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Patsy Catsos
Portland, Maine
Transforming your digestive health.
Interests: family time, cooking, reading, walking, nutrition, choral music
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This recipe is from the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook, which is available on or Thought I would share it in case you're in need of a little low FODMAP pizzaz! Luckily tortilla chips are low-FODMAP also, so you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at IBS—Free at Last!
Are you curious about what kind of recipes are in my new low-FODMAP cookbook, the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook? Each and every delicious recipe in the book is suitable for the elimination phase of a FODMAP elimination diet. You can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at IBS—Free at Last!
I'm pleased to announce the launch of the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook. If you've read my book, IBS--Free at Last! you know I teach that a FODMAP elimination diet is best thought of as a temporary learning diet. Still, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at IBS—Free at Last!
SIBO Dos and Don'ts I just returned from a fascinating SIBO symposium hosted by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. There should be very few bacteria in a health small... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at IBS—Free at Last!
Today's post is about low FODMAP cookie baking! Can you enjoy some low FODMAP cookies this holiday season? You bet. Here is a picture of a recipe I developed for the VSL#3 collection of IBS-Friendly recipes the whole family can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
As everyone knows, cranberry sauce is the most important part of Thanksgiving dinner, right? And it must be the same kind we always have, right? But that's different for every family. First, my favorite recipe for cranberry relish, which thankfully... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Corn CAN be a source of FODMAP carbohydrates (fructose, sorbitol and/or oligosaccharides), but not all corn products are significant sources. It helps to remember two things about corn: 1) the sweeter the corn product the more sorbitol it probably has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Soybeans and soy product CAN be sources of oligosaccharides, especially of GOS (some fructans, too). But not all soy products are significant sources. It helps to understand two things about fructans and GOS: 1) they are fibers, so soy foods... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Variations of this question are frequently asked of me on my blog, twitter and facebook. There is rarely a straight yes or no answer. I thought I would take a moment to share the considerations that go into answering this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
I want to share that I’ve recently been hired as nutrition consultant for VSL#3 (, a high potency probiotic medical food. Recommending VSL#3 to my patients with IBS or ulcerative colitis is something I do frequently, so it feels like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
If you live in the US and own the Monash Uni FODMAP iphone app, you may have been surprised that it says that barbecue sauce is low FODMAP! Just a short post tonight to share a few pictures I snapped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Are you looking for brand name products you can purchase in the U.S. that are suitable for the elimination phase of the IBSFree FODMAP diet? I have moved my brand name list and guide over to pinterest, so I can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
A month ago today was my lucky day! I visited the FODMAP lab at Monash University. I was at Monash to attend the FODMAP Seminar to be hosted by the Department of Gastroenterology the next day--yes, I traveled for days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Cindy, I will check your registration status tomorrow and get back to you. On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Typepad wrote: A new comment from “Cindy Baranoski” was received on the page “RDs: Register for Upcoming FODMAP Workshops” of the blog “IBS—Free at Last! ”. Comment: Who do I contact to check to see if my registration went through for Arlington Heights?? Ive not received a confirmation. Thank you Commenter name: Cindy Baranoski Commenter email: IP address: Authentication: None Enjoy! The Typepad Team P.S.: Learn more about replying to comments. Unpublished Publish Delete Mark as Spam Edit Comment Typepad, Inc. 180 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 Manage Notifications | Support | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
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Transit time? No, we're not catching a train; transit time means the time it takes food to move through your system, from the soup bowl into the toilet bowl. Please click on over to Medline Plus for a quick look... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Getting a fresh start on this section of the blog. Check back soon! Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
I don’t care what the USDA says…chocolate is an important food group! However, it is my duty to tell you that cocoa powder does contain FODMAPs, as tested at the Monash University lab, a fact the faculty shared with dietitian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Let's discuss some considerations around how long to stay on the elimination phase of a FODMAP elimination diet. The short answer is, don't stay on it any longer than you have to! An elimination diet is a learning diet, not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
An event that could only take place in 2013 will be happening in New York City June 18 and 19. Internet and communications pioneer Jeff Pulver is putting together an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists, and I am excited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Although IBS can affect people of any age, some weeks it does seem as though I see more middle-aged and older patients in my practice than I might expect. What are the diet-related factors that might cause more gas, bloating,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Exciting news for Spanish-language IBS-sufferers and the health care professionals who want to help them feel better fast, using food as medicine! This book project would not have been possible without the assistance of my two new European colleagues, Mario... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
© Andrey Kiselev | It takes a minimum of 20 minutes to do a good job explaining FODMAPs to someone who has never heard of it're just not going to do justice to the topic in 30 seconds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
It now seems impossible to imagine that a mere 20 years ago you had to rely almost exclusively on the experience and knowledge of your personal physician for help with your medical problems. In today’s information-rich world, anyone with Internet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Kate Scarlata, RD, LDN and I are so very pleased to announce the 2013 schedule for our workshop: What Every RD Needs to Know about FODMAPs. Our pilot workshop took place in 2012 in Portsmouth, NH and we've been fielding... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!
Oh, for the simplicity of whole foods! One glance at an orange or an onion tells you everything you need to know about what's inside. Not so for the many convenience foods that are part of our lives. When was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at IBS—Free at Last!