Journey of Gut Healing Part II

Feeling Better!

Feeling Better!

I have made some major progress and important discoveries since the last time I wrote on this topic. My life has been extremely fun and super busy, so I will try to keep this post just on my gut health. Part of the blessing and why I could even be “busy” is that my new level of health has given me the luxury of energy. Woohoo, I will tell you in a later post what I am doing with that energy. 🙂

I left off with me on the my version of the SCD diet. A version that I created from 3 diets and have since added a fourth. Well, truth be told, I had the fourth in there all along. The difference is that the Paleo Autoimmune immune protocol from ThePaleoMom.com gave me the “why” I couldn’t eat nightshades, nuts/seeds, legumes, eggs and dairy.  I haven’t been able to switch over to that diet because it doesn’t seem to work with my SIBO (even though it seems to be undercontroll). I now have a Autoimmune Paleo/SCD/FODMAP/GAP  diet that works quite well to control my SIBO and digestive disorders. I really need another more cleaver name for this diet. If any of you have a creative name for this please let me know. The diet helps me absorb as much of the nutrients as possible. In retrospect, when I switched from the gluten free vegan diet to the my SCD variation I had many people come up to me and comment about the positive change in my complexion. Honestly, I thought it was all the carrot juice I was juicing. I haven’t been juicing carrots much at all in the past 2 months. It must be the switch to healthy grassfed beef and pastured chicken fats. This SCD protocol helps me absorb a lot more of the nutrients I am taking into my body. I don’t think the diet alone would have eradicated the SIBO. I seemed to have been stuck at my modified version of stage 3. Dr. Seibecker (from SIBOinfo.com) put me on her antibiotic protocol. Along with my diet within the first 2 weeks the steatorrhea (fancy word for floating poop) I had for 3 years went away. It was working. The bloating went away too. And I could finally progress from stage 3 to a more full SCD diet -minus night shades, nuts/seeds, legumes, dairy, and eggs. I know that totally sounds like a lot of restrictions, but it was freedom for me! I had to proceed to be on 1 month of antibiotics (very specific antibiotics in combination with nystatin, anti-yeast, and a biofilm inhibitor…and major detoxifying). It worked. But every time I went off the stuff my symptoms would start to come back, even with the night time motor complex help (the motor complex helps to clear bacteria out of your sm. intestines while you sleep). I was then on the herbal antibiotic protocol for two months. I am now trying to come off of it. I have noticed that I can be off the antibiotics just as long as I keep my diet very clean. That means no experimenting! For anyone who knows me…well, that is not easy. I use the herbal antibiotics to get back on track after a failed experiment.

So what exactly changed? I got the SIBO under control, and I got a few key test results back! These were crucial to my current new level of health. I would have mysterious relapses that I just couldn’t figure out. Until that is, I got the Cyrex Lab tests back. Dairy, chocolate, coffee, and yeast are all true cross reactants to gluten.  There are many other cross reactants that are not “true” cross reactants that I hope to someday gain back. Yes, I was super sad about kefir (has yeast), kombucha (yeast), and coffee! Uhg! I was though, extremely happy to know the problem. When I took those out, I reached a new level of health and energy! It was worth it! (On a more positive note, I will most likely be able to have 24 hour yogurt at sometime in the future. That wasn’t one of my cross reactants.)

Tests everyone with mystery gut problems should have: 

  1. Three Hour Hydrogen Breath Test (Everyone with unexplained bloating and gut problems should get this test! Especially if you have autoimmune reactions to food. More then likely SIBO is helping to create intestinal permeability (leaky gut). If this is a problem you will continue to get more and more reactions to more and more foods.) The test evaluates 2 types of bugs (hydrogen and methane producing ones). Your healing protocol should cover both, plus biofilm inhibitor and something to control yeast.
  2. Cyrex Labs Gluten Sensitivity Test (The most accurate lab test available today for celiac. Even more accurate then biopsy. Since a biopsy is like taking two blades of grass, villi) from a tennis court size surface. Not to mention, it is nice to be diagnosed with celiac before you have complete villas atrophy.) 
  3. Cyrex labs Gluten Cross Reactivity Panel– The test is worth it’s weight in gold. Knowing is half the battle. (This will give you clues into why you may not be healing. For me yeast and coffee are recognized as “gluten” to my body. That means the kefir, kombucha and vinegar that I was consuming was doing more harm than good to me. Good yeast or bad yeast…it is all bad for me.) *Possible Gluten Cross Reactive Foods: Rye, Barley, Spelt, Wheat, Oats, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Millet, Amaranth, Quinoa, Corn, Rice, Potato, Hemp, Teff, Soy, Milk (Alpha-Casein, Beta-Casein, Casomorphin, Butyrophilin, Whey Protein), Chocolate, Yeast, Coffee, Sesame, Tapioca, Egg 
  4. Cyrex Labs Antibody Test (If you want to know what body systems your immune system is attacking, this is the test for you. Be aware, it is very expensive, even at its half off introductory rate. It was very informative to me. I have four. And they all line up with the symptoms I have. Thyroid- Hashimoto, Systemic Scleroderma (I knew about), Celiac (confirmed), and something else that is attacking my intestines (surprise, surprise)).

 Healing Gut Diet: 

The Diet will took me from a state of continued pain, deterioration and allergy reactivity to a positive healing trend. This is a combination of SCD (mostly)/GAPs (Chocolate)/FODMAP/Autoimmune Paleo(night shades, nuts/seeds, eggs, dairy, legumes). These are all homemade whole foods. There is no short cut to health. But the rewards are great!

*Introduce a new food or herb every 4 days (except dairy, nuts/seeds, eggs, nightshades and more than 2 fruits a day–these can be tried after you heal and should be given a month or two. These are sometimes fast reactors, but mostly more healthy people notice a more slow deterioration of health from the introduction of these foods.

*Spices…Frontier makes SCD friendly spices. I have had problems with Oregon Spice Company, Trader Joe’s Sparkling Mineral Water and other random things like that.

 

Intro Diet -for 5 days-

  • **Carrot soup >3 cups/day
  • Carrots puree
  • Ginger (Juice and tea)
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken, fish, turkey
  • Butternut squash puree/mash
  • Salt (Himalayan) and pepper
  • Coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil
  • —-FODMAP Foods to avoid—
  • Honey (use vanilla stevia)
  • Apple Cider

Stage 1a  -Veggies and Fruits =Peeled, Cooked and Seeded-

  • **Carrot soup 3 cups/day
  • Carrots puree
  • Ginger (juice)
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken, fish, turkey
  • Butternut squash puree
  • Spinach puree
  • Zucchini puree
  • Salt (Himalayan) and pepper
  • Coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil
  • (vanilla stevia- limited)
  • ———New——–
  • Homemade coconut kefir
  • Grape juice and gelatin
  • Bananas (freeze dried)
  • —-FODMAP Foods to avoid—
  • Honey (use vanilla stevia)
  • Apple Cidar
  • (Homemade Pear Sauce 1st)
  • (Homemade Apple Sauce 2nd)

Stage 1b  -Veggies and Fruits =Peeled,Cooked and Seeded-

  • **Carrot soup 3 cups/day
  • Carrots very soft
  • Ginger (juice)
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken, fish, turkey
  • Butternut squash very soft
  • Spinach puree
  • Zucchini very soft
  • Salt and pepper
  • Coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil
  • Homemade coconut kefir
  • Grape juice and gelatin
  • Bananas (freeze dried)
  • ———New——–
  • Bananas fresh
  • Squash (Acorn Squash, Buttercup Squash)
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • —-FODMAP Foods to avoid—
  • Honey (use vanilla stevia)
  • Apple Cider
  • Homemade Pear Sauce 1st

Stage 2a -Veggies and Fruits =Peeled,Cooked and Seeded-

  • **Bone broth soup 3 cups/day
  • Carrots
  • Ginger (juice)
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken, fish, turkey
  • Butternut squash
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Salt (Himalayan) and pepper
  • Coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil
  • Homemade coconut kefir
  • Grape juice and gelatin
  • Bananas (freeze dried)
  • Bananas fresh
  • Squash (Acorn & Buttercup)
  • Sage (Fresh and rehydrated)
  • Oregano (Fresh and rehydrated)
  • ———New——–
  • Green Beans 
  • Pineapple 
  • Chives (plus green parts of green onions)
  • Cucumber
  • Water crest
  • Marjoram
  • —-FODMAP Foods to try—
  • Avocado (FODMAP but seem tolerable to many, a good place to start)
  • Homemade Pear Sauce 
  • —-FODMAP Foods to avoid—
  • (Homemade Apple Sauce 2nd)
  • Artichoke-french -2
  • Asparagus -2
  • Mushroom (and a fungus) -2
  • Garlic -2
  • Green Peppers -2
  • Plum -2
  • Peach -2
  • Apricot -2
  • honey -intro.
  • Apple Cider -intro. yeast

Stage 2b Veggies and Fruits =Peeled,Cooked and Seeded-

  • **Bone broth soup 3 cups/day
  • Carrots
  • Ginger (juice)
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken, fish, turkey
  • Butternut squash
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Salt (Himalayan) and pepper
  • Coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil
  • Homemade coconut kefir
  • Grape juice and gelatin
  • Bananas (freeze dried)
  • Bananas fresh
  • Squash (Acorn & Buttercup)
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Chives (& green part of onions)
  • Cucumber
  • Green Beans 
  • Water crest
  • Cilantro
  • Pineapple
  • ———New——–
  • Fennel (cooked in soup)
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa butter
  • Plantains
  • —-FODMAP Foods to try—
  • Avocado 
  • Homemade Pear Sauce
  • Pears
  • Homemade Apple Sauce 
  • Apple cinnamon gelatin
  • —-FODMAP Foods to avoid—
  • Artichoke-french -2
  • Asparagus -2
  • Mushroom (and a fungus) -2
  • Garlic -2
  • Green Peppers -2
  • Plum -2
  • Peach -2
  • Apricot -2
  • honey -intro.
  • —-Hard to Digest, avoid—
  • Red Peppers -Nightshades
  • Tomato -Nightshades
  • Blanched Almond Better
  • Pecan butter
  • Sprouted pumpkin seed butter

You should be feeling better by now. If you are interested in the whole program, I am hoping to have it done soon. (Let me know.) The Quick Reference sheets should also include recipes to use on each stage, along with tips and ticks. My recipes are scattered, so it is taking some time to gather them.

Here is a very important recipe to start with:

Chicken in a Crockpot with Broth (Intro)

  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, about 1 cup
  • 15 carrots (medium), peeled and halved
  • 5 celery (3rd phase)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 whole organic chicken

-Place veg. and herbs in the bottom of the crockpot container. Be sure there is enough to keep the chicken from touching the bottom.  Rub olive oil and salt between the chicken breast and skin. I keep the chicken’s insides inside the cavity. Just be sure to remove any paper or plastic. The chicken should be sitting on top of the vegetables with the breast up. Cook for 5-7 hours. Place under the broiler for 10 min until chicken is browned. Pull off all of the meat and scoop out the carrots.

Bone Broth: Place everything else(bones, skin, guts) in a large pot. Whatever the chicken remain’s height, triple the water over it. Add juice of one lemon. Boil for 6 hours or over night in crock pot. Not in crock pot: Keep adding water back. Strain the broth and store. It can be used fresh or frozen. Makes 1-2 gallons

Carrot Chicken soup (Intro)

  • 6 c chicken broth
  • 6 carrots, ends and skins removed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c spinach (2nd stage)
  • 1 c. chicken or any meat (or 1-2 fish)

Boil carrots, spinach, and salt for 2-4 hours (depends if you are on the intro/phase 1 or phase 2 one) Blend soup. Add cooked meat and (1 Tbsp marjoram -stage 1a)

**2nd step add 2 c spinach to boil with the carrots.

Outside Contaminants: Anything that touches your skin or lungs

Water: Chorine kills all bacteria and fluoride is a poison especially to your thyroid

Shampoo: All types of chemicals including but not limited to gluten! I have been using raw honey and essential oils.

Disinfecting all purpose cleaner: Orange Vinegar Water (Let orange peels sit in vinegar for a few weeks. I just keep adding them until the jar is full. Dilute 50/50)

Shea Butter, organic: great for chapped lips. Put it in a little container and take it along.

Honey Hair Recipe: 4 washes

  • 1/4 c raw honey
  • 3/4 c water
  • 10 drops rosemary, lavender and lime organic essential oils

Mix. Wet hair, rub honey hair into the scalp. Let set for 5 min. and rinse very well with cool water.

 

 

4 Responses to “Journey of Gut Healing Part II”

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  1. Debbie says:

    Yep, put me on the list for “The Diet”. SIBO was positive. Going to take the other test info to doc in a few weeks. Isn’t honey difficult to get out of your hair and doesn’t it leave it sticky? Also, honey is horribly expensive! Where do you get yours? A 5LB container is currently $25 at Wessels Family Honey farm (local). Debbie

    • Sherry says:

      I’ll get a Healing Diet to you. My hair is nice and soft, not sticky. It is super important to rinse it out. I got the 5 gal of local honey from a coop type buy. I forget how much it was, but I still have gallons left. I think I got it in early spring. My thoughts on food have shifted, so I haven’t used much of it.( I also use fruits to sweeten things.) I use to try hard to make what I was allowed to eat into something that resembled what I was use to eating. I really needed to change the way I use food. My focus now is “food is medicine.” Sure I get excited about a recipe that tastes great and is very nutritious. The most important thing is that it is very nutritious. I was addicted to sugar and sweetness of any type. For most of my life, food was about what I wanted to eat, not what I should eat for my health. For that matter my view of health has changed too. Health can be reached. Suffering from abdominal pain and diarrhea is not normal, even if it is only a few times a week. I’m thankful for my new found life and for good friends like you to share it with.

  2. Connie canaday says:

    Can you tell me how to get in contact with Dr. Seibecker? Was it expensive? My brother has SIBO and we need help.

    • Sherry says:

      siboinfo.com is her website. She doesn’t take insurance, so getting her covered is a little more difficult, but she is worth it! The prices are on the website.

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