Could your lunchtime snack be causing flatulence?

A recent study amongst French women found that those who eat bread, sandwiches and pastries often suffered more with flatulence! Whole grains such as wheat and oats contain fibre, when the fibre is broken down by bacteria in the large intestine it produces gas as a by-product, which causes flatulence.

Many doctors in the past have recommended a high fibre diet when suffering from stomach related illnesses, it helps things like constipation but makes pain and bloating worse! So, if it’s just flatulence you’re hoping to rid, we’d recommend lowering your fibre intake but if you do suffer from IBS maybe talk to your doctor first.

To reduce your flatulence try swapping your sandwich or pastries for a rice dish, rice is the only grain that’s not known to cause flatulence!

Here are some yummy low FODMAP rice recipes:

Easy Fried Rice

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Image: www.taste.com/au

Image: www.taste.com/au 

Image: www.taste.com/au 

Image: www.calmbellykitchen.com 

Image: www.calmbellykitchen.com 

BUDAPEST

Having just returned from a 4 day trip to Budapest and I've been so excited to share it with you guys! Firstly, if you're looking for a cheap city break then Budapest is for you, we managed to get flights for £17 each way (!!) and there are so many beautiful hotels around the city at a fraction of the cost of the average hotel!

The city is split into two halves by the 'Danube' river which features the most beautiful bridges connecting the two sides. We stayed in Pest which is the busier side of the city, where all the bigger shopping areas and the majority of the restaurants, full of businesses big and small it's everything you'd expect from a big city. 'Buda' which lies on the opposite side of the river is full of the beautiful landmarks including the Statue of Liberty situated on Gellért Hill and Buda Castle which both offer the most incredible views of the city! 

Half way up to the Statue of Liberty.

Half way up to the Statue of Liberty.

The view from the top of Gellért Hill

The view from the top of Gellért Hill

I always like to make a plan before I go away on a city break, the time always goes so quickly and so I wanted to make sure that I fitted everything in that I wanted to see! Most of the attractions in Budapest are free (another bonus!) for example we climbed up the Buda Castle which was completely free and is open from 6am till midnight, the city looks amazing by night! We climbed up to the top before realising there is a lift...so if you don't fancy the stairs you can still enjoy the view! 

The view from Buda Castle in the day.

The view from Buda Castle in the day.

The view from Buda Castle at night.

The view from Buda Castle at night.

The most incredible part of Budapest for me was the architecture, the Keleti Pályaudvar station that was next to our hotel was situated in the most incredible building! Even the larger chain shops looked a lot more suave in their located within these historic buildings! 

Keleti Pályaudvar station.

Keleti Pályaudvar station.

We had heard a lot about the Great Market Hall and I was desperate to go and look around, sadly we didn't get to purchase any of the food but it was great to look around all the same. Located in a huge two story hall and full of bustling shoppers it was a really great experience. The bottom level of the hall was full of stalls selling fresh local produce, predominently meats and fruit and vegetables and on the top floor sat some souvenier stalls and lots of food vans offering fresh food to go! 

The Great Market Hall.

The Great Market Hall.

I had heard so much about the ruin bars in Budapest so I was dead set on visiting at least one of these quirky little places during my trip. Over the past 10 years they've been opening one after another in tenement houses and factory buildings then filled full of rejected furniture and quirky designs. Our favourite was Szimpla Kert, which was apparently one of the first to open. The super old car in the back yard covered in stickers was converted into the coolest place to kick back with a cocktail! 

Szimpla Kert.

Szimpla Kert.

Szimpla Kert.

Szimpla Kert.

I could honestly talk about this amazing trip all day, but I guess you'd all get pretty bored but I would recommend this beautiful city 100%! 

DOG MODELS NEEDED!

Sick of smelling your pups poots? We may have just what you need! We are looking for dog models to help us develop an effective fart proof pant for dogs!

Image: www.ourdogsgotablog.com

Image: www.ourdogsgotablog.com

To get involved send a picture of your pooch to enquiries@myshreddies.com, we will pick our favourites and they will be invited to come to Shreddies HQ and get measured up for their bespoke fart pants!

So, get your tail wagging friends ready and don't miss out on this 'pawsome' opportunity 😉🐶🐾

Sugar Free February

We cannot believe that it's February already - we're still struggling to write the correct date?! If you're still suffering from those post Christmas IBS flares or maybe you just want a kick start to a healthier year, you might want to think about doing Sugar Free February! 

Image: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/sugar-free-february

Image: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/sugar-free-february

Cutting sugar from your diet is beneficial for everyone as it's not only bad for your teeth but is actually addictive as well as contributing to weight gain! When suffering from IBS, many foods can cause flares but a common one is sugar, so testing your body with a month of no sugar could be really beneficial to work out a diet that's best for you! 

During February you could also help an incredible charity that's so close to all of our hearts! Cancer Research UK is an amazing charity which focuses on finding cures for as many different types of cancer as they can, but they need constant funding and could really do with your help! CRUK are promoting Sugar Free February and if you want to get involved, this is what you need to do:

  • Sign up via their website

  • Set up your fundraising page

  • Download your fundraising pack

  • Get promoting yourself!

Image: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/sugar-free-february

Image: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/sugar-free-february

"A great way to attract donors is to personalise your fundraising page – boost your fundraising by adding photos, updates and the story of why you’ve given up sugar. Share on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or by email to get people’s attention, and keep them updated on your progress throughout the month."

It honestly couldn't be easier (well, the fundraising part!)

Would You Like To Join The Shreddies Team?

Would you like to join our ever expanding team? 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a friendly and experienced seamstress to join our team of designers and machinists working in a lovely 500 year old mill.

Main duties will include overlocking, coverstitching, panel cutting and assisting in all other areas of underwear production.

Permanent position for the right candidate(s). Working hours 8:30am - 5:00pm (30 mins lunch), Monday to Friday. Full and part time positions available. Previous experience essential, however full training will be given. Immediate start available.

Please send CV & covering letter to Richard Woolley - richard@myshreddies.com

Required experience:

Sewing: 1 year
Seamstress: 1 year

Top Drawer 2017

We are all super busy and excited at the moment preparing for Top Drawer 2017 where we will be exhibiting all things Flatulence Filtering!

Our stand M33 is in yellow! 

The beginning of the year is always a whirlwind at Shreddies, after surviving the Christmas rush, we then turn our attention to focus on Trade Shows. We love being able to showcase our products to potential buyers and getting their feedback (and hopefully a few orders!)

For this years Top Drawer we have had a stand redesign, we have switched it up to focus solely on our products and our Graphic Designers has also been busy making us some super cool POS stands for us to offer to retailers.

If you're a retailer and you're attending the show, feel free to come and speak to us or if you can't make it to Top Drawer, drop us an email at enquiries@myshreddies.com or visit us at Spring Fair next month! 

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