Navigating Halloween Treats

Navigating Halloween Treats for the Low FODMAPer

Happy Halloween! As you know, Halloween is celebrated with a surplus of candy and spooky celebrations. Many of these popular treats don’t sit right with a SIBO diagnosis. Kate, from A Digestive Peace of Mind, has put together some low FODMAP options for everyone to enjoy! Halloween should be less about the trickery and more about the treats. Below are some suggestions to help guide you through October 31st. Please keep in mind, every body is different. If you know treats will wreak digestive havoc, we encourage you to stick to your SIBO diet. If keeping all the candy at bay isn’t an option, these are simple suggestions to help you pick the less evil options.

A few tips:

  1. Always check the nutrition labels: Look for green lighted (ie low FODMAP ingredients) such as corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, soy lecithin, and confectioner’s glaze. Beware of high FODMAP ingredients such as: lactose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sorbitol, apple juice concentrate, and glycerin.
  2. Enjoy low FODMAP treats in moderation! No one feels great after a candy overload… so limit yourself to a few pieces of fun-size candy or treats at a time.
  3. If you plan on going to a Halloween party, get creative!  Find Halloween-themed recipes that are suitable on a low FODMAP diet.

Types of candy that might work for you and your sensitive tummy. Everyone is different, so enjoy to your personal tolerance.

  1. Dum Dums
  2. Haribo Gold Bears
  3. Jolly Ranchers
  4. Junior Mints
  5. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  6. Marshmallows (made without high fructose corn syrup)
  7. Mounds
  8. Nerds
  9. Peeps (pumpkin, ghosts, you name it)
  10. Swedish Fish
  11. Sweet Tarts
  12. Sour Patch Kids
  13. Smarties

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SIBO Lifestyle Tips

Balancing health with a busy schedule can get complicated. These daily healthy habits are a great way to look after yourself and your SIBO.

  1. Always keep a water bottle with you. There are lots of great mobile apps that will remind you to drink water and track your intake for the day. Make sure you’re always hydrated!
  2. Keep a stash of your prescribed antibiotics, medicine, herbal supplements, or probiotics with you wherever you go. Fill a vitamin container with the pills you need daily, to ensure no missed doses.
  3. Make sure you have snacks! When hunger kicks in, sometimes it’s hard to find quick snacks that are suitable on a tricky stomach. Keep low FODMAP snacks on hand, such as pumpkin seeds.
  4. Individually wrapped wipes are your pal (but make sure they don’t contain alcohol.) Another great tip is carrying around lavender-scented antibacterial spray to spritz onto shopping cart handles or steering wheels.


Sesame Cumin Zucchini Bites

Zucchini is super SIBO friendly, especially if you let it get nice and soft. Zucchini is really easily digestible and with the cumin, sesame, and garlic mmm it tastes so good!

3 zucchini
4 tbsps garlic infused sesame oil
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp coriander
¼ lemon

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and then half again lengthwise. Cut one last time into ½ inch slices width-wise so they become bite-sized pieces.
Heat skillet to med/high heat and let it get hot.
Add garlic infused oil and then add zucchini pieces.
Add all spices and salt, mixing them in.
Let zucchini brown on one side then flip and let brown on the other side.
Be patient, it’s important to let the zucchini get soft and browned (they are much more delicious that way!)
Squeeze the lemon over top and let it soak in.
Remove from skillet and enjoy!

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October 2018 BCNA Conference

We spent an awesome weekend at the BCNA Conference from October 12 – 14th, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre!

Our team at SIBO Canada thoroughly enjoyed enhancing relationships and connecting with our ND Community.

SIBO Canada provides the Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test Kits, as well as over the phone advice and consultations with our Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove.

We were also excited to giveaway an Eminence Organic Skin Care Prize Basket, valued at $420.00! Congratulations to our prize winner, Dr. Adella Gerry, ND.

Living Life To The Fullest with SIBO

There are ways to focus on the positivity in your life rather than feeling completely defined by your sometimes difficult to control GI Tract, and live a much fuller and happier life.

  1. Start each day with gratitude and a fresh start. Perhaps create a gratitude journal in which you write what you are thankful for each morning or in the evening. This could include a list of people who support you, a SIBO-friendly recipe you tried, a favourite memory, or how far you’ve come in managing your health.
  2. Set goals for working out, relaxing, seeing friends, travelling, and other activities that make your heart content. Downtime is essential too, so include jotting in “DOWNTIME” as a reminder not to overbook yourself.
  3. Eat the foods you love. Even on a specific diet, try to modify your favorite foods to suit your intolerance needs. There are even low FODMAP versions of brownies, since we all deserve a treat.
  4. Listen to your body. When you are tired, rest.
  5. Think positive! Focus on healthy and healing thoughts each day. What is working well in your life right now? And if it’s not working, start a plan B, C, or D with your healthcare team. Don’t keep trying the same thing and expect different results.
  6. Take a break from your everyday routine. If you can take a warm, essential oil bath at noon, take a bath at noon! Watch a movie on a Saturday morning. Get a new book and read on a comfy chair with a cozy blanket and a cup of your favourite tea. Meditate. Play your favourite music. Light that special scented candle. Do things that relax you whenever you can. Say no without a need to provide a reason why.
  7. Be honest… to doctors, dieticians, family, and friends. It is important to have a trusting team that knows your symptoms, even the embarrassing ones to help guide you to good health.


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