Blended Carrots, Jello, and SIBO
If discussions about bowel habits, or GI issues aren't your bag then I recommend avoiding this blog post. If these are things that really get your motor running please sit a spell and have a read.
In all honesty I cannot tell you when my GI issues began, other then I did have an autoimmune flare about 8 years ago that sent my whole body realing. It was after a few rounds of antibiotics, my thyroid threw a fit, and after months of working with allopathic or western docs and specialists I went to an ND for a more whole body well rounded approach to my healing or for a friggin diagnosis.
So the verdict was hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid), lack of the ability to digest most foods I was eating, and a thyroid flare. I have Hashimoto's, an autoimmune thyroid disease. I took some supplements, changed things around in my treatment plan and things were on the upswing.
What I did not do was manage stress well, I worked out like a beast, and insisted on eating a paleo diet with lots of healthy fats even though years later I would find out this might not have been helping me heal at all. The least I could have done was listen to my ND and make some modifications that I was resistant to.
Fast forward a few years to 2017. I have had two kids since that flare and guess what my stomach and GI issues were still present, and admittedly getting worse. In August I had a super bad GI bug (I will spare you the details), that lasted about 4 days. I lost like 8 #'s which I wasn't complaining about but it was not in an ideal way and when I started eating again everything...I mean EVERYTHING gave me bloating, heartburn, gas, general abdominal pain, and constipation. Ultimately all of the symptoms of IBS, which as many know is really a blanket term for we don't really know what is wrong with your gut.
I went to my ND (different one from before since we have relocated) for a thyroid follow up and mentioned it. She asked how long I had been having GI stuff since all we ever talk about are adrenal issues, thyroid issues, and joint pain. I must have looked like a deer in headlights when I stopped to think about it I said well...years. She said something I have often wondered and it made me want to hug her. She said I think you have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), have you considered the SCD plan?
For those that don't know SCD stands for Specific Carbohydrate Diet. SCD is a diet that works to rebalance the gut bacteria. It is based on the theory that there is an imbalance of gut bacteria, which in turn will lead to disorders and diseases of the intestine to include IBS, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and Celiac that does not respond to a GF diet. It is also used in the care and therapy of autistic children to help support neurological health through balanced gut health. The book Breaking the Viscous Cycle has seriously been the most enlightening book I have read in years.
That being said the intro diet is hard.
I am a nutritionist, I love good food, I love to eat, I love to try diets that I know will heal my clients.
I drug my friggin feet starting this.
The intro diet consists of 2-5 days of wait for it...
Broiled, and boiled meat
Homemade grape jello
You are not limited in amounts of foods, you get to eat until you are full, and considering I am breastfeeding two children let me tell you I consumed a lot of boiled carrots and broiled meat patties over the course of three days.
It is seriously amazing. It has become easier to tell which foods give me bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. Inflammation is down, I can tell because my overall swelling is decreased, as has my weight. Some foods that are on the safe list still don't work, and sometimes even something that worked one day might not work the next in combination with a new food or even alone, but its a work in progress. I am an n1 experiment, as we all are with nutrition changes.
The funny thing is that once you start to feel better you get a taste for the few foods that you can have. What is important to remember is that you want to reintroduction with additional foods, to avoid any nutrient deficiencies. Also taking a good multivitamin is good insurance especially during a time of limited foods. I do mean a quality vitamin, you need to make sure your not taking something with additives that will make things worse.
Here are some amazing resources:
This is my favorite food list as well.