Just a quick post to make sure you've heard about an awesome webinar event called the SIBO SOS Summit taking place this week! This is the second time the Summit has aired, with all-new videos added for Summit 2. (I've been invited to be a speaker in Summit #3, so stay tuned for more on that!) Click here to watch more than 40 experts from across the SIBOsphere share a wealth of expertise and different perspectives on how to diagnose, treat and manage SIBO.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
If you are new to SIBO and wondering what to eat,
have a look at my Sexy Sibo Level 1 Diet.
The Level 1 diet is, essentially, a low-FODMAPs version of
the SCD/GAPS Intro Diet. I created this for people with IBS-C and SIBO.
There are two levels, Basic and Advanced.
Start with Level 1 – Basic for one to two weeks,
or until symptom relief happens.
Move to Advanced as symptoms and personal tolerances allow.
(If you know you can't tolerate nuts, or coconut milk, or eggs, for example, don't eat them!)
Remain on Level 1 for at least one month, and during active treatment.
ALWAYS fall back to Level 1 Basic if flaring in future!
NOTE: Please use the highest quality meats and animal foods whenever possible.
Choose naturally-raised, organic, wild or pastured animal foods and organic produce.
And now, Introducing....
The Sexy Sibo Level 1 Diet
Here's what you CAN eat!
And here's what you need to avoid.
These high FODMAP foods will ferment in your belly
causing gas, bloating and other symptoms.
DO NOTE EAT: Beans, Grains*, Flour, Corn, Soy, Wheat, Milk, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Garlic, Onions, Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Collards), Mushroom, Celery, Dried Fruit, Dates, Apple, Pear, Peach, Plum, Pectin, Inulin, Chicory, FOS, Gums, Seaweeds, Carrageenan.
*possible exception: Jasmine rice, ½ cup
If you are curious about a food that isn't listed above, check out Dr. Allison Siebecker’s very complete SIBO FOOD GUIDE: http://www.siboinfo.com/diet.html.
Please feel free to contact for a large, high resolution version of the Basic and Advanced Level 1 food charts shown above. For personalized guidance, inspiration & support, contact me to schedule a private session. To help you get started, some ideas for how to put it all together are below!
Sexy Sibo Level 1 Meal Ideas
Chicken Soup (add choice of carrots+zucchini; cubed butternut squash; tomato+green beans, etc. Garnish with green herbs.)
Mediterranean Fish Stew w/ tomato, carrot, black olives, Italian herbs. Serve over Zucchini Noodles.
Roasted Chicken with Baked Acorn Squash, braised spinach or chard
Grilled Salmon with Scallions, Ginger Green Beans, Baked Butternut Fries (toss in coconut oil, salt & pepper)
Creamy Pureed Soups (i.e. Butternut Bisque, Carrot-Ginger)
Indian Curries – Veg, or Chicken/Shrimp & Veg (add fire-roasted tomatoes if desired)
Thai Coconut Curry - carrots, eggplant, red bell pepper; shrimp or chicken (no sugar!)
Omelet/Fritatta – choice of spinach, zucchini, red peppers, olives, shredded hard cheese
Chinese Restaurant Food – “Dieters” Shrimp/Scallop/Chicken & Steamed Vegetables, Eggplant & Green Beans
Poached Eggs on Greens (Poach/Steam in chicken stock if you have it – yum!)
GAPS-style Pancakes (make with cooked, mashed winter squash, eggs and nut butter)
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Potato chips may offer dreamy, drug-like comfort in the moment (confessions of a chip-a-holic), but they in no way offer love to your body in the way that real food delivers.
The dish, of course, is Tomato-Marsala Short Ribs, and I made it in my slow cooker. YUM.
As someone who works 40 hours a week and is committed to eating a Paleo-style/whole food/SIBO-safe diet, I consider the slow cooker to be a godsend. There's nothing like coming home at dinner time and having a wholesome, digestible and delicious dinner ready to enjoy!
Many people only think of using their slow cooker during the winter months, but I love it for summer use, too, since slow cooking doesn't heat up your kitchen like stove top or oven cooking will. Such a great invention!
So far, I've made this recipe twice, once with short ribs, and again with a 2 pound boneless pot roast. Both dishes came out great, with Marsala wine being the distinguishing ingredient. I've not cooked with Marsala before, but I will again! Adds a little something special for sure.
Tomato-Marsala Short Ribs with Spinach & Carrots
Makes 4 servings
4 good sized, grass fed beef short ribs (1+ pounds total)
1 Tbs coconut oil or ghee
Himalayan pink salt & fresh ground black pepper
6-8 organic carrots, peeled
2-4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup tomato paste mixed with 1/2 cup water, or 3/4 cup sugar-free organic tomato sauce
1 teaspoon each oregano and thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 handful chopped chives or green onions
1 bay leaf
1-2 handfuls baby spinach per serving
additional salt, Nama Shoyu (naturally fermented tamari) or coconut aminos to taste
Sprinkle short ribs on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat coconut oil or ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat, and brown short ribs on all sides. While ribs are browning, chop carrots and tomatoes into 1-inch chunks and add to bottom of crock pot. When ribs are browned, place them on top of the veggies in the crock pot and sprinkle with chives. It will look like this:
Go back to your skillet and turn heat off if you didn't already. Allow skillet to cool for a minute and then pour in Marsala wine to deglaze the pan.
Add tomato paste-water mixture (or tomato sauce) and seasonings (oregano, thyme, cayenne/red pepper) and stir to combine. Pour this Marsala-tomato sauce over the short ribs and veggies in the crock pot, stir gently, and tuck in a bay leaf for good measure. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Before serving, stir in 1-2 handfuls of baby spinach per person and allow to wilt. This takes about 2 minutes with the cover on. Please note that depending on how many people are eating this dish, you may have leftovers. You want to add fresh spinach every time so it always will be fresh and green. Swiss chard can stand in for spinach any day.
Add extra salt, Nama Shoyu or coconut aminos to taste. Serve in shallow bowls, as there will be lots of yummy sauce!
Note: When ribs are done cooking, the meat will just fall off the bone. It's up to you if you want to remove all the bones and break up the meat before serving, like a stew as pictured up top, or put a whole short rib in each dish and ladle sauce on top. Take your pick. ;-)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
|Food is Love - Exhibit A|
I haven’t posted much in the past few months. Without going into full-on confession mode, the truth is I’ve been struggling with the holding of firm dietary boundaries, and it set my progress back. I flared. I started feeling sorry for myself. My stomach hurt a lot (like every day). Constipation increased. I was gaining weight and feeling sluggish. Poor me!
It isn’t fair that fresh fruit in season is so delicious. Not to mention Kettle Potato Chips, New York Cheddar (see Exhibit A, above). It isn’t fair that others can eat those foods without consequence, but I can’t—not without paying the price in pain and bloating.
But that’s my situation. I have SIBO. And I don’t believe it is ever, forever going away. I’ve had IBS-C since I was in my teens. My gut was damaged long ago by emotional and behavioral trauma, and my motiity and microbiome is permanently altered. There is no cure. In fact, the main takeaway message (for me) from the 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference I attended in March, was this:
SIBO is a chronic, relapsing condition for the majority. Two thirds of all cases will never be cured. Ongoing management is expected.
If you are in the lucky one third of people with SIBO for whom the condition is not chronic, I am so happy for you! There’s a light at the end of your tunnel.
For most of us, though, 100% symptom resolution is not expected. Why? Because in the majority of cases, elimination of the underlying cause is not possible.
Yes, with proper treatment, 80-90% symptom resolution is expected, which is great, but relapse is expected, too. According to SIBO expert Allison Siebecker, the common timeframe for relapse is 2.5 months. But it can happen in 2 weeks, or even 2 days if there is an underlying structural cause, or if the condition was not completely eradicated by one round of antibiotics, in which case multiple rounds are called for. And even then.
SIBO is a chronic, relapsing condition for the majority.
Just as taking insulin doesn’t cure diabetes, antibiotics will not fix our problem forever. People will feel better, but not 100%. There is usually not a cure for SIBO that makes it so you never have to think about it again. Ongoing management is expected.
This is sobering, indeed. But it’s not a death sentence, no more than birth itself. Ongoing management required just means that we have to accept, grow up, keep learning and, if we chance to tumble, we get back on the horse.
Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to be in Maine and meet up with Amanda Crutcher, a nutritionist friend of mine from way back, who shined some light on my resolve. She told me how she’s eating these days, and it’s exactly how I need to be eating, too (not that I didn’t know how, but knowing and doing are two different things.)
Amanda inspired me to firm up my boundaries (no more nuts and fruit for dinner like I’d had the night before, “because I was travelling”—hel-lo!). She reminded me to focus my diet on a) vegetables that are both low-FODMAP and low starch, and b) clean animal foods.
|Food is Love - Exhibit B|
Amanda also introduced me to a podcast called The Health Edge, which I began listening to immediately on the drive home, and am now recommending to you. Check it out!
On that note, I will leave you with a promise to always be honest here, never hold myself up on any kind of pedestal, and hopefully be back soon with more recipes, tips, resources and inspiration. May you be true to yourself and successful in your efforts. Management is not so bad. We just have to be strong, and never stop trying.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Some of you may remember this unusual vegetable from your mother's Weight Watcher days. It's an oblong, yellow melon-shaped squash with golden flesh that separates into long, spaghetti-like strands after cooking. Unlike 'real' pasta, however, spaghetti squash is low in the kind of carbohydrates that feed SIBO bugs, making it a perfect food for you and me.
Spaghetti squash is more nutritious than pasta, too. A one cup serving provides vitamins and minerals including beta carotene, vitamin K, niacin, folate, calcium and iron. Plus a pinch of protein (1 gram) to boot.
But perhaps the best thing about this tasty vegetable is the cool factor. It's super easy to prepare, and it's fun to make.
Are you sold yet?
No, I don't own stock in a spaghetti squash operation. I just had one of these babies hanging around all week, so I decided to make SIBO Shrimp Scampi. Didn't follow a recipe or measure, so the amounts listed below are estimates.
Here are a few Recipe Notes.
Instead of butter, I used chicken fat-and-drippings (aka sauce) from a pot-roasted chicken. This is a uniquely flavorful ingredient I sometimes have on hand. Whenever I roast a chicken, I always pour off and save the sauce in a clean jar in the refrigerator, where it forms a thick layer of fat on top and keeps for a week or two. If you happen to have any of this precious elixir in your fridge, do use it in this recipe! Otherwise, butter will do.
I used frozen shrimp but there's no reason not to use fresh. The quantity of shrimp you'll need really depends on their size, as well as your appetite. Each spaghetti squash serves two people, so in terms of shrimp, use what you need.
If you're wondering how to make the "spaghetti", it's easy! Just drag the tines of a fork across the cooked innards of your squash, and watch the magic happen.
Finally, you'll notice an optional clove of garlic in the recipe below. Please opt out if you are new to SIBO eating or flaring. Garlic contains both fermentable carbs (FODMAPs) and sulfur compounds, a deadly combo when it comes to gas and bloating. I avoided garlic like the plague during my first two years of SIBO eating, and am only just now re-introducing it, once in a while and in tiny quantities for that hit of flavor. Garlic-infused oil is a decent substitute for fresh garlic if you want the taste without the FODMAPs.
And now....the recipe. Bon appetit!
SIBO Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi
1 spaghetti squash
10-12 whole frozen pre-cooked shrimp, thawed
1 Tbs butter or chicken fat
1/2-1 cup chicken broth
3 Tbs chopped chives or green onion tops
1 small clove garlic, grated or pressed (optional, only for those in gut-stable mode)
pinch Himalayan salt & pepper to taste
2-4 Tbs parmesan cheese
Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, use a spoon to scoop out and discard seeds. Place prepared halves, cut side down, in baking dish filled with about an inch of water. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven to cool. Each half spaghetti squash serves 1 person.
Melt butter in saucepan, add shrimp and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add chicken broth (more or less depending on how large the shrimp are—this will be the sauce), garlic (if using), chives, pinch of salt and a grind or two of black pepper. Simmer, covered for 5 minutes.
Fun part: While scampi simmers, place each half cooked squash on individual dinner plate (shallow bowls are ideal) and use a fork to scrape spaghetti strands from squash, right onto the dish. You should get about 2 cups spaghetti per each half squash.
When scampi is done simmering, divide shrimp in two portions and arrange over spaghetti squash mounds. Spoon sauce over top and sprinkle with grated parm.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Because eggs are one of my safe foods, I have found gently hard-boiled eggs to be a satisfying and safe snack during all stages of treatment, including maintenance. Olives as well, just not too many.
When flaring or just starting out with the diet, it's best to stick with cooked SIBO-safe foods, as they are easiest to digest. After advancing to eating raw vegetables (generally 2-3 months in for most folks), you can enjoy a yummy DIY snack pack like this!
Clockwise from top left: organic baby rainbow carrots, hard boiled egg (free-range, local), organic cherry tomatoes, Greek olive medley, guacamole.