This cupcake is dairy free, gluten free, soy free. This cupcake is delicious! And yet, this cupcake made me SO bloaty and farty and SICK.
Because it’s got carbs and cashews in it.
Remember the growing up days of peanut butter sandwiches? Peanut butter toast was always my fave, on cinnamon swirl bread, on a Saturday afternoon in front of the TV, preferably Mystery Science Theater 3000. I’m a huge fan of the almond butter oats too, turned on by the legend herself, Heather Eats Almond Butter. But thanks to HEABs, and starting a food diary, I learned a couple years ago that when it comes to IBS, carbs and nut butters just don’t mix.
This is something to think about when you are IBSsy – COMBINATIONS. What foods are you combining? It’s possible that your tum don’t like it!
Here is a really neat article and chart about food combining. Interestingly, it's very similar to what I've learned keeping a food diary. Here are my big four yes and no combinations:
Yes - veggies and beans: Back in 08, I made cheese sauce out of nuts and nooch and I drenched my veggies in it every day. Now, I make it from beans or vegetables. There’s a huge difference in how my stomach feels. And I feel like I’m taking in more protein too.
No - nuts and grains: The deliciousness of 2008-2009 was oats and almond butter. Here, they are pureed with spinach and stevia. They look horrific. It's not the color or taste that was the problem though. Grains and nuts do not mix. Cramping and farting always follows.
Yes – nuts and fruit: Eaten at the right time of day, the date-nut-seed raw cookie really hits the spot! When not that hungry in the AM, one of these will power me to eleven, or even lunchtime.
No – veggies and carbs: This is a choice. When I eat veggies and rice, or veggies and gluten free pasta, I end up eating way more than I need to. The less variety on my plate, the less I eat. This is why, for lunch, I eat a salad or green leafy vegetable soup – non-carby vegetables. This is why, in the evenings, I’ll eat a small bowl of rice, mung bean noodles, or a Yukon Gold potato. Mix ‘em, and I’ll eat too much. I just know it.
That’s my basic diet. The goal? The minimal amount of food groups in each meal. When I do this, I feel my best. When I eat the carby cupcake made with chocolate cashew butter, I’m fucked.
Most days, I have to agonize over everything I eat. I have to gauge the hunger. I have to think about how my stomach feels. I have to ask: Am I really hungry? Or acidy? Could my stomach handle this steamed broccoli right now? Or would soup be better?
IBS is fucking annoying.
Are there foods that you can't combine?
What combinations work?
What combinations don't?