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What to buy in London/UK if you are on a low FODMAP, glutenfree or lactosefree diet!

2014-12-30 10.43.02 HDRPeople often ask me what I usually buy, and where, when I am abroad. The selection of low FODMAP ready-made food is not very good in Norway so usually I tend to find a better variety outside of Norway. The best thing with UK is that everything, obviously, is written in English and it’s easy to read the list of ingredients.

One thing I always buy when going to UK is Gingins. Gingins is hard ginger-candy with 16% ginger and I they do help if I have a stomach-ache or feel sick. I have seen them at Whole Foods Market, very close to Piccadilly (20 Glasshouse Street), but I usually buy them at Holland & Barrat (the Gingins link will take you to their online-shop). I have been in contact with Holland & Barrat asking if they sell and send to Norway, unfortunately they don’t so I will continue to stock up when I’m in the UK.

At the Whole Foods Marked they also have a selection of glutenfree products. Not as big as the one I found in Toulouse, but more than good enough.

2014-12-30 10.47.23The also have a big selection of alternatives to milk, like rice-milk, soy-milk, outs-milk etc… However getting that kind of milk and also lactose-free milk, was not difficult to find even at smaller Tesco and Sainsbury.

At the smalller Sainsbury and Tesco they have some glutenfree food, fresh “garden salad” and packed, cooked meat. I take it the seletion is bigger in larger shops, but those are not located in cetral London.

Although it’s not at all forbidden to buy medicines over the counter in the UK and bring back home, I am not comfortable with telling what kind of medicines I usually buy in the UK (Norway has strict regulations on what you can buy over the counter). If you want to know my list, feel free to e-mail me: cecilie@nobackpacker.no

At the legendary Fortnum & Mason I found lots of jams and marmelades suitable for the low FODMAP-diet: Rasberries in whiskey, orange and champagne marmelade, bluberry jam… and mustard.

2014-12-31 10.49.44Remember to bring a close to empty suitcase to London, not only for the shoes and clothes, but also to bring back home some fantastic, yummi food!

 

London on a restricted diet

2014-12-27 19.54.58London, and I think UK in general, is easy to navigate if you are on a restricted diet. With that said, I don’t know how it works if you have celiac desease, but I take it it wouldn’t be that difficult. At least most food in the grocery-stores are marked.

Obviously, as long as you speak English, there will be no language-barriers when explaining your needs. However, this time, I took the chance not to explain and just ordered what I thought would be low FODMAP (no wheat, no garlic, no onion, no lactose).

For breakfast I bought eggs and ham at the grocery-store. I cooked the eggs in my egg-boiler (sounds strange to bring an egg-boiler, but I can assure you, it has been a life saver more than once) and an extra one for lunch, just in case.

For lunch you can either go to a pub, eat sushi or find wheat-free pre-packed food at the grocery-store. There are several options for sushi in London, Wasabi being one of my favorite. Not because they have exeptional nice sushi, but because it is convenient that you can pick what you want and that each sushi-bite has been pre-packed. I wouldn’t opt for Wasabi if I was going out for dinner though, but for take-away it’s great. Many of the coffe-shops like Pret A Manger and Eat also sell pre-packed sushi-meals.

Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Saintbury’s have pre-packed meat and chicken in smaller bites, refridgerated and pre-packed. A plain salad with low FODMAP-vegetables (lettuce, tomatoe, carrot…) is also for sale at most grocery-stores and together with some meat or chicken it will make a nice meal.

For dinner your safest option is to order meat or fish with fries or rice. In London you can get a steak on every corner/pub, and I found it extremely easy to not walk around hungry. In fact, I didn’t eat much of the food I brought from home!

This was my first time going to UK after I started the low FODMAP-diet and even I have been there 2-3 times a year the last 10 years, and haveing lived in Liverpool for a year, I was surprised how easy I found it to get a full meal all day long.