Hey Everyone! I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather in your area of the world, as I am here in Maryland!
So, I have had a lot going on since Christmas, including a relapse of SIBO, which is very common. I feel fortunate to have gone a very good stretch of time without having to be retreated. I am on antibiotics to rid my small intestine of bacterial overgrowth for a second time. The treatment of SIBO is still evolving.
After first finding out what in the world was wrong with my belly almost two years ago, I followed the Paleo, SCD and at first Low FodMap diet with great success. I went almost two years without a return of symptoms and felt full of energy and just fabulous! So what did I do to have it return? It wasn’t adding in FodMap containing food. I have been slowly adding in more FodMaps through trial and error and really found out which foods work for me and which do not. FodMaps feed the good bacteria in the intestines, and a Low FodMap, real food diet is more limiting and should only be followed short term according to many experts, to reduce and manage symptoms. Here is just one article on this. You can google many more. I feel my SIBO returned because I added in too many starches. I was experimenting with Paleo friendly, grain free starches such as tapioca, arrowroot and cassava. These are fine, but not if you have had SIBO.
It happened over the holidays when I was trying to make Christmas treats the whole family and company would perceive as “regular”. This is where the Fitting Out comes in for me. After almost four months of SIBO hell, I have decided in the food department, I do not care a less if I fit in or not! In fact, I prefer to fit out! I have figured out what food makes me feel the best and thrive because I want to feel energetic and healthy. I want to add to my health and keep striving for the best healthy version of myself. This is true for all of us. We, as humans are all genetically individual and come from all areas of the world, with different ancestors, who ate different kinds of food indigenous to where we are from.
I love eating real, and what has been termed Paleo foods, which is in essence real food… within the parameter that works for me . I get excited about going to buy loads of gorgeous vegetables, fruits, healthy meat, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. I look forward to my coconut milk latte. I feel grateful for the variety of healthy food I have access to. It’s important to note that it is very difficult to get rid of SIBO with diet alone. It needs to first be treated with either herbal or prescription antibiotics, and include a SIBO friendly diet like this one or this one.
One of my favorite ways to keep it interesting is sauces! I try and have plenty on hand, made in advance and frozen, if necessary, so I don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing food when I have a busy day. There are more and more pre-prepared clean sauces coming into the market. Some of my favorites are Tessemae’s fabulous buffalo wing sauce, and their ketchup sweetened with dates. Primal Kitchen has a new Chipotle Lime Mayo and Salad Dressings, and their regular Mayo made with avocado oil is the bomb! Best mayo I have ever had, hands down. There are also 22 sauce recipes in the recipe index of my blog here.
So, to wrap it up, I know more than ever the food I thrive on, and it is healthy, real food. That is what I love the most! Eat what you know works for you and keep it real. Enjoy each day you are given, reach out for help, and don’t go it alone. Finding a grain free diet that is low in starch is what makes me feel like I could conquer anything. I will continue to develop new recipes to share within this parameter that are delicious for everyone. No more tapioca, cassava and arrowroot in my recipes. I love to entertain, feed my family, and as a previous artisan bread baker, food is a passion!