Who is Amanda Palmer?
Amanda is a friend from my college days in Hawaii. There she astounded us all when she transformed her body for fitness competitions. Around the same time, while dieting and exercising to the extreme, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Crohn’s disease is a related condition. Ouch!
Since then, having put fitness competitions on the back burner, she’s tried various diets and nutrition plans to stabilize her weight. In the process, she’s struggled with issues that arise because of ulcerative colitis. So, after extensive research, she’s now decided that enough is enough. She is determined to get her health and weight back on track. She hopes to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of the disease by sticking to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). We’ll be following her progress here.
What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?
Here’s what SCDLifestyle.com has to say about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet:
”The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a group of foods which are grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free, and unprocessed. While removing many foods that are toxic and digestively harmful the diet remains natural, extremely nourishing and representative of what our ancestors ate.
Eating SCD is a way to “re-boot” your digestion and give you an overall health boost. The diet will probably have you feeling better than ever even if you don’t have any intestinal damage. But if you are one of the lucky few who needs a bit of digestive support this diet was created especially for you.”
Interestingly, my doctor just recommended the book Wheat Belly. She is a major proponent of a grain free, especially wheat free, diet. In fact, based on what she outlined, it sounds like she’s already following SCD’s principles herself. And believe me she is one hot doctor! I’m sure if Amanda visited her, this is exactly what she would prescribe.
Amanda’s story, Amanda’s words – SCD Day 1
I started chronicling my SCD experience yesterday. Figured I’d share it with you, get your feedback, and give you an idea of how I’m approaching it.
2 egg/2 eggwhites
3 low fat turkey sausage links
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Packet of organic, no sugar added blueberry oatmeal
**2 c. Coffee, minus the usual soy milk, only one packet of splenda
Amy’s Organic Black Bean Soup w/a handful of Trader Joe’s corn/veggie chips
Large Honey Crisp Apple with (a lot) of almond butter
**2 or 3 c. Coffee w/one splenda (each)
If you’ve read the “legal” and “illegal” foods list, and the list of rules, for the SCD diet, then you’ll notice that I have broken a lot of those rules. I didn’t even discover the SCD diet until about 3:00am this morning–yesterday was my feeble attempt to kick off the New Year by kicking refined carbohydrates out of my diet. Today, I woke up starving and wanted to start the SCD diet, but I was unprepared and had no plan of action. Black beans are on the list and I really needed some kind of starch to make my stomach stop growling, so I chose the lesser of many evils and went with Amy’s Organic southwest black bean soup. But I added a few chips. I wasn’t really planning on writing about this and, at the time, I was comfortable lying to myself about the chips.
I noticed today, that my mouth and teeth already feel better, although it’s hard to explain how. I think my saliva has been thick and probably riddled with candida (yeast) and it would leave a film on my lips every time I licked my lips–which are constantly chapped and peeling. But today seemed better! Also, I noticed that I was peeing a lot, which is normal given the fact that I gorged on pizza, chicken wings, cake and wine a couple nights ago (ringing in the New Year!) and since I haven’t eaten very many carbohydrates in the last couple of days, so I’m dropping a lot of water. It feels good, I can feel my lower abs again–contract them! My stomach has been feeling mushy for quite some time, to the point where I prefer not to look at myself in the mirror naked and start comparing my “now” with my “best”, because they are night and day.
My Ulcerative Colitis has been “flaring” more the last couple of days (I will not go into detail), and the symptoms are worse today than they have been–I hope the SCD diet makes it stop.
I went shopping today at Trader Joe’s and picked up a bunch of produce. I was particularly excited to make this “detox water” I saw on Pinterest, which has nothing to do with the SCD diet, but since all the ingredients are “legal” and detoxing is a goal of mine, I picked up the stuff to make it.
**The picture on the recipe showed Mason jars, and I’ve been wanting to buy some anyway for myriad hipster-ish pinterest projects, so I made 4 big ‘ole jars. It’s easy. Slice up the lemon and 1/2 (or more) of the cucumber, add mint leaves and water, and refrigerate for an hour or overnight. The recipe says it lasts a couple of days in the fridge. I just tried it, and my husband is laughing at me for being so giddy about it–delish!
I have to figure out what to eat tomorrow. Maybe some sort of beef stew? A chicken salad with almonds? Definitely eggs for breakfast. Okay, so tomorrow is first official day of my SCD diet….