I have avoided this blog post for quite some time because I have avoided admitting it to myself. But I’m about as transparent as they come when it comes to healing the gut. I have questioned (mostly at rock bottom), “Does SIBO ruin a healthy life?”
Maybe I should state it the REAL way,
Does SIBO ruin a healthy life or is that life not all that healthy?
I cried as I texted my mom the other day,
I am so angry. This (SIBO) has, literally, affected every single piece of life, and I hate it so much.
I know you do, and I feel so bad for you.
And I said,
I just want to eat vegetables and roasted garlic and run; the basics of a healthy life, and I can’t.
The rest of the day, I could not get over that simple thought about the “basics” of a healthy life.
Things I Know for Sure
Yesterday I shared the post, My 28-Day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO Journal. If you haven’t read that post yet, you should definitely start there because this will all make so much more sense.
As I stated at the end of the post,
However, upon studying my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal, there are things I know for sure. I can draw many conclusions, and I can take the very worst days and see possible connections for why they were the very worst days.
Here is what I was referring to when I said the, “things I know for sure:”
- In my journal, there was a direct correlation with bad days and long and/or intense running days.
- Throughout my journal, there was a direct correlation with bad days and intense WOD’s (20-minute workouts).
- There was a direct correlation between workouts that involved my lower back and the level of bloat I had.
- Atrantil worked for me for a long time, but because the SIBO wasn’t completely eradicated back then, I don’t believe it’s working for me any longer. And if it’s not working, at some point it will strictly just mask symptoms while costing a lot of money. (That said, if you’ve never taken Atrantil before, I strongly recommend it. It worked so well for me in the beginning, and I will not remove it from the Recommended Supplements page. You just have to pay attention to all the other things I’m mentioning simultaneously.)
- Right here, right now, in this season of healing, me + carbs with SIBO and me + too many FODMAP foods just don’t mesh well. I don’t care if it’s a low-FODMAP food (like white rice) or good-for-you FODMAP like garlic….it’s just not working. I can’t fit a square in a circle no matter how hard I try. And believe me – I have tried, and tried, and tried. I’m tired of trying.
Does SIBO Ruin a Healthy Life
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So the question at hand for me right now, after reviewing the things I know for sure is,
Does SIBO ruin a healthy life?
And in the end, I have concluded that YES, SIBO does in fact ruin a healthy life, but only once we have ruined the very definition of what’s healthy for us.
You want the truth?
All the things I can’t do because of SIBO are all the things I overdid (and/or neglected to do – i.e. focus on my lower back) when I did or didn’t (I have no clue when SIBO was first present) have SIBO.
Do you even know how many seemingly healthy and fit women come to me these days with massive gut issues?
Can I just tell you that even women with half a million followers on Instagram because of their fitness following are now coming to me wanting to join the journey and desiring to heal?
Probably the most significant and eye-opening thing I learned from my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal is that dwelling on food only as help or a hinderance to healing will get you nowhere.
And probably the saddest thing I learned is that it’s possible to love something so much that it becomes your greatest demise.
This time I will really move forward from SIBO because I am desperate and it’s imperative.
How? I’m sharing that in the next post, “Moving Forward from SIBO.”
You will heal. I will help.