While eating isn’t everything when it comes to conquering IBS, it’s a fundamental part of the solution.
The food we eat increases or soothes the inflammation that causes problems such as pain, fatigue, gas, constipation or diarrhea, skin problems, weight gain or weight loss.
Some foods like gluten, dairy, and sugar are flammable for everyone. In some cases, soy, corn, peanuts, nightshade, and grains can be problematic.
Then there are personal food sensitivities that can develop due to a leaky gut. For people who have gone on an elimination diet of the above foods without symptom relief, food sensitivity tests can be done to determine if there are other foods that cause inflammation.
I offer my customers food sensitivity tests at home and found that I am sensitive to ginger, blueberries and avocados. These are healthy foods that my immune system happened to classify as problematic due to my leaky gut.
My gut was leaking due to infections like h. Pylori and candida, toxic mold exposure and eating gluten about once a month.
While my treatment includes detoxification and mold and eradicates h pylori with herbs, I use food to manage and compensate for Candida overgrowth. Candida lives from excess sugar.
Balance and moderation
It is important to eat carbohydrates in moderation and balance blood sugar to tame inflammation. While you don’t have to be extreme and deprive your body of natural sugar, moderation is key.
Most of the recipes in my treat cookbook don’t use more than one tablespoon of sweetener per treat.
Many Paleo recipes that are presented as healthy usually use half a cup of sweetener per recipe, which is 8 tablespoons of sweetener (usually maple syrup and honey). That’s too much.
If you reduce the sugar significantly and eat it in combination with fat, protein and fiber, the blood sugar level will be balanced.
A balanced blood sugar tames inflammation and supports the liver and adrenal glands, which determine the stress response and stress tolerance, energy, detoxification function and digestion of our body.
A complete restriction of carbohydrates can also stress the hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid.
My cookbook teaches people how to moderate carbohydrates. By removing the grains, dramatically reducing sugar, and adding anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, collagen, coconut, and cinnamon, you can enjoy treats without derailing your gut.
For example, coconut products are extremely anti-inflammatory due to their antimicrobial properties.
Cutting out processed foods and treats is another important part of food healing. Chemicals and industrial oils not only ignite the flames of the inflammation, but also burden the liver.
The liver produces bile, which is essential for the digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins and for preventing bacteria from overgrowing in the small intestine.
Seasonal food and detoxification
Our bodies naturally detoxify in spring and summer to let go of the winter weight that kept us warm. Eating lighter foods like vegetables and fruits helps the liver do its job.
I’m going to bring out a spring and summer cookbook that mainly contains no-bake treats that help the body detoxify.
I am giving this spring and summer cookbook to anyone who buys the autumn and winter cookbook before the new cookbook is released.
Both offer more than 100 seasonal delicacies to satisfy cravings all year round and to help with holiday celebrations. Thanksgiving and Christmas are particularly hard on the intestines, without healthy substitutes.
Many of the recipes are SIBO and Candida friendly with ingredients that fight bacterial infections and parasites.
I don’t use more than 1 or 2 tablespoons of sweetener in a treat, while some treats don’t contain sweeteners and others are fruit-sweetened.
There is a lot of misinformation on the internet about extremely low-carb candida diets that eliminate fruits.
Too little carbohydrates (like the ketogenic diet) do not eliminate Candida. Candida can feed on ketones, which are produced by the liver to break down fat into sugar.
Candida is best addressed by rebalancing the biome and eliminating other intestinal infections so that healthy amounts of good bacteria monitor the yeast and prevent overgrowth.
The GI card is one of the best tests I’ve ever used to determine what other intestinal infections could cause Candida overgrowth.
Eat smart and enjoy yourself
I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes from my new cookbook for raw no-bake carrot cake.
In fact, I have a whole bunch of carrot-based desserts in the cookbook. Carrots are amazing to detoxify the liver and balance hormones.
I have seen some of my customers completely deprived of carbohydrates or treats. When the willpower diminishes, they eat gluten or sugary treats.
I wrote my cookbooks to prevent that. As a digestive health coach who has worked with hundreds of clients and on my own, I know that the struggle for food is real. And if you escape the joy of eating, it can be downright depressing or lead to resentment.
The recipe I share below contains low FODMAP substitutions.
I don’t give general advice because we’re all different, but this applies to everyone:
If you are not afraid of food, you will find the right food for your body.
Eating the right foods in the right combination at the right time of year calms your body and works wonders for your mind. Pleasure is an anti-inflammatory emotion.
The spring and summer edition of Treats That Heal offers breakfast options, hearty summer dishes, frozen goodies, a handful of baked goodies, and options to balance energy, hormones, and intestines. Here is an example below.
Raw carrot cake
A combination of shredded carrots, apple, cinnamon and coconut makes a no-bake carrot cake that is healthy enough to be eaten for breakfast.
Protein from nut / seed butter, fiber from fruits and vegetables and good fats from coconut ensure a balanced enjoyment that does not increase the blood sugar level.
I wanted to make a raw dessert that doesn’t use dates, so this can easily be done by replacing mashed pineapple with mashed apple to a low FODMAP.
What cures this pleasure?
Carrots are full of safe, low-FODMAP fiber that aids digestion. They are also full of vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant and supports eye health. Carrots help the liver remove estrogen from the blood and balance hormones. And what a delicious way to do it.
You can use it to make bread or individual muffins. I made both out of a batch of dough.
The texture is soft after cooling. If you want it to be firmer, add another ⅛ cup to ¼ cup coconut oil to the recipe below.
If you’re having trouble digesting raw vegetables, fry the carrots in coconut oil before adding them.
½ cup nut or seed butter (I used sunflower butter)
¾ cup of apple sauce (from a peeled apple with a core)
1 cup finely chopped or grated carrots (2 to 3 peeled carrots)
⅓ cup of coconut flour
¼ cup of liquid of your choice (almond milk or coconut milk work well)
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
Optional: ¼ teaspoon of cardamom
¼ cup melted coconut oil (double for a firmer texture)
½ cup of melted coconut butter
1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or honey)
Optional: ⅓ cup of dried fruit, rehydrated in hot water
Optional: Add a tablespoon of collagen for extra protein
Peel the carrots, cut them into slices and let them run through a food processor until they are finely chopped. Take out 1 cup of carrots and put them in a mixing bowl.
Peel and core a large apple, slice it and let it run through a food processor or blender until finely chopped or mashed.
Add the homemade applesauce to the chopped carrots in the bowl.
Mix in cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and collagen.
Add a tablespoon of maple syrup (or honey).
Add ¼ cup of liquid of your choice. Nut milk or coconut milk work well.
Add nut or seed butter and coconut flour and mix well.
I used a fork to mix everything together.
Melt coconut oil by dipping the glass in boiling water or melting in a pan. I added ¼ cup of coconut oil to the batter to get a texture that was very soft and smooth. If you want a firmer carrot cake, add an additional ⅛ cup (2 tablespoons) to ¼ cup coconut oil.
Melt the coconut butter by dipping half or three quarters of the jar into a saucepan of boiling water. Or scoop it out and melt it in a pan. The coconut butter is melted when it becomes pourable.
Mix half a cup of coconut butter into the carrot cake batter.
If you want to add dried fruit, first put it in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes and then drain the water before adding the fruit.
Some options are dried cranberries, chopped dates or raisins. I used dried goji berries, mulberries and golden berries.
You can put the dough in a bread or brownie pan to get a loaf.
I divided the dough between a small loaf pan and 6 muffin tins.
Silicone pans and muffin tins work best for this treatment because they are easier to remove.
Store in the refrigerator for 4 hours or in the freezer for one hour.
Carefully slice and enjoy. Keep treats refrigerated. Should take 3 days.
You can top this with carob fondant or DIY chocolate sauce for an extra treat.
Angela Privin is proof that IBS is NOT an incurable disease or not a disease at all. IBS is an unbalanced body. It is an invitation to change. After Angela solved her own IBS puzzle over a decade ago, she became a health coach to help others.
Angela uses both science and intuition to help people figure out what is out of balance in their bodies. She works with laboratory tests, dietary changes, nutritional supplements and the balancing of the nervous system. Get help here to rebalance your digestive system and solve your IBS puzzle.
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