Okay so it has been some time since I last logged a Journal update. I originally stopped because I had reached the point that I didn’t feel like my journal entries were adding much value to the readers out there. Instead I wanted to spend my limited time developing other articles I felt might help …
Recently we were talking about the Bristol Stool Chart and we were discussing our recent poops (everyone’s favorite topic). The topic came up that, with the Bristol Stool chart, there really isn’t one defined end point. Depending on which expert or doctor you talk with you get a range or different answers about what the “perfect poop” is.
This week I want to talk about SCD diet staples. Studies have shown that most people eat the same 10-15 foods in a given week. We all like to think that we eat an extremely diverse diet but it's simply untrue. As humans we are actually very predictable creatures in search of easy autonomous habits. Taking this knowledge to heart can really help simplify the SCD diet. For instance, two ways in which I embrace my need for stability and habit are having the ingredients on hand to produce my two favorite go-to SCD meals. One of them takes roughly 20 minutes to make and the other about 5 minutes.
Last week I made a heck of a run at making kale chips. I've never ate kale before and after seeing several bloggers making kale chips I had to give it a go. First up the good news is kale and I are friends, no digestion issues whatsoever. Now for the bad news, kale chips are apparently my cooking Achilles heal. The first go round ended up with most of the "chips" being half burnt or completely burnt. The next round I swore the chips were done, no browning and hard when they were pulled out of the oven. But, a couple hours later they were soggy leaves of salt!
Over the last month I've attended several events in which I knew I would love a summer cocktail but wouldn't be able to drink anything the host was providing. With the 4th of July holiday weekend approaching I figured I would share my current favorite SCD legal summer cocktail recipe. After trying several recipes I have to thank Carrie Floyd over at Culinate Kitchen for posting the Kimmy drink because it is by far my favorite. I put an extra spin on the original recipe and made a party sized batch so I will put those measurements in quotes. The prep time is a bit more than usual because of the mint syrup but it's not as bad as the many summer cocktails that contain pounds of fresh fruit that need to be diced up. It has an awesome fresh taste that is somewhere between a gin and tonic and a mojito. The drink can also be made non-alcoholic by removing the gin and using extra club soda (non-flavored carbonated water).
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.
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.