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Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

What are the proposed benefits of fasting (and perhaps, fasting mimicking)? How does one feel when they do FMD? I recently embarked on my first ever fasting mimicking diet (FMD) experience and I'd like to share some of my take-aways with you. What are the benefits of...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

“I Want My Body Back”

"I want to go back to how I was before this happened." "My body never used to do this/act this way." "I want my body back." "I miss my old body." "I want to be myself again." Do any of those sound familiar? I think we've all said one or more of them before, but has it...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

Probiotics and SIBO: Mythology and Reality

Many of my SIBO patients ask me if probiotics are safe for folks who have SIBO. “Doc, I read that probiotics will make my SIBO worse- is that true?” Some sources even claim that probiotics “feed” SIBO. But does current evidence support this claim? Is it safe (or...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: What’s in a Name?

I've helped many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my office in Chapel Hill. But what does the name IBS actually tell us? Less than you'd probably realize. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS for short, is the classic diagnosis of exclusion. What that means is that...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

Steroids. Symbiosis. Sinuses.

These three "S words" have been buzzing around in my head lately. As a long time sinusitis sufferer, I was astonished and thrilled to find that dairy was a big driving force for my sinusitis. "Go dairy/casein free and have virtually zero sinus infections (versus my...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

Tolerating Food Again

Yes, it can be done, and it is by far my favorite part of my job. I love nothing more than helping someone with IBS, SIBO, or other food intolerances eat a wider variety of foods again! The longer I'm in practice, the more I see myself as a "restricted eating...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

SIBO: It’s Really Weird if You Think About it

SIBO, or "small intestinal bacterial overgrowth", and it's symptoms are kind of weird when you think about it. Those with SIBO often feel better when they remove or severely restrict high FODMAP foods like apple, onion, garlic, peaches, cruciferous veggies,...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

The Only Food Pyramid That Matters

If you take to the internet, you will find plenty of food pyramids claiming their superiority. Most diets including vegan, vegetarian, paleo, AIP, keto, Okinawan and Mediterranean all have some variation of a food pyramid. So which one should you follow? The answer,...

Fasting Mimicking Diet: My Experience

Beware of Casein in Lactose-Free Items

You'd be surprised how many "dairy-free" and "lactose-free" foods contain the milk protein casein. In this post, I will showcase a few that I have found and tell you which of my favorite stores is the biggest single culprit (ugh). People avoid dairy for numerous...

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