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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet – Amanda’s Story #2

Amanda shares more about her journey with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet here! She’s on a roll, ladies and gents, check out how she’s doing it.

SCD Day 7:

I actually downloaded a new app just to make my grocery list (I usually make a list in a mini-notebook). Today, I was determined to go grocery shopping. The SCD diet is so much like the bodybuilding diet I used to follow, in that it requires PLANNING. You have to grocery shop and prepare food (and do dishes), and it is tedious if you are used to eating out or buying food that is already cooked and assembled. I have become used to eating convenience foods, since straying from the “bodybuilding lifestyle”. While struggling to get my footing with the SCD diet, I still have to shop and prepare meals for my husband, and he supports me but he is not even close to interested in the SCD diet for himself. Fine by me, that means I don’t have to share my food.

Before launching my mission, I needed to eat something. Ugh. I settled on 1/2 a chicken breast with a couple small pieces of parmesean cheese and some sun dried tomatoes, heated it in the microwave and wolfed it down. I also had 1/2 an orange. Good enough.

I proceeded to hit up Trader Joe’s for the bulk of my groceries, because they are economical (cheap) and close by. Using the list on my phone was great, so I didn’t go in circles. I wanted to get more cheese, so I looked at the aged “SCD Legal” cheeses. I saw Vermont Cheddar is aged 3 years, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong and grabbed a hunk. I then proceeded to Whole foods for a couple of items I couldn’t get at TJ’s: almond flour, coconut flour, and yogurt starter culture. I love to bake and I sure as hell miss bread, so I’m ready to experiment. Unfortunately, a bag of almond flour is $9.99! The same sized bag of coconut flour is $6.99, still expensive (it’s a small bag) but I decide I will just get the coconut and not the almond. I also found freeze-dried yogurt starter.

So I came home, put away groceries, made dinner for my husband, and decided to take a stab at making SCD Yogurt.


yogurt pic

Homemade SCD Yogurt

1 Gallon Organic 1% milk
Yogurt starter

I followed the directions for how to make yogurt in the oven (without a yogurt maker). My oven is bad ass and has a “bread proofing” setting that keeps the oven at 100 degrees (right where it needs to be). Since it is supposed to…um…ferment, for 24 hours, I haven’t tried it yet. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint.

You can find the original recipe here.

Coconut Flour Drop Biscuits

I also decided to make some coconut flour biscuits. Yum!

1/3 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. melted butter (or coconut oil, I used butter)
4 eggs
1/4 c. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
**blend ingredients, drop biscuits onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes

I had already made a new batch of baked apples, so when these biscuits were done I ripped a couple off the pan, topped with apples, drizzled with honey and dug in. This was quite delicious and very satisfying. However, the biscuits by themselves are not awesome. The coconut flour has A LOT of fiber and so they are meal-y, and the flavor is just kind of weird. Since I was starving (as usual) when I ate these, I porked out and now my tummy is too full, since I haven’t eaten any voluminous or highly fibrous meals in a week and I think my stomach has shrunk. So I would caution: don’t pork out on these biscuits. I also think, that if one is determined to make the SCD diet their lifestyle, it would be smart to find someplace (online?) to buy almond flour–I cannot imagine eating a slice of cake made entirely out of coconut flour.


The Specific Carbohydrate Diet – Amanda’s Story #1

Who is Amanda Palmer?

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 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.


Meal 1:
2 egg/2 eggwhites
3 low fat turkey sausage links
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Meal 2:
Packet of organic, no sugar added blueberry oatmeal
**2 c. Coffee, minus the usual soy milk, only one packet of splenda


Meal 1:
Amy’s Organic Black Bean Soup w/a handful of Trader Joe’s corn/veggie chips

Meal 2:
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.


Try this to soothe your tummy and your soul!

Try this to soothe your tummy and your soul!

Filtered Water
**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….


Jessica Simpson losing points because of Pregnancy?

US Weekly reports that Jessica Simpson is pregnant. Again. Not only does the lucky *&^%$ have a fashion empire and a lucrative contract with Weight Watchers, but she’s clearly blessed with the gift of fertility! My heart goes out to all my TTC sisters out there who might be just a tad jealous of Ms. Simpson’s latest news. Our time will come ladies.

So what does Weight Watchers (WW) have to say about all this? Well, pretty much nothing according to US.  After all, pregnancy is hardly the ideal time to be counting calories unless you’re morbidly obese and it might impair the growth of your fetus. Here’s WW’s response to the beautiful news:

“Any questions related to Jessica’s personal life can only be answered by her team,” Stephanie Schulman, Weight Watchers’ public relations manager, told E! News Wednesday. “We do not disclose financial details about our relationships with any of our ambassadors.”
Is this a cold shoulder from the women’s weight loss chain capital!? It kind of sounds like one to me. How about a congratulations? Or a cheers! Something like “This point’s on us, Jessica.” I understand the need to protect the precious corporate entity, but WW should know that women everywhere are watching to see what they’ll do next. A passive statement like the one already released, just doesn’t cut it.

So what ARE the legal ramifications when pregnancy prevents one from following through on their end of a contract? Is this considered an act of God? I know some certainly think so. Wouldn’t WW walking away from an inked deal count as pregnancy discrimination? Yet how can Jessica uphold her duties as a weight loss spokesperson while trying to grow a baby? Perhaps they’ll view her pregnancy as a 9-month hiatus or maternity leave?

Regardless, WW better proceed with caution.

After all, a  lawsuit against Sisley Cosmetics is underway because Sisley managers asked “questions about [a female employee’s] future reproductive plans who strongly implied that a second child “wouldn’t be good for her job” and all but threatened to make her “redundant” by eliminating her position.” If this is true, it’s very uncool Sisley. I don’t know how they do things in France, but in the United States pregnancy discrimination is illegal and violates Title VII of the  1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of  1978.

Also recently, a Price is Right model prevailed in her lawsuit against the show claiming similar discrimination. She alleged that she wasn’t able to return to the show after maternity leave because she had been pregnant. The production company responsible for Price is Right hopes to appeal, claiming that the Jury wasn’t allowed to consider evidence that 40% of their models have had children.
Considering these recent lawsuits,  WW responses going forward will say a lot about the company’s culture, PR and marketing teams. I personally think they should embrace Jessica’s pregnancy and chart her progress as she nurtures her body to a healthy pregnancy weight. While caloric needs are different for expectant mothers, there’s no reason Jessica needs to gain 70 pounds this time around. WW should be able to work with that in a way that extends their reach beyond the everyday woman just trying to slim down.  No lawsuits required.