We make it a priority to highlight SCD personalities from across the internet. We love hearing success stories and want to spread the knowledge of those brave enough to share their specific carbohydrate diet stories.
We are pleased to have Danielle from Againstallgrain in our spotlight this week!
Danielle’s story is remarkable. Suffering from Ulcerative Colitis and receiving nothing but pharmaceutical help from her doctors, she took her health into her own hands. Only 2 months into SCD, she was not only symptom-free but also Pregnant! This is really cool as the web is filled with stories of moms who, through diet tweaks, were able to crush conception problems. (Hint: get rid of grains.)
She just re-did her blog and it looks Great! She is amassing an awesome SCD recipe resource of new recipes. The best part is she is posting some great cultural dishes that will push anyone’s boundaries in the kitchen (time to buy more spices!). Some of the ones I’ve bookmarked and plan to try are the Thai Coconut Soup and Chicken Tikka Masala. She has great photography skills, which I think provide motivation for trying something new. I’ve said it before, but consider trying a new recipe every week you’re on SCD. This simple idea will break up any boredom in the kitchen, as well as force you to become an even better cook.
So, without further ado, here is Danielle’s story:
1. Why did you start SCD (health problems, treatments, etc)?
I started SCD in 2009, after battling with very severe Ulcerative Colitis for 2 years. I was diagnosed at the age of 21 right after graduating college, moving to a new city and getting married. As most people with the disease, Doctors aren’t sure what caused it, but I believe it was the stress of everything going on in my life that caused it to flare. I always say “marrying my husband gave me a disease!” Over a 6-month period, I saw 4 Gastroenterologists, and was in the ER two times before finally being diagnosed. All of the doctors I saw claimed that diet had nothing to do with the disease and refused to give me any advice on how to eat better. They prescribed medications immediately and sent me out the door with instructions to get another colonoscopy in a year. For the next year, I found my self in and out of the hospital every few months. I was put on 100 mg of Prednisone, was always very anemic and had 2 blood transfusions. Despite the doctors advice, my husband and I were sure that things could be at least somewhat helped by modifying my diet. I tried gluten-free, sugar-free, a slew of supplements, and all of the medications, but nothing could seem to get it under control.
2. How has SCD changed your life?
3. What was your biggest challenges on the diet and how did you overcome them?
4. What is your #1 piece of advice you would give someone getting ready to start the diet?
5. How has your newfound level of health changed your life?