Go Messy or Go Hungry

Delicious food for restricted diets

The Problem

It was senior year of college and I was working on my thesis project, looking for jobs, feeling a tad stressed and a lot miserable. Specifically my stomach – eating made me feel miserable and not eating made me feel terrible. Obviously that’s a problem.

Luckily that was mostly solved by going to a doctor and, at her recommendation, starting to follow the low FODMAP diet. I was soon confronted with another problem though: the diet, while helpful, came with a long list of “foods to avoid” and the only information I could find that explained why I was to avoid said foods was super scientific.

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Research

I couldn’t just follow someone’s directions without knowing why, so I poured myself into researching FODMAPs (which stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, and Mono- saccharides And Polyls… yeah.) and things like oligosaccharides and gut bacteria. Which was fascinating, and made me wonder if I should have gone into food science, but I had to be honest with myself. I was being obsessive about this. And fact is, the average person (who may benefit from this diet!) is definitely not going to want to take a masterclass in nutrition.

Outcome

I’ve always loved to cook, and always joked about starting a food blog, but never felt like I had anything to contribute… until now. Now I was actually solving someone’s problem: giving them easily digestible information (pun intended) about the low FODMAP diet, and providing people with recipes they could make and eat. And so, Go Messy or Go Hungry was born!

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( ^ That’s me making a mess.)