About

Dominic Geracia, author of No Bun Please

From as long as I can remember, I’ve always suffered from major digestive problems. For years, I lived off of Imodium AD and couldn’t leave my house without them. After seeing countless doctors and constantly being told I had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I slowly started changing my diet based on research and posts that I found online. A major discovery I had was a gluten allergy (I never got tested for Celiac, I just knew how much better I felt off of it). After completely cutting out gluten from my diet, I started to notice improvement. I didn’t always have diarrhea now but I still had frequent urges to do so. For some reason, being in a car seems to exacerbate the symptoms.

My next discovery was in the form of a low carb diet. I started a ketogenic approach and noticed vast improvement in the frequency of my IBS-like attacks. I was finally able to go places without a constant fear that there was no bathroom around. It was glorious for about 6 months.

After those 6 months, my body started to revert back to it’s stubborn self with frequent diarrhea attacks daily. I was starting to get depressed.

I’ve added starchy foods (potatoes and rice) back into my diet in an effort to help “move things along.” This approach seems to be working well and I can tell my body is healing once again. I am mostly symptom-free now. Every so often I get accidentally glutened or something doesn’t agree with me, but I take it for what it is at the moment and try not to stress about it.

Relax. Be Kind to Yourself. Eat Real Food.

Food Philosophy

While I’ve tried many different “diets” over the years, I find that following something that is limited to a certain list to be stressful. I get very obsessive over certain things and any way I can prevent that behavior, I do so. The way I eat now is based on what I digest well and how it makes me feel. I finally realized that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health.

Food, after all, is more than just fuel. It has been that way for a very long time now. I enjoy food in all forms. Eating, cooking, photographing, discussing, celebrating and so on.

My diet at the moment consists of something like this:

  • Meats in various forms (grass-fed and pastured whenever possible)
  • Vegetables (including starchy, organic whenever possible)
  • High quality fats (mostly unsaturated with the absense of damaged vegetable oils)
  • Limited, high-quality dairy (always low lactose)
  • Limited fruits (organic when possible)
  • No grains except rice
  • Very limited natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup and stevia)

If I had to put a label on my diet, I would say that it would be considered Paleo Diet + Dairy + Potatoes + Rice.

18 Comments

  1. Jack Bray on December 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Believe it or not I’m on this diet because I have excess fluid on my heart/lungs..losing the few pounds should drain that fluid…it’s working….I’m 84,..too limited a diet..need substitute for bread for breakfast, especially

    • Dominic on December 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      That’s great news, Jack!

  2. Ali on January 10, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Just stumbled across your blog. Because I have stomach issues. I am on year 4 of this misery. I was doing great and again this started again. I have been through the ringer. Doctors basically started removing things “gallbladder” , giving me every test imagineable and it has all come back to you just have IBS take 2 immodium before and after you eat anything and have extra clothes with you. I will be fine all day at home but your statement here describes me to a tee “. For some reason, being in a car seems to exacerbate the symptoms.” It is an awful feeling. I am hopeful your blog will be helpful!

    • Dominic on January 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Ali, definitely give keto a try. It completely managed my symptoms for about 6 months and then things started to go downhill again. Look into something like a FODMAP diet, GAPS diet or possible Perfect Health Diet. I do more of a Perfect Health Diet approach and it works really well for me at the moment.

      Dominic

  3. Susanne on January 9, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Love your website! It is so helpful and very informative. I am gluten free. I have signed up for the newsletter yay!

  4. steve on January 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Don’t be afraid of saturated fats…. They are the best sort… Avoid all Polly Veg oils and consume lost of Coconut Oil, Butter, Olive Oil and all other animal fats.

    Read… The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz and also Wheat Belly Total Health by William Davis, MD.

  5. Sarah on January 5, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Have you read the book It Starts With Food? It explains the “sciencey” reasons why our bodies react the way they do. It also gives meal plans and a 30 day challenge. I’ve been gluten free for years but have never felt as great as I do now!

  6. Gina Wearne on November 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hi!
    I’m very glad to see your post and experience. I took the liberty of sharing your post on my Abundant Life Foods face book page which is the page of my business that produces gluten and dairy free foods based mainly on Rice with a little tapioca and potato flour. Some of our products utilize other gluten-free flours as well.
    🙂

  7. Erin on October 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Dominic! I have been following a keot diet for almost a month and just read The Carb Nite Solution. I am curious to know if you followed the menus he has written or do you simply follow a keto diet then do your carb night? I ask because there were things included in his menu planning, like low carb tortillas, that I don’t intend to start eating. Thanks in advance!

    • Dominic on October 22, 2014 at 2:54 am

      Erin-

      That information was a little outdated. When I did Carb Nite, I didn’t follow the said plans. I simply did keto and then had a carb up day. I’ve since stopped low carbing and am more of a paleo-ish eater. I updated my about me, so check it out!

  8. Tim on October 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Hi!

    I just found your blog today. I’m in the first few days of doing a low-carb diet and was looking for some good material to educate and encourage me.

    I’ll definitely find a few ways to subscribe.

    But I wanted to make sure you knew you knew you could make money on the carb nite thing. I googled it when I read about it here and if it’s the long page that starts with a graphic at the top that says “physicists diet” then that’s a clickbank product. You can get an affiliate commission for recommending that.

    I don’t have any affiliation with clickbank other than I get a check in the mail every so often for a product I recommended once a few years ago.

    Anyway. .. before I buy that I thought I’d make sure you knew and give you a chance to make an affiliate link here.

    Of course you may know all about that already. Just thought I’d mention it in case not.

    Now off to read more of your blog.

    Tim

    • Dominic on October 22, 2014 at 2:54 am

      Tim-

      Thanks for the tips. I’ve actually stopped doing Carb Nite. My about me section needed an update so I went ahead and did that this afternoon. Glad you find my site helpful!

      Dominic

      • Tim on October 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        Glad I waited on making that purchase then!

        Thanks to help from your blog and resources I found here such as the sub-reddit my first 8 days has been great with around 15lbs lost. But then stuck for three days.

        Seems like it’s starting to drop again.

        Missing my beer a little!

        Tim

  9. Gillian Nel on October 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Hi Dominic… nice to see your cheese biscuits recipe on FB… I have been low carb, highfat for about 6 months at least and have only lost 3kgs, so frustrating but I am glad you have found the right diet lifestyle for you…. I love your recipes and would like to try some… thanks again, and keep going, keep feeling well

    • Dominic on October 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Gillian!

      Have you checked on your protein consumption? Some people that eat excessive amount of protein tend to not lose/even gain/

      Just an idea!

      Dominic

  10. Hannah on October 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I have just come accross your blog and for the first time in months i have just laughed my head off! You word things to do with poop just like me! Im the only one out of my friends that suffer with ibs so when i try and be open and talk about it as shit is pretty much all my life evolves around they freak! Im 25 this month and have suffered with loose bowels/stomach cramps/weight gain/tiredness/nausea since the birth of my daughter 4 years ago so far no medication has worked and all doctors have done is perscribe me anti depressants,im sure not depressed but i am stressed,stressed of the constant shit in my life!….Im a dental nurse and have been off work for 5 weeks now after a 6 month daily struggle just to get off the toilet and into work. After reading your blog i feel positive for the first time ever that it is possible to kick this shits arse! Im going to start the no carbs hi fat tomorrow and see how i get on. I pray this helps me get my life back and job back on track as i really am struggling to cope with it at the moment. So thank you i shall see how the next few weeks go! Han 🙂

  11. Wilma Swindon on October 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am really so overweight and am going to try this diet for the very last time. I am fed up for myself and looking this way. Is it possible to email me an eating plan just to guide me in the right direction. Thank you, kind regards Wilma

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