It’s been around 2 days since I stopped the herbal antibiotics for treating SIBO overgrowth and around 5 days since I started a ketogenic, Fast Tract Diet protocol (which you can read about here). Please note I am not a paid shill for this book. Actually, my intentions were to start the SIBO Specific Diet (which Allison Siebecker created by combining the Low FODMAP and Specific Carbohydrate Diet ideologies). What had changed my mind were two things:
- I had previously tried low FODMAP for over two months (extremely strict, I might add). I cooked everything I ate, stuck to the recommended portion sizes, and was far from symptom free during that time (though maybe it was slightly reduced).
- I found and joined the SIBO Discussion Group on Facebook, where it sounded like people doing the SIBO Specific Diet were having less success than the favorable reports I heard regarding the Fast Tract Diet. With that information, I joined the Fast Tract Diet group and quickly decided that it was at least worth purchasing the $10 kindle e-Book to decide if I wanted to pursue the diet.
I think the main thing is, what works for me or for other people isn’t necessarily going to work for everyone. Nobody can know your body as well as yourself, and since I was noticing that even simple, low FODMAP carbohydrates were causing digestive distress, it made sense to follow a low starch, low fermentation potential diet to reduce the amount of fuel for the stubborn bacterial overgrowth.
I don’t think my overgrowth is gone, but I’m in a holding phase with treating it more. My current plan is to pursue this diet and wait it out. If my symptoms are being reduced greatly, then maybe it’s OK to continue this for awhile instead of wiping out all the good and bad gut bacteria in the process. The goal is to eventually have a balanced gut microbiome, and obviously repeatedly killing the bacteria won’t accomplish that on its own anyway. If I do decide to treat it again, I may try the elemental diet first but I’m still unsure about that.
In the meantime, my symptoms are getting a lot better! Some days, I do still have a flare up after eating, but it certainly isn’t after every meal as before and the duration is shorter too. What I’ve been cooking this week:
From left to right, pictured: on top is my pork shoulder roast and green beans (before cooking), on bottom is my sad desk lunch (deli turkey roll-ups with cucumber and cheddar cheese), next is my pork shoulder before shredding but after it finished cooking, on bottom is my breakfast for the week (egg muffins, with ham and red bell pepper, and black tea with heavy whipping cream), and finally my homemade chicken soup (homemade broth, spiralized zucchini “noodles”, peeled and chopped carrots, chicken thighs, with fresh thyme, rosemary and sage). My meals basically consist of a protein source (turkey, chicken, pork, salmon) and usually a vegetable sauteed in butter or olive olive, or ghee if I’m feeling fancy). It’s a lot of work, but I feel it’s worth it for my health and to get better. I don’t accept feeling shitty for the rest of my life. I will treat this, and I will have more good days than bad days.
For next week, we have a breakfast casserole (basically used the recipe for egg muffins, but put it in a casserole dish so I can cut out large slices rather than the overflowing muffin tins – also they were kind of dry so hopefully this is better!), for lunch I am still working on that pork shoulder and green beans, and for dinner we’ll be making prawns with a lemon dressing and swiss chard. Other meals include bunless burgers, and a chicken crust pizza with an “alfredo” sauce topping! I hope to post pictures of those in the coming days. Until then, best of luck to my fellow SIBO killing machines. We got this.