What is the 5 phase gut balancing protocol.
Have you been wondering what my 5 phase gut balancing protocol is and why you need it.
I developed the 5 phase gut balancing protocol after many years of seeing the same foods affect my patients. I started it from a fructose malabsorption position as many of my patients present with this, I then adjusted it for SIBO problems as many of my patients present with this as well. I then removed the foods that I commonly see come back positive from a food intolerance test. You may be thinking oh great it’s likely I’m going to starve on this protocol. In fact the opposite is true – when patients receive phase 1 they often comment on the variety of foods they can have compared to what they’ve actually been consuming. One of the great things about my 5 phase is that if you do the work and listen to your body you won’t need to test saving yourself hundreds of dollars.
Here’s how it works – for the first two weeks we remove the foods that are commonly problematic for SIBO, fructose malabsorption and food intolerances. Foods such as wheat – not gluten, a1 dairy not a2 dairy and chicken egg – which is the third biggest food intolerance I see on intolerance tests. This always surprises people as they never or rarely realise that egg could be a problem. I also remove garlic and onions as many of you already know these foods are highly problematic for you as they are high in fructans making it a part of the fructose malabsorption picture. The other high fructose/fructan foods I remove are; sweet potato – but you can have white potato, Lebanese cucumber but other cucumber is fine and iceberg lettuce – other lettuce is fine. Tomato is a NO as are high fructose fruits such as apples, mango, grapes and watermelon. Enough of the NO word. I feel it’s important to focus on the foods you can have of which there are many.
In the first phase you can have as much of these foods as you like;
Meats, fish, seafood and poultry – think here lamb, pork, steak, fish, prawns, lobster, mussels, crab, oysters, chicken, quail and turkey.
a2 milk, goat and sheep yogurt, cream and cheese. Rice, oat, macadamia or almond milk – just be careful that your almond milk doesn’t contain inulin as inulin is a fructan.
In the first phase I recommend these vegetable and salad ideas but we do limit the amount of each individual variety, with such a large selection though it’s easy to have a plentiful and satisfying amount.
Alfalfa sprouts, avocado, bamboo shoots, beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, carrots, celery, chilli, choko, coriander, corn, cucumber, eggplant, ginger, kale, lettuce, mushrooms olives, parsnips, potato, pumpkin, radish, rocket, spinach, swede, turnip, zucchini and all fresh herbs and spices except garlic.
For grains I recommend these and again we do limit the amount of each one you can have;
Rice, oats, wheat free sourdoughs such as spelt, oat, kamut and quinoa sourdoughs.
Nuts and seeds include; almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts.
Oils include; olive, coconut, sesame, vegetable and ghee
Drinks include; coffee, tea and water.
When you read through the list it’s pretty big and this is for the first two weeks, at the two week mark we go to phase 2 and introduce more foods, we slowly do this over 5 phases. The 1st phase is two weeks and each other phase is 3 weeks.
So – there you have it – my 5 phase gut balancing protocol in a nutshell. If you’ve got gut issues I encourage you to book in and make a start. The best time to start a gut protocol is now because there is never going to be a better time, there will always be weddings, parties and social events – we can work around them. You can book in via the book an appointment button below.