Healthy Colon, Happy Life? Squatty Potty Review

Recently as I was celebrating my birthday on a culinary/bar crawl trip to Mexico with my friends, the low-FODMAP diet came up in conversation, and it went something like this: “Hey Colleen, is this FOOD-MAP or FODMAP?  Can I eat this?  Can I drink this beer or it FODMAPped?”  And as I was discussing different low and high-FODMAP options on our summery-hot day in Tijuana, another friend started talking about unicorn poop.  Yes, unicorn poop – brightly colored, swirly, rainbow poop.  They then began to share this video with me and it changed my pooping experience forever:

If you are not laughing after this video, well, I guess we don’t share the same sense of humor.  This video is hysterical, and the close-up of him licking the unicorn poop off his lips is just…oh it makes me very uncomfortable.  You might’ve thought at first that this was just some joke, but Squatty Potty really nailed this – it’s one of the best commercials I’ve ever seen.

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Proof is in the Poop

I bet you might be saying: “So what gives with Squatty Potty, does it work?”

After my trip to Mexico and having re-played their video a few times, I called them up and said I had to try one out.  I am big on reviews and they were really good (read some here and here with 4.5 stars and 4,438 customer reviews).  Unicorn poop aside, this company is legit and run by the lovely Edwards family in Utah.  If you like Shark Tank as much as I do, you can check out how they faired with the sharks here.

The Edwards family has a few medical case studies for your reading pleasure.  Like this study in particularInfluence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans, concludes that the greater the hip flexion achieved by squatting, the straighter the rectoanal canal will be, and accordingly, less strain will be required for defecation.

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I was sent the ECCO model.  Did it work for me?  I’ll get very personal and say absolutely.  I am more constipation prone (IBS-C) and still have episodes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but since I found the low-FODMAP diet, bouts of IBS are very rare these days.  When IBS does hit, it’s more around the time of menstruation and women with IBS may have more symptoms during their menstrual periods (it’s no secret why more ladies then men get IBS).  Also, after having a baby in 2015, some things have not been the same (hola to all the mommas –  you get it).  So a couple weeks ago when constipation was incessant around that lovely “time of the month,” I gave my Squatty Potty a try and experienced a gentler rendezvous on the throne.  It’s changed the way I poop and the way I feel.  How’s THAT for a testimonial?  Hey it’s not easy sharing such personal stuff, but I am happier now and maybe just maybe, you will be too if you give the Squatty Potty a try.

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The Squatty Potty, ECCO model

The Squatty Potty ECCO – more info:

The Ecco toilet stool works perfectly for families of any size and is incredibly durable and easy to clean. If you appreciate the simple things in life, then this is your toilet stool. Transform your toilet into an elimination station.

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

 

Full disclosure – I reached out to Squatty Potty and they sent me product for free.  If you click on a link like this or others in this post that lead you to their site and you make a purchase, I will get a commission.  Those commissions are great as they help pay for my blogging expenses and allow me to keep working feverishly to bring you great content about the low-FODMAP diet, IBS and…pooping.  Happy pooping!

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Free Webinar: Starting the Low-FODMAP Diet? What You Need to Know

I am thrilled to share that I will host an upcoming webinar, “Starting the Low-FODMAP Diet? What You Need to Know” on Sept. 8th for the New Hope Network NewHope360!

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Paleo, vegan, gluten-free: These food tribes are popular enough that your average person knows what they entail. The low-FODMAP diet is less simple—and less of a permanent lifestyle than its contemporaries.

What foods are safe to eat? Which should be avoided? Who exactly should be giving this diet a try, and how long should they stick to it?

Get answers to these questions (and ask your own) during my free 30-minute expert webinar.

Register here

 Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. MT / 2 p.m. ET

And as an added bonus … 

All Co-op bloggers who register for and attend the webinar will receive a free jar of Classic Almond Butter from Justin’s—one of my fave low-FODMAP treats.

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Justin’s Classic Almond Butter

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Be sure to specify that you’re a Co-op blogger when you register. New Hope will follow up with you after the event to send some samples your way!

Once you register, you’ll receive the information you need to access the webinar in a separate email.   See you there!

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

Check Out These 4th of July Low-FODMAP Tips!

I love the 4th of July!  And if you’re trying out the low-FODMAP diet, you can enjoy the holiday too.  Back in 2014 I wrote a post about how to navigate the low-FODMAP diet and enjoy the 4th of July, and I decided to revisit that post and update it.  Take a look here:

https://fodmaplife.com/2014/07/04/celebrations-parties-fodmap-diet/

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

Low-FODMAP Tuna Salad Recipe with SafeCatch Tuna

safecatch eliteThis year at Expo West 2016 I had the pleasure of meeting the crew behind an awesome brand, SafeCatch. I’m big into seafood, but especially seafood that’s done right.  I’m talking tuna in this case – canned tuna.  Yeah, that’s right – canned tuna can be amazing if you try SafeCatch.  Have you ever thought (dreamed, hoped) that tuna could be tastier and healthier for you?  Well you don’t have to put up with boring tuna any longer.  Ever since I tried SafeCatch I have been hooked (ah hem, pardon the pun).

About SafeCatch and Why They Rock

You might have read an older post of mine where I talk about SafeCatch, but if not, here’s the lowdown again: SafeCatch has a pretty meticulous protocol for testing every single fish for high levels of mercury.   They have the strictest mercury limits of any brand and their product Safe Catch Elite is the only tuna brand that passes Consumer Reports “Low Mercury” criteria for pregnant women and kids.

Make sure you grab the SafeCatch coupon below with my recipe!

Safe Catch also tastes exceptional.  If you weren’t aware, most canned tuna companies pre-cook their tuna and use additives and fillers to put flavor back into the fish.  These brands will put the tuna on racks which drains out over 80% of the natural omega-3s and added benefits. In order to really appreciate Safe Catch, you would need to try it yourself.  When I had a taste test I thought it was like having freshly caught tuna, grilled and served to me.  Safe Catch doesn’t remove the delicious juices from the fish, so you get the full flavor of the fish and a nice dose of Omega 3s with every bite.  The way they do it is by using a unique cooking process called ‘Raw Packing’ where they take hand cut tuna steaks and pack them in the can, and cook in the can to retain 100% of the Omega-3s, natural vitamins and minerals.  They also don’t add any broth, oil, or water to their tuna. Safe Catch tuna is just cooked in its natural fish oils for a very fresh flavor!

Bryan, CEO, Co-Founder, SafeCatch

“Our baby boy Dylan loves Safe Catch tuna right out of the can. It feels great to feed him tuna that builds his brain without the fear of unknown mercury levels. I believe purity is a key link to health and biodiversity. I want to protect purity in our oceans, lakes, and rivers for the next generation.”

What else is awesome about Safe Catch?

  1. Safe Catch is non-GMO and BPA free and dolphin safe
  2. Safe Catch tuna is traceable from catch to can and they only buy from captains whose fish come from managed and sustainable stocks
  3. Their limit for Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna is ten times (10x) stricter than the FDA mercury action limit and their limit for Wild Albacore Tuna is three times (3x) stricter than the FDA mercury action limit
  4. If one fish doesn’t meet their purity standards they don’t buy it
  5. They don’t add any fillers or additives, unless where salt is noted, they don’t add anything except tuna.

I can’t see myself purchasing any other brand now other than Safe Catch.  If you want to make the most awesome tuna salad, tuna casserole, tuna tomato and bacon sandwich or tuna melt, go to this link for the Safe Catch store finder.

Sean
President, Co-Founder
, SafeCatch

“I want people to have access to affordable and healthy seafood. The choices consumers make impact our food and ecosystems. I think people are excited to implement solutions to protect purity. My goal is to put the need to test for impurities out of business.”

low fodmap tuna salad recipe

Along with my delicious recipe today, I was able to secure a coupon for you from SafeCatch! When you shop online, get 15% your entire order  with the promo code: FODMAPLIFE   Happy Shopping here on SafeCatch.com!

Low-FODMAP Tuna Salad with Grapes and Turmeric

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red bell peppers (or 1 pepper, *see notes)
  • 1 can SafeCatch Tuna
  • 1/4 cup, grapes – raw
  • 1/2  teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon low-FODMAP mayonnaise (I like Sir Kensington’s Classic Mayonnaise)
  • 4 macadamia nuts, halved
  • 2 butter lettuce leaves

Directions

  1. Cut tops off of red bell peppers and clean out seeds.  Apply olive oil to outside of peppers.  Place in glass casserole dish and broil on high for 2-4 minutes or until slightly charred on top.  Remove from oven and place on two plates lined with butter lettuce.
  2. Place tuna, grapes, turmeric, cayenne pepper, mayonnaise and macadamia nuts in food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped.
  3. Spoon tuna salad into peppers and remaining on butter lettuce (*you can also serve tuna salad in half of one red bell pepper and remaining tuna on one butter lettuce leaf).  Enjoy with one serving of crackers made with low-FODMAP ingredients such as Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers.

Nutrition: Calories 311 | Fat: 10g | Protein: 38g | Sodium: 645mg | Fiber: 5g | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sugar: 12g

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Enjoy this recipe!  Be sure to comment below and share this post with friends.  Thanks!  ~Colleen

Rice Milk Gets the Low-FODMAP Green Light from Monash!

rice milk low fodmapThere’s been a lot of back and forth about rice milk and whether or not it’s low or high in FODMAPs. Monash University had warned us in August of 2015 and in earlier reports that rice milk had an overall rating of HIGH when consumed at a 1/4 or 1/2 cup. I am happy to share with you that rice milk has definitely received the green light to be low in FODMAPs.

Stick to a low-FODMAP serving of 200ml, otherwise high quantities could mean high amounts of the FODMAP fructans (the “O” in FODMAP, Oligosaccharides)

doctor jane muir monash universityDr. Jane Muir, Head of Translational Nutrition Science in the Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School, Monash University and her team have conducted some further testing and analyzing and reported on Sunday that rice milk is LOW in FODMAPs. That’s great news for vegans, vegetarians and anyone that enjoys non-dairy milk.

Here’s a snippet from their blog post: “We have now reviewed the rating for rice milk and will be modifying this accordingly. We have given a safe (low level green rating) for 200 ml of rice milk per sitting. The results for the Australian, UK and US will be in the app very soon. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused – but this is science in action! and part of the ongoing research and refinement of the Monash University Low FODMAP diet. Be careful: There are still some fructans present in some rice milks and therefore we do not recommend very high quantities of rice milk in one sitting.” You can take a look at the full post here.

And since we are on the topic, here are other non-dairy milk options for you that are low in FODMAPs, with low-FODMAP servings:

  • Almond milk (1 cup)
  • Coconut milk, canned (1/2 cup)
  • Coconut (UHT-ultra high temperature) (1/2 cup) (150 ml, moderate in FODMAPs)
  • Oat milk (1/8 cup)
  • Hemp milk (1 cup)
  • Soy milk (soy protein 1 cup)
  • Soya milk unsweetened (hulled soya beans) (1/4 cup) (1/2 cup moderate in FODMAPs)*contains moderate amounts of Oligos-GOS. Limit intake

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

The Low-FODMAP Diet in the WSJ

It’s great to see the low-FODMAP diet getting so much press!  Just the other day Peter Loftus of the Wall Street Journal helped to promote awareness of the diet in his article – take a look: More Options to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Here are some other recent articles where the low-FODMAP diet has been mentioned:

People’s Pharmacy: Low FODMAP diet can ease digestive discomfort

IBS – Another Success Story of Low FODMAP Treatment – Huff Post, UK

Miracle diet has potential to transform lives of Scots living with irritable bowel syndrome – Daily Record UK

Woman with a ripped six pack reveals how her stomach looks ‘nine months pregnant’ after an attack of IBS – Daily Mail

Beat the Bloat 3 Ways – The Western Australian

When healthy still doesn’t feel good – Shelby Star

 

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

 

New Recipe – Amy and Brian Coconut Water Infused with Low-FODMAP Fruit

I love working with different foods and drinks, especially when I can get creative and make new recipes.

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Take a look at these beautiful coconut waters (above) in mason jars, infused with low-FODMAP fruits (and a little gin in one!).

Recently I had the pleasure of getting creative in the kitchen with two of my favorite foods – fruit and coconut water, namely coconut water by the brand Amy & Brian Coconut Water (if you missed my first recipe, you can check it out here- Review and Recipe : Amy and Brian’s Coconut Water and Low-FODMAP Coconut Cream Papaya Popsicles).

I made recipes for three fruit-infused coconut waters, one spiked with gin (low-FODMAP).    The virgin recipes were so fun and easy to make, colorful and great for when you want to drink something other than water.  The gin recipe (at far right) is great for a hot day or also makes a beautiful presentation for your next party.

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Coconut water is low in FODMAPs (packaged or fresh) at 100ml.  That gives you room to drink coconut water as is or experiment and use it in smoothies, desserts, in stir fry, soups, dressings and more.  Gin is low in FODMAPs and a suggested serving is 30 ml (29 grams).  *See my note about alcohol below.

Low-FODMAP Fruit-Infused Coconut Water (with gin)

  • 1 small mason jar
  • 4 thin slices of kiwi
  • ½ large strawberry, quartered
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 3 ounces Amy & Brian Coconut Water with Lime
  • 2 ounces filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Directions  

  1. Layer in all slices of kiwi to mason jar.  Add in strawberry.
  2. Pour in gin, coconut water and lime juice.
  3. Close jar with lid and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours before enjoying.

 

And for the virgins…I used the same recipe above, minus the gin and used these low-FODMAP servings of fruit

Kiwi -Pineapple: 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple with two slices of kiwi and a pinch of cinnamon

Strawberry- Blueberry: 2 medium strawberries, chopped and 10 blueberries

ENJOY!

*Please remember alcohol is a gut irritant and the suggested serving is one serving for women and up to two for men.  Consider limiting alcohol when on the low-FODMAP diet so you can keep your gut calm and more accurately pinpoint your potential IBS triggers.

 

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The Everything Low FODMAP Diet Cookbook

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme