I am so sick of feeling sick. Stomach has been hurting nonstop and I’ve had diarrhea for the past 3 months. I’ve been on an antibacterial regimen to kill the seemingly unkillable gut infections that have been living in me since at least a year and half when I took my first poop test. Those little bugs have survived 3 rounds of antibiotics (1 round caused a very unpleasant allergic reaction) and several herbal protocols. I’ll find out if they’ve been killed when I get the results from my latest test in a few weeks.
I’ve been following a Paleo diet without dairy or nightshades since March 2015 so have been pretty clean for a while but it’s not working for me. I’ve experimented with high fat, low fat, higher carb, lower carb, high fiber, lower fiber, on and on and on…. But can’t get my gut just right. I do know that lower fat (around 50-60 grams feels better especially when you don’t have a gallbladder), lower carb (around 75-125 grams) coming from mostly non starchy veggies, low fruit (only 1 serving of blueberries) feels a hell of a lot better than my before diet which was still relatively healthy compared to the standard American diet but I don’t want just better. All of this work I do deserves feeling really good most days and I’m just not getting it so I’m buckling down and doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet lovingly nicknamed the SCD diet.
Basically the diet allows carbohydrates that are monosaccharides and have a single molecule structure that allow them to be easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Glucose, fructose and galactose are monosaccharides found in foods like fruit, honey and some veggies. Complex carbohydrates which are disaccharides (double molecules) and polysaccharides (chain molecules) are not allowed. The theory is that complex carbohydrates that are not easily digested feed harmful bacteria in our intestines causing them to overgrow. These harmful bacteria produce by products that inflame the intestine wall. The diet works by starving out these bacteria and restoring the balance of bacteria in our gut.
There is an extensive list of allowed foods consisting of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, nut and low-sugar fruits. When starting the foods it’s best to follow the phase system going from the most easily digested foods to more complex ones to allow the gut time to heal and reduce inflammation.
Here it goes:
Made lots of chicken soup, pureed carrots, turkey patties and jello. Yup-that’s what I’m eating for the next 3 days during the intro phase of the diet. The theory is to eliminate the foods that are feeding the bacteria and to also help identify the foods my body is reacting to by adding them in one at time every 3 days. I have to pay attention to any signs from my body of not tolerating the foods such as headache, brain fog, stomachache, sinus stuffiness, etc. I have some of these symptoms every day so it’ll be a challenge to figure out if it’s the food or something else.
I’m following the protocol put together by Jordan and Steve over at SCDlifestyle. The book that they put together makes starting and following the SCD easier. They have some great protocols and I like their philosophy. I’ve purchased several of their products and have learned something new with each one.
I purchased their Solving Leaky Gut program which is similar to the Autoimmune Paleo protocol. This program isn’t as restrictive as the SCD and has specific supplement protocols depending on if you’re a tough or mild case. I chose to do the SCD because the diet I was following was very similar to their tough case diet and I was still having GI issues. I highly recommend all of their products to help with gut healing.
Pre-breakfast (before I walk my dogs)- 2 scoops collagen powder in water and some chicken out of my soup
Breakfast-big bowl of chicken soup, carrots and jello
Snack-jello and carrots
Lunch-chicken soup, carrots and jello
Dinner-turkey patty, chicken soup, carrots and jello
I think I’ve eaten at least 2 pounds of carrots today and a pound of chicken. I used 3 lbs of bone in chicken thighs, 10 whole carrots and chopped onions to make the chicken soup. I covered it all in water in the crock pot and cooked on high for 4-5 hours. I take the onions out before I put the soup in containers as they are hard to digest. Almost half of the soup I made is gone in one day.
When you’re getting your calories from soup, carrots and jello you eat a lot of volume especially when you don’t want to lose weight.