I’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.”
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