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)
A family favorite: Coconut cake
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