Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.

I’m pretty sure I have it. Again. Which means another elimination diet that will last 4-6 weeks. Which will be hard to do now that I’m out of town for three weeks for work.

It’s either SIBO or my fructose malabsorption is getting  worse. Foods that didn’t really used to bug me that much(like cucumbers) now bug me a lot more. I end up having more abdominal cramping and such.

Either way, it sucks.

Elimination Diets Suck

I’ve been on the elimination diet for about two and a half weeks now. I started July 29th and I’m supposed to go until the 26th of August with it.  I may push it back another week just to be safe. There are a couple times during this diet that I have made mistakes and I really want to make sure that my digestive system has had all of the rest that it needs to heal. Although I could always just take the reintroduction period very slow. Either way in the end I just want to feel better.

Most days I am but there have been a couple of times where I haven’t been feeling so well. I’m still keeping up with my food diary. It’s helped out a lot. Having a food diary allows me to keep track of what I’m eating along with the symptoms that I’m having. I’ve been able to eliminate stuff that’s affected me.

Today was a rough day concerning what I can and cannot eat. I really just wanted some damn chocolate but I can’t have it right now because of the inulin that’s in it. It apparently will feed the bad bacteria in my small intestine and just make that problem worse. There’s other stuff that I have to avoid because of the SIBO. The elimination diet is taking place because of the SIBO. This is a common occurrence that affects people with a fructose intolerance. It will give my system a chance to rest and repair itself. Which is definitely a good thing. But I wish it didn’t involve chocolate. My sweet tooth has been wanting some all day!

I did figure out what I will eat once I can have chocolate again in a couple of weeks. I’m pretty damn excited that Fred Meyers carries Graeter’s Ice Cream. I’ve been dying to have some of their Black Raspberry Chip for over a year and a half and I finally found some at the store! They also don’t put any corn syrup or HFCS in their products which makes me super happy 🙂

My First Dietitian Appointment

I finally got to see the dietitian today. The lady I saw was very nice and helpful. She was able to answer many of the questions I have. I’m on a pretty strict diet for the next four weeks. After that I can start to reintroduce some of the foods I have to avoid for now. Like watermelon!

There are more foods and sweeteners that I have to avoid now unfortunately. I’m pretty bummed out that I’m not supposed to have maple syrup anymore seeing how I love home made maple syrup. There will be times where I’ll have it with french toast or something. It definitely won’t be an every day thing. I’m also going to have to find new gum to chew because I can’t have the Xylitol or Sorbital that is in many different gums out there.

I’m also going to have to figure out some new BBQ sauces because I’m not supposed to have molasses anymore. It unfortunately has too much fructose in it or something like that. Although I may try a strictly cane sugar molasses. But the problem may be that the fructose and glucose aren’t bonded together. Apparently I can digest fructose that is attached to glucose that is a 50/50 combination but there isn’t really any way to tell this. I can have cane sugar though which makes me very happy.

I will probably be making more home made bread for the next moth. I’m not supposed to have any commercially made cookies, cakes or breads because of the fructose sweeteners that they may contain. These breads may also contain a fiber called inulin. I have to avoid all foods containing that for the next month which also means no chocolate for me 😦

My dietitian believes that I may also have a Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth(SIBO) problem. But when I looked up the symptoms they’re the same as the ones for a fructose intolerance and countless other GI diseases/disorders. Even if I do have it the diet I will be on will starve out the bacteria so I’m not that concerned about it.

If my symptoms persist for more than four weeks I may have to go on a FODMAP diet. I already have a book coming that explains this diet so I will be doing some research on it just in case I need it. It will be an interesting month with all of these diet changes. I just can’t wait to start feeling better.