I wanted to start a blog to catalog all of my adventures while cooking on the Specific Carbohydrate diet, and to show all of those out there with IBD or other Auto-immune diseases that you can eat well and feel good!
I came to the Specific Carbohydrate diet after struggling for over two years with Ulcerative Colitis. I was diagnosed at the age of 21, and found my self in and out of the hospital every few months. I was constantly in a flare up, was always very anemic and had 2 blood transfusions. I tried multiple diets, supplements, and all of the medications, but nothing could seem to get it under control. A friend handed me the Breaking The Vicious Cycle book and I let it sit on my shelf for about 2 months before deciding to take the plunge.
My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for some time, and had a lot of trouble with it. We were also nervous about becoming pregnant while I was in a flare up, so after much mental preparation to change my whole eating lifestyle, I began SCD. I couldn’t believe how quickly I saw results. Within 2 months on the diet, I became pregnant and was fortunate enough to have a symptom free pregnancy! Although, I must admit, it is extremely hard to stick to the rules when you’re plagued with morning sickness, or have a terrible craving for pizza and ice cream!
When my son was 9 months old, I experienced a very severe flare-up. Unfortunately, SCD couldn’t fully pull me out of it. I found that things like dairy and eggs were actually adding to my problems, so I started exploring what my particular body needs to heal instead of strictly following SCD. After a couple of years on the diet, and lots of research, I have concluded that every one is different and our bodies all react differently to various foods. I hope to find the right combination of diet and supplements soon!
I’m still on medications for the time being, but hope to go off of them once I can stay in remission for at least a year. I am having a blast experimenting with new recipes for my new lifestyle. While I’m currently eating some grains like oats and brown rice, pretty much everything you will see on this blog is grain-free, gluten-free and lactose-free. I only use natural sweeteners, and try to always buy organic and local products. My recipes are great for the Paleo, SCD, GAPS, and Gluten-Free lifestyles.
I hope this blog and my recipes can inspire you to get healthy and to know that doing so does not have to mean living in a world of bland food! You can have muffins, cookies, pizza, tacos, desserts and so much more!!