I wanted to respond to this even with it being resolved because I think everyone should read Eliza Witkowsk article and look at the ACF-JSON solution. Its literally a 2 minute implementation.
We are building an ACF driven modular website requiring Flexible Content. We did a test with a page having all 15 modules added and it originally showing 175 Queries and a 10 second load time locally (we use a remote DB). Our remote site was varying from 2-4 seconds.
We did the JSON technique and we are now 50 Queries, with a 2.75s locally and 1.75s remotely. This is UNCACHED.
Big thanks to Wootimes for posting this and Eliza for writing it!
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