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    Carribean

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  1. What a great idea! I have my own list of what is OK and what isn't. I think I'll have it printed out and carry multiple copies for the kitchen and dining room staff. Just like you MIL, I can't have any dairy unless it's 100% lactose free (it's really convenient here in the US as lactose free milk is mostly available anywhere) and out of fear of lactose issues, I generally stay away from any cheese/butter/yogurt (I can have 24-hr home-made yogurt but that's not what I can carry to the ship). I truly hate being difficult and making the kitchen/dining staff's life difficult as they already have so many people to take care of... but the memory of me in the bathroom all the time during our 14-day cruise in Europe is still too vivid and painful. 😢 Language barrier is really there, I noticed that myself, whenever my husband tried to order a cup of prune juice anywhere outside the main dining. 🙂 Really appreciate your tip (and thanks to your MIL!)
  2. Thank you everybody for your kind advice/information. I am severely lactose intolerant - even before SIBO - but I believe "aged" cheese with low FODMAP/no lactose should be ok. I am planning to talk to the Maitre d' as soon as he is available and work on my special meal orders. My salad has to be "naked" as I am not allowed to have balsamic vinegar. I am honestly sorry for the kitchen staff who will have to deal with my painful request but I'd be extremely grateful for any help I can get. Thank you again everybody! I feel now more comfortable with the idea of cruising with SIBO.
  3. Thank you, Pam. Very helpful information. Really appreciate it.
  4. Hello, I have been recently diagnosed with SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) after two years of numerous GI troubles. I was treated with antibiotics and have been on an extremely restricted diet since. My health is so much better now and I truly thank the Lord for that after 2 years of endless troubles! 🙂 We are getting on a cruise in December and I have submitted my dietary restrictions through the passenger profile (no lactose, gluten free, garlic and onion allergy). Princess emailed me back saying I'll need to discuss it with the Maitre D when we get onboard. To be honest, that reply didn't quite assure me if I'll be able to eat anything other than plain rice from the buffet... 😛 Has anybody cruised with SIBO before? Basically, I can't have anything that has sugar, sugar alcohol, garlic/onion, regular milk (including ice cream and gelato! 😢), or anything made with wheat flour. (yep, there's virtually no chance for me to gain weight during my cruise, and that is a huge upside of my story. 🙂) Any helpful advice or testimony will be truly appreciated. Thank you very much!
  5. Good Idea. I will do so. Thank you very much.
  6. It's the cooking method and a lot of basic ingredients. At home, I cook my omelets with only water, only bell pepper and green part of scallion because I can't use any white part of scallions. My almond milk has to be 100% natural from almonds only (no "gum" or thickner added.) My steaks can't be marinated with garlic or onion. Can't have Basmati rice - it has to be Jasmine or Japanese sushi rice . Pizza has to be made with rice flour with only aged Parmesan (1 yr or older) and no garlic. I know I sound disgustingly picky but my suffering was so great for the past two years I don't want to jeopardize the GI tranquility 🙂. During my 14-day European cruise, before my diagnose/diet, I suffered everyday with severe stomach cramps, diarrhea - sorry! 😛 - and nausea. I have to be just so careful with all I am eating now. I almost considered cancelling the cruise but my poor husband has been looking forward to it for the whole year I simply can't do that for his sake. 🙂
  7. Hello, I have been recently diagnosed with SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) after two years of numerous GI troubles. I was treated with antibiotics and have been on an extremely restricted diet since. My health is so much better now and I truly thank the Lord for that after 2 years of endless troubles! 🙂 We are getting on a cruise in December (Princess) and I have submitted my dietary restrictions through the passenger profile (no lactose, gluten free, garlic and onion allergy). Princess emailed me back saying I'll need to discuss it with the Maitre D when we get onboard. To be honest, that reply didn't quite assure me if I'll be able to eat anything other than plain rice from the buffet... 😛 Has anybody cruised with SIBO before? Basically, I can't have anything that has sugar, sugar alcohol, garlic/onion, regular milk (including ice cream and gelato! 😢), or anything made with wheat flour. (yep, there's virtually no chance for me to gain weight during my cruise, and that is a huge upside of my story. 🙂) Any helpful advice or testimony will be truly appreciated. Thank you very much!
  8. TO the OP: What would you eat on a cruise if you are on a SIBO diet? I got diagnosed with it two months ago and been treated with antibiotics since. We are going on a cruise in a week and I am wondering how hard it will be to maintain my strict diet. Thanks!
  9. I had one at the Vine's. It was not bad but not that great, either. 🙂
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