The Fast Tract diet for SIBO and IBS

A few weeks ago I started testing the Fast Tract diet, I wanted to see how my body (most importantly my gut) responded.

The Fast Tract diet for SIBO The Healing Yogi

After a few years of being on a low FODMAP diet it’s been a tricky shift in mindset, I find I am constantly checking the app on my phone, because I’ve had instances when I’ve eaten something without checking its fermentation point (FP) value. The Fast Tract diet uses a FP system which means the higher the FP value, the greater the chance at having symptoms.

Norm Robillard, Ph.D created the diet and identified five major carbohydrate groups that are hard-to-digest and are most subject to malabsorption, therefore are most likely to drive symptom and illness:

  • Fructose, including polymeric forms (apples, oranges, banana, grapes, etc.)
  • Lactose (milk, ice cream, etc.)
  • Resistant starch (most potatoes, most rice, most grains, banana, pasta, etc.)
  • Fibre (whole grains, bran cereal, legumes, supplements, etc.)
  • Sugar alcohols except erythritol (diabetic and sugar-free snacks, etc.)

An example of where I made a mistake with the diet recently was consuming rice noodles; it turns out they have a high FP value. I don’t eat a lot of grains but if I do, I’ll eat rice or rice noodles and occasionally quinoa, but it seems quinoa is also a high FP food.

Other examples of high fermentation foods are legumes, dried fruit and fruit juices, squash, peas, parsnips and corn. Many foods have a moderate FP score, so the idea is to calculate and keep track of your points for the day and stick to a limited amount.

Some items on the Fast Tract diet list raised my eyebrows, what I’m referring to are items such as brie cheese, heavy cream and Skittles candy; these items have low FP scores. Given I suspect I have a leaky gut, I won’t be eating these foods on a regular basis as there are other considerations besides the fermentation potential of food, such as the potential inflammatory response certain foods can cause. I’ll continue to eat a wholefoods diet consisting of vegetables, herbs, fruit (probably only 1 serve a day), lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, occasional small amounts of low FP grains and a little dairy here and there (small amounts of goats cheese, butter, parmesan and ghee). I’ll also continue to consume organic produce where possible to reduce the toxin burden on my body.

So has the diet worked for me? At this stage I’m on antimicrobial treatment; neem, berberine and allicin. I feel well and symptom free about 70% of the time, but the true test will be when I come off the antimicrobial treatment.

Unfortunately there is not much research on the Fast Tract diet. I attempted to find some original research and was unable to find any in relation to SIBO and IBS. However, I’m going to give it a try for at least a few months and I’ll report back to let you know my progress.

Has anyone else tried the Fast Tract diet for SIBO or IBS? Please leave a comment below and let me know how you went.

Yours in health,

Meredith x

 

 

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Elemental diet for SIBO

I’ve been away from the blog for a while, I was disappointed I didn’t see the results I wanted from FMT and felt disheartened, but the thing I had to remember is to never to give up; SIBO and gut issues can be complex to treat but they are treatable.

So I decided to try the elemental diet and here I am on day 4. For those who don’t know; an elemental diet is a powdered medical formula that you mix with water and it completely replaces food for a period of 2-4 weeks. The reason people take it for SIBO is it starves the bacteria, it has a similar effect to taking antibiotics or herbal antimicrobials but based on studies it’s been proven more effective at treating SIBO. It is also used for other medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease, as it gives the gastrointestinal system a break as all the nutrients are absorbed at the top of the small intestine.

Elemental diet The Healing Yogi

My thoughts about the elemental diet? It’s not that bad. Yes going without food is challenging but it’s doable. The formula I’m taking is the Physician’s Elemental Diet by Integrative Therapeutics, it’s expensive but tastes good. The first two days were a struggle but I feel better now. I run out of energy quickly so there’s no yoga classes, but gentle exercise like walking is ok.

The symptoms I’ve experienced so far are diarrhea (mostly on the second day), I experienced headaches initially but now they have subsided, brain fog, fatigue and some joint pain. When I go too long between drinking the formula I get very hungry and feel hypoglycemic, so for me I’ve found it’s best to take sips throughout the day.

My tip for anyone thinking of doing the elemental diet is to try antibiotics or antimicrobials first along with a SIBO diet. If you’ve been through rounds of treatment and nothing is working then it might be worth considering.

Yours in health,

Meredith x