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“Have you seen those gorgeous ‘save the date’ invitations? Oh, I just love the glittery confetti! And those flowers!”
Don’t worry. I haven’t switched my line of work. I’m just having a look around. Food bloggers do marvel at other things than food from time to time. Who wouldn’t, considering these stunning wedding ideas over at
Lieschen-heiratet.de . The genius behind? Lieschen aka Susanne Rademacher, communications consultant and book author by trade and at heart, as well as Germany’s undisputed wedding blogger queen.
All these successful projects of hers surely require a lot of energy, thus making Susanne the perfect candidate to interview for my series on morning routines. I’m extremely happy she agreed to share her personal tips on how to start the day in a relaxed manner with us! Don’t miss out on that bonus question at the end! Enjoy! …
„So ein bisschen Bauchschmerzen, ein aufgeblähter Bauch und extreme Müdigkeit”. Das und keinen Pieps mehr hättet ihr vor 5 Jahren an Symptomen bei einer Fructoseintoleranz aus mir herausgekitzelt. Peinlich berührt war nach dieser Erklärung das Thema für mich gegessen.
Wer heute fragt, bekommt mehr zu hören. Egal wann und wo es auf die “Leiden der jungen Fructopia” zu sprechen kommt, versuche ich möglichst offen davon zu berichten, was übermäßig viel Fructose und Zucker in unserem Essen anrichten kann.Wenn ich heute Symptome auslasse, dann schlichtweg, weil ich vergesse, wie dreckig es mir damals wirklich ging. Und siehe da, so schlimm kommt das in der Regel bei meinen Gesprächspartnern gar nicht an. Die Rückfragen werden zahlreicher und zuckerfreie Rezepte sind hoch im Kurs. Aber vor allem leuchtet beim Gegenüber immer wieder die Frage auf “Vertrage ich vielleicht auch keine Fructose?”.
Lately nothing has fascinated me more than the art of starting the day in beautiful and productive style. Everybody seems to have his or her own way of claiming the day’s first sunbeams. Seeing as the morning hours hold such a precious place in my heart, I thought it might be time to find out how other talented bloggers and bloggerettes start their day and thus created this interview series. So instead of asking „How was your night?“, from now on I’ll rather be asking „How was your morning?“.
After a beautiful prelude to this series with earlybird Steffi, I should probably warn you ahead of today’s interview: If you too are a child of the sun, you might find yourself packing your bags for Australia right after finishing this read! Why? Because today’s guest, the fructose friendly chef Melissa, wakes up where koalas and kangaroos kiss each other good night, while being surounded by cafés sure to make your food sensitive heart leap for joy. Morning walks on the beach in dreamy light and an enviably healthy tan on Melissa’s face: If being a morning grouch looks like this, I’ll take an extra large serving! But see and read for yourselves…
I made a cake and am super excited to treat my family members to a healthy and sugar free dessert for the holidays. Everybody gathers around the table and happily digs into piles of Easter bread, juicy carrot cakes and delicate chocolates. Lightyears seem to have passed since the last holidays. One by one, tense shoulders around the table loosen up and even my guilt-free cake receives some attention.
Right when I’m about to put on a content smile, thinking how nice it is that people finally seem to appreciate healthier alternatives instead of the usual sugar bombs, I get hit by a wave of comments again: “Your cake tastes really good, like, really healthy! A little bit like bread… Really good. I would just add a bit more sugar the next time.”
Duh! I mean that’s the whole point about fructose free cooking, right?
The word is out: Last week I gave my final approval for my very own cookbook to go into print, but my small chipmunk heart is still pounding like mad. Between writing posts, testing recipes and the usual chaos here in Istanbul, I somehow forgot that the real excitementis only just about to begin. Writing a cookbook on the quiet is one thing. But waking up everyday to your good wishes, knowing that there are people now actually waiting for my cookbook to bet published, that’s pretty absurd.
So bear with me, while I get a bit emotional: I just wanted to say that I am really grateful for each and every one of you! Thanks a million for your lovely words and support! Thank you for every single like and share! Now come here, let me give you a hug and then I’ll bake you all the fructose free cakes in the world. We’ll have loads of low-fructose wineas well, but don’t tell anyone, okay? …
Most of my recipes are a byproduct of me going nuts at the weekly farmers markets, buying more produce than I can handle. That’s why recipes such as this rainbow salad, which are designed to taste amazing, while coincidentally using up as much food as possible, are clearly among my favorites.
Today, instead of salad, I present you this basil lemonade.
Um, is that supposed to be tasty? Yep, very much so!
Purple basil, or thai basil, is vibrant in color and dulcet in taste. Add fresh lemon juice, powdered glucose and a pinch of anise, and you are set to go. It reminds me of ‘şerbet’, the refreshing, yet absurdly sweet lemonade from Ottoman times, that is still popular in Turkey to this day. But don’t worry, my blend is hardly as sweet.
It’s the perfect drink to ask summer for another extension.
If you take a closer look at my recipe list you might assume I have quite a sweet tooth. Sorry to disappoint you. Though it is true, I used to be a sugar addict, eating lots of sweets up until I was diagnosed with FM. Beyond any doubt, it is my fructose malabsorption I blame most for my sugar cravings. And believe me, I’m more than happy the cravings have finally ceased. Most of the dishes I cook at home are actually more on the savory side and I would always prefer a piece of fenugreek-goat-cheese on a slice of whole spelt bread over a cup of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. I’ve become a savory girl through and through. To prove that, in my future posts I want to share some more recipes catering to our savory cravings. Today’s recipe features one of my favorite winter foods, namely celery root or celeriac. Celeriac is a good substitute for grainy side dishes, as it is quite filling. Besides its health benefits I like the mild and slightly nutty flavor of this magic root. So let’s kick off the celery root season with some easy to prepare celeriac fries and an oriental spiced yoghurt dip!
It’s one week post launch of Fructopia and the tingling hasn’t stopped yet. After turning the whole blog thing over and over in my mind and testing
numerous two blogging platforms for months, I’m pretty surprised how fast everything happened the moment I finally settled for one service. Now I am out and about with a topic that on the one hand is quite intimate, on the other hand affects so many people and still lacks a lot of attention. Time to change that. …
Before I knew about my fructose malabsorption, breakfast was something I only thought about after a long night out to sooth my stomach. I usually skipped breakfast and couldn’t wait for lunch time to indulge into hearty portions of pasta, pizza or whatever was on the lunch menu. If I bothered having breakfast I usually grabbed a sandwich at a bakery that was near my office or university. I’m not talking about the kind of mayonnaise dripping sandwiches topped with a half kilo of turkey like most of my American friends are used to. Nope. I’m talking about a simple “belegtes Brötchen”, that’s what we call our sandwiches in Germany. Nothing too unhealthy or heavy, just a bunch of useless carbohydrates. However, by lunch time I often felt hungrier than the times I hadn’t had any breakfast at all. Of course weekends were a different story, but that makes for only 2 out of 7 days a week, right? Either way, I just couldn’t get hold of a healthy breakfast routine. But since I had to throw everything I’ve learned about nutrition (including my personal preferences and eating habits) over board after getting my test results, breakfast was one thing I had to tackle as well….
My first post! Finally! Even though I was desperate to start this blog and also to start helping and getting to know others suffering from fructose malabsorption, it just didn’t happen earlier. You’re probably asking yourselves, what took me so long? Let me tell you: It’s pretty intimidating to finally get the word out on the interwebz. I guess I just wanted to be prepared.
So here we are. Happy birthday Fructopia!
I’m not necessarily better prepared than I was a few months ago, but I just wanted, no, I needed to start. I was tired of only thinking about this blog. I guess that’s the secret to getting anything done that you are planning to do: You just need to start.
I still remember the day leaving the doctor’s office with an aching stomach, having undergone a two-hour long hydrogen breath test and finally receiving an unfamiliar diagnosis by the name of fructose malabsorption. I left the doctor’s office with more questions than answers, having no idea, what this diagnosis meant. No idea at all. Even a later search on google proved to be tedious and only resulted in tiny bits and pieces of information spread over countless different webpages. Three years have passed and that’s the way things still are. I was lost back then and I was lost for a long time. I had no money to consult a dietician, no one in my community had heard of this deficiency before, even one of my friends who is a doctor hardly had any useful advice to offer me. However, today, I feel much more confident talking about the whole fructose thing. Over time I gathered more and more information and of course experience. The picture is by far not complete, but now I know that fructose malabsorption is not only a 100 piece puzzle, but rather a more elaborate and challenging 1000 piece puzzle.
Fructopia is my playground to report about the daily ups and downs, when suffering from fructose malabsorption. I want to share with you my all time favourite recipes (which I hope will work for you too), product reviews and latest research findings. To some extent I want to become your trusted guide on the daily dos and donts. But above all I want to be positive about fructose malabsorption. I don’t want to whine about not being able to have this food or that food. There is no point wallowing in self-pity, it just makes you feel worse. Instead, I want to tell you about how I make the best of my situation, day by day.
I know it would be presumptuous to say that I want to create more awareness about fructose in general and fructose malabsoption in particular with only this simple blog. I mean who is gonna read the stuff i write about? At most and only if I’m lucky I will have a few readers like myself who also suffer from fructose malabsorption. But maybe together we can make a difference.
Welcome to Fructopia! I’m curious about what lies ahead of us.
Tell me, what lead you here, how did you find your way to Fructopia?