Cooking for the Sensitive Gut


Cover for the book from Pavilion

Welcome to Cooking for the Sensitive Gut. We started this blog in 2013 in response to concerns that many patients with IBS and other symptoms of a sensitive gut were over restricting their diet for no clear reason. Having IBS or a sensitive gut can make you intolerant of certain foods rather than allergic to them. So this blog was create to help people include lovely, delicious and nutritious food in their diet rather than leave it out. It is based on best medical and dietetic practice and if you have any doubts at all we always recommend seeing a State Registered Dietitian, gastroenterologist or GP.

From this blog a book Cooking for the Sensitive Gut (Pavilion Books 2016) was born.

The authors

Dr Joan Ransley, a nutritionist and honorary lecturer in nutrition at the University of Leeds is also a photographer and food writer and Dr Nick Read is a gastroenterologist and psychotherapist with many years of experience working with patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Nick is the Chairman of the IBS Network a charity dedicated to supporting patients with IBS.

We realise that what to eat is a really big issue for patients who suffer with IBS and other gastrointestinal conditions that make them intolerant to some foods. We know food is not entirely responsible for these condition but what and how you eat can make a big difference to the way you feel and the symptoms you experience. We work with dieticians and other healthcare professionals to bring you the best, most up to date information on to how to eat well and care for yourself.

The starting point for eating for a sensitive gut is developing the skills and knowledge to choose and prepare simple healthy food that suits you and your sensitive gut. If you rely on processed, packaged food you are in danger of becoming lost in a confusing world of food labels which make it very hard to identify the ingredients that may upset you. Using fresh, simple, inexpensive and tasty ingredients cooked beautifully and flavoured well is the way forward. This way you will know exactly what is in the food you eat and you can be more in control. It is easier than most people think to prepare and cook food that will sooth rather than upset you.

Changing your diet can be really scary but with this blog we hope to help some of you through the process; even if your just looking for healthy alternatives. All of the recipes are nutritionally well balanced and contain a wonderful range of interesting and nutritious ingredients.

We hope you find something you can share with your friends and families and we would love to hear from everyone who visits our blog. Together we could inspire each other to make eating a much more enjoyable process for anyone with a sensitive gut. We look forward to getting to know you all and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Important information

The information contained on this website have been provided for consumer education purposes only. It is designed to educate and inform consumers on nutritional issues which may affect their daily lives. The information contained on the website does not constitute the practice of any medical or other professional health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Although the website makes a conscientious effort to provide high quality and up to date information, it is no substitute for professional care and advice. Therefore you should consult with your doctor or other health care professional if you have any healthcare related questions and before embarking on a new diet. If a medical problem appears or persists, do not disregard or delay seeking medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider.

For more information about IBS and how to manage your sensitive gut go to The IBS Network at

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. dea perkins on said:

    Thanks for the post! I enjoyed reading a bit of your work… Might I please suggest you google Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride? If you aren’t familiar with her work and the work of Dr. Weston Price, I would think you might find it very interesting in light of your areas of interest. I suffered with 3 auto-immune diseases… but no more! Two were eliminated through surgeries and one… totally from changing diet and healing the gut. I blog about these things happily and would love to have you visit online, if you have time ( I so believe I could have healed with ulcerative colitis (rather than losing my entire colon) if I had know about cultured foods and gf living and good fats, etc. God Bless You in your journey! Thanks again for sharing your insights! Dea

  2. Do you have a book please ??


    • Hello Junie, We would love to have a book out and so we are trying our best to build up our bank of recipes and ideas. Your feedback is fab so stay tuned and we may have some good news for you very soon. Best wishes Joan and Nick

      • Great a book will be fantastic, my husband eats meat but I am vegetarian,
        I am just starting my diet as just told I have IBS.
        Thanks for all you do for us

      • That would be fantastic a book,
        I am just starting to try diets, as just told I have IBS.

        My husband eats meat and I am a vegetarian.

        Your recipes have made me believe I can have tasty food and Cope with Ibs.
        Thanks for all your hard work

      • I am really pleased we have helped Junie. Stay tuned and let us know what we are getting right… Best wishes Joan

  3. Hi Joan! I met you today at the photography course in Worksop (it was really great – thank you!). But I feel like I doubly fluked out as you are an expert on this subject! I definitely think I have a sensitive gut – I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis last year. It was treated and I seemed to get over it, but I still suffer with bloating, gas (embarrassing!), and just a feeling of things not being right. Stress is a factor too I think. It seems to get worse at times and I’m never on an even keel as it were. Up till now I’ve just been ignoring it; but I’ve resolved to address it now as it’s a worry… I’ll be buying your book anyway! And following this blog too xx

  4. jackie sutton on said:

    Hi, wondered if you could put list of foods to minimise or avoid on your site, as well as those which are generally ok to eat? thanks.

    • Hi Jackie, I will but if you want the most up to date lists why not download the Monash University Low Fodmap App. It is available in the App store. It would be perfect for you.

  5. Hi there, do you guys have a recipe book that we can buy? I’m looking for a recipe source. Thanks!

  6. Hi, I was interested in your gluten free bread recipe, but the page appears to be missing. Could you check this out please?. Thanks

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