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: Almond Flour Cake with Strawberry Frosting

Almond Flour Cake4__No Sugarless Gum

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

Ginger Chicken Soup with Rainbow Carrots__No Sugarless Gum

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

Blueberry Swirl Muffins__No Sugarless Gum

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