Unfortunately dnw826, I'm not the expert on this. There are a lot of us trying to make sense out of a subject that is so new that few medical people even know what probiotics are outside of yoghurt, let alone the importance of gut flora in general. Some docs think that bacteria are "bad" in principle and see all types as a nail that has to be whacked with the an antibiotic hammer.
The bit that confuses me is that when yeast, or dysbiosis happens, they think that is something "new" rather than a result of the hammer they used which accidentally chain-sawed up something else.
Everything I've done has been error and trial. Sometimes I'm not sure what has worked so maybe I make another error.
It's very frustrating all round, and sometimes you feel like throwing your hands up in disgust. Well, I do.
Not long ago, a friend of mine was so depressed about something similar, we looked at each other and shrugged and I said "Let's go out... What do you feel like eating?"
And she said "I just want a huge steak and horrible greasy chips."
So I had chinese chow mein, she had a huge steak and horrible greasy chips and a week of a vast variety of normal things, and... in her case she came right. So sometimes I wonder if when we narrow horizons too far, we shoot ourselves in the foot.
So I've started to feel that if I like the smell of something or look of something, then I will eat it. Which means that today, I've had a bowl full of water melon, rock melon and a slice of icecream, two pieces of sourdough and a slice of real cheese. And 6 chocolate brazil nuts
We will see if I pay for any of that tomorrow
So I tend to get right back to basics, and just try to do simple things well. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesnt.