Daily Archives: February 26, 2014

Taking the Plunge!

Gut Issues?  Auto Immune Issues?  You need this book.  Seriously.

Gut Issues? Auto Immune Issues? You need this book. Seriously.

So, for roughly 3 years this spring, something has been upsetting my digestive tract on a daily basis.  It went beyond the celiac bouts and the “IBS” diagnosis (which means, “we don’t really know what’s wrong with you”).

It sounds like most people WITH IBS, actually struggle with SIBO.  From what I’ve learned slow/too fast digestion from undiagnosed celiac often correlates with SIBO.  It’s amazing the things they’re discovering… I’m grateful to be in this movement towards health with REAL foods.

Things have helped tremendously over the past years as I’ve made my way to a gut healing foodie, and helped to transform our family to healing their bodies inside out.  God has been leading me each step of the way.

I’ve made so much progress.  I can’t deny that..  But I also can’t deny that I still have one major issue to address.

I mentioned last time that I was ready to attack that SIBO monster… I’ve been reading and trying to figure this out…
“what is the best plan for me.”  Talking with my doctor… praying.  Most of all, praying.

One of the supplements I was taking – Lauricidin was safe on all account for me – free of fillers, free of allergens.  Except one small problem.  It was derived from coconut.

I can no longer handle coconut, and I was so focused on choosing the supplements that wouldn’t flare my auto immune issues … I sort of missed that fine print.  I know, I’m still human, and thank you for your grace for not reminding me how I should read labels.

Believe me.  I know.

It just wasn’t one I was looking for.

So when my hypothyroid issues started to worsen… hair falling out, nails breaking off… no energy…   I knew it had to be something new I had added…

Which brings me to a grumble session I had last night while my husband and I were shopping.

“Is it bad when you can’t eat 98% of the food in the store?  Because that’s where I am…. and it makes me so sad.”

I’m not talking about the obvious processed junk in the middle of the store.  I’m talking about getting rid of many of the good things you can’t eat, because your gut is so messed up.

“What does that entail?”

Well, one of the major things that I think has been making me NOT heal is starch (sweet potatoes, plantains, or rice), FODMAPSs, and probiotics.  Starch is great for my total digestion, but just really feeds the SIBO.  Normally fermented foods and drinks are great for helping gut dysbiosis, but in the case of SIBO – it only worsens things … Vegetables – how can you go wrong there?  Then starches…  and sugars (glucose for that matter), are one of the ways I feel “good” physically  – helping to keep my blood pressure more stable, and my feelings from POTS lower.

The idea of removing all of that and “getting down to business”…. has left me in quite a funk lately.

All of the things I’m reading and learning are swirling in my mind.

I know the answer.  I KNOW the right answer…

I have to try this.

What’s the hold up?

Yeah Sara.  What is the hold up?


Me.  I’m the problem.

This isn’t that far of a jump from where I am. Right?

I want healing RIGHT?


So here’s the deal.  Here is what it’s going to take – it’s going to take me committing to several weeks of the following diet (it’s a little more broad, but within my own restrictions, here is what I can eat):

* Carrots, Spinach or  Zucchini if I can tolerate it – only those 3, and they must be well cooked.

* Cinnamon, Salt

* Apple Cider Vinegar

* 4-8 oz of meat at a meal (I have all of the things to make liver pills also – very important)

* Olive Oil

* Bone Broth

and…  that’s it.

I know what you're thinking.  "That looks pretty good."  And it was.  But honestly, how many ways can I fix carrots?  Carrots in broth, mashed carrots with cinnamon, fried carrots, carrot soup...  yep - I'm going to hate carrots soon.

I know what you’re thinking. “That looks pretty good.” And it was. But honestly, how many ways can I fix carrots? Carrots in broth, mashed carrots with cinnamon, fried carrots, carrot soup… yep – I’m going to hate carrots soon.

It could just be a few weeks, it could be a few months.  I need to have 5 days in a row with no bloating/symptoms – and then I can add more foods in – testing each food, one at a time.

Please pray for me.  I’ve been spending more time in prayer about this, and specifically praying over my body and the healing that needs to occur.  Deep breathing, meditation.  I’ve read story after story of people going through rounds and rounds of antibiotics that fail horribly, and living with SIBO for life.  I know this is pretty severe, but it is also instrumental to me quieting my auto immune diseases.

I know God can do BIG things.

He already has.

I’m looking to Him to heal me from this – once and for all.

Pray for my body to handle the ketosis changes, as that is probably one of my biggest concerns.  “Low carbs” and no starch usually doesn’t do well with my POTS symptoms/blood pressure.

I always used to feel like I was getting a low blood sugar, but my blood sugar would be fine…  Feeling like you’re going to pass out every time you stand isn’t ideal.  My goal is no fruit.  That’s pretty drastic, I know – but the point is to stop feeding the monster.  I may baby step into that and cut it back to a banana a day, or something like that, vs. going cold turkey.  I already cut my kombucha back to one a day.

With God, I CAN do this.

Deep breath.

Here I go!

  “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

John 13:17


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