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!
I used a technique I learned called a dry rub. For spices I used a salt, paprika, ginger, and cayenne pepper (but you can use any combo). The main point is don't skimp on the quantity when your dry rubbing a meat. I'm not including any specific spice amounts because I just winged it, but also because this is about learning new ways to cook not necessarily recipes. The following steps are for using a dry rub spice mixture.
This last week was pretty much an extension of the previous week's symptoms. I didn't have a bowel movement for around 3 1/2 days and was starting to get pretty uncomfortable so I went out and got some prune juice. I drank about 8 oz on Wednesday night and 8 oz on Thursday morning and finally that afternoon the pipes started working again. After that, I continued to drink about 8 oz a day throughout the weekend and was back to averaging one bowel movement a day. Although I was able to shake the C, my BM's were only of about 2 quality on the Bristol stool chart. I also had more gas than I have had since starting the diet back in January. I have had smelly loud gas all day everyday for about 10 days now. I really hope that whatever is going on in there leads to the good guys starting to win the battle.
Well, fittingly, after coming off a nice new high last week, my digestive healing is on a bit of a bull pullback (stock trading talk for down swing in the middle of an up swing). The main problem has been bowel movements. Not really any other problems, just the fact that they are not very high quality and I've had a couple mini constipation cycles (2-3days).
This past week was pretty epic, I added a few new foods and didn't cheat at all LOL, no really but I did officially pass 90 days on the SCD diet! It's been an interesting 90 days, I learned much more about myself and body than I ever could have imagined. Physically and Mentally this diet has been a great blessing when I stick to it. It's because of that I will continue on for at least another 100 days (I like to chunk big goals down) and then reevaluate my situation.
In the last week I think I’ve really turned a corner. Not a physical corner but a mental corner. Understanding that I’m not alone, and that I’m not the first person to act this way or have these problems really helps. It’s one of those realizations that should be simple and yet it was extremely hard for me. It is really easy for me to get stuck inside my head and start thinking that my experience is some how blazing a trail. This is a trail that many people have gone down before and so while we are all unique we also not that unique.
As you know broken records repeatedly play the same tune over and over. Well I’m approaching that same song, with this post. I committed to writing this journal to help others and to use it as tool and for me to stay committed to the SCD diet. Unfortunately to stay true to you and to myself I need to come clean on a few accounts.
Moving to a new city and into a new apartment is always a bit of an adventure. I have moved more times than anyone I know in the last 5 years and I still have not figured out a better way of doing it other than trial and error. So my last week has mostly been crazy to say the least. I had stock piled a bunch of cooked SCD legal food just in case I happened to burn down my new kitchen (every stove is different I swear). I stuck mainly to the basics, of squash, chicken and fish all week because I wanted to help reset my system after the past couple weeks of turmoil. Many people will actually return right to the intro diet if they feel that they’ve had a major stumble but I didn’t have the means at this time.