Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Stuffed Peppers

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I never really ate bell peppers in the past, but lately I’ve been getting into them.  And the nice thing is there are different options depending on how much fructose you can handle.  If your tolerance is low (or you don’t know how much you can eat yet) you can use the green peppers.  Red has the highest amount of fructose.  Yellow and orange are higher than green but I haven’t been able to find any proof they are as high as red.  They certainly don’t taste as sweet.

You can use whatever ground meat you want for these, but I would recommend lamb or beef. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Hi, everyone!  I hope you had a lovely holiday season!  I know it’s tough resisting all the goodies this time of year (or tough dealing with the aftermath of eating said goodies, depending on what route you choose!).

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Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Eggless Plantain Bread

Flourless, Eggless Plaintain Bread3__No Sugarless GumI 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.  Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: No-Flour Pumpkin Pancakes

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I hope everyone had a nice Halloween and resisted eating candy!  The holiday season is an especially rough time of year for us.  Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas cookies!  And tons of pumpkin-spiced foods. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Salted Brownies

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I recently posted about my SIBO diagnosis and my attempt to get cured.  My doctor had prescribed me antibiotics but I was still experiencing some symptoms (the worst being bloating), but I wondered if maybe my SIBO was gone and something else was causing my problems.  I wanted to take the breath test once again in order to be sure. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Strawberry Coconut Fat Bombs

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Since being diagnosed with SIBO I’ve had to go on a low-carb diet to try and starve the little buggers.  This means that my body has switched over into Ketosis burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.  I actually like it because it’s easier for me to not feel hungry, whereas in the past I was pretty much constantly snacking.
Fat is not your enemy.  If it is high-quality then it is good for you!  Someone at work saw me eating these and when I told her they were fat bombs she looked at me like I was nuts!  “Well you can afford to eat like that because you’re skinny,” she said.  But a lot of people go on a ketogenic diet to lose weight!
I love eating these softened to room temperature.  It’s a lot like ice cream!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of dextrose
  • Pinch of salt

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Directions

Put the jar of coconut butter in a small pan with water and turn on medium-low to soften.

Wash and cut the tops off the strawberries and put in a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients.

When the coconut butter is soft and easy to scoop, add to the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth.

Distribute puree into silicone molds and put in the freezer for about half an hour.

Elimination Diet safe: No.

3 (Flour-Free!) Alternative Noodle Options for Fructose Malabsorption

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Pasta!!!  My favorite food!  And even though I had to give up wheat, does not mean I had to give up my noodles.  I found some great substitutions, and I actually like Ancient Harvest’s corn and quinoa noodles better than traditional pasta!
This food journey has taught me so much; I’ve learned that substitutions don’t have to be second best.  They can really add something special when put in the right dish.  I’ve also discovered so many weird edibles I didn’t know even existed.  The following are three types of “noodles” not made from flour! Continue reading

What Is SIBO and What Does It Mean For People With Fructose Malabsorption?

Bad Diet__No Sugaless GumI’ve been working on this post ever since I was diagnosed with SIBO a few months ago.  This whole situation has been a real challenge, although I’m excited to be where I am because it means I have an answer to my problems and a plan to get healthy.  There’s also a lot of hope for the future, even though it will probably be a few years, and one thing I’m hopeful of is a potential cure for fructose malabsorption!
It’s been about 4 months and I think I’ve made some progress.  It’s kind of hard to tell because it’s slow going, but I definitely look and feel less pregnant than I used to.  Still bloated, just less so.  Once the SIBO is gone there is still the damage I’ve done to my gut from a poor diet to address.  I’ve been eating well (a low-FODMAP, Paleo diet) a little over a year and that has been really helpful and hopefully has given me a head start!
This whole journey has really been a gift in disguise.  Yes, if I released a genie in a lamp my first wish would be to eat whatever I want without consequence.  But that’s not how the world works, so I’m glad to have been forced into recognizing that food should be something that nourishes our bodies, not tears it apart.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
                                     -Hippocrates

What is SIBO?
SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth.  It’s a condition when either too much bacteria or the wrong type of bacteria (or both) populate the small intestine. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cinnamon Crusted Banana Bread

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This is a really good banana bread.  One of the nice things about it is that you don’t even need the extra dextrose, because the sugar from the ripe bananas makes it sweet!  But I won’t lie, it’s better with the dextrose.  Since I’m on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet I’ve actually been using honey as my sweetener, and I’ve been fine!  I’ve read you can eat dextrose on SCD, but it’s kind of one that all the experts shrug their shoulders on. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Easy Nut-Butter Bread

Easy Nut Butter Bread4__No Sugarless GumMaking bread can’t possibly be any easier than this.  Or more delicious.  I found this recipe on Supermom CEO and didn’t have to change a thing!  You can use any nut butter you want (I used almond) even peanut butter!  Except, I wouldn’t use peanut butter.  It left a weird burning feeling on my tongue. Continue reading