So I listened to Dr. Siebecker's presentation at the Paleo Summit this past week and became curious about SIBO. Upon further research, I saw that a variety of diets are recommended to combat SIBO and many of these diets include non-paleo foods. So I set out to fashion a paleo version of the GAPS/SCD/FODMAP diets that would specifically address paleo eaters and SIBO sympthoms. It looks like what I came up with was a very anti-inflammatory diet. Not sure how long one would have to follow this in order to heal their gut but take a look and let me know if you've ever tried to reconcile all these diets in order to restore health as well as be paleo-compliant:
(note: I'm a chef, so I instinctually made a sample meal plan for this diet)
OK FOOD for SIBO (a combination of SCD, FODMAP, Paleo, and GAPS)
Vegetables Artichoke, bamboo shoots, bok choy, carrot, celery, endive, ginger, lettuce, olives, pumpkin, red pepper, spinach, summer squash, tomato, turnip, zucchini, beets, cucumbers, Greens, parsley, peppers, winter squash, watercress, capers, pickles
Fruit Berries, ripe bananas, coconut, dates, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, lemons, limes, melons, oranges, papaya, pineapple, tangerines
Protien Grass-fed beef, lamb, bison, duck, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, shellfish
Fat Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, rendered fat, nuts (raw)
REMeMBER NO: Avocado, Brussels, cabbage, onions (all), garlic, eggplant, fennel, sweet potato, parsnip, apples, pears, plums, mango, watermelon, blackberry, apricot, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, chocolate, cocoa, okra, balsamic, asparagus, honey.
Sample Day SIBO diet: Breakfast: Egg omlette with bacon fat, red pepper, spinach and Kalamata olives. Lunch: Steamed greens with chicken, tomato, cucumber, parsley, raw tahini and lemon. Dinner: Ginger Salmon with roasted squash and steamed bok choy
SNACKS: Almond butter with banana/ Fresh coconut/ Hard boiled eggs/ Tuna salad with celery, shredded carrot, scallion/ Endive leaves with pumpkin dipping sauce/ Berries/ Raw turnip ravioli
When I had SIBO-like symptoms, there weren't any vegetables at all that I could tolerate. A diet that was basically zero-carb/VLC very high and fat was the only thing that stopped the constant diarrhea and gas. I followed this for about a month. Then I was able to gradually add in some foods and the list of things I could eat became longer as my gut healed.
I dont tolerate fruits very well but i can eat almost any vegetable cooked. A good diet for sibo based on my experience should be highly individualised, but generally low sugar especially low fuctose, low carb, fermented foods in small amounts with every meal and adding back new foods very slowly.
I read that as long as the sugars don't need to be digested and thus absorbed higher up in the small intestines that they would not feed the bacteria. But that would be honey because it's a simple sugar, right? and I think honey is making my stomach hurt, although I use raw honey. :(
I just wish they could figure out a cure for this. It seems to be affecting a lot of people. I tried the antibiotics and it only helped while taking them. I'm fed up avoiding food.
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