I've always had a sweet tooth and I've had many of my own experiences with all of the sugar cravings associated with blood sugar imbalance.
But after healing my gut and learning all there is to know about dysbiosis and the right kinds of sugar and carbs, I no longer fear sugar, which leads me to today's recipe: Macadamia, Strawberry & Lime Cheesecake!
This recipe is made with 100% whole foods which means it's easier for the gut to digest and assimilate. The ingredients are rich in nutrients like protein, fat and high fibre carbs which helps to slow down the release of sugar into the blood.
This allows for the food to move through the gut in a timely fashion so the villi can absorb more nutrients. This is important so that we are the ones utilizing our food, not primarily the microbes or yeasts living in our gut.
It also allows our digestive organs to secrete enzymes and bile at a healthy pace. Many of those with IBS have digestive organs that are exhausted and are burning out. Nutrient dense foods and meals (including desserts) help to avoid energy crashes and sustain clean, clear energy through the day.
P.S. If I had known how easy making raw deserts is I would have started a loooong time ago. This takes no time at all, and is almost impossible to mess up. Don't be intimidated, give this beauty a try! You won't be disappointed, I promise.
Most raw cheesecakes and desserts are made with cashews, but given that cashews are high FODMAP, I wanted to make sure you guys could not only get the goodness of a desert being very allergen-friendly (GF, V, etc), but also have it SIBO and IBS friendly, too!
Macadamia are low in the sugars that tend to be poorly tolerated in the gut and that certain microbes prefer to feed from. Those sugars make up the acronym FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polys).
By cutting out the FODMAPs at a particular time in the 12-Week Gut Restore Program, we've seen an 85% success rate in improving the symptoms of IBS and SIBO. It's incredible what we can do to get on the other side of SIBO when using a comprehensive and strategic approach to restoring balance in the microbiome.
Ok, ok, enough of the scientific talk, let's get to the good stuff, right?
I'm excited, too!
This recipe was inspired by my personal favourite allergy-friendly baker: The Unconventional Baker, with a few modifications to cater to our IBS community. Check out her recipes, they're legit out of this world!
*Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature
Extra Strawberry Layer:
If you enjoy this recipe, please share with those you think may benefit from a little allergy- friendly, deliciousness.
Check out the recipe video for this cheesecake!
In good health and happiness,
Cassandra Hope, RHN
Co-Founder The IBS Academy
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