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  • Jaeme
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    Thanks Norm – its amazing how much new info is being discovered about gut microbes and the myriad of interactions within the body. Thank you for your good work 🙂

    Jaeme
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    Interesting info Norm! I hypothesize that this may be the true cause of some of the complaints people have about fat causing digestion issues. They blame the butter or olive oil or meat instead of the bread, high amylose potatoes, or grains/beans they ate the fat with? Some people may have true issues with fat, but for others it may be the combo with the amylose? A friend commented to me about the huge increase in gallbaldder removals in recent years – could this be associated with those hard-to-digest fat & amylose complexes you mentioned above? Especially with the focus on eating all of those high amylose whole grains?

    Jaeme
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    How low carb are you? At the beginning, I made the mistake of going too low carb (about 20 a day), which switches you over to burning fat instead of glucose/carbs. This is okay for some people, but for me it did rev up my metabolism/energy and I had trouble sleeping and lost a lot of weight (and I was eating a lot of fat to compensate – definitely need to replace carbs with good fats anytime you restrict carbs, hard to get over if you were taught fats are bad for you). I found my “sweet spot” to be about 60-80 carbs a day – that is where I feel really good overall health, and still control my LPR. I also found that I am good with dairy (fortunate, no lactose issues) and with fruit (again,fortunate no fructose issues), so my current low carb – high fat – moderate protein diet has a lot of variety and a good nutrient profile. Your current diet may be lacking in some nutrients/minerals that regulate our nervous system and hormone levels like thyroid, such as Magnesium which helps a lot with sleep and calm and bowel regularity. The book will definitely help with recipes and meals and explaining a lot of these processes. Another big help to me was working with a Nutritionist who was familiar with low carb diets. Any time you radically change your diet, the body takes time to re-adjust and compensate. I went through three major diet changes in about three months (from whole grains and good fats, to low fat/high carb/low acid with acid blocker drugs, to low carb/high fat), so my system was really confused!

    My suggestion would be to look for the low fermentation carbs that you could increase to be not quite so low carb if you are down below 40 or so a day (I felt better when I got above 50, but this is different for everyone). And make sure to eat these low FP carbs with good fats and protein to avoid insulin spikes/crashes. And do this gradually (say add another 10 carbs per week, not a huge amount all at once).

    Jaeme
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    Hi Tennisgal – when I was first diagnosed with LPR, I was put on acid blocker drugs and a low fat, low acid diet (Dropping Acid Koufmann). My LPR got 10 times worse. Desperate, I searched and found the Fast Tract program. Within just a few days, I was improved and within a few months virtually LPR free (and have been for a year). I have continued to stay on a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet of meat/veggies/dairy/fruit/nuts (all found not to cause problems for me). Make sure to eat a lot of good fat and lots of greens. I do best at 60-80 carbs a day. The biggest thing is to limit the fermentable carbs highlighted in the FT book. My anxiety and stress levels are very calm, even though I am in the middle of my most stressful time ever in 25 year career.

    Jaeme
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    If you have the new version of the book, the FP of dates was increased in the tables due to new info Norm found. The text in the book may not have been updated with the FP tables.

    However, when I was beginning the FT diet I found I had no trouble with eating one medjul date but did have trouble with California dates. So maybe the table info came from the new GI of California dates (maybe more fibrous?).

    Jaeme
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    I use a shelf-stable probiotic called Probiotic CD by American Health.

    As for question #2, I always had IBS symptoms that correlated to monthly cycles, so it makes sense. The links between the gut and hormones and enzymes are being discovered everyday.

    Jaeme
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    Great to hear FT Lady!

    Jaeme
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    in reply to: Dairy #5906

    Google Gluten & Sinus – lots of info about gluten sensitivity causing clogged sinus, etc. delayed reaction. For me it is all starchy carbs.

    Jaeme
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    in reply to: Low FP Recipes 1 #5905

    Hi FT Lady- Zypan has helped me. I take one per meal.

    Jaeme
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    in reply to: Dark chocolate #5840

    Hi KellySensei- Tough question, as everyone’s gut is different. I was able to eat a medjool date with a small handful of macadamia nuts right from the start. I was also able to eat a square of dark chocolate after the two week intro diet (and maybe could have from the start if I’d tried). This makes sense since the FT diet helped me figure out starchy carbs are my issue, which dates and chocolate have very little to none. Unfortunately it is trial and error, but only try one questionable food at a time for a week or so without changing the rest of your diet so you can track any reactions.

    Jaeme
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    in reply to: Dairy #5839

    Hi KellySensei – there is a big difference between food allergies, food intolerances, and food sensitivities. Other components in dairy can cause symptoms besides lactose, including casein protein. Your sinus symptoms sound like an intolerance or sensitivity, especially with the delayed reaction time.

    Jaeme
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    in reply to: LPR Diet #5784

    Hi FT Lady – I did and still do take a mild enzyme called Acid Ease by Enzymatic Process (bad name, is not an antacid). It is designed for “sensitive stomachs”. Besides amylase for starches (my big issue) and a little lipase and cellulase, it does have some marshmallow root, slippery elm to coat the digestive tract. I found enzymes with protease like Digest Gold caused stomach pain.

    The baking soda idea is from the old “acid is the enemy” protocol from traditional medicine. Norm’s research is that fermentation forces normal stomach acid and fumes up. So reducing stomach acid with acid blockers, or alkaline substances like baking soda, may leave more food undigested to ferment. I have had success taking a mild HCL product called Zypan.

    I checked into aloe juice, but decided against it due to too much conflicting information.

    I’m with Bearsmom – the most important thing is to dial in your diet to figure out your food issues and give time to heal.

    Jaeme
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    Hi Jeffo – sounds like you are doing really well for only three weeks. I think your only problem is not counting FP points, especially if you are not weighing your food. Those points are based on certain serving sizes, and just having a double serving of a low-medium FP food can add up over the day. Your best friend is a digital kitchen scale, at least until you develop a good eye for what a serving of each food looks like. After a month or two you may be able to quit weighing and counting (I was, hope you can too). I did have some ups & downs, back & forth, as the gut rebalanced. The best way I can describe this process is like a tug of war- the goal is to finally get everything pulling on the good side of the rope.

    Jaeme
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    Hi Bill – it does sound like we have similar issues (sorry to hear of your troubles). It also sounds like we’ve been down the same road. I hope the FT diet will help you find relief from LPR, rosacea, thyroid, and other issues. This forum is a great source of support & info, so keep us posted on your progress and ask questions as they arise.

    Jaeme
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    Rice crackers were okay (I don’t eat them much anymore, as I am getting most of my carbs from veggies, fruits, dairy, chocolate). Just basic rice crackers, check ingredients for least amount of additives. I do like Trader Joe’s Sea Salt & Peeper Rice Crisps, but that may be too spicy at first. Popcorn chips were okay, or homemade popcorn (not microwave), but go very easy and chew thoroughly.

    Look for low FP, high carb foods like butternut squash, parsnips, rutabaga, etc., and make sure to have a fat & protein with it to slow down the blood sugar spike. So have some cream cheese or olive oil & bit of meat with the rice crackers if you aren’t doing

    80g carbs a day average works for me (so 60-100g. range, but the steadier of close to 80 I feel best), and is not a lot of calories compared to the US average of 150-300g or more per day.

    I have resolved my much of my thyroid issues with diet as well, but that is a whole new thread. 🙂

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