Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cinnamon Tea Cake

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Recently I was talking with my grandma and the subject of this blog came up.  She said she loves to read it when she wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep!  Glad I can bore you, Grandma!  (She did clarify she just reads it until her midnight martini kicks in, and THAT’S how she falls asleep…)

I posted a while back about a Cinnamon Crusted Banana Bread that I really like.  In the post I included a link to a different bread you can make if you have an egg allergy or avoid eggs for another reason.  I was having a bit of an allergic reaction to eggs for a while, so I had to switch over to that other bread…and found that I liked it way better!  It tastes a lot less banana-like and I enjoyed the texture more. 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: 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: 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

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Almond Flour Cake with Strawberry Frosting

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Yesterday was my birthday.  And as I mentioned last year in my Birthday Cupcakes!!! post, I have high standards for the day.
Determined not to let my recent SIBO diagnosis put a damper on things, I did quite a bit of research and prep to make sure I had proper cake and frosting options. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Ginger Chicken Soup with Rainbow Carrots

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Since being diagnosed with SIBO, this has become one of my favorite meals.  It’s packed with delicious chicken, vegetables, healing ginger and turmeric.  The shredded chicken helps trick my brain into thinking there’s some sort of noodle situation happening, and the vegetables are well cooked for easy digestion! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Blueberry Swirl Muffins

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Ever since I’ve started a low-fructose diet I’ve been feeling so much better…but not quite as well as I would like.  I’ve known all along something has still been wrong, and I finally got a diagnosis! Continue reading