2007 was the year we discovered a book by Elaine Gottschall called “Breaking the Vicious Cycle”. In lots of ways, which I may choose to elaborate on another time, its been the year from hell, but this book was probably the Godsend we needed. I suspect it may save our marriage, but I will only be able to report on this, somewhere further down the track, than where we are now. This SCD Diet Blog was begun a week or two ago, when G, my husband, was about one month into the diet. As I understand it, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet outlined in Elaine’s book, was originally developed to help people with Celiac disease, and is also used to help those suffering from Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel etc. In our experience so far, it is no quick fix – need to be on it at least one year if you want to experience a genuine and permanent cure for Celiac patients, and longer for other conditions. It doesn’t help everybody, and you have to be prepared for a huge time commitment in terms of food preparation etc. , but if it is going to help you, you will probably know within a matter of weeks if our experience is anything to go by.
Perhaps I should have some sort of formal disclaimer here like “Don’t do this without medical supervision” … etc, etc. Well at least you need to know that I am no scientist or doctor or expert on human nutrition. I am just cooking the food for my husband and thus writing here of our experience with the diet, and I will no doubt express my personal opinions based on that experience. What is most important for you to realize though, is that biologically we are all unique, and what works or is okay for one person, is not necessarily right for you.
Caution is the word I would use. You will see why in some of my posts, but in reality, this diet will alter your biochemical makeup so profoundly, that you have to be prepared to “listen” to what your body is saying, and act in accordance with those messages. If you need extra rest, make sure you take it. If you need more water, make sure you drink it … etc. Also, if you are going to make the leap and follow the SCD, be prepared to spend a lot of time in the kitchen!