Today is 3 weeks that I’ve been on the SCD. I have to say that I’m seeing some improvement in my poop and definitely my pain and bloating has significantly decreased. I still get bloated about 2 hours after dinner which is way better than being bloated 2 hours after lunch and for the rest of the day.
I’ve upped my Betaine HCL with Pepsin capsules to 7 at lunch and dinner. I had been doing 2 at most meals because when I initially did the test I got burning at 3 pills. I didn’t feel any better doing 2 pills but thought that was the dose I needed.
This week I realized how much undigested food I was seeing in my poop and decided to try upping my enzymes. I figured the worst that would happen is that I’d have to take some baking soda and water to neutralize the acid. Well, I’m up to 7 and haven’t had any burning. Today I felt more energetic after lunch so think I’m on to something.
I may try pushing it to 8 tomorrow and see what happens. I’m also taking a general digestive enzyme that helps with digestion of fats, starch and fiber. It’s Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzyme Ultra. I’ve been taking 2 of these at each meal. Read about Betaine HCL and Pepsin here.
Today was also a day off from work. In fact I’ve had 3 days off from work and have been able to mostly do what I wanted to do. I started off with walking the dogs which puts me in a good place 99% of the time. I was able to do my yoga this morning which is a must for my mental health. I also did a second oil probiotic enema. This distends my stomach for a few hours but then I feel better. I was also able to get some website stuff in and relax with my hubby.
I didn’t need to take a nap though. Not even for a few minutes. I’m not getting overly excited as I know with Hashimoto’s one day could be great and the next could be shit. Having more good days is my goal and today was one of them.
I also cheated and added a new food today. I only spent 2 days on applesauce because I’m pretty sure that I’m ok with it and I need to add more veggies. I added asparagus at dinner and it tasted great, even pureed.
I won’t make adding a new food so quickly a habit but I am in need of some more variety. I’ve noticed that my skin is getting pretty dry which is a sign that I’m not eating enough fat. I don’t want to do that for too long so my goal is to add either green beans or pumpkin next then olive oil and coconut oil. I’m following the phases according to SCDlifestyle which is very helpful.
Another interesting thing I noticed is that my gums aren’t bleeding when I brush my teeth. The inflammation in my mouth is down but I’m not sure if it’s because of the diet or the probiotic toothpaste I’ve been using. Either way it’s a good sign and is encouraging to me as my gums have had chronic inflammation for a long time.
Oh yea, the other thing I added today was colostrum. This is recommended in many gut healing protocols as colostrum can help to calm the immune system down and help heal the GI lining. I used the Numedica Immuno PRG.
According to Dr. Tom O’Bryan, who is the expert Jordan and Steve consulted with for their Solving Leaky Gut program, colostrum is the first three days of milk from mom after birth. It isn’t really milk though. The critical feature of colostrum is that it turns on the immune system and the baby’s intestines say okay, time to turn on now.
There are hundreds of different components in colostrum. One of the families of components are peptides. Peptides are tiny little proteins and there’s a family of peptides or proteins in colostrum that are very high in the amino acid proline called PRP’s.
Colostrum has multiple approaches to how it works. It’s how we were designed to turn our immune system on and support our immune system. Colostrum works specifically in the gut. When people have some imbalance in their intestines you want to turn on a healthy immune system and put out some of the fire in your gut.
Since colostrum is dairy based there is a possibility of having a reaction to it if you react to dairy products. I’ve cut dairy out for the over the past year because of the cross reactivity it can have with gluten. I decided that the benefits of the colostrum could outweigh any of the negatives so I decided to try it. If I have any kind of reaction I’ll stop it but for now I feel good.
I don’t recommend adding more than one new thing per day as you won’t know what you reacted to if you have a reaction, but I did it today and I’m just gonna be ok with that.
Pre Breakfast-2 Tbsp collagen and colostrum
Breakfast-chicken, carrots and acorn squash
Snack-few slices of roast beef
Lunch-pork patty, applesauce and carrots
Snack-applesauce and few slices roast beef
Dinner-salmon, acorn squash and asparagus