I have been having serious issues related to my digestive tract for the past 2-3 years. Things like serious pain, gas and bloating, distention, constipation, diarrhea, acne, fatigue, hormonal imbalance and whole body inflammation. I have been through many types of healthcare practitioners and tests and therapies and yet I still struggle to return to normal healthy functioning.
I am reaching out to see if anyone has experienced something similar and what you did about it. Thank you.
Hala has written often about her food sensitivities and intolerances. I hope she chimes in to give you ideas. Have you tried an elimination diet?
Laura in Texas
52 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 150 (BMI=24)
RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis
brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco
"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."
Thank you for your reply. I have been working with a clinical nutritionist for a few months and she has me on a very strict diet that has eliminated most all foods. I am not joking when I state that. Protein drink in the morning. Berries mid morning. Bone broth and small salad and 1/2 avocado for lunch. Berries mid afternoon. Fish and a choice of vegetable from a very specific list plus some ferment d sauerkraut for dinner. Fast from 7 pm to 10 am. Take lots of supplements. Do a 40-min detox bath in epsom salt daily. Now she wants me to add a daily coffee enema (good grief).
Ugh, lately I have trouble with constipation even taking oral magnesium. I was away for two weeks and the place that I was staying had a shower, not a tub, so I could not take the epsom salt baths. So maybe that is why. Just got out of my bath. Let the pooping begin (sorry, I could not resist)!
Does NP = NaturoPath?
Do you know why the probiotics bother you? I was told that PREbiotics cause gas. No one said anything about probiotics.
Your experience with whey protein interests me. I am pretty sure that I was bloated after my shoe this morning. I am using PaleoPure protein powder. My clinical nutritionist said it is the most bioavailable. She wants to see if it is the coconut milk that I mis it with that is causing me gas/bloat. I am going to check out the ingredients list on the protein powder in the morning based on what you've written. As far as eggs, she said 3x a week I could have three egg whites and one yolk that was runny. No thanks. I'll pass on that. She said that my intestines would not be able to handle the yolk if it was cooked.
Why does oil and vinegar bother you? I use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Sometimes I add a little EVOO or Macadamia Oil. But with the avocado it usually isn't necessary.
I do not think that the fermented veggies bother me but it does seem weird that I would be able to tolerate cabbage even if it is partly "digested" through fermentation. I am going to begin a food diary and write down my body's response after each meal.
I haven't read anything about coffee enemas. I will check it out. Thanks.
Your friend sounds like me. It is very difficult for me to eat anywhere but home. I assume your friend is following an AIP Paleo diet. It was a little concerning to me that some of the foods forbidden on AIP Paleo or the SIBO FODMAPS diet that Hala mentioned were on my meal plan. I might go ahead and eliminate them. Like I said, I should just live on air and water (with sea salt and lemon juice added).
Thanks so much for your detailed reply.
The most bio-available protein powder is whey protein isolate which is why it is recommended for us... and is also lactose free- which can eliminate some of the gas and digestion problems... if you feel a need to use it. Whey protein concentrate does have lactose..so you have to pay attention...