“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
With that in mind, last night I made my return to Laneway Learning to teach another class.
As I wrote yesterday, when I feel myself falling, I make myself busy, and teaching this class was one of the things I decided to busy myself with. I’m also a masochist and try my best to face my fears – teaching my first class with Laneway Learning was SO scary for me (a depressive, anxious introvert with very little self-confidence trying to run a class full of strangers!), but getting through it was pretty rewarding, and everyone was so nice and kind and supportive :) You can read a little more about what they do here, but in a nutshell, Laneway Learning is an amazing little organisation in cities around the world offering classes taught by every day people on subjects they’re passionate about, at a low cost in order to make learning fun and accessible.
When I contacted Laneway Learning about teaching this class, it was at a point where I was getting pretty frustrated with the lack of information available on whole FODMAP issue (see my open letter to crappy doctors for more on that); I’m one of the lucky ones with a background and degree in exercise science and nutrition, so I had a bit of a head start in creating recipes to suit the low FODMAP guidelines, but I know that not everyone has that advantage. And the hardest part for most people is the desserts and sweets aspect of it all – low FODMAP treats can be a little difficult to navigate to start off with! So I contacted the team at Laneway Learning with a proposal to take a class to help navigate through some of the more frustrating aspects of the low FODMAP diet and ways around the restrictions to still be able to enjoy food!
I won’t rehash what we went through on the night (and frankly it was a bit of a tough class with numerous technical difficulties!), but instead I thought I’d give everyone a quick list of some of the low FODMAP friendly sweet recipes I’ve posted on my blog lately – because you should still be able to have your cake and eat it too, even if your stomach hates you!!
# Bliss balls
# Cacao, goji berry & chia seed cake drops
# Chocolate microwave cake
# Hazelnut, coconut & dark chocolate biscuits
# Healthy peanut butter cookies
# Orange, polenta & cacao cake drops
# Peanut butter oat slice
# Zucchini chocolate chip cake
Stay tuned for a seriously amazing, seriously chocolatey cake later in the week that we can add to the list, but lovely readers, if any of you have some FODMAP friendly recipes you’ve created and would like to share, please add them to the comments below! I’m always looking for new treats to try :)