Fructose Malabsorption Easy Recipes: Homemade Ramen

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I absolutely love chicken ramen.  And I don’t mean the authentic stuff, I mean the crappy 50¢ stuff you eat every day in college.  That little foil package though, sadly, is filled with things I can no longer eat, so I wanted to try to make something close to it.

For this to be an easy recipe, you need to have your chicken carcass stock and chicken already made.  Even better would be just purchasing some, but it’s hard to find stock/broth without garlic and onions. Continue reading

A Dietician Worth Seeing! (And the dangers of Miralax…)

After starting the fructose-free diet, my overall health had not been what I would call amazing.  I felt much better than I did when I was eating fructose, but I was still having a lot of persisting symptoms; the worst of which was being intensely bloated all the time–I constantly felt like an elephant in her 22nd month of gestation.

I went to many different doctors, most of whom were pretty dismissive and made me feel like I was nuts.

The doctor I saw at the Mayo Clinic had me trying different medications, believing one of them would be the answer.  My gut reaction was telling me that drugs were not the solution, but I was desperate.

Well into taking the third medication he prescribed me with no visible results (and a handful of pesky side effects), I decided I was just wasting time.  I did some looking around on the internet for another dietician.  This time I felt it was more important to find someone who was willing to listen to me, rather than someone who specialized in FM.

I was so pleased with the person I ended up choosing I knew I had to recommend her to everyone else.  She does her appointments via Skype or telephone, so it doesn’t matter where you live!  Her name is Amanda Wikan at Nourished Life.

The first thing we talked about that I want to share with everyone is that if you’re taking Miralax: STOP!!!!  It’s super toxic!!!!!  That made me really pissed for a couple different reasons.  I try pretty hard to stay away from toxins and it turns out I’ve been poisoning myself for about two years.  And it makes me so angry that every doctor I’ve been to has been so cavalier about it!  Most of them have encouraged me to take it everyday for the rest of my life because it’s “so safe compared to laxatives.”  Here’s an article Amanda shared with me about the dangers of Miralax.  Scary.

She suggested that I stop eating dairy for about two weeks to see if that makes a difference.  Apparently, even though my lactose hydrogen breath test came back negative, I could still be dairy sensitive which is different than lactose intolerance.

The first few days of forgoing dairy I felt terrible.  Amanda had warned me that I would probably experience withdrawal, but I was not prepared for how intense it was.  I was extremely fatigued and I actually craved milk!  This prompted me to do a little research on it and it seems that people develop an addiction to milk, similar to opiate addiction.

In a few days, after that crappiness passed, I was getting noticeable better.  My bathroom activities were normal, and blissfully the bloating was gone.
I haven’t quite figured out if I can have cheeses or butter, but I’ve eaten some accidentally since then and nothing happened, so perhaps it’s just the milk that I need to avoid.

Finally, I’m feeling well enough to start my elimination diet once again, although I’ll probably have to start from scratch, and I’ll update my recipes if I can figure out ways to make them dairy free.
I’m still not perfect (I occasionally get some cramping and my night sweats are still in full force) but I’m at the point where I’m OK with that.  At least there’s no looming baby elephant threatening to make his way out.

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Lemon Herb Chicken

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This recipe, adapted from Simply Scratch, was blessedly easy to make.  It was perfect for today, since I was fructosed yesterday by a burger while at an antique fair, and I’ve been feeling quite sluggish and foggy headed all day.  I suppose I should have asked the teenage girl taking my order about the ingredients, but I didn’t have a lot of other meal options if I didn’t like what I heard. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Fried Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

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Lately I’ve been looking for a good recipe that uses rice paper in kind of a fun way, but mostly I’ve found the standard spring roll ingredients, so I decided to make one of my own!  I needed some help with the part about frying the spring rolls (also hard to find) so I used this recipe for guidance (and it actually would work as a “fun” recipe itself, but there are just too many ingredients we would have to omit). Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Marshmallow Crème Brulée

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Honestly, I’m not really a huge fan of crème brulée.  But when I saw that the recipe mostly called for ingredients that I could eat, I figured: why not?  It wasn’t hard to make, it just takes some time.  The original recipe is for toasted marshmallow crème brulée, but my homemade marshmallows seemed to just melt under direct heat, so I skipped that part.

But it still turned out well.  Really well, actually.  My mom, sister, and I are kind of dessert snobs.  We live to eat dessert, and if someone tells us they “don’t really eat sweets,” it’s as if they told us they have two butts: we just don’t understand how that could be.
So it was very rewarding when I brought them some and they gave it their approval.  And actually, I really liked it too! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Easy Recipes: Annie’s Mac and Chicken

No Sugarless Gum-Annie's Mac and Chicken

When you have Fructose Malabsorption, it mostly means the end of all the easy ways to have your meals: fast food, boxed dinners, most cereals, etc.  And although that may mean you are avoiding things like preservatives and trans fat (mostly…) you also end up sacrificing a lot of time to cooking.  So I’m going to start looking for easy meals for FMers to make–15 minutes or fewer! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

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This is a favorite meal in my house–meaning, it’s my favorite.  Originally it’s from Martha Stewart’s website, with some adjustments. Continue reading