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Its The Sugar!

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OMG....it is the sugar that is bloating me.....So I posted a few days back about really bad bloating, pain, gas, etc and so i started pulling stuff out of my diet as many of you suggested and the bloating disapearred....finally i felt great, energized and not pregnant...so over the days I would add somehting I thought it might be back in and today I did sugar and ugh I feel awful, sick to my stomach, bloated, yuck!!! after all these yrs of eatting it fine whod a thought?? someone here FODMAP or something like that does anyone know about it? I tried to google it but came up pretty empty except for a site about sue shepard but you had to make an apt with her to get more details....anyway any thoughts as I do notice gluten-free breads are causing bloating too, so it must have to do with the sugar break down....

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Have you considered you could have Candida? That can cause bloating from any carbs at all. That is what I suspected when I originally did my elimination diet. I cut out all forms of carb--all grains, all sugar except very small amounts of honey, all dairy, all fruit, all nuts and even beans for a month. I was eating just plain meat and non-starchy veggies for that month. I think I did end up trying kosher salt, black pepper and olive oil in the first week so I would have some seasonings. I also took natural antifungals. When I added things back in after a month however I found that most starches and carbs did not bother me only gluten, dairy and soy bothered me. Unfortunately there's really no standard anti-Candida diet. If you google it a ton of different approaches for what to eat and what not to eat comes up and none of the info seems very scientific. The SCD--specific Carbohydrate Diet I think can address candida as well as being good for celaic (it's gluten-free if I recall correctly). i don't know abotu the FODMAP diet but I checked a book out from the library on the SCD and a lot of the things I cut out in my elimiantion diet were cut out for doing the SCD.

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Lots of info on FODMAP diet here: http://www.ibsfree.net/ Her book has good info, too. Just remember that reactions to food can be delayed, so don't add more than one thing at a time for at least 4 days. A week is better. (I react to food 2 days after I eat it.)

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I've had a similar reaction to sugar (but not with other carbs), so I know what you mean. Google "Simply Sugar and Gluten Free" and you'll find a very helpful blog with recipes, etc. I just discovered it the other day.

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We use the GAPS diet. It is based in the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I have a post with resources on the blog linked from my profile. Just search GAPS Resources on it and you'll find more.

One of the ideas behind both the SCD and GAPS is that monosaccharide sugars are easier to digest that poly and disaccharide sugars. Also, eliminating sugars helps starve out imbalanced gut flora. (think candida!) There is so much more to say on this, but I don't have time. It's all been said before, though, so maybe you could search on here in the archives?

FODMAP is interesting, but my impression is that it deals more with the effects of the problem than the cause. The FODMAP diet info I have seen points to eating a lot of very refined foods. I prefer the approach of going back to basics of real, whole foods, starting with the most nutrient dense and easily digested.

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Refined sugar is evil. I don't tolerate it well at all. Makes me soooooo tired.

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Ironically now that I am eating a low salicylate diet I tolerate maple syrup very well and some cane sugar now and then. Whereas before that I did not tolerate eating anything that converted to sugar quickly like ground up brown rice flour or any of the other gluten-free flours. Honey is a no no for me both now and previously. Thus the SCD didn't work very well for me...although it has helped many others. Its a great way to lose weight however.

No matter about my ramblings, its more likely you have candida overgrowth than what I have, or even a need to be on SCD, especially since the other foods didn't bother you. Just wanted to put my two cents in however...

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Even beyond the question of candida is the basic biomechanics of sugar digestion. Sugar is digested in the duodenum (upper part) of the small intestine. The small intestine of a celiac is damaged.

Logic dictates that something that is exclusively digested in a damaged organ might not actually be getting digested appropriately...

For my own part, I have discovered that I need to avoid not only gluten, but grains in general as well as most sugars.

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Ever since my anxiety came back after being on the gluten free diet, yesterday I considered candida for myself. I may do an anti-candida diet for a month and see what happens, but I love my fruit! And weekends will be hard in not being able to have a treat or two. ;)

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Thanks everyone I love hearing your personal experiences...it reminds me I am not alone in this.....big hugs

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