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SCD Treats

For those of you who don’t know, Lily and I follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  (Lily calls it the Pacific Turbohydrated Diet)  It’s a diet designed to help those with intestinal disorders heal.  Many people have found their lives changed after trying the diet, after suffering from Crohn’s, colitis, Celiac, and other digestive diseases.  Even some parents of children with autism have had success with the diet.

Lily and I both have Celiac disease.  I’ve been sick since I was 13.  At that time (almost 30 years ago), Celiac was not on the radar for most docs.  After a bunch of tests, I remember a doctor suggesting to my family that I was anorexic.  You see, I got sick every time I ate.  So it was easier to not eat.

I had periods of my life where I felt well, without digestive issues.  Occasionally it would flare, and I would seek the opinion of yet another doctor.  I heard many possible issues:  spastic colon, IBS, nerves, etc.  I was told again and again that “you’ll just have to live with it”.  Living with it wasn’t an option–chronic diarrhea, painful, bloated guts, and constantly feeling worn out from it.  After the birth of Lily, my symptoms flared to the point that I could barely leave the house.  If I had an appointment, I would have to not eat for the 24 hours prior so that I wouldn’t have an “attack” mid-appointment.

I reunited with an old friend in the middle of this flare, and she suggested her naturopath.  Within 10 minutes of me crying in her office, she ordered a test for gluten intolerance.  A simple blood test showed that this was the problem.  She told me I had to give up gluten, and I cried I was so pleased that I could have some control.  We noticed that Lily, then 2, also had some wheat/gluten intolerance signs, so the two of us went gluten-free.

My health improved quickly and steadily for about a year.  Then I started having relapses, and Lily developed a tic disorder.  It turns out that I had done a lot of damage to my gut in all those years of eating wheat.  In my quest to heal myself and my daughter naturally, I came across Elaine Gottschall’s book Breaking the Vicious Cycle which details the diet.  I continue to improve on it, and  within a few months, Lily was tic-free.  And continues to be.

So, we don’t eat grains, sugar, or potatoes.  We do eat plenty of healthy food, and always focus on what we can have, not what we’re missing.  I cook a lot.  It’s worth it.  I’ve added a few SCD blogs to the blogroll, and created a category for SCD posts.  Here are a couple of samples of what we’ve had recently:

Butternut squash chips (sliced thin and deep-fried)

Mini-pumpkin pies

A family favorite:  Coconut cake

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Underdog on her unicorn

It’s vacation–or as Dawit calls it –weekcation, and we are enjoying ourselves. The kids have been staying up late, sleeping in, and inventing lots of merriment during the day. Can you believe how patient this dog is?

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Become an M&M 

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Happy Blogiversary!

Two years ago today I started this blog.  I’ve connected with some amazing people through this site.  I love going back in the archives to see how things have changed in the past 24 months.  It certainly isn’t boring at my house.

I have a bunch of blogs to add to the blogroll, and I plan on adding an SCD section, too.  I guess I’m moving in the direction of family/personal blog, which will of course contain adoption thoughts as well.

Thanks for all your comments and support!

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A perfect match

Mrs. G., Dawit’s Kindergarten teacher, stopped us this morning to tell us about a class discussion.  While learning about Abraham Lincoln, the 5 and 6 year olds talked about slavery.  To demonstrate the idea of owning another human, Mrs. G. took one boy (his mother was in class volunteering) and pretended to pay his mother for him.  Now this boy was the property of the teacher, and she could make him do whatever she wanted.

The kids understood this idea, and talked about the fact that you can’t own people.  You can buy groceries, cars, clothes, but not people.  One little girl added “except if you adopt a baby.  Then you pay money for a kid”

As if the discussion on slavery wasn’t dangerous enough…now Mrs. G is in an adoption minefield.  She explained that adoption is an act of love, not an exchange of money.  That sometimes children need a family to love, and adoption allows that to happen.  It doesn’t have to do with owning or buying anything, it is about love.  The mom volunteering also happens to be an adoptive parent, and she added that sometimes the new parents help pay for diapers and food, or to help some of the children who are still waiting to be adopted.

Dawit raised his hand and said proudly “I am adopted.”  And Mrs. G said “and your parents love you very much” to which Dawit said “I know.”   He participated rather matter-of-factly, as if to demonstrate that what his teacher said was true in his experience.

How did we get so lucky as to have a teacher who was willing to take that on?  It would have been so easy to avoid that topic, or ignore the comment from the little girl.  But she chose to go there, and to be sure Dawit was safe.  It takes a village.

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A glimpse

Tonight I sat on the couch as part of the audience for a show.  Willow, our dog, sat next to me wearing Mardi Gras beads and for some reason a fabric softener sheet.  Sorta like a cape.

Then two rock stars played cardboard guitars, attached to the musicians by way of curling ribbon, and sang in French.

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Twins

Woman’s Day gave the kids gifts after their participation in the photo shoot.  Dawit got a huge Playmobil Zoo, and Lily got a “Just Like Me” American Girl Doll.  She has never liked “person dolls”–but somehow she loves this.  It’s sort of a tweeny girl thing.  John made her a doll bed, and Granny made her a new wardrobe.  The women at the magazine did a terrific job choosing a doll that looks like Lily:

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