Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 15 – Why Can’t I Smell?

This last week was pretty much an extension of the previous week’s symptoms. I didn’t have a bowel movement for around 3 1/2 days and was starting to get pretty uncomfortable so I went out and got some prune juice. I drank about 8 oz on Wednesday night and 8 oz on Thursday morning and finally that afternoon the pipes started working again. After that, I continued to drink about 8 oz a day throughout the weekend and was back to averaging one bowel movement a day. Although I was able to shake the C, my BM’s were only of about 2 quality on the Bristol stool chart. I also had more gas than I have had since starting the diet back in January. I have had smelly loud gas all day everyday for about 10 days now. I really hope that whatever is going on in there leads to the good guys starting to win the battle.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 14 – Don’t Lose The Forest Among the Trees!

Well, fittingly, after coming off a nice new high last week, my digestive healing is on a bit of a bull pullback (stock trading talk for down swing in the middle of an up swing). The main problem has been bowel movements. Not really any other problems, just the fact that they are not very high quality and I’ve had a couple mini constipation cycles (2-3days).

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cures GERD?

I came across a great series of 6 articles that explains how and why GERD happens. I think it should be essential reading for anyone on the SCD diet because it explains in very simple terms how and why many people on the typical standard American diet (SAD) have acid reflux and how doctors treat the symptoms with medicine handed to them from the evil pharmaceutical empire. It also helps that the author backs everything up with legit sources and studies.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 13 – 90 Day Milestone!

This past week was pretty epic, I added a few new foods and didn’t cheat at all LOL, no really but I did officially pass 90 days on the SCD diet! It’s been an interesting 90 days, I learned much more about myself and body than I ever could have imagined. Physically and Mentally this diet has been a great blessing when I stick to it. It’s because of that I will continue on for at least another 100 days (I like to chunk big goals down) and then reevaluate my situation.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 12 – Standing Outside the Fire!

In the last week I think I’ve really turned a corner. Not a physical corner but a mental corner. Understanding that I’m not alone, and that I’m not the first person to act this way or have these problems really helps. It’s one of those realizations that should be simple and yet it was extremely hard for me. It is really easy for me to get stuck inside my head and start thinking that my experience is some how blazing a trail. This is a trail that many people have gone down before and so while we are all unique we also not that unique.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 11 – Avoiding the Broken Record!

As you know broken records repeatedly play the same tune over and over. Well I’m approaching that same song, with this post. I committed to writing this journal to help others and to use it as tool and for me to stay committed to the SCD diet. Unfortunately to stay true to you and to myself I need to come clean on a few accounts.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 10 – Starting a New Beginning!

Moving to a new city and into a new apartment is always a bit of an adventure. I have moved more times than anyone I know in the last 5 years and I still have not figured out a better way of doing it other than trial and error. So my last week has mostly been crazy to say the least. I had stock piled a bunch of cooked SCD legal food just in case I happened to burn down my new kitchen (every stove is different I swear). I stuck mainly to the basics, of squash, chicken and fish all week because I wanted to help reset my system after the past couple weeks of turmoil. Many people will actually return right to the intro diet if they feel that they’ve had a major stumble but I didn’t have the means at this time.

SCD Legal Spices: Frontier Simply Organic… Spice Up Your Life!

I’m always on the look out for SCD legal products that can be easily purchased and integrated into my everyday life. Lately, I’ve been looking to spice my diet up a bit (pun intended). So I’ve been doing some research on different spices that I can find in my local grocery and health food stores. One company that I’ve come across and have bought several products from is Frontier Spices.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 9 – Settling Back Down!

I have finally completed my move! It’s taken a solid 3 weeks of packing, moving, job transitioning, and finally unpacking but it is done. Last week my eating was all over the place, I didn’t always have my proboitics, yogurt, betaine HCL and sometimes properly prepared SCD legal food. I was forced to basically adapt during the days of moving on the fly. This caused me to eat a whole bag of what I thought was SCD legal trail mix (although probably not) and advanced un-cooked vegetables and fruit.

Steve’s SCD Healing Journal: Week 8 – Remembering How Far I have Come!

fter last weekend’s episode of eating illegal’s, I’d hoped that I didn’t do to much serious damage to my healing process. I’m happy to report that I think I’m going to make a full recovery (whew! I know)…in a couple weeks. The beginning of this week I experienced a couple days of higher than normal gas with BM’s that were all over the map. In the middle of the week during my haste to pack up my belongings to move this weekend, I ran out of my Betaine HCL, yogurt and my multi-vitamin for several days.

Steve’s SCD Diet Healing Journal: Week 6 – Getting the Ball Rolling!

This past week has been a sort of roller-coaster for me. I had such a great breakthrough last week that I was really looking forward to capitalizing on it and keeping the ball rolling this week. Looking back on the week I can see now that I’m still going in the right direction, however during the week I thought I was starting to regress. I still managed to keep regular daily bowel movements however the quality was all over the place. It’s not exactly what I was hoping for and in the moment I was getting pretty discouraged. It wasn’t until the end of the week when I looked back at the week in comparison to other weeks that I realized that it was indeed a good week. In my daily health battle I had gotten lost in the trees and forgot to view my health at the forest level.

The #1 Reason People Fail on the SCD Diet… and Never Get to Feel Better

The biggest reason people fail on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is that they move way too fast and advance through the diet too quickly. Let’s face it, we are all impatient. The first week on the diet is always the hardest for everyone, mostly due to physical symptoms of the bacterial die off… but it can also be the biggest mental challenge you will ever face. We are sick of being sick and want to get better right now!

The SCD Diet and Alcohol: Part III – The SCD Guide to Liquors

In Part II we discussed SCD legal wine which is made through the process of fermentation. In this guide will examine SCD legal liquors which are drinkable liquids containing ethanol made by distilling fruits, grains or vegetables. If you missed Part I make sure you go back and re-read it to have a better understanding of how any alcohol affects your digestive system.

The SCD Diet and Poop: It’s Time to Talk About It

As with all things in life, it is extremely important to have something to measure yourself against to find out where you are in relation to where you want to be. Poop is no exception. In fact, poop is something everyone is always so scared and embarrassed to talk about… but it is the number one indicator of how well our bodies are functioning inside. So Let’s Talk About Poop

Steve’s SCD Diet Healing Journal: Week 4 – Learning how to make goat’s milk yogurt

Week 4 Summary: This is a big week for me because I get to celebrate my 30th day on the SCD diet. I am 1/3 of the way through my 90-day commitment to this diet! I needed to return home for some family business in the middle of the week, which forced me out of my normal routine. This cut out most of my weightlifting sessions and forced me to spend a bunch of time doing extreme batch cooking early in the week in preparation.

The SCD Diet and Alcohol: Part II… SCD Legal Wine Guide

In Part I of this series we discussed alcohol’s effects on our digestive systems and I gave a listing of legal and Illegal alcohol types. Of the types of legal alcohols they can be broken down into wines and liquors. In this post we will learn all about wines and how someone on the SCD diet can identify which wines to drink to minimize damage to the digestive system.