Two weeks ago I packed my bags and took a road trip to Wales with some of my closest friends for Gottwood, a boutique music festival. Gottwood’s surroundings are completely idyllic with rolling hills, magical woodlands and the glistening blue sea in sight. We spent four nights enjoying music, having fun and taking in the beautiful surroundings.
For all fodmappers attending a music festival this summer, here are my top tips:
Most festivals have a wide variety of food options so there’s bound to be something FODMAP-friendly- even if you end up eating chips all weekend (doesn’t sound too bad does it?). Gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives are becoming increasingly available too which is great. Don’t be afraid to make a fussy order – even at a festival it’s OK to ask them to hold the onions. Most importantly, make sure you bring plenty of snacks to keep you going. Fruit, rice cakes, crisps and nuts are all good options.
A festival loo is the IBS-sufferer’s nightmare. If you can’t splash out on a VIP ticket to benefit from the cleaner private toilets, you have no choice but to embrace the dreaded portaloos. Prepare for long queues and whatever you do, bring your own toilet paper, plenty of hand sanitizer and Imodium in case of emergency!
Make sure you drink lots of water to stay hydrated and help your digestion. Despite drinking alcohol and eating at abnormal hours, I found that my symptoms weren’t as bad as they could have been because I was completely relaxed. I always find that relaxation really helps with IBS – so have fun, put your worries aside and enjoy yourself!
So now I’ve got back to normality, showered and finally got round to blogging again I can safely say my weekend was totally worth the 5-hour drive each way and I can’t wait to go back next year!