So I’ve begun a new diet, which my dear husband is adhering to along with me, called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). After hearing testimonials from so many others with Ulcerative Colitis for how wonderfully it’s worked for them, I thought it was worth a try. I read the book “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” which laid out the reasoning and science behind the diet, and it made sense to me, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The diet is definitely a challenge, since it’s pretty limiting from what most people tend to eat. I can no longer eat grains, gluten, sugar, lactose, or soy. I feel very blessed to be home from working right now, so that I have the time to make nearly everything from scratch and adjust to this new way of eating. After a couple weeks of cooking for the diet, I feel less overwhelmed, but at first it was a bit daunting; I mean it felt like this diet is practically just one step up from churning your own butter. I don’t care to be that rustic, thank you very much.
The first couple days on the diet I kept making mistakes. I’d remember that I couldn’t have sugar in my coffee, but then I’d accidentally pour in some cream! It’s not so easy to remember all the things that are now off limits.
I started feeling better almost immediately, which is awesome! I’ve cheated a few times, and really noticed; so all the more incentive to stick to it!
I plan to post recipes that I come across that are real winners. It’s a healthy way for anyone to eat, not to mention that I’ve lost 9 pounds without hardly trying.
This is certainly going to be an adventure, and a challenge to adjust to. But, if I come away from the experience in better health, it will certainly be worth it. I’m thankful that Elaine Gotschall did the research she did to find out what foods someone with UC should and should not eat. I’m praying that this can be a good way to better steward the body that God has given me.