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  1. Minimal4Me

    Fodmap and the Whole30

    There's a group trying this together here:
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    Tums? Yes or no?

    Koala, try some Betaine HCL with pepsin taken at any meal that has protein. It's inexpensive and has no side effects.
  3. I made spaghetti squash in the instant pot last night. It's the easiest thing ever! One pot - easy cleanup. The best part is, you steam the squash whole, so cutting it after it comes out is easy. (I can never cut one of those things without risking my life!) I used this recipe, without the parmesan cheese: DH added his cheese on the plate. I sprinkled some nutritional yeast on mine. We both gave it a thumbs up.
  4. I took herbals - Atrantil. Google Dr. Pimental, the pioneer of SIBO testing, about what to eat during treatment. He has some curious advice about not restricting diet overly while doing it because it makes the bacteria hide inside biofilms. He says, you want the bacteria to come out and play. Good luck. It sounds like you've been through H*ll.
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    Day 10 Tiger Blood!

    Day 13 for me. I have IBS-C and SIBO and I'm practically asymptomatic right now. Feeling pretty good. Happy Friday, All!
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    What the heck is wrong with me?!

    Hi Mimi, I have IBS with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) which is a long winded way of saying the naturally occurring bacteria everyone has in our digestive system is imbalanced in MY gut. The "bad" bugs migrate up to the small intestine where they steal your nutrients before you can absorb them. After they eat, they give off gases that cause bloating. The levels of gas can be tested by a gastroenterologist in a breathing test. That's how SIBO is diagnosed. Mine was caused by years of very low-carb eating (less than 20 grams a day) that depleted the mucin2 layer in my intestines, leading to leaky gut. But most people's is brought on by antibiotics. Your bloating symptoms sound very familiar to me. Thanks to leaky gut, I also react badly to almonds - though cashews do not bother me at all. Almonds can make me curl up into a fetal position and moan for about an hour with both pain in my stomach, bloating, and nausea. I got rid of the SIBO and am now asymptomatic, but that's a long story. Bone broth, fermented vegetables, and Atrantil all played a role. In the beginning stages, it's very hard to know exactly what's causing your bloating. If you're very sure that you're reacting to onions, you might want to check out the FODMAPs diet. Over on the Whole30 with Health Conditions forum there are people doing W30+FODMAPs.
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    Help - Daaaaays of Constipation

    I struggle with this all the time, thanks to IBS. Magnesium helps. If you take it before bedtime it has the added benefit of calming your body for sleep.
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    Heartburn and Whole 30

    I have IBS + Sibo and I used to get heartburn. It resolved when I went on HCL Betaine with Pepsin, prompted by the success people were having in the IBS forums like SCD Lifestyle:
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    Fasting sugar has gone up, not down?

    You mentioned coconut water in the morning. That could have done it. Fasting glucose readings require a true fast before the blood is taken. Fasting but having some coconut water would throw off your results. I agree with the mod that more fat would also help. Could you work in some avocados?
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    Still experiencing severe itchiness

    Are you eating more nuts or nut butters? That's what does this to me.
  11. It's Day 8 for me and I slept until 8:30 this morning. This almost never happens, and I feel so GOOD. I'm tackling laundry, cleaning out closets. My body is like, "oh, this is is what energy feels like. I almost remember this." The usual pain in my joints and even the soreness from friday's yoga practice have disappeared overnight. I have SIBO - a digestive issue related to IBS - and it affects neurotransmitters that control our circadian rhythms - so this means good things are happening in my gut. Just wanted to share this happy day! I hope yours is going well too.
  12. Please google Jaminet + ankylosing spodilitis. There are people with this condition who are having some success in treatment.
  13. I was diagnosed with SIBO-C after a breath test at my Gastro's office in October of 2016. After researching the failure rate of antibiotics (70% recurrence), I chose to go the herbal route. For diet, I went with the Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet). Three months later I got the all-clear from my Gastro. I say diet, but PHD isn't a diet so much as a way of life (whole foods, grass-fed, grain-free, sugar-free), which I continued to follow even after the all-clear. I make bone broth in batches and turn it into soups, which are my daily lunch. I don't eat breakfast. I practice intermittent fasting - meaning from 8pm to 1pm the next day I don't eat anything. This encourages something called autophagy, which is the body's natural way of ridding itself of the endotoxins produced by the bad bugs in our gut. It also boosts the immune system, which anyone with gut issues needs. For dinner I eat salmon four nights a week. (This is at the suggestion of my Rheumatologist and is really helping my joints. It also helped with constipation and dry eye.) The other nights I usually prepare some chicken recipe, because DH doesn't eat red meat. On fridays we used to celebrate with a GF pizza night, but now that I'm on W30 we do Chipotle takeout. I'm back on the W30 forums because like many people who try to eat clean, I fell off the wagon from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and started letting myself have cheese, wine, and stupidly even allowed some sugar. This earned me the return of some of my old symptoms, so I'm here for a restart. This is my third W30 and this is Day 6 for me. I'm sleeping better, having regular BMs, and so far no terrible W30 side effects - which surprises me after all my feasting.
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    tossing and turning

    Thank you for posting this. It made me remember the potato trick and I ate one last night and slept like a log.
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    Struggling to Eat Enough!

    Take care of yourself the way you would take care of a child or other loved one. You would make things to tempt them and restore their appetite. Give yourself much much love for the important goals you are trying to accomplish with your fourth W30. You are amazing!