This Woman Beat SIBO Naturally
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In this article, DISCOVER:
- The foods that helped Siobhan overcome SIBO
- A tasty and nutrient dense spiced squash loaf cake recipe
- regular flour substitutes
- Siobhan's advice to women who live with chronic illness
- How she identified her trigger foods
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Please tell us the story of your health issues.
I started to develop gut issues such as irritation, gas, bloating and pain when I was a late teen, then I developed an acidic stomach which I had to take medication for. At the time I was also on a lot of antibiotics for various issues. It felt like everything I ate caused irritation and I didn't understand why. I was tested for gluten intolerance and tried dairy free and even top quality probiotics but nothing worked. I then found out that a diet low in starch and grains really helped ease my symptoms which are common for those with SIBO.
Could you give us a quick list of foods you incorporate in your diet and the foods you avoid?
Foods I now tend to minimise in order to lessen flare ups are high starch foods and grains. However I've started to gently re-introduce some quinoa and buckwheat as my symptoms have eased and my gut has healed and so far so good! For ages I couldn't use regular flours so I used coconut flour and ground almonds a lot. They make a great lower carb substitute.
Please share with us how you were able to identify your trigger foods. What is the process like?
When I first heard about SIBO and its link to certain foods, I tried it out for a few days, eliminating the most common trigger foods and almost immediately I noticed a very big reduction in my daily symptoms. I then started to work on daily meal plans that used foods you can eat and avoided foods you can't really have without flare ups in order to keep me on track. Having a plan and knowing what you're going to cook really helps so that you're prepared and can bake big batches in order to have food ready for when you need it.
You have so many mouth-watering recipes on your site. How about sharing one with our readers?
I created a tasty spiced squash loaf-cake using coconut flour. It's nutrient dense but still lower carb and low starch but with lots of flavour from the spices and fruit.
-95g almond butter
-1 tspn cinnamon
-1 tspn ground ginger
-1/4 tspn nutmeg
-1/4 tspn baking soda
- 60g fruit puree/no added sugar jam or 1 apple
- 3 medium eggs
- 45g of fat reduced almond or coconut flour
1) Preheat the oven to 150C
2) Chop and weigh out the squash, then add this along with the eggs, nut butter and fruit puree/jam/apple to a food processor and blend until smooth
3) Scrap the mix out into a bowl and stir in the spices, baking soda and coconut/almond flour
4) Add the mix into a small lined bread/loaf tin and bake in the oven for 35minutes then leave to cool before slicing
If you could give one piece of advice to all the women with chronic illness, what would it be?
Know that you'll have good days as well as bad ones, but keep searching for ways to help you deal with your illness and anything that helps you keep your spirits up, surround yourself with positive people whenever you can.
Siobhan o'Hora is the creator of Don't Frig with My Food. She first got into wellness to help find out and reduce her gut issues and restore her health. This interest then led her on to study a Masters in Food Security and now she shares her knowledge & recipes with others.
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