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SIBO and Alcohol

Can you still have a drink with a Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth diagnosis?

The SIBO Specific Food Guide shares that the occasional alcoholic beverage (in a moderate amount) is approved with a low FODMAP diet. Their recommended choices include bourbon, gin, vodka, whiskey, scotch and wine. It’s important to choose your alcohol and mixers carefully. Choose juices that are low FODMAP including pure cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, or carbonated water. Ensure to stick within the approved amounts of juice and liquor to not off set your stomach (ie: 1/2 cup of orange juice over a two hour period.) Another handy tip is to have a well-balanced low FODMAP meal before drinking, such as a chicken breast over a bed of mixed greens with a side of buttered squash. Drinking water will also help slow down the drinking process.

Let’s talk about wine! The SCD Legal Wine Guide highly recommends dry wines. The wine list includes the following:

Dry Red Wines – Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Syrah

Dry White Wines – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Brut, or Extra Brut Champagne

Another tip is to choose a wine with a 12.5% or less alcoholic content and only enjoying one regular sized glass 3-4x per week. Cheers!

Low FODMAP Pumpkin & Carrot Risotto

This low FODMAP pumpkin and carrot risotto is delicious, not to mention gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free! It combines fresh lemon flavors with the comfort of creamy rice and sweet roasted vegetables. This dish is great on its own or with pan-fried white fleshed fish.

Ingredients:

Roast Veggies

-240g pumpkin

-2 large carrots

-1 tbsp olive oil

-Salt and pepper to taste

Risotto

-1 1/2 cups medium grain risotto rice

-1/2 cup leek (green tips only)

-1 tbsp garlic-infused oil

-1 tbsp olive oil

-4 cups low FODMAP chicken (or vegetable) stock

-2 tsp lemon zest

-2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

-4 cups spinach

-3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

-Optional: 50g Parmesan cheese (or a vegan cheese option)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400. Peel and chop the pumpkin and carrots into 1/2 inch sized pieces. Place in an oven dish, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes (until soft and slightly golden.) Toss a couple of times while cooking.

While the veggies are roasting, make the risotto. Roughly chop the green leek tips. Make the stock if using stock cubes and shred the spinach. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Fry the leek tips in olive oil and garlic-infused oil for 2 minutes. Add the rice, stir through the mixture for about 1 minute.

Next, add 1/2 cup of stock at a time, stir every now and then until the liquid has absorbed into the rice. Continue to add and stir in the stock slowly. Turn down the heat to medium low if needed (if rice starts to stick to bottom of pan.) Once rice has absorbed about 3/4 of the stock, check to see if rice is cooked; should take about 20 minutes. Continue adding if not cooked. While the risotto cooks, zest the lemons.

While the rice finishes cooking, stir through the shredded spinach, lemon juice, and zest. Season with salt and pepper. Then stir through the roast veggies, chopped fresh cilantro, and grated cheese (if using.)

Serve the pumpkin and carrot risotto in bowls. Dig in!

Sourced from: https://alittlebityummy.com/recipe/en-ca/low-fodmap-pumpkin-carrot-risotto-3/

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Causes

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic explaining the common causes of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, also known as SIBO.

SIBO is caused when the bacteria from the large intestine can migrate into the small intestine or even into the stomach. This migration of the bacteria is what actually causes the issue. In our system, we have an MMC (migrating motor complex) which works like a dishwasher. After we’ve eaten the MMC rinses through our system to keep the bacteria at bay. Anything that causes the bacteria to move or the MMC to stop working properly can cause SIBO.

Common causes include general flu’s (with diarrhea and vomiting), chronic concussions, low stomach acid, and abdominal surgeries.

 

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!

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

INSTRUCTIONS:
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!

Recipe sourced from: http://sibodietrecipes.com/sesame-cumin-zucchini-bites/