I started my fodmap/SIBO journey on Monday!
My new naturopath and I are working too eliminate my SIBO symptoms and issues by starting a SIBO diet or low FODMAP diet. For those of you who don’t know what SIBO means:
“Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a serious condition affecting the small intestine. It occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. That causes pain”
This bacteria overgrowth in my intestines causes me a lot of issues with pain, bloating, and irregulaty. The I flammtion in my intestines puts unnecessary pressure on my uterus also making my endo symptoms a lot worse. Inflammation in general also makes symptoms of endo worse so lessening that is going to help overall also!
The week before I went all out. I ate everything I love and crave all week long in anticipation of this change. I totally binged our on sugary foods and all things Asian food (sushi and Thai are my loves) as the low fodmap diet eliminates a lot of things high is carbs, sugar, and dairy. Needless to say I felt gross but my cravings were out of my system for my start date on Monday!
So to start the week off right I did I big grocery run on Sunday getting all things SIBO/LOW FODMAP compatible. I stocked up on salmon, lean steaks, eggs, and tons of fruit and veggies.
I’m super happy to report that I feel way less bloated, and have had improvement on stomach issue already. AND as a bonus I’ve lost 5 pounds in 5 days pretty crazy!
A few tips for anyone on this fodmap/SIBO journey:
First, there is a lot of conflicting information out there on what foods you can and can’t eat. When in doubt make an educated guess or contact your doctor. Second, YOU CAN HAVE STARBUCKS. Guys this is huge for me. Lactose is an issue for me so I stick to lactose free milk lates. No sugar, no sweeteners just the lactose free milk and espresso. I don’t drink it everyday because limiting the lactose free milk is important, but it’s a killer treat once in awhile. Last but not least, the cravings are really hard but you can do it! Curb cravings with sweet fruits like grapes, and treat yourself with a diet pop sometimes!
So that’s it, it’s been 5 days and it’s going well. I will report back with more info soon and give you guys a list of my meals! I am trying to keep this diet going until thanksgiving weekend so hopefully by then I’m feeling even better and losing more weight.