SIBO – Let’s peel another layer

When you’ve had an autoimmune disease for as long as I have and only just found a way to heal, the journey will take time. Compare it a long car journey with your kids, they think it will be never ending, they will ask “Are we there yet” several times over and each time you stop for another potty break you feel like the journey WILL be never ending, not to mention the travel delays – Oh the travel delays!

My Health Journey has been no different and last week I discovered that I have SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth which refers to a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria are present in the small intestine: the types of bacteria found in the small intestine are more like the bacteria found in the colon and they don’t belong there :( (To read the The Paleo Mom’s Overview of SIBO can be found here)

When I eat I have a bloated and gassy feeling for about 1 hour after consumption of certain foods, and it makes me pretty uncomfortable. So how do you cure it? You eliminate certain foods from your diet FODMAPS that the bacteria feeds on (typically for 28 days) and you take some supplements to carry out a gut-kill of these bad boys!

When I shared this news with a family member, they looked at me quizzically “You are going to restrict more foods? What will you eat?” and I have to say in some way I had thought the same! I was then questioned was the Autoimmune Protocol was really working for me if I now had SIBO – which is a great question and the answer is a resounding YES, because without healing my leaky gut, I would not have been able to get to the next layer of healing.

Years ago when I was studying to be a psychotherapist, I would often think of therapy as peeling off layers, like a skin of an onion, to get to the core of an issue. Healing an Auto Immune Disease(s) is no different. As your body begins to heal, you may establish that you have other Autoimmune Diseases or have other hurdles you need to navigate, such as my SIBO diagnosis. It will happen, it does happen and it does not mean that the diet is failing you.

The way I cope with a long journey is to provide myself with plenty of reading material and tools to keep me occupied and my journey on AIP is no different. Upon hearing the words SIBO I scanned through the internet to learn more. However using Dr. Google to find answers can often be overwhelming and I know from the early days of AIP that when you eliminate foods, it can be hard to keep track of what you can and can’t eat and it can lead to malnutrition, and lead you to feel overwhelmed and overly stressed and oops there goes that catch 22 again… stress, diet, lack of sleep… there has to be an easier way!

Which is why when A Clean Plate announced her 28 Day of Low FODMAP Plan which is Autoimmune Paleo compliant I was super excited! A simple easy to follow protocol for just 28 Days will kick start me and hopefully enable me to peel off another layer of that onion and get deep to the core of better health.

But I’m not going to stress myself out over this and certainly not over the holidays! So while I have read the book from cover to cover and have already started to remove high FODMAP foods from my diet but made the decision that I will be starting the FULL 28 Day Protocol on January 5th and I will be blogging every step of the way. So if you know or suspect you may have SIBO based on any of the symptoms below I would welcome you to get tested, and join me on this journey.

I’ll be honest I could do with your support, and I’m more than willing to support you as we move through this process after all its only 28 Days! If you are interested download A Clear Plates Book 28 Day of Low FODMAP Plan and email me at and we can setup a support group to help us all through!

You have until January 4th to decide!

Below are the Symptoms and the Risk Factors for potential SIBO

SIBO Symptoms

  • Excess wind.
  • Abdominal bloating and distension.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Constipation.
  • Abdominal pain.

Risk factors for SIBO

  • Low stomach acid
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease (long-standing)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Prior bowel surgery
  • Diabetes mellitus (type I and type II)
  • Multiple courses of antibiotics
  • Organ system dysfunction, such as liver cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, or renal failure

Wishing you a safe and healthful week!

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