODMAP Glossary, to make sense of all...

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5 Steps For Managing IBS Before You Try The FODMAP Diet

5 Steps For Managing IBS Before You Try The FODMAP Diet

The Low FODMAP Diet is a popular approach to managing IBS symptoms, but it’s not necessarily the first step that’s recommended. So what comes first in terms of symptom relief? It was over ten years ago that a team of researchers at Monash University discovered that a...

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Just been diagnosed with IBS?…

Just been diagnosed with IBS?…

…Then you have come to the right place! If you have started to panic, there is no need to!  My Story  In November 2015, my doctor told me I have IBS. I had thought about it before, had paid for expensive and (since found out, unreliable) food intolerance tests and...

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What Is A Low Fodmap Diet & Where Do I Start?

What Is A Low Fodmap Diet & Where Do I Start?

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chances are you’ve heard of the low FODMAP diet. But what is it, and how do you know if it’s right for you? IBS Explained IBS is a common digestive condition which affects how the gut moves and functions, causing symptoms...

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Top 5 resources for those suffering with IBS (in UK)

Top 5 resources for those suffering with IBS (in UK)

I have been suffering with IBS for many years and have worked my way through to my personalised Low FODMAP Diet. I still suffer with flareups, but they are much fewer and further between now and I can manage my symptoms so much better. Below are the top 5 resources...

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Following a Low FODMAP & Vegetarian Diet

Following a Low FODMAP & Vegetarian Diet

It’s January 2020 and I have decided to be vegetarian for a month! Hundreds of thousands of people follow the ‘Veganuary’ trend and try being vegan for the month of January. I have decided however to try becoming vegetarian first – maybe I’ll be vegan next January!...

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Low FODMAP Diet & IBS Top 10 Series

Low FODMAP Diet & IBS Top 10 Series

April is IBS Awareness Month, however due to the current situation  (Covid-19) it hasn’t been the usual hype of activity. However, at Bay’s Kitchen we still felt it was really important to raise awareness of the condition and do what we can to help – we might all be...

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Taking Care Of A Sensitive Gut After Christmas

Taking Care Of A Sensitive Gut After Christmas

Dealing with a surge of gut symptoms after Christmas? We asked dietitian Laura Tilt (@nutritilty) for some advice on managing the festive fallout.It’s quite normal to experience more gut symptoms than usual both during and after the festive season - the combination of...

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Preparing for a FODMAP Friendly Christmas

Preparing for a FODMAP Friendly Christmas

Following a low FODMAP diet over Christmas can be tricky, but a little forward thinking can help to minimise any symptom flares. We asked dietitian Laura Tilt (@nutritilty) for her top tips for the festive season ahead. Plan Ahead Just like when starting out on the...

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Travelling whilst on the Low FODMAP Diet

Travelling whilst on the Low FODMAP Diet

The Low FODMAP Diet can be hard to follow at the best of times, but what happens when you're on holiday or travelling with work, and you're away from home surrounded by foreign foods and a foreign language? Sophie Bibbs, who we recently interviewed (you can read the...

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Top 10 ways to destress

Top 10 ways to destress

Stress is a major factor for those suffering with IBS and other digestive issues. It has been proven in some cases, large amounts of stress (be it down to a new job, grievance, or other factors in your life) has been the trigger of some people's IBS. Whether your IBS...

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Interview with Sophie Bibbs

Interview with Sophie Bibbs

We recently interviewed Health Coach Sophie Bibbs and here is what she had to say! My name is Sophie Bibbs, and I am a digestive health coach who helps women struggling with IBS and uncomfortable digestive problems to take control of their gut. I work virtually with...

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New support programme for anyone with IBS

New support programme for anyone with IBS

As many as 20% of the British population suffers with irritable bowel syndrome, according to charity The IBS Network. The exact causes of this longstanding, incurable condition, which affects more women than men, are unclear, but among its main symptoms are abdominal...

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Managing your IBS at Christmas

Managing your IBS at Christmas

Christmas is literally just around the corner and it's such an exciting time of they year, with Christmas Parties, families getting together, Father Christmas visiting the little people in our lives, mint matchmakers are back on sale... I could go on! However, for...

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Which supermarkets are best to shop ‘free from’?

Which supermarkets are best to shop ‘free from’?

One of the reasons I developed the Bay's Kitchen brand is because after being diagnosed with IBS and handed a scrap of paper saying 'FODMAP' I then spent hours upon hours for the next few months in supermarkets scanning the shelves and reading the back labels of...

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Interview with Kirsten Jackson

Interview with Kirsten Jackson

Welcome to our latest interview blog post... welcoming Kirsten Jackson! Kirsten is a Dietician, who also founded The Food Treatment Clinic. Kirsten has a passion for providing more support to help us overcome our tummy issues! Welcome Kirsten! Please can you introduce...

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Girls… How To Dress When You Have IBS!

Girls… How To Dress When You Have IBS!

Sorry guys, this one is just for the girls! Living with IBS isn’t great. It can really take over your life and get you really thinking about things which never really crossed your mind before. Before I had IBS I would throw some clothes on and walk out the door, with...

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Batch Cooking at Easter

Batch Cooking at Easter

Whether you're lucky enough to have the whole two weeks of Easter Holidays off, or you're just free to enjoy the long Easter weekend, it's a great time to work on some batch cooking and meal prepping! In order to really make use of your time to batch cook, you need a...

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10 Dos & Don’ts when you have IBS!

10 Dos & Don’ts when you have IBS!

Here are some key things to follow when you are living with IBS to make life a bit easier! We'll start with the 'dos'! When you have IBS it is really important to take time for yourself. High stress can trigger your IBS symptoms, so you need to learn to relax,...

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Interview with Cecilie Hauge Agotnes

Interview with Cecilie Hauge Agotnes

My name is Cecilie.  I'm 44 years, married to my teenage-boyfriend and have a grown-up son. We live on the West-Coast of Norway, the next biggest city in Norway, Bergen. I used to be an award-winning nailtech (won the English championship!), but became ill 7-8 years...

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Does following the Low FODMAP Diet have to be expensive?

Does following the Low FODMAP Diet have to be expensive?

The short answer is no. Most people will always have the perception that following any kind of diet will be more expensive. Making meals from scratch and buying more fruit, veg and healthy ingredients can add up to a lot more than buying five ready meals. However,...

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An interview with Julie Thompson

An interview with Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson is a UK specialist IBS dietitian working in the NHS and private practice. She has been involved in the development of dietary guidelines for IBS in the UK and with colleagues published a review of probiotics for IBS. Julie has worked with people with...

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My Favourite Low FODMAP Meals

My Favourite Low FODMAP Meals

Following the Low FODMAP Diet isn't easy, particularly at the start. You find yourself spending endless time walking up and down supermarket aisles, reading every food label to see what you can find that's safe to eat. So, I thought I'd share some of my easy, mostly...

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An interview with Joanna Baker

An interview with Joanna Baker

Joanna is a foodie, a Dietitian and a Registered nurse, who is passionate about digestive health. She now works exclusively in IBS and food intolerance, dividing her time between consulting to FODMAP Friendly as a dietitian advisor and Everyday Nutrition, her...

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Low FODMAP Cookbook Review

Low FODMAP Cookbook Review

In this blog article I have written a personal review of four of the best-selling Low FODMAP cookbooks. This is just my personal opinion, but if you find a different one which you think should be reviewed and promoted to our followers please do let me know by emailing...

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Tips for exercising with IBS

Tips for exercising with IBS

Written by Joanne O'Connell Grab your trainers, here are our tips on how to burn off energy (even when you’re not feeling very energetic)… You know when you're having a bad day. You feel like your digestive system is in total meltdown and even the thought of going to...

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Tips for coping when your IBS flares up

Tips for coping when your IBS flares up

  This is totally situation dependent... you could be at home, at a music festival, at work or in town with your family, but whatever you're up to when your IBS flares up, these tips can help: Take a nap If you can, go and lie down somewhere. Whenever you're...

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Travelling abroad when you have IBS

Travelling abroad when you have IBS

Travelling should always be an exciting experience - you might be going to visit friends, off to get some sun, visiting somewhere new... but for those of us with digestive disorders it can be an equally daunting experience. Being on time pressure to get to the...

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Supporting those who suffer with a digestive disorder

Supporting those who suffer with a digestive disorder

Do you suffer from a digestive disorder, such as IBS or SIBO and just wish those around you were more supportive? Or do you know someone who suffers with gut issues? Well here’s a few ways how you can support them, as from personal experience a bit of understanding...

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Eating out whilst on the Low FODMAP Diet

Eating out whilst on the Low FODMAP Diet

Eating out can be one of the greatest challenges for anyone following the diet, particularly through elimination. If you’re anything like me, you shy away from being really fussy in restaurants and just deal with the consequences of what you eat, rather than having to...

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10 of my favourite low FODMAP ingredients

10 of my favourite low FODMAP ingredients

When I was first diagnosed with IBS and advised to follow a low FODMAP diet, I went and did what we all probably did, I ‘Googled’ it! I was immediately panicked and disheartened to see so many of my favourite things on the high FODMAP list, which I needed to avoid....

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Dealing with IBS at work

Dealing with IBS at work

Most working environments aren’t at all ideal for IBS sufferers. I have predominantly worked in an office environment since having IBS and it has thrown up daily challenges for me; from being in a client meeting where it’s quiet and my bowels are not! To being in the...

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