Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Creamy Chicken Casserole

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I gave up dairy a while ago for my health (except occasionally some butter) and it has been really hard!  It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a good creamy recipe.  This one really satisfies that craving.  I was worried it might be a little bland, but I think it was just the colors psyching me out.  It was actually really flavorful!  This recipe may take a bit of planning if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, so make sure you have enough time.  It’s a great recipe to make early on and cook later too. Continue reading

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.

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: Strawberry Jam

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I haven’t been posting much lately because I recently found a new doctor who is actually competent and we are trying to figure out what my gut problems are beyond fructose malabsorption.  I’ll post an update on that later.

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But for now…do you know how stinkin’ easy it is to make your own jam?  If ease were stink, it would be the stinkiest.  And strawberry jam is the perfect fruit to use for people with fructose malabsorption.  Strawberries aren’t very high in fructose, but since they have a higher fructose to glucose ratio, we FMers need to add dextrose to eat them.
You can use this delicious jam on Almond Bagels, Classic Pancakes, Buckwheat Banana Pancakes, or Faux-Chocolate Pancakes! Continue reading