SIBO update!

Sorry for not getting back to you for almost 2 months…! As soon I was diagnosed with SIBO, I started on the first intro stage of the GAPS diet. Both the GAPS and the SCD diets are potentially effective approaches, but I chose GAPS because it includes more gut-healing components (such as bone broth) and the possibility of avoiding dairy by using fermented vegetables.

During the first 2 weeks, I mostly ate chicken, lamb and beef accompanied with ghee and small amounts (1/2-2/3 cup per meal) of pureed vegetables (I started with carrots and peeled zucchini only for the first week). After a few days, I started adding other well-cooked and pureed vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, red bell pepper. I also started adding spices and herbs to season my meals. I experienced a few bad days at the start, probably die-off reactions (a worsening of my usual symptoms). I also introduced coconut oil and raw egg yolk.

After 2 weeks on the first intro stages of the GAPS diet, I started taking herbal antibiotics. I recommend that you meet with a experienced naturopathic doctor for help in this regard. I started taking garlic pill, one a day, and had some die-off reactions. I slowly increased to 2/day the following week, 3/day the 3rd week and 4/day the 4th week. Meanwhile, I also took ADP oil of oregeno, which I had left from my parasite infection, during the last 2 weeks. During these 4 weeks, I also combined these herbal antibiotics with regular cinnamon. I used at least 1-2 tsp. a day. It is very yummy mixed with pureed carrots and coconut oil. I also added a raw egg yolk to the mix for a very creamy and delicious treat! I stopped all herbal antibiotics after 4 weeks, with the exception of cinnamon, which I now only use once in a while.

I have gone through all the intro stages of the GAPS diet, but haven’t tried dairy (with the exception of butter) or honey. I tried fruits (apples and mangoes) and was fine, but after having them a few days in a row, my symptoms started to come back. I tried blanched almonds and had mild bloating and it seemed like my body couldn’t digest them properly. Pumpkin and squash seem to be too high in carbs for my body now. I decided to stay away from all of these foods for a few more months to allow my gut to heal completely. I don’t puree my vegetables anymore but cook them thoroughly.

So now, after 2 months on the GAPS diet, I believe my SIBO infection is a lot more under control! Here is what I can eat/tolerate:

Vegetables:

  • broccoli, cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, kale, asparagus, fermented vegetables, bok choy, green beans, eggplant and tomatoes (very occasionally), garlic, spinach
Protein:
  • poultry, chicken skin, lamb, pork, beef, eggs
Fats:
  • ghee, butter, olive oil, avocado, coconut oil
Seasonings:
  • pink salt (from the Murray river, Australia), all types of herbs and spices
Beverages:
  • water, green tea, bone broth
Supplements:
  • I introduced supplements slowly and gradually and at the moment, I am taking L-glutamate, fish oil, vitamin D, iodine, probiotics (multistrain & S. Boulardii) and 5-HTP. I am no longer taking digestive enzymes. I felt like I need to cut back (because of burning stools!) and actually don’t take them at all anymore!
I believe that I did react to FODMAPs, salicylates, amines, glutamates and eggs at some point as I did react to a whole lot of other foods, but healing and sealing my gut and correcting my gut dysbiosis is helping me solve the root gut of my food intolerances instead of just avoiding the foods that I can’t tolerate. It may take a bit of time, but I now have more variety than I could ever wish for and am convinced that it is only going to get better and better… with time.
My goal is to stick to this low-carb GAPS diet for a few more months / years (I will see how I feel and how quickly my body heals) and then I may try to introduce even more foods… maybe even occasional small amounts of non-GAPS foods, such as dark chocolate! 😉




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day 23

today was Brussels sprouts & bacon day! =)

45 min walk

*** 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).

:: 8am: sauerkraut + 2 free-range hard-boiled eggs + free-range bacon

:: 12h30pm: grass-fed beef  + onions + Brussels sprouts + turnips

:: 3h30pm: soaked almonds

::5h30pm: free-range chicken + free-range bacon + avocado + Brussels sprouts + leeks

day 5

:: 9am:  1/2 cup homemade sauerkraut

:: 10am: 2 free-range eggs + 1 slice free-range bacon + zucchini with olive oil (I felt like a kid when plating my breakfast!)

:: 1pm: free-range & gluten-free chicken sausages + mesclun + balsamic vinegar + last few drops of my extra-virgin olive oil I brought back directly from Spain… 😦

:: 6h45pm: grass-fed beef + Brussels sprouts + turnip + broccoli + onions in red wine sauce

:: 7pm: 25 g dark chocolate + organic raw cocoa nibs (melted a few secs in the micro-wave!)

*** I am going out of Melbourne CBD (for the 1st time!!) for Easter weekend and will be going to the Yarra Valley (leaving tomorrow Friday). Our weekend include a tour of 4 to 5 wineries = wine and artisanal cheese tasting. I will drink wine, which I really enjoy but drink only occasionally, and I will have cheese in small amounts. However, I will stay gluten-free. Our B&B hosts is happy to prepare gluten-free breakfast for us and we have found restaurants offering gluten-free options in the area. I really don’t care whether it is considered cheating, I just consider it living! I’ll do my best to stay on track but won’t miss any special opportunity! This weekend, my boyfriend and I will actually be celebrating our 11th anniversary (which actually was on March 23rd, but I was sick at that time). My high school sweetheart and I will definitely enjoy our weekend and I’ll keep you posted about my weekend when I come back on Sunday. =) Happy Easter!

day 2

:: 9h30am: silverbeet frittata (or about 2 free-range eggs) + 1/4 avocado + 1/2 cup homemade sauerkraut

:: 1pm: big free-range chicken and avocado salad + organic sun-dried tomatoes + homemade mayo (made with 1/2 macadamia oil + 1/2 avocado oil)

:: 5h15pm: a 2nd serving of sauerkraut cupcake + spaghetti on zucchini pasta! [grass-fed ground beef + mushrooms + tomatoes + onions + zucchini + olive oil + coconut butter + red wine vinegar + oregano + basil + pepper + salt]

:: 5h30pm: 20 g dark chocolate sprinkled with organic raw cocoa nibs

a fresh start

Hey! It’s amazing how things have changed in the last 3 weeks and I am happy I have taken some time to seek medical attention and recover. Since last time, I had:

  • a diagnosis of blastocystis hominis infection
  • 2 courses of anti-parasitic Tinidazole (2 g each time taken a week apart)
  • probiotics
    • yeast: Saccharomyces Boulardii
    • lactic acid bacteria: homemade sauerkraut
  • ADP oil of oregano from Biotics Reserch
  • digestive enzymes with hydrochloride betaine
  • L-glutamine
  • wild fish oil
  • vitamin D
  • magnesium
You can learn more about my symptoms and the doses I am using in my own personally-designed healing protocol: getting rid of blastocystis hominis.
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.
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Starting tomorrow and for the next 30 days, I will be posting my daily meals on this blog!