day 29 fructose experiment

by purelytwins

Remember this is our plan to heal our gut. Consult your doctor before beginning any program. Adjust to your own body and needs. We have done our own research and have come to these steps to help us in our journey to heal our stomach issues. Please do your own research before starting anything new. We are not really sure how long we plan to do this program. And over time we might be changing things depending on how our bodies are doing. We plan to share just about everything as we heal, so we apologize now if some things are TMI. We want to be honest as we are using our blog as our journal.

Make sure to check out latest video about discussing our thoughts on our journey where we  also answer a few more questions. Although looks like we have more to answer 🙂 We are working on a post about – what exactly we are doing (supplements, eats), grocery list, where to buy things, etc



Lori day 29 re-cap:

I took my morning probiotic, 1 tsp fermented cod liver oil, and l-glutamine and ate my marshmallows for my gelatin.


mmm love my marshmallows


Next was juice time.


Another red beauty juice.  Again had 1/2 tbsp coconut oil in my juice.


Next meal was again kale with 2 whole egg and 1 tbsp ghee with some turmeric. Love this meal. So satisfying and yummy. I really am liking ghee and I hope my body continues to like it.


Little bit later was dandy blend tea with another beet marshmallow.


Enjoyed some acorn squash about 100g with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Experimented yesterday with having a carb – like this acorn squash – to see how I did.


Little bit later I enjoyed 4oz ground turkey with 1 cup steamed brussel sprouts with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil.


Bone broth with oil. Really like that combo for some reason.

Before dinner I took my pre-dinner pills of digestive enzyme, l-glutamine, quercetin, and  licorice.


Dinner almost like the night before.

Dinner was about 5oz mahi mahi, about 2 cups steamed cauliflower, dulse flakes , and some sautéed lettuce.  All topped with olive oil and sea salt. A very simple meal but I really like it.


Dessert was yet again our carob no-sugar gelatin mini cake.

Took probiotic before bed and did not put magnesium oil on body but took magnesium pills.

Lori: Day 289recap –

Bathroom: yes a little bowel movement

Energy: good, got a small headache very late afternoon

Gas:  none

Skin: still dealing with a few pimples on chin that are slowly getting smaller, besides that nothing new, my back got one or two very small pimples

Water intake –about 9 cups (does not include juice)

Day 29 was a decent day. Experimented with having some carbs in form of acorn squash to see how body reacted since it has been a few days since having anything that may have some fructose in it.  After eating I felt fine, but like I said got a small headache later in the day, so not sure if that had to do with the squash or not. Still figuring that out.  Also felt a little nausea feeling with the headache. Again, nothing really bad just felt kinda off. So not sure why I felt like that…still thinking about all my eats lately to figure it out. Can be hard though I admit to really pin point a food culprit. I will continue my current eats but go again with no carbs in form of a starchy carb.

Michelle day 29 re-cap:

I took my morning probiotic, 1 spoonful fish oil, and l-glutamine, and ate my marshmallows for my gelatin.

juice ingredients

beet juice

Beet vegetable juice with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil was meal one of the day. Perfect way to refresh after yoga.

egg breakfast

Next meal – 2 eggs, cooked greens, and 1 tbsp ghee.

dandy tea marshmallow snack

snack was dandy tea with carob coffee marshmallow and sugar free marshmallow.

burger cabbange lunch

Lunch was one 4 1/2 oz grass-fed burger and 7 oz of cooked cabbage and turnips and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil.

I did want to mention real quick about where Lori and I get our meats – we order them online from US Wellness meats. They arrive frozen. We will do a post about our grocery list and where we buy our ingredients soon!


another snack – a cup bone broth with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and sea salt and sugar free marshmallow.

squash copy

Next meal was 100 grams of kabocha squash (that I roasted in oven) and topped it with 1 tbsp coconut oil.

Lori and I tested out how we handle fructose foods! This was experiment one.

salmon dinner

I took my pre-dinner pills of digestive enzyme, l-glutamine, quercetin and  licorice.

I was not very hungry for dinner.  After eating the squash is when I noticed my stomach getting bloated and a little uncomfortable.  But I knew I needed to eat, so I enjoyed 1 cup brussel sprouts, cooked greens and 6 oz salmon sprinkled with dulse, turmeric and 1 tbsp olive oil.

dessert cAKE

Dessert (always room for dessert!) was single serving microwave cake

Took probiotic before bed and did not put magnesium oil on body but took magnesium pills.

Michelle: Day 29 recap –

Bathroom: no

Energy: good

Gas:  yes and bloated – started after eating squash and lasted the rest of the day.

Skin: legs did itch some, but not bad

Water intake –about 9 cups (does not include juice)

My quick thoughts about eating the squash – As mentioned we are experimenting with adding foods back in, as well as seeing how we do with fructose foods.  After seeing how my body reacted to eating it, I do feel I have fructose malabsorption. Last night I came across more interesting articles ( haha I know I said I would not read health articles) that helped me realize that just because I reacted this way to the squash does not mean I will react like this to all foods that have fructose.  Like most things, you have to experiment with foods individually  It is the same idea that some people are okay with almonds but cannot do cashews.  So for me personally I just have to find what fructose foods and fodmap foods my body can handle.


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Kyra February 2, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Thanks so much for answering my incessant questions with such kindness 🙂 and I can’t wait to see the new posts of updates! This is the best blog series ever. U really need to write a gut healing book. I volunteer to edit or lend insight lol 🙂

The new marshmallow looks awesome… Cant wait to see the recipe and what makes it red in color.

What does ghee taste like?

Good experiment with the squash. It’s so hard to tell exactly what u are reacting to bc there are so many components in foods that can cause issues. I recently saw this book from another blog I read about called Fast Tract Digestion. I guess it’s similar to fodmaps but it is a bit more through bc it measures the fermentation potential of carbs. I ordered it and am excited to see his theories. He has another book that advocates a low carb diet to help with gi issues too. I guess he thinks a lot of gi issues is due to sibo and such, so the way to heal it is to not give those bad bugs any foods they can ferment. So, it’s like fodmaps but a bit more thorough. Maybe u gals might find it useful?

I don’t mean to give u more stuff to read cuz I am already overloaded by all my years if research too. But, I figured it might help since fodmaps have given u some insight. He has a website too called digestive health institute or something like that and it explains how his approach is similar but different to Scd, paleo, and gaps and fodmaps. It’s interesting. Check it out and let me know if u think it is helpful or pertinent to your needs

I’m so grateful to u both for ur kindness and ur perseverance. Whenever I feel discouraged, I reread some of ur posts and I don’t feel as alone. U give me hope that while I might not ever experience Complete remission, that there is a good chance that I can feel a heck of a lot better bit by bit. 🙂 hugs to u both…. And thanks for being so incredibly kind and patient and helpful to me (and so many others too!)!

purelytwins February 2, 2013 - 1:23 pm

thanks Kyra you are too sweet!!! we just might write a book 😉
and beets make the marshmallow red, hehe our secret ingredient for those ones. and the taste of ghee – hard to explain besides saying it is AMAZING 😉 it is smooth and has a rich flavor that is so yummy!! we love it, and praying our bodies like it too! as we like to get variety of healthy fats in our diet.
thanks for the new book recommendation, sounds very interesting!
we love finding new things to read, as we feel the more you know the better.
thank you again for all the love and support, really means so much to us too, to know that others out there are struggle to find a balance and better health just like us!

Kyra February 2, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Here is the website

There are links to his other website. He is coming out with an ibs one soon, but the principles are similar I guess

U shoukd see my bookshelves… Its like a mini medical library lol. What books helped u gals out the most? I just bought practical paleo and amrreading thru that. Have u read primal body primal mind? I heard that one was good too, in addition to “depression free naturally” which goes into detail about how fats and meats are needed to keep the brain and body functioning correctly. It’s on my wishlist, cuz they say that if u have an inflammed/leaky gut, the u also have the same going on in ur brain and is also shown thru the skin. Yikes

Anyhoo thanks again for being so lovely in so many ways! 🙂

purelytwins February 2, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Kyra you are a rockstar!! Thanks for sharing and we will get the link out. And yes briefly read about that book, something we are considering. If we do we will share here!

Dana February 2, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Hello .. Happy Saturday to you both!!! My gelatin arrived and I must tell you I am very excited to hear about your sugarfree marshmallow recipe as my attempts have been a flop … haha … I have been making jello in fun shapes with a little lemon juice and stevia or with a little stevia and cinnamon and it is a fun way of eating it but I must admit your marshmallows look awesome!!! You have me waiting on pins and needles haha!! and Big Congrats on your amazing efforts to heal!!! love and many blessings

purelytwins February 2, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Happy Saturday to you too Dana! yay for gelatin arriving. oh yes we will share those marshmallows very soon!!! HUGS

sarah February 2, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Hi ladies, just a few tips on the FODMAPs. Acorn squash has never been tested for FODMAPs because most of the testing has been done in Australia and we don’t have acorn squash here. Other than butternut squash, which is moderate in FODMAP, pumpkin that has been tested is fine (i.e. low FODMAP). The pumpkin we have here is very much like your kabocha squash in the U.S.

Also, you should eliminate FODMAPs for a minimum of 6 weeks before reintroducing them, one group at a time. Otherwise, you can’t trust that the reaction you have is actually from the fructose, fructans, etc. It takes at least 6 weeks of giving your body a complete break from them before you can know for sure, and they have to be tested one at a time, over the course of 3 days, after that 6 week break.

Kyra February 3, 2013 - 12:25 am

Sarah, great info. So, how should a person eat who is trying to go fodmaps free, but also eat a healing diet? The “ibs free at last” book has a diet plan, but it’s def not a gut healing plan (grains and other iffy foods are allowed) Any tips? Thanks a lot.. U gave some really great info

chris February 2, 2013 - 9:33 pm

I have fructose malabsorption and becoming aware of how foods affect me (still learning) has really helped. For example, as much as I loe them, I cannot tolerate artichokes. I, too, find that squash is “iffy.” Obsering squash’s effect has been tricky; some days I am okay and other days I am sick for the rest of the day (my sympathy goes out to you…I had the same issue today…I loe squash). However, I have found that different squashes have different effects. For instance, kombocha is very problematic for me (yes, I gave in and had it today, and my tummy is still screaming at me). I tend to tolerate butternut squash better. Despite this, yams (I know not a squash) are much better and actually soothe the digestive tract (not the case for sweet potatoes).
Also, as an FYI, the beets have mainly fructose in them, along with carrots. I find I can tolerate them in moderation. And beware, onions are very high in fructose…I cannot even tolerate them in small doses.
Hope this little bit helps. It has been a learning experience, and it continues.

amanda j February 2, 2013 - 11:09 pm

ohhhh, beet marshmallows – can’t wait for this recipe! as for my weekend…I’m avoiding superbowl stuffs at all cost. haha…the fun has been a double workout today at the gym (bootcamp + spin = best feeling ever!) and then I went shoe shopping for “real” bike shoes and clip pedals. I can’t wait to get these set up on my bike. Oh! and I had a makeup/skincare appointment today to find some good products for my skin. sometimes doing girly stuff and just enjoying the day is the best stress medicine 🙂

Kyra February 3, 2013 - 12:23 am

Wow, great advice from Chris and Sarah. Thanks!

Like Chris, squash is iffy on me. Spaghetti squash is killer. Butternut seems ok? I think?…. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin are a no way Jose … And I love sweet potatoes. 🙁 apricots and other stone fruits (except dates) Have me reeling for days… They are high in fructose AND sorbitol. Double whammy

All grains bother me, and the more intact /whole, the worse. Brown rice tortillas and rice cakes seem ok… I think? Lol

Question… Are u gals cutting back on the spices u use? It seems like u were doing more at the beginning. Which are ur staples and which are u cutting out and why? Do u use cayenne or other peppers?


purelytwins February 3, 2013 - 9:27 am

Yes Kyra we decided to cut out all spices besides turmeric, we cut all other spices due to them being irritating to the gut and stomach during healing and were on the histamine and salicylate sensitivity lists. So decided to play it safe and take them out.

Kyra February 3, 2013 - 10:24 am

That’s a good idea. I think that could be a trigger for me too, as I tend to season my food with a lot of cayenne, basil, oregano, black pepper, and cinnamon and ginger

Are the digestive herbs, like cinnamon and ginger ok, or are u stopping these too?

Lastly, canny explain more about the foods u are avoiding on the salicylate and histamine lists? I looked them up but different sources seem to list different foods (because nothing is ever clear cut lol) I thought fish was high histamine too?

Thanks again for all the help… I’m getting such great info and I will soon be conducting my own gut healing experiment, thanks in part to u awesome gals! 🙂

purelytwins February 3, 2013 - 10:26 am

Kyra yes we took a break from cinnamon and ginger (it is hard as they are our favorites) but thought might as well do it all haha
yes the list of everything can be confusing, we will work on a post of what we are eating and trying to avoid off those list this week.

Susan March 26, 2013 - 12:42 am

I don’t know what you’re prior experience with squash is, but did you consider the combination of the starchy squash with the meat protein? Personally with my body, that would be my first guess. I’m a fan of the blog btw, you did a nice job on it 🙂


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