It’s not fun having tummy trouble and sometimes you could use a helping hand.
Today’s post is all about how a friend or family member can provide a little support to their favorite someone that is suffering with IBS/SIBO. If you are reading this and suffer with SIBO or IBS, perhaps send this post off to your family or friends. 🙂
Or maybe it will provide you some inspiration when someone asks, “What can I do for you?”
Suggest Non-Food Related Outings
So many of life’s adventures and events involve food. Many people with digestive issues feel isolated or excluded because they can’t always partake in many of the food items offered at events such as brunch, dinner, and/or cocktail parties. Try to plan a non-food related event or outing to focus on your shared time together. How about going for a walk, taking a yoga class, or going for a bike ride? A trip to the movies, a museum, window shopping, to a bookstore, or to a comedy or theatrical show are other fun options. An event that incorporates a little self care, fun and down time is always welcomed.
Bake or Cook
Making low FODMAP treats and meals can be time consuming. Particularly when there are often other family meals to prepare as well. It can be a special treat when a friend or family member makes something that can be enjoyed without any effort. A pot of low FODMAP soup or a plate of low FODMAP cookies. A few dark chocolate dipped strawberries can make any FODMAPer glad you are in their life!
Mail a letter
Very few people get a handwritten letter these days. That’s why a “just thinking of you” card is all the more special! Send a card or uplifting funny note to your favorite FODMAPer. Simply hearing, “I know what you are going through is hard right now and I just wanted to let you know that I’m here to support you.”… can make a person feel the love.
Send a Care Package
Send a care package! How about sending a Fody Foods Kate box? BONUS: Fody Foods is donating 25% of all proceeds from April Kate Box sales to IBS research. How great is that? Other delicious items that might work in a care package: 88 acres dark chocolate & sea salt bars, Happy Bars, Tea (peppermint, green) Simply Gum, Barney butter almond butter snack packs, or Case de Sante artisan granola. BONUS: Case De Sante is donating 10% of their April gross profits to IBS research!
Non food related items are nice too –lavender soap, jewelry, bath salts, a new book, music, a framed inspirational quote. And… you don’t always have to ship a care package, an in person delivery is nice too!
Simply bringing a beautiful flower bouquet can brighten someone’s day too.
Offer to help
Asking what you can do to help, can mean so much. Sometimes in the thick of dealing with health issues it really is the little things that can be so helpful. When you are dealing with health issues, especially a chronic health issue, you can feel utterly exhausted. Just a few questions can mean the world: How can I make your life easier? What can I help you with today? Can I help with the laundry, pick up takeout for the rest of the family, plan a meal, stop at the store (friends and family might considering purchasing my new app, low FODMAP Grocery Guide (just $1.99), which will help guide them in selecting low FODMAP foods at the grocery store. BONUS: all proceeds of app go toward the creation of patient and health professional educational resources.
Remember that your friend or family member is sick and trying to get healthy. But they are so much more than that. Allow them to talk about their health or maybe not talk about their health.
If you are prepping a meal for a FODMAPer here are a few of my favorite recipes you might consider. Many can be quickly re-heated for an easy meal.
Breakfast Idea: Mini Crustless Quiches
Snack Ideas: Dark Chocolate Seed and Nut Dipped Rice Cakes, Fody foods bars & 88 Acres dark chocolate and sea salt bars.
Lunch Idea: Low FODMAP Chicken and Rice with Turmeric
Drink Ideas: Teas (peppermint, white, green, ginger), seltzer, fruit and herbed infused water (add slice lemons & mint).
Dessert Ideas: Frosted Two Bite Low FODMAP Brownies
We are just one week into IBS Awareness Month and I want to thank you for all of you that have donated to research, posted your story or an inspirational quote on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Join us in our #IBelieveinyourStory campaign. Let’s make sure people hear us! You are not alone. We are up to 70 #IBelieveinyourStory public posts on Instagram!
If you haven’t posted a picture, please consider doing so. Just remember to use the hashtag, #IBelieveinyourStory when you do.
To see all the pictures on Instagram, simple enter the hashtag, IBelieveinyourStory in the search option under ‘Tags’.
I have received countless letters from IBS sufferers telling me that the pictures and posts make them feel supported and provide hope. And, my friends, that was the intention. It takes a village…but know when you use the #IBelieveinyourStory hashtag…many people out there ARE listening, watching and appreciating.
AND finally, as part of our IBS Awareness month, 88 Acres will give a way a box of their delicious Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt bars to one lucky winner. These bars are sooooo good! For a chance to win, please leave a comment on how you have been sharing the #IBelieveinyourStory campaign hashtag to raise awareness for IBS and SIBO.