If you have spent anytime at all on my blog looking at recipes and reading my posts then you may be a little familiar with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Even if you have heard a little bit about it, it can be hard to figure out just what it is. Trust me, I know because I have been on this diet for about 5 months and still don’t know all of the details, but I learning.
The reason I started this diet is the same reason most people find it, digestive health issues. I have Ulcerative Colitis which is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, not to be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The word Colitis means inflamed and a little more obvious is the word Ulcerative which is referring to ulcers and most of us are familiar with them.
I was diagnosed in April 2014 after a couple years of symptoms I was finally got a colonoscopy and found out that I suffer from this debilitating disease that has no cure and no known cause. You can read more about my experience with this disease in one of my earlier posts that can be found here. After begin diagnosed I was then put on tons of medicine and I hate taking them due to side effects and worries of what kind of toll they are taking on my body. I began looking for a more natural approach to healing my body from this disease. After a few months of daily searchs on google and reading every book I could find I stumbled across a book about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet called Breaking the Vicious Habit by Elaine Gottschall. I bought it on Amazon after reading that it provides an alternative way to help combat digestive disorders using dietary changes; and also a practical book that addresses the problems of intestinal conditions such as: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, and Celiac Disease.
The idea that I could be naturally healed very much appealed to me but the idea that food was not only the cause to my problem but also the cure, that really sold me. I flat out asked my Gastroenterologist if diet was the cause of this disease or if it could help alleviate the symptoms and he gave me a firm no. He really made me feel like there was no hope other than tons of medicines taken throughout the day. Needless to say, he is not my favorite person… I despise him. The problem is it seems most doctors share his opinion. The lack of research for these diseases is why the cancer rate of others who suffer from this disease is at an alarming rate and I refuse to just give up and not try every possible way to fight off cancer as long as possible. Even if my Dr. thinks my attempts are futile, I have been having great success with this diet so far and post all of my favorite recipes under SCD Recipes. The SCD stands for Specific Carbohydrate Recipe.
Keep checking back to see my progress with this diet for health and the lovely side effect of easy weight loss. The weight loss is easy because I am not counting calories or doing anything special, I still eat cookies,ice cream,cakes, pies, and basically anything I want that I can use the “legal” ingredients to make. Whether you have digestive issues or just want to lose weight in a healthy and fast way, I would suggest trying this diet out. Look through some of the recipes I posted and try them out, the only thing you have to lose is weight!