Yeah! Ok, I am 2 days shorts of my 30 days, but I had started before and will be continuing eating Paleo. I am quite happy and it has become second nature to eat gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free and processed food-free. Although the Paleo diet has not miraculously cured my problems like I hoped it would, I am sure it helped me alleviate my symptoms and give a bit more strength to my immune system to fight this parasite. When I described the symptoms I still had to my gastroenterologist last week, which include fatigue, brain fog, abdominal distension, abdominal discomfort and at times, pain and cramps, she mentioned it may be due to the bug or to something else… like fructose malabsorption.
Fructose malabsorption is an inability to absorb fructose (and other fermentable short-chain carbohydrates), which result in abdominal distension and other symptoms I am currently dealing with. However, I first thought this didn’t make any sense since I was not eating sugar nor fruit. However, after investigating a bit more, I realized that other carbohydrates, such as fructans and polyols could be causing problems for me, especially with the huge amounts of onions, leeks, tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and avocado I used to eat on a daily basis.
I have been experiencing with a low-FODMAPs diet, which was created by Dr. Sue Shepherd and stands for
Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galactans)
Disaccharides (eg. Lactose)Monosaccharides (eg. excess Fructose)
Polyols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt)
I have had some improvements already by following a low-FODMAPs diet, but still need more time to figure out whether it is my problem or not. There is a test called breath hydrogen/methane test that can be done to diagnose this problem but I have to wait at least 4 weeks after my last antibiotic dose.
I’ll be taking a break for the next few days and will start posting again my new journey of eating Paleo & low-FODMAPs. Fortunately, eating Paleo has made it easier because I already avoid dairy, legumes, grains and sugar, and limit fruit. So, my biggest concern is to get the right veggies in the right amount. I have had to eliminate coconut (flour, dry, milk, cream, butter, except coconut oil) because of its high fructan content. A more comprehensive list can be ordered from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, where most of the research in this field is taking place.