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.