“Follow the yellow brick road.”

A few posts back I mentioned the magazines I got from the library.  The real reason I took them is I’m making a Treasure Map.  That’s a trick I learned from a friend as a way of designing your life.

The map is actually a collection of pictures (those from magazines work well) of things that grab your fancy.  (Omit tasteless joke)  These pictures are pasted onto a board and become a visual map of where you want your life to go.  Please refer any logical questions to a shaman.  I do treasure mapping because I like to do it and things happen.

Anyway, in this large stack of fashion and travel magazines there was one, just one, health magazine.  I had been making promises to myself about starting an exercise program when I turned 50 (twenty-five years ago) and doing something about my dry hair, and getting rid of shrinking my abdominal area.  My mid-section is known as the abominable abdominal.  Say that three times fast.

Well, the Universe sends you what you’re looking for, or so I heard.  This health magazine had a section of stretching exercises to make a senior lady young again, an article on healthy eating for healthy hair, and an article about FODMAP.

The low FODMAP plan, for those of you about to ask, was originally developed by a research team at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. They obviously had too much time on their hands, and aren’t we happy about that.  They discovered that some foods actually pull water into the small intestine and make you look like you’re smuggling beach balls.  Other foods have been found to bloat a body with gas.  Like we didn’t know that!

Bottom line.  Eat the foods on the “Yes” list and avoid the foods on the “No” list.


This would be a NO!

Is this beginning to sound like a diet?  It is, but the parameters are rather wide.  I can still have my coffee with butter in the morning.

Needless to say, the information is vast and some of the lists are contradictory.


This would be a YES!

Another bottom line.  I look for agreement among the lists.  Then I go ahead and eat.  When I experiment I inflate.  Sometimes I also have too much time on my hands!

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I just checked – 40 blueberries or less is the recommended serving that is still low FODMAP. This is why I recommend the app – I suspected that blueberry portion size would be over the limit, but with the app I could know for sure in two minutes. Well worth the nine bucks!


  2. Thanks for the info and the recommended App. I just hope I’m awake enough in the morning to count blueberries before I start throwing them haphazardly on top of my gluten free oatmeal. Maybe coffee first. Love the name of your blog! Too cute!


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