Co-Founder of SCD Lifestyle Steve Wright has finally broken down and started his path to intestinal healing. After many years of undiagnosed digestive warfare in his body, these series of weekly posts will take you through his experiences, thoughts, and struggles on the SCD diet. Today is day 6 on the SCD diet, I have successfully survived 4 days on the intro diet and I’m now transitioning into phase one of the diet. Other than making quite a mess of my kitchen everything went smoothly.
What kind of a trial period does it take to be able to integrate the SCD diet into my lifestyle and have it be normal? The scientific research tells us that on average its going to take about 66 days to adapt to a new habit and SCD wisdom tells us that we should expect to have a slight relapse in our health somewhere around 60-90 days, then it is clear that 30 days is not going to be enough.
Top 5 SCD Diet Tips for Traveling on a Plane. I made a trip out to Arizona that included a 5 hour flight on the way there. Here’s how I was able to pull it off:
The over reliance on processed food during these weeks can create several potential problems when it comes to dealing with relatives and your SCD quest to heal your gut. Friends and family always “know” best and the first thing I always hear is why I need carbohydrates and then they proceed to need to know all about my specific experiences and the ins and outs of the diet. Lately in an effort to encourage my friends and family to rethink their relationship with grains I’ve resorted to higher level facts about processed carbs and the effects they have on the human body. This is the best article I found to date that can give a SCD’er ten quick points to talk about or even send them the link and ask them to go read the article.
When I started the SCD Diet I just happened to have my regular teeth cleaning scheduled right around 2 months in. I practice relatively good oral hygiene and floss regularly, so I was shocked when my dental hygienist was interrogating me about the excessive plaque build up on my teeth. She had the impression I was barely brushing! We finally came to a realization together when she asked if I had changed my eating habits at all recently and I explained the SCD Diet to her. As it turns out, the process of chewing crunchy, hard foods actually helps to clean and remove plaque from your teeth.
My doctor wanted to start working on improving my immune system to not only help my gut heal more effectively, but also to combat whatever was triggering the abnormal defense mechanism. She started to explain the benefits of trying out Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) over time and how it could potentially be the SCD Diet's ideal tag team partner.
I wanted to put together a list of the top 5 most common mistakes that I see throughout the SCD community when people are transitioning into the SCD Lifestyle. If you can avoid these 5 things you are well on your way to success and proper gut healing on the SCD Diet.