The vast majority of women (and many men) have gone through periods of disordered eating, whether that means crash dieting, emotional binging, calorie counting, over-exercising or a full-blown eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. And yet, so rarely do physicians take into consideration their patients complicated relationship with food before prescribing a restrictive medical diet like those recommended as an adjunct to SIBO treatment.
In today’s episode, we are taking on the tricky topic of where IBS and eating disorders overlap. Joining me is registered dietician, certified intuitive eating counselor, and host of the uber-popular Food Psych podcast, Christy Harrison.
We talk about the very real physical ramifications that disordered eating can have on the gut and why the binge-restrict cycle can be a risk factor for SIBO. More importantly, we discuss the mental pitfalls around certain food groups perpetuated by wellness culture and further amplified by various elimination diets.
If you’ve felt unsure about whether a low FODMAP diet or food modifications are necessary to cure your SIBO, this episode offers an incredibly important perspective on why these diets should be approached with caution. Christy also offers some strategies for how to take one on without falling prey to obsession and food fear.
A quick taste of what we’ll cover:
- What the current medical criteria is for disordered eating or an eating disorder (hint: you probably have fallen into this category at some point in your life)
- How doctors can screen patients properly before recommending a restrictive diet
- Why gut issues often heal when the disordered eating is addressed first
- How untreated SIBO symptoms can lead to an eating disorder
- Data-backed alternatives to the low FODMAP diet that are equally effective at reducing those symptoms
- Ways to treat SIBO without igniting disordered eating
- How to approach meals without food fear, even if you have SIBO
- And so much more…
Resources, mentions and notes:
- The SIBO Made Simple Book – Available to Pre-Order! Find out more about early bonuses here
- Sign up for my Low FODMAP Cooking Classes (11/18 is Holiday Sides!)
- Christy’s website
- Christy’s book: Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating
- Ep 16 – Hypnotherapy for IBS
- Ep 10 – Food Fears with Rebecca Coomes
- Ep 09 – Bi-Phasic Diet with Dr. Jacobi
- Ep 30 – Celiac disease with Dr. Lisa Shaver
- Join the SIBO Made Simple Facebook Community Page
- Subscribe to the newsletter (and receive a free low FODMAP cookbook)
This episode is brought to you by SIBO Made Simple – THE BOOK! Part patient guide and part cookbook (complete with over 90 low FODMAP recipes), this is your trusty road map to become your own intestinal detective, gut problem solver, and critter-free kitchen crusader. Those who pre-order their copy will be able to do my Gut Heal Bootcamp for FREE. To find out more details about the pre-order bonuses and to submit your receipt, click here.
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Disclaimer: The information in this podcast does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment. The information discussed is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional care.
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Hello, thank you for this great information! Can disordered eating cause carbohydrate intolerance? I’m only just now starting to get out of binge/restrict/overexercise cycle that I was stuck in for over a decade, and over the past few years I’ve developed a severe intolerance to starchy carbs and fruit and berries. I do OK with non-starchy carbs, but since going extremely low carb (I thought this was necessary to heal my gut at the time) I am now no longer able to tolerate them, even in small amounts, without developing gut and mental symptoms that make it very hard to function normally. I have no idea if this is SIBO that I’m dealing with, or if this could be caused by years of disordered eating habits. Thank you!!!
This is the exact situation I am in.