I really want to concentrate on adding foods and progressing through the remaining phases. Last week I started to make a concentrated effort to try new vegetables. As you know I'm sort of giving up on broccoli for now but I figured I would give its cousin cauliflower a shot.
After my post last week, Steve had the idea to mess around with some citrus fruits on chicken to see how it would taste. So last weekend I picked up some Otto’s chicken thighs and a couple organic oranges and gave it a shot. All in all it turned out pretty well. The orange flavor is much more subtle in the chicken than the lemon, but it has a sweeter taste to it, giving the chicken a nice moist citrus kick that made it a good hot summer night treat. Here’s how I made it:
Another week down and another camping trip to fill you in about. But first I should mention that I tried broccoli again and this time I'm defiantly putting broccoli in the suspect category. It wasn't that it caused me horrible symptoms but I did notice a higher incidence of gas and my stomach made a bunch of noise after a couple meals that included it. So until further notice broccoli is on my caution list and won't be tried purposely for awhile. Instead, I'm going to move on and start breaking into more vegetables in phase 3. I'm still keeping fruit to a minimum until I get my stool test results back (Next week!).
I like to head down to the city market on Saturday's because there's a vender there called Otto's Chicken that has the most reasonably priced non-hormone, non-antibiotic, free range chicken that I have been able to find to date. I will usually pick up some breasts or thighs for during the week, but I always grab a fresh 5 lb whole chicken for an amazing weekend feast. Don't forget to grab some fresh organic lemons while your out! Here's what I do...
Okay so my birthday wasn't last week its actually today, but I did celebrate it with my family this past weekend. My family overall has been skeptical but supportive of my Specific Carbohydrate Diet experience. In our family, family meals are of high importance. Food is a medium through which we can gather to bond, with many meals stretching over 2 hours of table time. So in the beginning of this diet I did seem to hurt my mom's feelings because I was excluding myself from the amount of love and time she was putting in kitchen.
In honor of the fact that I got a 3 day weekend, some friends and I went camping for the weekend. For the record none of these friends are fellow SCD'ers and several I just meet recently. In order for it to be a successful SCD weekend for me, especially on zero digestive helpers, I knew I was going to have to plan everything to a T. In fact, after it was all said and done it was relatively easy and I had no problems at all having enough food and keeping my food separate from everyone else’s (Brought my own cooler).
Steady Eddy, that's how my digestion was last week. My BM's are continuing to jump around on the Bristol Stool Chart between 3's, 4's, and 5's. All other digestive symptoms seem to be staying relativity stable (on a weekly time frame) for the time being. Everything is not quite where I wish it was but I'm still light years ahead of December of last year. My hypothesis is the last phases of healing and optimizing digestion will take the longest.
As I'm going to see the doc this week I'm guessing my supplementation is going to change based his recommendations so I figured I would give an update to everyone. If your are doing the SCD diet and are in any way restricted (have food intolerance/allergy or are in the early phases of the diet) I think it is extremely important for you to be supplementing to make sure you are getting all your needed vitamins and minerals as well as replacing your good bacteria and enzymes. This is not intended in any way to be a list for everyone, this is what I take and it is put together solely based on what I am finding that I am deficient in. Always talk things over with your doctor to make sure that they support your supplementation. If they don't support the SCD diet... find a new doctor!