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.

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When you have one food sensitivity, it’s likely that you have another.  Or many more.  One common culprit is grains.  Not just wheat and rye, but corn, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.  Luckily, coconut flour is very useful and effective.  In a few weeks I’m cutting grains from my diet (more on that in a later post), hoping that will finally do away with the few straggling (but nonetheless completely annoying) symptoms I have left.  Even though I’m still two weeks away from this new diet (I’m waiting until after I go to Vegas for my anniversary–no sense in struggling through the initial phases while I’m there) there’s no reason I can’t do some preparation; especially when these delicious cookies are part of the mix! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Pepper-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

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Don’t let this picture turn you off to this recipe.  I had forgotten to take a picture when I first made this so all I had to use was my leftover reject chicken.  Still delicious though. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Cereal

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Besides butter, boxed cereal is probably my favorite food.  It’s delicious as a snack or meal, for breakfast or dinner!  But it’s also really bad for you–even the kind you get at your local co-op.  Not only are they usually packed with sugar (even the natural kind) but the extrusion process by which they make the little cereal shapes destroys all the vitamins and nutrients.  Sucky.

So what’s a cereal lover to do?  Ditch the Alphabits and make her own!  This is my first attempt, but won’t be my last (unless I die).  Made with buckwheat and peanut butter, it’s both delicate and dense.  This cereal is packed with nutrients and is a great way to start the day (or end it!). Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

Lacto-Fermented Vegetables__No Sugarless GumLacto-fermented vegetables.  It sounds gross, I know.  But it’s basically just another word for pickling.  You shouldn’t be intimidated–it’s fun and easy!  All you need to do is chop, pour, and store.

When my grandma lived on a farm she would have tons of pickled baby cucumbers and the whole family would gobble them up and then take an armful of jars home.  When I was diagnosed with FM, I thought I would never get one of her jars of pickles again, but she surprised me last Christmas with these: Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cinnamon Roll Granola

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In my old life (before Fructose Malabsorption), I had never eaten granola.  It’s brown, crumbly, and looks like it might taste like dirt.  Now, faced with very few options, I thought I would give it a try.  How wrong I was!!!  Granola is the greatest!  Specifically this granola.  Although, I don’t have anything to compare it to.

Sadly, having Fructose Malabsorption means you might not be able to use all the ingredients I used.  Perhaps you can’t have any.  Which is why this post on how to make granola is so great.  It gives you the basic rundown–the skeleton of the recipe–and you get to choose the ingredients.  Which is what I did a few weeks ago, and Cinnamon Roll Granola was born. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

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During the first phase of the Mediator Release Test diet, I was having difficulty finding enough to eat.  This is one of the great things I came up with (based on a recipe from the Adirondack Chick) to have for breakfast that stayed true to my personal food plan.

These are great sprinkled with a cinnamon/dextrose mixture, or with some pure maple syrup! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Birthday Cupcakes!!!

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Today is my birthday, which means there is no one more important in the world than I am (except Enrique Iglesias–happy birthday, Enrique!).  I am one of those people who will forever be obnoxious about the annual celebration of her birth.  When asked to do something unpleasant I say “but it’s my birrrrthdaaaay!!!!”  And I expect to be treated like a queen by coworkers to whom I have never spoken.
And of course, I require cupcakes. Continue reading