About

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Alexandra Z. Adams, PhD. Fructose malabsorpter, FODMAPer, focused on many different digestive woes, loves food, and prefers eating healthy and unprocessed foods. Biology lecturer and creator of and writer for Contented Belly. Originally from New York but has called Boston home for over twenty years.

This site was created for everyone and anyone who has a dis-contended belly and knows that feeling of being in the middle of a large supermarket without being able to find something to eat. The first day that happened to me was when my gastroenterologist told me the good news is that I am healthy and do not have cancer, and the bad news is my world of eating has changed for the worse. After six years of feeling sick, going to multiple doctors, and having a slew of tests, I was finally diagnosed with fructose malabsorption. I was lucky since I was not diagnosed with a life threatening disease and I had an actual diagnosis. I met people throughout that time of testing who were not as lucky, including a woman who was still undiagnosed after ten years.

I went from healthily eating whatever I wanted, to not being able to eat wheat, onions, garlic, certain fruit and vegetables, and more. I could only have fruit with an amount of fructose equal to or less than the amount of glucose, such as a strawberry. I then had to count the number of strawberries I could have at one sitting, five. What if they were big strawberries? Should I have less or is that the size they were using for their recommendation? These were the types of questions I began asking myself. I was only eating chicken, potatoes, and rice because those were the foods that did not make me sick. Even with the help of nutritionists, I was lost, confused, and bored by my food. Over time and with a strong desire to be able to enjoy eating again in a healthy way, I started my journey learning about wheat, sugar, fructose, FODMAPs, gluten, vegetarianism, veganism, and the world of processed foods, GMOs, and organic foods.

Through this process, one of the things I learned is that many of us have multiple food taboos. For example, I do not have celiac disease but I cannot eat wheat. I am not diabetic, but I have difficulty eating sugar, and I am not lactose intolerant, but I need to be careful of what dairy I eat. I found myself going from site to site trying to learn and figure out all of what was going on with me.

Contented Belly was created with the goal to provide one site where individuals or families with one or more food intolerances or dietary restrictions could find information, learn to love eating again, and not be ruled by their digestive system. Additionally, I wanted to create a community where one could go and find other people who understand and relate to what they are going through and have a medium to share thoughts, ideas, recipes, books, documentaries, places to eat, and more. On a personal level, this site provides me with an opportunity to continue learning, gain a community, and allows me to combine my appreciation of food, eating healthy, my love of research and teaching, and the knowledge I have gained through my PhD in Biology.

I hope you enjoy the site and I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

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  1. Dear Alexandra, I have nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award (the second time around!) Here is the link https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/three-awards-and-a-thai-style-chicken/. You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises. Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t. Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.

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  2. Dear Alexandra, I have been remiss in not letting you know that I have nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I apologize, and here is the link https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/more-awards-and-a-dinner/ You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises. Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t. Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.

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    1. Hi Dolly (or do you prefer Devorah), Thank you so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, that is so kind of you. I truly appreciate it coming from you because I love your blog and how you mix your life, history, history in general, good food, recipes, and your religion all in one beautiful story and website.

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      1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Alexandra! I’ve been called Dolly all my life, so it’s ok. As my husband says, you can call me anything you want, but don’t call me late for dinner! I think your blog is not only excellent, but also very important. I hope you accept the nomination!

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  3. Thank you for visiting my food blog, Painlessly Delicious. I have a few digestive issues — IBS , Reflux to name a couple. Will definitely check out your site.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that you have some digestive issues. Hopefully the information on our site can help, especially since we like to cover different digestive disorders. I liked your site and will try out the quinoa recipe I saw on it.

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