A Funny Story of IBS
I feel like I wrote about this before, but on another blog, in another life, and in a very different way. So, here goes: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
A funny (embarrassing) story of IBS
Pooping on the subway:
I’ll try to keep this short. You never know if people think these stories are funny or pathetic, and I’m only sharing because I know that there are others out there who have similar experiences. They are not alone.
So, I guess my Candida overgrowth was really getting going at this point, but I was still too stubborn to admit that I had it, and doctors don’t ask what your poop looks like, so they were no help at all.
Anyway, I had this delectable, creamy, sausage-y pasta dish at an Italian place across from Lincoln Center in New York City for lunch. It was sooooo good.
Then I went home, and later that night I had a rehearsal in Brooklyn for a small production of Madame Butterfly. From my apartment in Inwood, that’s a 90-minute subway ride.
Food Sensitivity to Dairy
Candida creates leaky gut (read about that here). As a result of having a leaky gut, I began to develop sensitivities to the foods I ate the most. I had cereal with milk almost every day for breakfast, and the creamy cream on the pasta from lunch was probably too dairylicious for me at that point.
I started to feel a little bubbly in my tummy while I was still waiting for the train at 187th St. The bubbly tummy feeling got more intense by the minute, and when I got to Port Authority at 42nd St., I knew I couldn’t wait any longer.
There’s a bus station there with restrooms pretty close to the train.
When I stood up to get off the train, I involuntarily water-pooped all over the inside of my very loose brown corduroy overalls. It went all the way down my legs. I waddled over to the restroom, a very long walk with full pants, and finished up in there.
I didn’t make it to rehearsal that night, and my boyfriend was kind enough to call the director for me. He lied and said I was sick.
Mortifying ride home
On the way home in the subway, everybody kept their distance from me. I could have been imagining it, but it seemed from their bewildered faces that they couldn’t imagine that horrible smell coming from someone who looked so “normal.”
How could I not have known there was something wrong?
Well, I was not the only one in my family with intestinal issues. Every evening growing up, the family room where we watched TV together after dinner smelled like farts. I didn’t know that most family rooms didn’t smell like that.
How was I supposed to know?
Nobody talks about this stuff.
My doctors never even asked me what my poop looked like! They’re supposed to check this stuff! It’s basic! I talk about poop with my clients all the time, and I’m not even a doctor!
If I had known when I was a kid that regularly pooping tiny balls (goat turds 😉) and then having occasional explosive diarrhea wasn’t normal, my life would have gone very differently.
What my Gastroenterologist said about what causes IBS
So, as an adult fighting a Candida overgrowth, I was still having trouble with occasional constipation and a little diarrhea. I went to a specialist. A gastroenterologist. I told her about my IBS and the history of colon cancer in my family.
She said that nobody knows what causes IBS. She also gave me a printout of the Fodmap diet, a prescription pharmaceutical for the constipation, and she ordered a colonoscopy.
I threw out the Fodmap diet instructions, because I was already on the Anti-Candida diet, which was much better than that Fodmap crap.
Then, I threw out the disgusting prep drink and did colon hydrotherapy for prep instead. That’s a subject for another podcast.
And I threw out the prescription because I do not do chemical band-aids!
I’m not afraid to do some health detective work and figure out what’s causing my symptoms and then remove the cause.
What I know about what causes IBS
There are probably a lot of MDs who will disagree with me on this, but I know what I see in my own body, my clients, and in the studies I read in school.
Here’s a list of things that can potentially cause IBS:
Intestinal bacteria imbalance
Intestinal worms (helminths)
These things are all more common than you might think. And you can have them without knowing, just like me.
We grow up constipated and gassy with occasional diarrhea, and since it’s always been that way, we think it’s normal. It’s not.
The most common cause of IBS?
The simplest and probably most common of the causes for IBS listed above is intestinal bacteria imbalance. We’re taking antibiotics like candy for every little sniffle (I’m not trying to shame you. I did it too). Our food is covered in pesticides, even some organic produce because of contaminated ground water. Those things kill bacteria.
Besides that, the standard American diet consists of sugar and processed foods with hundreds of chemicals. Those things feed parasites and Candida.
It’s a recipe for IBS!
Here’s a smooth transition for you: A recipe for Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie
Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie (Anti-Candida)
1/2 head Cauliflower (chopped into florets)
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)
1/2 Yellow Onion (diced)
1 Garlic (cloves, minced)
1/2 lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1 1/2 cups Mushrooms (sliced) (optional- if fighting Candida, leave these out)
1 Carrot (diced)
1 stalk Celery (diced)
1 1/2 tsps Italian Seasoning
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place cauliflower florets in a medium sized saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Let the florets boil until they are soft, about 15 minutes.
While the cauliflower is boiling, heat half of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
Add the meat and cook until browned.
Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery, Italian seasoning, and salt. Continue to cook for a few minutes, until the meat is cooked through. Remove from heat.
Drain the cauliflower and discard cooking water. Return the cauliflower to the pot and add the other half of the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Mash well until the cauliflower becomes almost like a puree.
Transfer the meat mixture to a casserole or pie dish and distribute into an even layer. Top with the cauliflower mash and spread it evenly across the top.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the oven to a low broil and broil for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and serve. Enjoy!