Last weekend I jetted off to the sunshine for a few days.
Accompanied by my fellow blogging friend Amy (AKA Quirky Chicken), I flew to Tel Aviv to stay with my grandparents for the weekend and to visit our good friend Leah who moved to Israel a few years ago.
Whilst sticking to the FODMAP diet when eating out in London is becoming easier and easier, I was a little bit nervous about how I would find it in a foreign country. Naturally, I brought with an emergency stash of my favourite bounce balls and my grandparents assured me that they would provide a never-ending supply of bananas and peanut butter (should all else fail).
Luckily it didn’t and I have come home feeling better than ever (and still loving bananas and peanut butter!) It’s true to say I was able to eat like a princess and managed to stick to being FODMAP-free about 90% of the time – sometimes we need to treat ourselves when on holiday!
So I thought I would share some of the fabulous foodie finds and FODMAP-friendly dishes I enjoyed in the beautiful city that is Tel Aviv.
This chocolate and salted caramel dish with coconut ice cream was far too good to resist and turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten – worth every mouthful!
My top tips for keeping symptom-free while travelling are:
- Be prepared – bring an emergency snack supply and check restaurant menus to find a suitable place to eat
- Remember that restaurants can be flexible – don’t be afraid to ask if they have special free-from menus or if they can remove certain ingredients or sauces from dishes
- Gentle exercise – a morning run is much more enjoyable in exotic settings, plus it helps ease IBS symptoms
- Try stick to a regular meal pattern – it aids regular digestion.
Most importantly, relax – you’re on holiday after all!
If you find yourself travelling to Tel Aviv, check out Tel Aveat for great restaurant recommendations. Hope this helps and you have as fun and symptom-less a holiday as I did!