Happy & Fructose Free

Spreading Hope for Anyone Affected by Fructose Malabsorption

My Goal: Give Hope

Hi!  My name is Lindsey and I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption on May 9th, 2012.  

Being a lacto-ovo vegetarian (one who eats milk and eggs) for a solid decade, then exploring gluten, lactose/casein, soy & egg free diets while attempting to bring peace to my stomach, I am no stranger to dietary needs.  However, Fructose Malabsorption is proving to be my biggest challenge… by far.

As a lover of food & life, and a die-hard optimist, it is my goal to be a:

  • friend and ally
  • source of recipes and information
  • beacon of hope as you (or a loved one) learn to navigate in the world with Fructose Malabsorption

Take a deep breath… and smile. 

We are going to get through this and, together, we will be healthier, happier, and stronger people.  


Lindsey 🙂


8 responses to “My Goal: Give Hope

  1. Kristin says:

    Thank you for this blog. I was told I had fructose malasorbtion about 4 years ago. It has been really hard with so many different sites that give you different information . I don’t know if I’m lactose intolerance but I do believe I have a problem with frutans. All this time I have been eating almonds could be some of my problems . Well I can’t wait to go with you on this journey . Please keep me posted on any new information and I will do the same.

  2. Thank you for hope.

  3. Shelley says:

    Luv your blog – it has really opened my eyes and I hope to keep my tummy happier in the future, thank you 🙂

    Also, what are your thoughts on herbal teas? eg; ginger and fruit (I can’t tell if these are making me worse but they certainly don’t seem to help) I presumed as they were just infusions that they were harmless but when I look at the ingredients I am not so sure.

    • Thank you for your kind words! And as for tea, I love herbal and fruit teas! I would classify the fruit in the tea as a low fructose risk item, but if you sweeten your tea that would go against your fructose tally much faster.

      If unsweetened tea seems to be bugging your tummy I would experiment with caffeine free or white teas to see if those sit better. I love buying bulk loose teas but there are some that are stronger than others, so I brew it lighter or have it cold and dilute it.

      I am happy to help in any way I can. Best of luck!

  4. Shelley says:

    Hi again, in your Happy Lists, where it refers to 1-2 servings/week and 2-4 servings/day etc; does this mean for example that we could possible try all of the items on the list that day or week or just one of them
    eg; I read this that if I had cucumber and iceburg lettuce this week that I should not have any more cucumber and iceburg but could still have raddishes and cabbage in that same week (or does it mean I should only have 2 portions from the whole list that week?)

    I am a bit confused 😦

    thank you 🙂

  5. Kristen says:

    Thank you for the hope! I was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption about 8 years ago and I have had a severe milk allergy my entire life, as well as an allergy to beef and obviously some IBS. Needless to say, it was a huge hit to take when I was diagnosed with the fructose issue. I have not taken care of myself, as I am in my twenties and I have had trouble enjoying and having an active life while also watching my diet. I know it’s now time to really turn this around, yet still find a way to feed my family without making them have to eat on my strict diet as well. The hope is extremely helpful.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for writing this blog! My son has fructose malabsorption. He is 5. We knew right away when he was born and he could not tolerate any formula. It’s been a struggle but we are doing great and I am always expanding my knowledge on fructose malabsorption and new recipes to try for him.

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