What 2 Experts Recommended and What I Did
Since I didn't have great luck with doctors helping me with bloating in the past, I saw a naturopath. I told him that when I eat sugar, I get super bloated. He thought it sounded like a classic case of candida overgrowth, which he sees with most of his vegan patients since they eat tons of carbs. He wanted me to pay $400 to test my poop to prove he was right, and then go on a strict anti-candida diet. That seemed a little extreme, so I got a second opinion (good call, right?!).
Instead of seeing my primary care physician, I made an appointment with an osteopath. She shook her head when I told her the naturpoath's diagnosis. "Everyone has candida in their bodies," she informed me, and in a nice way, she basically said that candida overgrowth is BS.
I went on to explain that I've ditched sugar in the past and felt great, but every once in a while, I want to enjoy treats with my kids. The only issue is that when I get a little taste, I can't stop. Sugar cravings take over, and I end up eating half a loaf of homemade banana bread in one sitting. I feel so painfully stuffed, yet I still want more.
I admitted that I didn't think it was the sugar necessarily causing my bloating issues, but the amount I've been consuming lately. When I swap sugary treats for fresh or dried fruit (hello, LARABAR addiction!), it triggers my sugar cravings, and I end up overeating those foods, too.