Guess what? My book “Digestive Health with REAL Food: a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient-dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues” is about to be released.
With almost 400 pages, dozens of practical charts and tables, chapters about problematic foods, gut-healing foods, practical steps to implement a successful elimination diet, supplements, stress management, troubleshooting and over 40 tasty real food-based recipes, this book is EXACTLY what I wish was available a few years ago when I started experiencing my own digestive issues.
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.
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 (Tinidazole & Metronidazole), 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).
*** I had my breakfast quite early because I had an f/u appointment with my gastro-enterologist… was prescribed another type of antiobiotics (Flagyl) to take for the next 7 days to try to eradicate this parasite that is still causing symptoms… we’ll see how it goes, I don’t like antibiotics but I don’t have other option at this point. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to eat my daily dose of raw organic sauerkraut & take my yeast probiotics Floractive(known as Florastor in the USA).
*** Although my symptoms from my parasite infection had improved considerably, they came back last week. From what I can read on the internet, this is quite common as it is often difficult to completely get rid of these bugs… Anyway, I have a F/U with my doc this Wednesday. Meanwhile, you may notice that paI don’t have a lot of inspiration/motivation to cook so you may find that my food is a bit boring… but still tasty! =)
:: 12h30pm: grass-fed beef + Brussels sprouts + onions + turnips + a big handful of macadamia nuts
::5h30pm: grass-fed beef cooked in bacon fat + red bell pepper + mushrooms + avocado
*** no exercise today. I am not feeling very good. tired. no concentration. brain fog. depressed. and as soon as I eat, my belly swells 3 inches and stay swollen for the rest of the day. headaches, on and off. no pain though, just vague discomfort in my abdomen. is the parasite still causing problems??! I am getting very tired of this, whenever I seem to be getting better, it never seems to be over. Going for some blood work tomorrow and will see my gastro-enterologist for a F/U appt next week…
*** still taking many supplements to try to heal my intestines and get my gut integrity back while ensuring that the nasty parasites all 100% gone. Although I have been feeling a lot better, I still experience some brain fog, fatigue and abdominal distention (I look like I am 5-month pregnant after eating!) from time to time. Is it because I had a bit of hidden gluten over the weekend or is it because of the parasite? Only time will tell and I will try my best to not be ” glutened” again so I can better understand what is going on.
L-glutamine + S. Boulardii (shown in the blue cup) on an empty stomach twice a day
3 superenzymes with hydrochloride betaine + 2 ADP oil of oregano at each meal (only twice today since I skipped breakfast; shown in the pink cup)
Since I first started my Paleo challenge, I have remained gluten-free, grain-free, legume-free and dairy-free (with the exception of butter and cream), which probably helped. I want to take the next 30 days to continue healing my gut, regain my energy and lose the few pounds I put on + the ones I wanted to get rid in the first place.
Starting tomorrow and for the next 30 days, I will be posting my daily meals on this blog!