Hello lovelies! Miss me? I know it’s been 3 weeks now. I tell you life! My SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth)/IBS-C flared up and it put me in a real funk. I was not a happy camper for at least the first week after it happened. I was first diagnosed last year in September with SIBO. I had not been feeling well for a couple months and I finally broke down and went to the GI doctor in August 2013. From the description of how I was feeling the doctor wondered if it was a bacteria overgrowth problem so had me schedule a hydrogen breath test. It came back positive and therefore I was prescribed Rifaximin. The medicine didn’t really help me so the doctor told me to try the Low FODMAP diet to see how I felt; because of prior sicknesses I was already gluten-free. I started getting sick in 2011. I tried the Low FODMAP diet but by December was down to 113 lbs. I generally stayed around 135/140 lbs so I was a little scared, in addition to family and friends being alarmed by my drop in weight so quickly. I was nauseous often times, my belly (stomach/intestines) hurt and loudly “talked back” to me all the time making it known they weren’t happy either, and nothing I ate made it feel much better. I went to a dietician at Jefferson Hospital in December 2013 which helped. I gained 10 lbs by January, my belly was feeling better, I was “going” more regularly with her recommendations, and I was able to eat a larger variety of foods. It seemed like my SIBO was gone. HALLELUJAH! I’d still get sick from time to time but by April I stopped writing in my daily food diary keeping track of everything little thing I ate…that is until mid-August. I can’t even tell you what set it off, but it wasn’t good. I went back to the GI doctor this past Tuesday but she was no help. She basically told me its SIBO/IBS, there is no cure, we don’t know why it happenes, you might as well eat what you want & take this medicine. She said they don’t even re-test to see if the SIBO has come back. Yes, really, that is what I was told. I have read differently online by following Dr. Siebecker, who is renowned for her SIBO research, but I guess it depends on the doctor you go to and how they practice. Therefore, I am going to visit a naturopathic doctor my aunt mentioned to me some months ago. I have never liked taking medicine. I try to come off of it as soon as I possibly can, with the doctor’s permission of course. If I can do something naturally to help heal myself I will. What is a better healer than God, firstly of course, and the food we eat! All is well. This is the 1st time I’ve ever gone off topic but I just felt like sharing and this photo was perfect. I will not settle for ‘oh, that’s just the way it is, nothing can be done’. God give me strength and with His help, there is always a way.