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01-02-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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My journey with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

INTRO

As promised, I've created a "blog" so I can track my results and experiences with the SCD diet. This is a learning experience for myself because I am new to the diet and I'm certain there is still so much more for me to learn about the diet.

With this thread, I will report the things I eat, and how I'm feeling each day. I will try to make this as detailed as possible so I can be most effective with helping others as well.

For my personal choice I have decided to skip the intro diet and jump right to eating a normal SCD legal diet and cut out all the other things we should not have (on the diet). I've decided to do this for a few reasons, including the limited food choices on the intro diet, and also wanting to see just how important it is to do the intro diet or not. I will give my method some time but if I do not notice any improvements, I will go right to the intro diet and do it as recommended.

Because it is the holidays still for my school, when I go back on Monday, January 7th I am going to make an appointment to have a blood test so I can get base numbers so I can "officially" track my improvements (if any).

IMPORTANT: I have created this thread so others can follow my journey with the SCD diet and while I will try to answer any questions to the best of my ability, I strongly ask that you do not post in here if you have criticisms or don't believe the diet is effective.
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01-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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Day 1: January 2, 2012.
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Starting Weight- 166.4 lbs
Current symptoms- Diarrhea, two perianal abscesses that continually drain, but appear to be slowly healing.

This morning I went grocery shopping for the diet. It took me a lot longer than usual because I had to spend so much extra time reading labels and finding legal foods I can eat for snacks. For me, I don't think meals will be too bad but I need to find snacks that I can have in between meals to I can maintain healthy calorie intake levels. Because it is still early I have only had breakfast so far but I will edit this post when I have ate my lunch and dinner.

I also have a bunch of different nuts so I can start making nut milk sometime this week.

Breakfast: Omelette made with mushrooms, ham, and cheese. Also had a glass of orange juice mixed with Perrier water to give a soft drink taste, but completely legal!

Lunch/Snack: 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, 1 decent sized cucumber and some celery with peanut butter. Also had another glass of orange juice

Dinner: Honey garlic chicken breasts (boneless/skinless), steamed carrots, green beans and wax beans, and also mashed cauliflower with some shredded cheese on top.

I made banana chips today which were basically bananas dipped in lemon juice (to prevent sticking) and then they bake on low temp for like 3 hours. They have a bitter-sweet taste to them but I personally think the combo is pretty good together.

I also made hazelnut milk which was super easy and I can use it in my morning coffee with some honey as a great alternative to milk and sugar. I haven't tried it yet because I boiled the water to filter it before hand so it was still hot when I finished so it's in the fridge cooling off. It smells delicious though!


I'm going to need to find ways to pack in some calories. I've ate really healthy today but I don't think I'll be anywhere near normal calorie levels by the end of the day eating like this. Of course I didn't eat much of a lunch regardless I definitely need more.

I'm not going to say I feel a difference already but I do already notice that I don't get the urge to go to the bathroom right after eating like I did when I ate things like chicken nuggets and fries, pizza, etc.

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01-03-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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I decided I'll probably update this at night so I don't have to update this every time I eat something but I just wanted to quickly say that I had my morning coffee this morning made with the hazelnut milk I made yesterday as well as some honey. It's a different taste than the milk and sugar I was used too and the hazelnut milk is a little stronger but it's actually good! The nutty aftertaste does somewhat take away from the coffee flavor but I think if I used less, it would be the perfect balance.

Also, I woke up with a bit of a headache this morning. I'm not sure if it's from the diet or just from sleeping. Other than that, I don't feel hungry and already I notice that my stomach isn't making as much noise.
01-03-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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Day 2: January 3rd


Breakfast: Coffee with hazelnut milk and honey, Celery with peanut butter and cantelope.

Lunch: Had my ham, mushroom and cheese omelette. Also made a smoothie with hazelnut milk, blackberries, and banana. Delicious!


I'm also making candied pecans. It's super easy, and they taste exactly like pecan pie without the crust. I could eat these all day!
Baking


Done


Dinner: Chicken fingers with almond flour breading, fried squash, bacon and carrots. Also had a drink of 100% pure pineapple mango juice. I've never had squash before so I was a bit scared but fried up it and mixed with the carrots and bacon it was actually delicious!

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Overall today, I'm feeling pretty well. I woke up and have had a headache all day, but my urgency to go to the bathroom has gone from 6-8 a day down to the 2 BM's I had today. I think it's too early to say that it's working but I can definitely see how the foods I'm eating would cause you to go less.

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01-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #5
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How did you make the candied pecans? They look amazing!
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01-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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This is the recipe I used.

Candied Pecans
Ingredients:
1 lb raw shelled pecan halves
3 large egg whites, preferably at room temperature
1 cup honey
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp additional unsalted butter, melted
salt

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Roast pecans in a large pan in a single layer for 10 minutes.
3. Cool pecans completely before continuing recipe.

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Beat egg whites and a pinch of salt until it reaches the stiff peak stage.
3. Add ginger, cinnamon and vanilla extract, mixing just to combine.
4. Slowly add honey.
5. Continue mixing just until combined.
6. Fold in cooled pecans.
7. Pour 1/4 cup melted butter on large, lipped sheet pan and cover entire bottom.
8. Pour pecan mixture onto sheet pan and spread out evenly.
9. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned
10. Stir and return to oven for 15 minutes.
11. Stir again and return to oven for 10 minutes, making sure nuts do not burn.
12. Place wax paper on a cooling rack and coat wax paper with 2 Tbsps melted butter.
13. Pour pecans onto buttered waxed paper and spread into one layer.
14. Lightly salt the pecans while they are still warm.
15. Let the pecans cool for about 10 minutes then transfer to storage.
16. When they are completely cool, cover and store.
01-03-2013, 02:08 PM   #7
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Hiya K

I'll keep reading your blog, looks like a good diet! Are we ok to eat nuts, I love all nuts but afraid to eat them cos I read that we need to avoid them?
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This will be interesting. I am often confused about the SCD diet and what can be eaten. I look forward to seeing your food choices and hearing about your results.

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01-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #9
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Are you following the SCD? If so, nuts are allowed, and even encouraged as a source of protein. It says if you are doing the diet in the steps it says to not to include nuts for a few weeks-months (I believe) but I skipped the intro diet to see if its really necessary for me. I made super easy hazelnut milk and it is packed full of calories and makes delicious milk/smoothies.
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No I am not following SCD or any other specific diet at the moment. Just trying to be mindful overall of what I eat. I am mostly curious as to how SCD is done and how restrictive and expensive it can be should I choose to try it in the future (I need flavor and variety in my meals). For some reason it just seems a bit overwhelming to me. Maybe I am just thinking too hard about it (which I am sometimes guilty of doing lol). Sometimes it's just easier to understand if you are following someone who is actually doing it. So I thank you for sharing your experience.

I will definitely look for the hazelnut milk recipie. I already drink almond milk and soy milk and use either in my smoothies as well...I LOVE hazelnuts.
01-03-2013, 03:57 PM   #11
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I was actually asking Astra if she followed it because I must have been typing when you replied. As far as it being restrictive and expensive, put it this way. I'm a 22 year old student. For me, if its fast, cheap and delicious its going in my mouth lol. With the SCD, things like bread become more expensive because you have to make it yourself from nuts (which can be expensive depending on which nut) but other than that, I'm basically just substituting things like oreos, chips, and ice cream (which are all expensive) with things like carrots and other fruits or vegetables.

Being a student, I am able to spend about 300-350 a month on groceries for my fiancee and I so there's not a whole lot of room for expensive food. Also, I don't physically have time to prepare fancy foods but most of my meals consist of meat, fruits and vegetables anyways. I will just have to find alternatives for side dishes, salad dressings, and spices. 95% of spices and seasonings are "legal" on their own can can be illegal when pre-mixed because of potential additives.

As far as the milk, I would guess the almond milk you are currently drinking is illegal and the soy milk definitely is. The almond milk from the store contains cargeenan (sp?) Which is illegal. While I haven't tried to make almond milk yet, the hazelnut milk is super easy and the almond milk is as well, just takes a little longer because the skins need to be peeled.

For the hazelnut milk, I will find the exact recipe for you but its simply hazelnuts and water. It was 2.5 cups of hazelnuts and 6 cups of water. Put it all in the blender until the nuts are pretty well gone and then you strain the liquid through a cheese cloth so you only get the liquid. With the leftover nut "pulp" (you will have some) you can use it for flour!
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oops...sorry. Disregard my message....lol. But thanks for responding! LOL.
01-03-2013, 04:29 PM   #13
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Don't worry about it! Don't hesitate to post or ask questions. We could all help eachother!
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No KWalker I'm not following the SCD but have read up on it, so that's a start!
01-03-2013, 04:42 PM   #15
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Oh, okay. I bought the Breaking the Viscous Cycle book and after reading the science behind the diet it made me want to do it even more.
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All the types of squash are legal and very easy to digest. My favourite is zucchini/courgette, which I use a lot. If you grate them, they need just a few moments of cooking - add at the last minute to retain most of the goodness. They are also very easy to grow.
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01-03-2013, 06:30 PM   #17
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I've never had zucchini. What does it taste like? We want to do the spaghetti squash as well so we can do a "mock-pasta"
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They should taste fresh and almost sweet if they are young. They can get bitter if you leave them hanging around for too long. To buy they should be bright green (or yellow), shiny and firm at both ends (as well as in the midle ) If you can only get big ones, you can stuff and bake them.

You can also slice and fry or steam

They really are very easy to grow - but you need to watch them like a hawk and go fossicking under the large leaves every day once they are ripe (when the flowers start to die off). I swear that they can go from about 5ins to the size of your lower leg OVERNIGHT!

Well, it seems like that, anyway.
01-03-2013, 06:48 PM   #19
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LOL! Unfortunately I live in an apartment so I can't grow my own but I've got 4 grocery stores within a 2-3 minute walk from me.
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You are doing great! I am very proud of you and your fiancee. Ten or eleven years from now I hope that my son will be able to have a handle on his health the way you do and that he has such a supportive person in his life
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Hi KWalker!

I am impressed with your enthusiasm towards the SCD. I bought the book and thought, hmmm should I? I'm also a 22year old student with CD, but I live at home with mum and sis. They are great, and they encourage me to do the SCD but studying and working leaves very little time to cook, let alone cook the yummy things you do. I have eliminated a lot of foods and have very little dairy even though I used to be THEE biggest chocolate lover!

How often to you cook meals? Daily, every other day and have left overs etc? Do you find you feel better by sticking to the SCD? I really want to try it so your feedback will be invaluable.

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I'm going to need to find ways to pack in some calories. I've ate really healthy today but I don't think I'll be anywhere near normal calorie levels by the end of the day eating like this. Of course I didn't eat much of a lunch regardless I definitely need more.
leaving the skin on the chicken and dressing a salad with olive oil will add calories,
avocados and nuts, vegetables, fat(meat)

I don't know if you eat cocoa or not but almond meal, apple-sauce and raw unsweetened cocoa powder is a great desert/breakfast/snack
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You are doing great! I am very proud of you and your fiancee. Ten or eleven years from now I hope that my son will be able to have a handle on his health the way you do and that he has such a supportive person in his life
Thanks Charleigh! You've given me so much help yourself that it's made things much easier for me!

Hi KWalker!

I am impressed with your enthusiasm towards the SCD. I bought the book and thought, hmmm should I? I'm also a 22year old student with CD, but I live at home with mum and sis. They are great, and they encourage me to do the SCD but studying and working leaves very little time to cook, let alone cook the yummy things you do. I have eliminated a lot of foods and have very little dairy even though I used to be THEE biggest chocolate lover!

How often to you cook meals? Daily, every other day and have left overs etc? Do you find you feel better by sticking to the SCD? I really want to try it so your feedback will be invaluable.

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Miss Sammy- Thanks for the support! I would say that if your family is supportive than to take advantage of it and try the diet. You could be like me and skip the steps and go right to just eating the legal foods. My fiancee is doing the diet as well, although not as strict and she loves the meals we have had so far! With us both being students it's so easy to go to McDonalds or grab junk food in between classes but she's all for eating healthier as well so we both do it together. For her though, she still eats things like bagels, cereal, etc but she is also cutting out the fast food.

We are on Christmas break (until Monday actually ) so we have time to cook our meals everyday but like I said above I think, we really only cook meals that are relatively fast and easy. The fried squash hashbrowns we made actually take less time that potatoes, and for the chicken all we had to do was bread it with almond flour and throw it in the oven. We will probably continue to cook every day because we do it together (mostly her while I watch lol) so it's a way for us to kind of wind down from school stress and spend time together. That, and because it's just the two of us, we try to cook only for the meal so we don't end up with a bunch of wasted food. It's easy to cook too much pasta but when it comes to things like meats, for us it's best to waste as little as we need too.

Today is the 3rd day on my diet and I'm feeling it both ways. On one side I feel like I have more energy, I haven't woke up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and my stomach doesn't make nearly as much noise as it used too. Although it's only my 3rd day, I feel more healthy by not eating some of the foods I used too. On the other hand, I have had a constant headache for the last two days, and I almost feel weak. Not to the point where it would affect me, but I guess it would feel as anyone would from not eating. I took the dog for a walk this morning and it was normal as usual and I feel full of energy, but it's like I feel like if I were to get hurt, it would hurt even more. Does that make sense? From what I've read, these feelings are to be expected and will go away as time goes on.

leaving the skin on the chicken and dressing a salad with olive oil will add calories,
avocados and nuts, vegetables, fat(meat)

I don't know if you eat cocoa or not but almond meal, apple-sauce and raw unsweetened cocoa powder is a great desert/breakfast/snack
Thanks hugh, I don't think I can have cocoa powder though. I do have the almond flour/meal that I can put on the pure apple sauce I just found.
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KWalker, sounds like you are doing really well. I had headaches too, and D which I don't normally suffer from much, for about two weeks after starting the diet. It's likely a symptom of toxins leaving your body.
Good, huh? :-)
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That's very good! I could definitely deal with that knowing the reason.
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Hi KWalker,

Yea I think I will try it. My sister mainly eats chicken and fish, and other times we eat quorn too and we love trial different vegetables and alternative foods just for the fun of it. I'm pretty sure she will love whatever recipes are in the book, she is practically in LOVE with Nigella Lawson and our dinners tend to reflect that. This will be a fun venture for the new year :-) whoever thought Crohn's could have delicious benefits!
Uni starts week after next for me but will be going in as of Monday as there is never enough days to study. Will you make your own snacks for days when you are at school?

Keep it up. I'm sure your energy levels will return when your body fully adjusts.
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That's good! I use to deny it but as I got older I really started to believe that if good goes in, good comes out. And it's true. I haven't even gone to the bathroom yet today and its almost 4 in the afternoon! I would have gone 3-4 times by now before the diet. At the moment it still is diarrhea, but the frequency has definitely gone down. I'm not sure what I'll do for school yet, but I have a feeling it will include a lot of peanut butter for calories lol. I'll probably do snacks like celery and peanut butter, fruits (all kinds), cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Simple stuff. I also have a TON of candy pecans made that I could just throw in a bag and snack on them. They're delicious and have nutritional value as well! I do plan to pre-make smoothies though so I can use my nut milk with vegetables or fruit and those will really help, I can drink them whenever, and they're very healthy.

The cravings hit like a bus today as I was out. We had planned to grab a coffee and than go to Costco (the king of grocery stores lol). First, when we went to get coffee I was going to get peppermint tea (legal) with honey but the place we went to doesn't give honey for drinks, so I couldn't have anything Then for anybody who's familiar with the store, it is just lined full of samples for you to try for free. Stuff like donuts, mozzerella sticks, chocolate, etc. The good stuff! Lucky me, couldn't have any of it. They also have a HUGE baked goods section with the most delicious pies, cakes, and any other gooey treat you could imagine. I started to feel sorry for myself for not being able to have any of it but I'm so proud of myself for being able to fight the urge and Mariah let me smell the foods as she sampled them lol. I felt fulfilled knowing she enjoyed them.

I also had a lady laugh at me when I asked if they sell cocoa butter because "you could never eat that! That's for putting on your skin!". You can actually get edible cocoa butter and its a legal way to make chocolate substitutes
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How do you make the chicken fingers? They look good
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01-04-2013, 06:43 PM   #29
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For the chicken fingers we used boneless skinless chicken breasts, egg, and almond flour. First you beat the egg and then dip the chicken in the egg so the almond flour will stick. We broiled the chicken (ours is 500 degrees) for 10 minutes on one side and then you flip them and broil them for 6-8 minutes. They're very good, but next time I want to have a sauce so I can give a little extra flavor. How long have you been Paleo/SCD?
01-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #30
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Day 3: January 4th
I haven't gone to the bathroom all day today and I feel great!

Pre- Breakfast: Coffee with honey and hazelnut milk. I'm still getting used to how much I need to add to get a desired taste but it's still pretty good. On the first day I did too much hazelnut milk and not enough honey, and this morning I did too much honey and not enough hazelnut milk lol. I'll figure it out though

Breakfast: 100% pure apple juice, 100% pure apple sauce, Cookies using Carleigh's recipe with natural peanut butter on top.
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Lunch: 4 eggs, ham, cheese, mushrooms. Blackberries, and candied pecans. Also had a glass of 100% orange juice.
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Dinner: Coconut Shrimp with fried squash, carrots, mushrooms, and bacon.
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