About nosugarlessgum

A fructose malabsorption blogger who loves food and hates to cook.

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Faux-Chocolate Pancakes

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Every time I’ve had to change my diet the first thing I look for is a new recipe for pancakes.  It’s usually not too hard but when you’re on an autoimmune Paleo diet while also trying to avoid FODMAPs, it’s tough.  Luckily I found this recipe on the Curious Coconut (love her blog!) using plantain flour.
She also has a recipe using real plantains and I’ve sort of combined those using a ripe plantain to add a little sugar in there, and also doubled the recipe so I can have enough pancakes to eat for the whole week.  Those are in the picture above.  I’ve also made them using all plantain flour (like her, I get mine from Barry Farm), and they turn out nice and fluffy like this: Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Grandma’s Pot Roast

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A few weekends ago, my grandmother invited me over to her new apartment for lunch.  That may not seem like an especially impressive sentence, but as many of you know, that’s not all there is to it.  To feed someone with dietary restrictions like mine (fructose malabsorption, Paleo, autoimmune protocol) can be a massive, massive undertaking.

I sent her a list of foods I can eat, and she came up with a most devastatingly delicious meal.  I went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And since that weekend I’ve made it myself twice.  It’s the kind of meal that I could eat every day. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Seasoned Lamb Wraps

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Following the autoimmune Paleo protocol while still trying to avoid FODMAPs (especially fructose!) doesn’t leave me with a whole lot of options.  Which is why I’m trying to vary the meat I consume as much as I can…except for fish.  Yuck!

I found this ground lamb at my co-op and boy, is it ever good.  All it needs is a few seasonings and it’s good to go!  Nothing fancy required–just how I like it. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Meatball “Noodle” Soup

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One of the Paleo tricks I’ve learned since being on this diet is using spaghetti squash to make “noodles.”  It’s really amazing, you cook the squash and the flesh comes out just like pasta!  The taste is mild, but the texture is just a little bit more vegetable-y than real pasta–but all in all, a great way to fool yourself!

I like to make this in the morning in a crock pot so it can cook nice and slow and it’s ready by dinnertime. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

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I have never liked sweet potato fries or chips.  But then I discovered the orangey things you get served at restaurants are actually yams!  Why are we being lied to about this?  Sweet potatoes actually have a white flesh, like a regular potato, and taste pretty similar except, well, a little sweet.

Store-bought sweet potato chips seem to insist on using the orange yams, which is fine if you like those and don’t mind the rancid vegetable oils they are cooked in.  I prefer to make them at home and use a healthy fat: lard.  Yeah, lard is good for you.  Who knew?  Read this article, if you don’t believe me. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cucumber Turkey Rolls

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I got this idea from when I recently edited the Vancouver episode for Bizarre Foods and we did a story with Hidekazu Tojo at his eponymous restaurant.  Not only is he a sushi master but he is the man who invented the California roll!

Watching some of the extra footage, I saw him employ a technique where he cuts a cucumber lengthwise in a spiral and then unrolls it like a scroll.  What an excellent way to make a wrap for those of us with Fructose Malabsorption and who are following the autoimmune protocol diet as well!

Why I thought I could pull off this technique on my first try I have no idea.  Tojo has been doing it for over 40 years!  My scroll came out quite mangled. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Gut-Healing Tea

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Another step I’ve taken on my gut-healing journey is the daily ingestion of tea.  More specifically, a tea that helps soothe and heal the gut.  This tea is a combination of marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, and peppermint leaf.

Do you see in the picture a sort of viscous liquid floating at the top of the cup?  That’s the marshmallow and slippery elm.  They produce a mucilage that coats the membranes and helps to reduce inflammation of the intestines, something that many people suffer from on a modern diet.  This mucilage is why you want to cold press this tea, and not use hot water, to help keep it in tact.  (It’s not gross to drink–I promise!!!) Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Brick Chicken

Brick Chicken3__No Sugarless GumThis is the first of my recipes that are delicious, low-FODMAP, Paleo, and autoimmune protocol friendly.  I first heard of (and ate) brick chicken the last time I visited my sister in Milwaukee.  I think it was the only place we went where I was able to eat something other than beef.  It was so good I wished I had ordered two!  (Also because it was small.)

It’s very easy to make, but not very easy to prepare.  Most recipes tell you to cut a whole chicken in half and if you know how to do that, great.  But halfway through my hack job, I was sweating, crabby, and I thought This is for the birds.  Pun intended. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Gut-Healing Bone Broth

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It has begun!  Yet another new diet!

I’m three days into my low-FODMAP autoimmune Paleo diet.  Ugh.  Right now I must be in withdrawal because I’m just a wee bit cranky and dreaming about peanut M&Ms.

I was going to go more in-depth today but I sliced my thumb open cutting sweet potato french fries and it hurts to type, so I’ll be brief.

What better way to start off a brand new diet to heal my gut than with a recipe for gut-healing bone broth?!  The purposes of this broth is to break down all the bones you throw into it so that the gelatin (among other things) is released, which is very very healing.  Gelatin can help improve joint pain and even skin elasticity!  It also inhibits infection, fights inflammation, and (very importantly) supports digestion. Continue reading

My Gut: An Update!

All in all, things have been going well for me, gut-wise.  Ever since deciding to take control of my digestive issues years ago my symptoms have been steadily going away.  Giving up (most) fructose, getting rid of cow’s milk, and taking the Mediator Release Test have resulted in vast improvements in my well being.

But a few symptoms remain.  And of course, one of them is the thing I hate the most: being bloated.  And not just feeling a little too full, I feel 5 months pregnant!  All. The. Time.  It’s incredibly uncomfortable feeling like an over-inflated beach ball.

So what the hell could it be?!  I feel like I’ve given up EVERYTHING!  But there’s always something more.  Just when you settle in to substituting foods for other foods you’ve had to do away with (and sometimes you even start to like those foods more) you have to once again say ‘bye-bye.’  Frick.

My dietician suggested my problem could be lectins, which are found in grains, nuts, and nightshades (like tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, etc.).  The problem could be leaky gut syndrome, which is a condition where damaged intestinal walls allow undigested food particles to pass into the blood stream.  These particles are seen as “foreign invaders” and our bodies attack them, leading to undesirable symptoms like bloating.  If you want to know more about it check out this article.

So what do I eat?

I’ll be on a pared-down version of the Paleo diet, just meat (no eggs), vegetables (except nightshades), and a little fruit.  Which wouldn’t be so bad except many of the delicious recipes I’ve found for the Paleo include nightshades or FODMAPs (more specifically onion and garlic), so I’ll be doing a lot of recipe adjusting and probably have to make my own.  (Here’s a great article about the Paleo diet with pictures featuring caveman Legos!)

I’m also going to attempt to heal my gut by supplementing with the following (at the suggestion of my dietician):

  • B-complex vitamin
  • Digestive enzymes
  • A high-quality probiotic
  • Omega-3 fatty acid capsules
  • L-Glutamine: an amino acid that supports healthy digestion and some claim it curbs sugar cravings!
  • Goat colostrum: this is the nutrient-dense first milk produced by the mother goat after giving birth.  There is some debate as to which is more effective–goat or cow–but since I’m so sensitive to cow’s milk I’m not even going to try it.  Tropical Traditions‘ website says that goat colostrum “builds tissue and support integrity of the gut lining.”

Something that seems especially daunting about following this diet is the amount of cooking that I’m going to have to do.  The last thing I want to do when I wake up or get home from work is spend any time at all making a meal.  In both instances I am tired and cranky.  To help with this, an idea I’m utilizing I found on Pinterest is the concept of the homemade frozen dinner.  The idea is to prepare each week’s meals on the weekend and stick them in bags in the freezer so when it’s time to make them you can just dump them in a skillet or crock pot.  Perhaps that seems obvious but I quite often need Pinterest to help me function.

So I’ll be starting all this next week after I get home from a trip to Las Vegas.  Wish me luck.