Wherever possible I try to include fibro food fairy tips in recipes with shortcuts that can be taken to minimise the effort required to prepare a healthy, nutritious meal. This may be when you are short on time or, more typically with spoonies, when you are chronically fatigued and have no energy to even contemplate cooking something from scratch. Ironically however, it is at these times when we are struggling with our symptoms that it is more important to ensure we are well nourished, giving our body the support, it needs to rest and repair. So here I have provided my top tips to make your cooking experience easy and enjoyable.
Tip one: food cupboard staples
Cooking for a diet that is free from dairy, gluten and soya may initially seem like a challenging task, but with a little planning and organisation it doesn’t have to be that difficult. As much as possible I have tried to use ingredients that you would be able to typically find in any supermarket however, there are a selection of basic and more specialist ingredients that are worth keeping in your food cupboard and that you will reuse time and time again as you progress with your fibro friendly cookery. Below is a list of ingredients that I always try to keep on hand.
*These are more specialist gluten free flours that may be worth considering if you like to bake.
** Coconut aminos is a gluten free and soya free alternative to soy sauce and can be used in a variety of dishes. If you can tolerate soya, Tamari is a gluten free soy sauce and is cheaper and more widely available.
In my experience when comparing high street supermarkets, I have found that currently, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose tend to have more of the specialist ingredients I require. In some instances, having more of a selection and better prices than some of the big high street health food chains. This is based on my experience of what is available to me locally and may differ in your area.
In terms of being able to compare prices, reviews and availability you can’t normally beat Amazon. They may not always be the cheapest option however I have found that once you factor in the delivery cost of independent suppliers it usually isn’t any more expensive. The advantage of using Amazon is that you can compare products and suppliers. You can also do most of your bulk buying in one session, all from the comfort of your own home. If you choose to get it delivered to an Amazon locker or collection point you don’t even have to be at home when they deliver and can pick up your purchase at a time that suits you. There will often be deals that you wouldn’t get elsewhere and you may also benefit from product recommendations. It is worth noting here that I am not tied to Amazon or paid to endorse them, I am only speaking of my own personal experience.
In addition to the suppliers listed here I would also recommend Earthfare, a wholefood shop based in Glastonbury. They have an extensive product range and are very competitively priced. They are online however their online product range is more limited.
Tip two: read the label