my elimination diet

UPDATE August 16/2011: I have refined my list of tolerated safe foods combining the Paleo diet + low food chemicals + low-FODMAPs and it can be found here in my latest post.

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Ok, as you are aware, I have been dealing with a lot of different symptoms in the last months. I first thought going Paleo would clear everything. Since then, I was diagnosed with a parasite infection (Blastocystis Hominis), took 2 kinds of antibiotics (TinidazoleMetronidazole), without any improvements in my symptoms. However, my last blood tests were showing improvements in many markers. I felt like eating some foods were making things worse for me, but couldn’t point my finger on it, until my gastroenterologist mentioned Fructose Malabsorption (FM). At first, I thought, well I don’t eat fruit nor sugar, so that cannot be the problem. However, I did my homework and found that FM is also linked to problems with ingesting fructans, sorbitol and mannitol (found in many vegetables).

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investigating the low-FODMAPs diet

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.

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