I started this blog because when I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption I felt so alone. I had never heard of this condition and I realized very early on that it’s hard to find support in people who don’t have a dietary disorder. So I not only wanted to find recipes that were helpful, but I wanted to talk about my experiences. Well, I’m not the best at sharing. Usually with my family I will overshare, but when it comes to people I don’t know it’s really hard for me to talk about personal things like this. But for quite a while now I’ve been having some hormone troubles and I figured it’s not fair to keep things like this to myself where there might be people out there going through the same thing and either needing support or maybe even guidance.
You probably know by now that if you have any kind of gut troubles it’s likely to cause a whole host of seemingly unrelated problems: acne, brain fog, ADHD, etc. I don’t think FM has caused my hormonal issues, but I think it’s all wrapped up into one big frustrating package.
My problems started about 7 years ago, fresh out of college and I hadn’t gotten my period in 5 months. I knew I couldn’t be pregnant (took a few tests anyway), and so I went to my gynecologist who ran some tests. She diagnosed me with PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which she told me was a disorder marked by things like absent period, loss of hair, and cysts on your ovaries. She put me on a birth control pill and everything went back to normal.
Well last year I decided I didn’t want to be on any drugs, so I stopped taking everything including my birth control. Three months later I had lost my period but gained 20 lbs. It happened so fast it was kind of like a thrilling game at first: how much weight can I gain? And then my pants stopped fitting. The thrill was gone.
I had started to see a naturopath at that point and I really loved going to her. She had me eating a really clean diet, we cured my SIBO, and I was on a few different supplements to help, but we just could not get my period back.
At this point I should probably mention that (my doctors have said) chances are that I’m not likely very fertile but I’m not trying to have any kids so the discussions about fertility are moot. I know there are a lot of women out there though that have fertility issues and both of my doctors said getting my hormones back on track would increase fertility (I know that’s kind of obvious…).
Weight gain and no period were not the only problems I was experiencing though. I have some acne now, my gums were receding!!!, my doctor was worried about my ability to absorb calcium, I was sweat a lot at night, my armpits reek, and all of a sudden I had cellulite all over my ass. The one nice thing was that I never cried anymore. Like ever. It’s crazy how much control your hormones have over you!!!
My doctor and I decided enough was enough. She told me there was something called a “bioidentical cream” that’s like synthetic hormones but they are natural and tailored to your body. So I had my hormones tested and filled my prescription for the cream. I was so anxious I used it right away in the car after picking it up!
I was told it could take up to 3 months to work. I wasn’t seeing any changes really and three months went by with no period. I was really disappointed, how could this not have worked? My doctor told me it could be the inflammation in my gut blocking my body from having a period (we’re still working on healing the damage SIBO has done to my gut!).
Then last week I had a terrible fight with my husband (over nothing), got super mad at my mom (over nothing), and my boobs hurt. Two days later I was never so excited to ruin a brand new pair of white underwear. I will never hate my period again.
My troubles aren’t over yet, I don’t want to be on this cream forever. But I feel like once I get my gut in order things are going to be running smoothly.
Who wants some plantain bread?
This recipe is (slightly) adapted from Created to be Paleo.
- 3 large ripe plantains (with black spots)
- 1/2 cup of plantain flour
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of clove
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup of dextrose (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350˚.
Peel plantains and add to a food processor and puree until smooth.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend.
Line a bread pan with parchment paper and then pour in the batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Elimination Diet safe: No.