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Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)


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#1 AliB

 
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 05:47 PM

Anyone following this?

I have started it today. I knew gluten and dairy were a problem, but I also knew that my problems went further than just gluten-free/DF.

A lot of this makes sense. I have bought Elaine Gottschall's book and am doing the chicken and carrots stuff. Even within a few hours I am beginning to feel a little better.

I noticed on the other thread that whilst some were having some success, they would talk about problems with corn and eating different makes of tinned veg. Anything that comes out of a tin is going to be suspect! What is wrong with just cooking raw carrots? They were also looking for commercially made products without corn - if you make it yourself, you know what is in it.

So - any SCD success stories out there?
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:49 PM

yah i did this and had a major detox. i was eating lean pork and vegetables. all my symptoms went away but they came back because i couldnt stick to it. it can be so hard to get the body to transition eating with little to no carbs. but stick to it..it really does work!
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:47 PM

My friend is on this diet for three months for colitis and has noticed measurable improvements. She is following it strictly and is feeling great. She's down to 10 mg of prednisone from 20 mg 3 months ago. She plans to stick it out for two years to help her get healed up and off meds. I am thinking about starting this diet after we go to Disney at the end of the month to try to propel myself into the final stages of healing. I am at 11 months since going gluten-free/cf and seem to still be struggling with some minor issues trying to heal.

Best wishes!
If you want to start a support thread, I'd be into that!
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#4 AliB

 
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 05:09 PM

Can this be a support thread, or do you mean on some other forum??
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:28 AM

I'm on it too!

I decided to modify the diet a bit to make it safer in my eyes. instead of starting at the intro diet I started with roughly the full diet taking all the high calorie foods (ie honey) and have had a week of that before toning it into the intro diet which I shall begin tomorrow when my yogurt is ready. I didn't think my body would be happy with too sudden a drop in calorie intake, for one it sets your adrenal glands off a bit.

So after that week how do I feel? well no that much different, however when I initially started a week ago I felt very tired and needed lots of pick me up honey so Its improving. Cutting out foods for me is real easy so think I may stick with diet even it doesn't yield improvement, after all its very healthy, and I need all the help I can get!
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:16 AM

Hi Rob. Apparently it can take up to three weeks to start see a change.

I went gluten-free/DF at the end of Jan so was already on the right path and the diarrhea stopped almost immediately. Strangely though, since I started the SCD my 'movements' have changed again, almost going backwards.

My body will be going through a flux period until it starts to settle down and it is probably still offloading crud from the last 50 years and will be for a while. I know my liver had a good clear-out (I felt it and experienced the soreness for a few days!) about 2 weeks after I started the gluten-free/DF and undoubtedly there may be more to come!

This diet is so logical. Most of us consume way too much carbohydrate and our bodies just can't cope with it in that quantity. Sooner or later something's gotta give! It isn't just gluten - it's carbs per se and the quicker people realise and cut the carbs, the better they will be for it. I have noticed on this forum that so many who go gluten-free end up replacing the gluten with other carbs instead.

Back at the end of the 1800's it was realised that carbs were the problem - where did the Medical Profession go? They only picked up the gluten cot and walked with it - hence so many Celiacs and GI's who are still very poorly. How blind they still are.............
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

#7 AliB

 
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:34 PM

I have just tasted some of my first batch of 24hour yogurt. That has to be the best yoghurt I have ever eaten! It is fantastic!

I made it with full cream milk, half a pot of single (light) cream and a dash of double (heavy) and Total thick greek yoghurt as a starter. I did try to get my husband to have a taste but he just has a pathological and totally irrational revulsion - he has never tried it in all the years we have been married (well not to his knowledge anyway - if I use it in cooking I don't tell him and he will eat it, none the wiser!).

I told him it is like eating cream, but he still won't try it. Is that daft? Mind you, my mum used to make yoghurt when I was a kid and I couldn't stand that - it was always so sour. Now they use different cultures that don't create such a tart taste and it makes all the difference.

I definitely will be making that again. I have a little catarrgh after eating it so I suspect there is still a little stray lactose or casein in it, but it's not too bad and I am sure there is enough lactic acid in it to counteract that, and my stomach seems to be ok with it so far. I'm going to go and put some in a dish with some blueberries and honey. Oh yum.

I absolutely definitely will be making buckets of that now - the ironic thing is that I might end up having more dairy in the form of yogurt than I ever did with milk!
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:43 PM

So your body seems to be able to handle the yogurt? I am dairy free as well and very skeptical about how I will feel with the dairy in this diet. Are you going to have the different cheeses that are allowed?
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:51 PM

Although I can't tolerate dairy per se, I did seem to be able to tolerate yogurt right through - although I was only having goat's yogurt. I decided to try cow's milk yogurt this week and bought some Total Greek yogurt, but my stomach definitely didn't like it very much.

However, when I made my first batch of 24hour yogurt I used the Total as a starter. I also used cow's milk and cream to make it with. Although I got a bit of catarrgh, my stomach has been fine with it. Apparently, the long culturing helps to really break down most of the lactose and casein, as well as creating a higher amount of bacteria, and also more lactic acid to mop up any stray lactose. That is why Elaine G recommends 'brewing' it for at least 24hours rather than the 6 or so that commercial producers culture theirs for.

As yet, I have not tried any cheese, but I am contemplating that. I might try some mild cheddar or goats' cheese first. I also want to try and get hold of some Curd cheese if I can. It is not readily available where I live although I can get medium-fat soft cheese, but I think it depends on whether it has been curded with rennet or has actually been cultured with lactic acid.

I found the book slightly confusing as although she refers to it as Dry Curd Cottage Cheese, here in the UK we either have Cottage cheese which is moist and lumpy, or Curd Cheese which is thick and smooth. I wonder if straining and pressing Cottage cheese would work just as well, or whether it would depend on the rennet/culture thing again? Unless it mentions it on the pack, how would I tell?

The other thing I find confusing is that she refers to 'Apple Cider'. Over here, Cider is an alcoholic Apple drink. In the UK Cider has been used to describe fermented apple juice for centuries. I suspect she means just plain pressed apple juice although I would be quite happy to imbibe the alcoholic one!
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 04:22 AM

Yeah I had the same thought, I settle with welch's 100% grape juice, apparently its got no added sugar so its all good.

As for dry curd cheese I didn't even bother looking, I doubt i'll find it. However as an alternative I can drain off yoghurt. Talking of which mine is ready in six hours!

My bowels has also definately changed, I'm curious as to where its going! Shock horror its been sometime since i've been worried about being bunged up!

How are you feeling fatigue wise? my energy levels took a real hit but are back on the way up.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 04:24 AM

More pressing issue though, I cannot for the life of me find SSC legal vitamins? got some multi minerals but everything I look at has added starch, sugar, sweetner or soy
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:46 AM

Supplements can be a minefield - there they are, supposed to be healthy for you and actually they can be full of rubbish too!

I'm not sure where you are. Here in the UK I buy Tesco's Complete for Women (although they also do one for Men which my Hub has found helpful) but if you are in the States I don't know what is available there. I was taking loads of different things, but then I worried that I might be unbalancing my body so I just restrict to the Multi at the moment and will watch out for any deficiency signs.

I found my energy levels did go up quite considerably after I went gluten-free/DF, and after a period of adjustment, but just as I was beginning to think I had cracked it I went down with a damn virus and was ill for over 2 weeks. Whilst it has all but gone, the energy hasn't come back yet, well not to the point it had got to. I do have more energy overall though than I have had for a long time as I can still run up the stairs - and that was something I hadn't done for a long time before the gluten-free/DF.

I have lost around 30lbs too, some of which was lost before my digestion collapsed in Jan and a few lbs since which does help. I think the energy level change with the SCD will be perhaps not quite so radical as with the gluten-free/DF as I was already part way there and my body is still trying to sort itself out. I have eaten something lunchtime which didn't agree with me very well - possibly the peeled raw apple - I usually know as my stomach gets uncomfortable and I get a dull ache/pain in my centre back. That tends to drain my energy - the digestion takes up a lot of energy and if it isn't working properly then fatigue will be the first symptom.

I fell down the stairs when my daughter was a baby and fractured my spine. I always thought the pain I used to get was to do with that plus the extra weight I was carrying (although I'm sure it didn't help!), but I now know it was to do with my digestion. At times I would get so tired and weak, it would take all my strength not to just lay down in the street where I was standing! I always wondered why I could do walking and sitting but I couldn't do standing!

How has your yogurt turned out?
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:53 PM

tHIS MIGHT BE A LITTLE OFF THE SUBJECT BUT HAVE ANY OF YOU EVER WONDERED IF IT WASN'T GLUTEN THAT IS CAUSING ARE PROBLEMS, BECAUSE I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CELIAC TWO YEARS AGO AND MY SYMPTOMS GOT BETTER BUT I WAS STILL HAVING PROBLEMS AND I NOTICED THE ONLY THING THAT WAS IN EVERYTHING I ATE WAS SOY...THE DOC JUST TOLD ME THATS NORMAL FOR SOMEONE WITH CELIAC TO HAVE MOREE THAN ONE INTOLERANCE BUT I SOON DEVELOPED A CARBOHYDRATE INTOLERANCE AND HAD ALL OF THE SAME SYMPTOMS I HAD THAT I THOUGHT I WAS GETTING FROM GLUTEN. I DECIDED TO START EATING GLUTEN AGAIN AND AVOID SOY COMPLETELY. mY SYMPTOMS ARE COMPLETLY GONE:) iF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE INGREDIENT LISTS OF FOOD WITH WHEAT THEY ALL HAVE SOY IN THEM ALSO. ITS JUST A THOUGHT BECAUSE IT WORKED FOR ME AND NOW I CAN EAT BREAD BUT IT IS SOY FREE AND I ALSO EAT SOY FREE CEREAL NOW. iF YOU ARE TO SCARED TO ADD GLUTEN BACK IN AT LEAST TRY AVOIDING SOY AND SEE IF THAT HELPS FIRST BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD THAT IT CAN ALSO FLATTEN VILLI. i ALSO AGREE WITH WHOEVER SAID SOMETHING ABOUT CARBS BEING A PROBLEM IN GENERAL. i STILL EAT VERY LITTLE GLUTEN BECAUSE SOY IS IN ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT GLUTEM IS, BUT I NOTICED THAT A LOW CARB DIET FOR ME REALLY WAS THE KEY TO MAKING ME FEEL BETTER.
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:37 AM

Yes I'm from the uk too! so you say that tesco's own brand multi is ssc safe? (well safe enough without having to hound the manufacturer!)

My yoghurt turned out good, didn't actually have much of it as it all went into a savory cheesecake, which was good though the success was lessened because either a small amount of diary yogurt, or the grape juice upset my stomach. I've never had a real problem with diary bar the temporary intolerance that coeliac disease caused. though I am aware that diary is general bad news. I've also read a short piece from the coeliac doctor stating that the body will have an easier time digesting the fruit rather than a commercial fruit juice so I think I shall leave fruit juices for teh foreseeable future.

Thats an interesting experience you've had with soy there, 22222, I find it odd that you've been diagnosed with coeliacs but are able to tolerate gluten without soy. I suspect that you might have not been properly diagnosed and that your symptoms were simply soy intolerance? though you'd have to discuss that with your doctor. Personally I wouldn't go back to a normal diet even if I could, gluten is detrimental to 'normal' peoples health aswell as coeliacs.
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 11:48 AM

Yes I'm from the uk too! so you say that tesco's own brand multi is ssc safe? (well safe enough without having to hound the manufacturer!)

My yoghurt turned out good, didn't actually have much of it as it all went into a savory cheesecake, which was good though the success was lessened because either a small amount of diary yogurt, or the grape juice upset my stomach. I've never had a real problem with diary bar the temporary intolerance that coeliac disease caused. though I am aware that diary is general bad news. I've also read a short piece from the coeliac doctor stating that the body will have an easier time digesting the fruit rather than a commercial fruit juice so I think I shall leave fruit juices for teh foreseeable future.

Thats an interesting experience you've had with soy there, 22222, I find it odd that you've been diagnosed with coeliacs but are able to tolerate gluten without soy. I suspect that you might have not been properly diagnosed and that your symptoms were simply soy intolerance? though you'd have to discuss that with your doctor. Personally I wouldn't go back to a normal diet even if I could, gluten is detrimental to 'normal' peoples health aswell as coeliacs.




Hi Rob, I have just checked my husband's Tesco's Complete for Men (sorry, due to your name I am assuming you're a man!). I have noticed that it contains a little maize starch, sucrose and maltodextrin. I think some of these things are going to be very difficult to avoid one way or another. As it is only one tablet a day I would imagine that the amount is so small that it probably wouldn't impact too greatly. I have a job figuring out why they need to put sucrose and maltodextrin in them - normally they are swallowed so you wouldn't be able to taste it anyway!

If you find a better one let me know!

I did find that the yoghurt affected me a little. I have had some catarrgh with it so I'm thinking that either it needs 'cooking' for longer than the 24hours or I would be better off with goat's milk. I have found that I could tolerate commercial goats' yogurt far better than cows' so that may be the best way to go. I haven't got the 'cooking' off to a good start as I have a job to keep it warm overnight. Last night I put it into a slightly warm oven which hopefully got it going then popped it by the radiator when I got up this morning, but I reckon I will have to invest in a proper yoghurt maker so I can keep the temp even. If it hasn't cultured properly undoubtedly that would impact on the effect it has on me. It is delicious though.

Do you get backache when your stomach is affected?

I did us a chicken curry last night but used crushed cooked cauliflower instead of rice. It tasted ok but boy did we suffer after! Perhaps that was just one too many veg!

The cheesecake sounded good. I am having to avoid eggs at the moment as my stomach isn't coping with them very well, which is a bind as there are quite a few things I'd like to make that contain eggs. I made some blueberry pancakes for breakfast the other day using ground almonds and eggs and they were very good but my stomach wasn't at all happy after. Wouldn't it be good to just be able to eat without having to think about what might be a problem for the stomach! And then maybe it is combinations of different foods - someone was saying that he could eat toast and he could eat eggs, but he couldn't have eggs on toast!!!

I'm getting fed up having to think about food all the time!
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Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........




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