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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the Two Percent Solution


Carbohydrate Specific Diet (photo courtesy of jthetzel)

Celiac.com 05/03/2010 - Place a single tiny droplet of food coloring on a solid surface, a small plate will do nicely. Don't move it or touch it. What happens? Usually nothing.

Do the same thing in a saucer of water and now what happens? The color spreads and permeates the water.

This similar to the effects of eating a tiny amount of food restricted from your Celiac diet.  I follow The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and it demands scrupulous attention to the kind of food I use and what is in it.

The reason is that minuscule amounts of what we consider "The Undigestibles," feed bad gut bacteria, strengthen them, allow them to multiply and subdue friendly bacteria, all at the expense of a compromised digestive system.

There are ways to determine food ingredients. We have all become more conscious of labels in recent years. Some tell us what is not in the product. I think for most of us celiacs, the magic words are "gluten-free."  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet contingent is very fond of  "free of starch, fillers, gluten and sugar." It's the favorite label of newcomers but not those in the know.

That is because by US law, 2% of ingredients do NOT have to be disclosed on the label and are welcomed into our bodies by a gleeful band of bad bacteria creating a cause for celebration, feasting  and procreation.

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Few commercial foods are approved for Specific Carbohydrate Diet and there are even problems with those that are. Ingredients and processing methods of store bought commercial foods are subject to change at any time and without notification.
Periodically we contact companies requesting a document by regular mail or fax on company letterhead and signed by a living being. Email is not acceptable, neither is telephone validation.

Does this sound reasonable?

My own experience leads me to believe it is easier to have the Vatican approve a divorce than to squeeze a response  even from certain juice companies whose products have been approved for years, something I attempted  the last week in April 2010.

Company number one agreed to send the letter. It  hasn't arrived yet.  Company number two looped me from Consumer Support to their nutritionist and I wound up in the legal department with assurance that they would get back to me (something like, "The check is in the mail?"). No word.

These two products were chosen because of their wide availability in North America and even in a few other countries.

What do I do? I have a very effective juicer! The fruit goes in with no additives and out comes juice with no additives, just as it should be. (we always dilute juice as in pure form it has too much natural sugar).

It's my two percent solution.

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wyckoffbr
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10 May 2010 10:55:15 AM PDT
Excellent ideas. Thank you. So often people talk about the problems with no solutions. People need to know they can help themselves.

 
Miranda
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11 May 2010 3:46:43 PM PDT
Been on the diet myself for about two months, its the only thing that has really helped, a literal life saver. I got comfortable after only a month (I have no self discipline) and cheated just a little here and there thinking I deserved to or something, that it couldn't hurt. WRONG! You are so right, even 2% matters. Nice article...

 
rene
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26 Jan 2011 8:11:13 PM PDT
What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? No link to info about it. Specific Carbohydrate Diet needs to be explained as how it differs from gluten restriction and why, at least a nutshell delineation. It's not just about avoiding the 2% of hidden stuff on the labels. Not at all. The 2% stuff is just the reason why you have to prepare everything yourself and eat no processed food of any kind. Ever. Leaving that amount of fact out of the article is misleading about the diet, which is purported to reset the body's autoimmune system so effectively as to eradicate certain disorders.




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I can only think of two things, 1 something you put on your potato was contaminated like the butter container could have crumbs in it or something like that as mentioned before, and you could be having a reaction to dairy or what ever was put in it.......IF it was just plain potato and you reacted with bloating and cramping you might have a carb issues, tad rare and most associated with additional auto immune diseases but could be in which case a diet of fats and protein would be your answer much like it is for me now days.

They are gluten-free. Did you use butter that might have gluten crumbs on it? For me , it takes more than 2 hours to feel the effect of gluten- maybe something you ate before? Maybe stomach virus?

Has anyone had an reaction to potatoes? Just made couple bake potatoes 2hrs ago and now I feel awful...just wondering thought potatoes were gluten free?????

I recently covered some pizzas when adding some grain free options to the gluten alternative list....I actually found a company that makes gluten-free hot pockets also sorta made me laugh. There are some unique ones out there now days even found one that made low carb crust out of chicken breast and cheese. https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/117090-gluten-free-food-alternatives-list/

these sound like celiac reactions yes ... basically avoid anything that causes the reaction always and find your self a great natural practitioner and rebuild your body .. Rest vitamins digestive enzymes and very strict diet Good Luck