The new year for me started (as I’m sure it did for many others) with a quiet promise to myself to work on my health this year. I didn’t make any determined public resolution Facebook posts about how I’ll get my ultimate dream body in 2015, or sail around the world or earn a billion dollars.
I just took a step back, had a wee think, and realised I really need to get myself back on track.
Because I’m on a fairly restrictive diet, I often find it very hard to find healthy quick fix snacks for when I need an extra little somethin’ for my lunchbox – or when I run out of time to make brekkie. There’s a definite hole in the market where low-FODMAP items are concerned.
Enter Fodmap Factory – a small Aussie company breaking onto the scene with their tiny slabs of deliciousness. I love these little bars! The flavours they offer are unreal – I feel just like a ‘normal’ person with this variety of options.
I had a chat with Sage, one half of the FF team to learn more 🙂
Whereabouts in Australia are you based? Are all of the ingredients in Fodmap Factory’s products Australian, or do you use imported goods?
Simon and I are based in Melbourne. We buy all our ingredients from local stores, but they do import some of their goods.
Why did you create Fodmap Factory, and when did it come about? What is FF most passionate about?
Around 2 years ago I began to get quite sick – basically I had intestinal toxemia and this leaked to other parts of my body. As a result I developed severe allergies, and chronic indigestion, amongst other things! Simon and I would trial foods that I could and could not eat; each “no” food we discovered would leave me sick for up to 4 days!
Fast forward two years and I am in a completely different state; physically, mentally and spiritually. When we look at the food on the shelves (even in health food stores) I see so many foods that are difficult to digest or improperly “food combined” and I think to myself, “no wonder why people are struggling with gastrointestinal issues”. And Fodmap Factory was launched!! We are very strict about only producing foods that can be easily digested by the majority of people, and we have had a lot of success following a low FODMAP diet.
Do yourself and Simon come from a background in food, or was this a completely new venture for you both?
I have a background in health coaching, and cooking for fun. Simon has a background in yoga and personal training, and he is also a qualified physiotherapist. This is our first venture into running a food brand, but we have both been so passionate about helping people gain greater health for as long as we can remember!
What exciting things are yet to come from Fodmap Factory?
Fodmap Factory is going to expand into every part of the grocery aisles, we are going to Low Fodmap everything you need! Head over to our website www.fodmapfactory.com and enter your requests into the flavour generator 🙂
Sage has become quite the inspiration to me in my personal journey to greater health, and you can read her blog and chat to her on her website, which I strongly recommend 🙂
Stay tuned on my Instagram & Facebook feed to see what flavours I try out next!
For more info on the low FODMAP diet, click here.