A lot has happened the past month between seeing my GI specialist and my nutritionist. Before we dive into it all, so far I have been doing well. The only thing that sucked was getting the stomach bug. However, I thought of it as a nice reset that kick off my elimination diet. You got to turn a negative into a positive am I right? If you are confused about what is going on in this post be sure to read part one here for my background with IBS.
I went to see my GI back in February and I legit brought her my food journal, uBiome print out, and a table of my symptoms/treatments for them. Based on all the information, we narrowed it done to IBS and/or SIBO. I do want to disclose that I didn’t get any breathe tests done for SIBO as my health insurance wouldn’t pay for it. However, I don’t recommend this! If you can get tested do it!
What I liked most about my specialist was she listened and there was no judgment in that I wanted to heal my gut holistically. However, based on my symptoms and medical history on my mother’s side she didn’t feel I needed a upper and lower endoscopy.
Instead, she had me do a blood test to check for inflammation markers, thyroid function, and if c-reactive protein was present in the blood stream. Along with the blood test I had an ultrasound done on my right kidney, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. All of the results can back negative and everything was in normal range.
This is good and bad news as my body is functioning efficiently, but why do I have these gut issues? However, this lead to the decision to do an elimination diet. I was torn between the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and Low FODMAP. Based on my reactivity to food, Low FODMAP was the best choice plus a blend of essential oils to take daily.
As I type this I am on day three of the elimination and so far so good! I only had one weird episode, but partly it is due to not knowing all the low vs high FODMAPs. I highly recommend the Monash app for this as it has loads of resources! It does cost money, but all of it goes to funding more research on IBS and Low FODMAPs.
At this moment, I will be on the elimination diet for 21-days and then go into a leaky gut protocol. Once my stomach has calm down, I really want to health my gut before reintroducing foods. I know I want to reintroduce avocados and eggs and those cause me the most discomfort!
I’ll be sure to do an updated post once I see how my body reacts to the protocol! Please share this anyone who is struggling to heal their gut and don’t forget to checkout what to do to reduce IBS triggers here and trying to live a “regular” life with IBS here. See you in the next one!