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Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
I am a bit surprised not to find the diet I am following on FatSecret, since its 40 years old and based on a body of research stretching back more than 200 years, so I'd like to outline it briefly for you. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) as designed by biochemist Elaine Gottschall is intended to heal damage inflicted upon the epithelial lining of the small intestines by bacterial or yeast overgrowth. Microbiome imbalances are very common with the typical Western diet, which is high in starch and sugar. When an overgrowth occurs, a vicious cycle ensues. 1) Over-consumption of starch and sugar 2) "Bad" yeast and bacteria flourish in the gut 3) The epithelial lining of the gut is injured and certain enzyme activity is lost (disaccharides can no longer be effectively digested) 3a) This may be the origin of leaky gut syndrome and many food sensitivites as food molecules make their way through the injured lining and enter directly into the bloodstream where they may trigger an immune response 4) The injured lining secretes mucus to protect itself 5) Nutrients can't penetrate the mucus coating and sit in the intestines where they are digested by the "bad guys" instead, and the cylce begins again To interrupt the cycle, the SCD cuts out all di-, oligo-, and polysaccharides and allows only carbohydrates than break down into monosaccharides before entering the intestines. Meat, non-starchy vegetables, fruit, nuts, select legumes, homemade yogurt, fermented foods, and honey comprise the diet. By only allowing specific carbohydrates, the bad bacteria are starved, but the individual is never under- or malnourished and can begin to heal. Once the lining of the GI tract is healed, foods can be added back in one at a time as long as there is no reaction. [u]Monosaccharides and allowable sources:[/u] Glucose (non-starchy vegetables, white navy beans, peas, and lentils), fructose (fruit, honey, and root vegetables), galactose (SCD yogurt, ripened cheeses; note: galactose + glucose = lactose), ribose and deoxyribose (mushrooms, meat, fish, eggs) [u]Disaccharaides and select sources:[/u]: Sucrose (table sugar, cane sugar, beet sugar, and saccharose), lactose (milk), and maltose (molasses and brewer's malt) [u]Polysaccharides with descriptions[/u]: Amylose (straight chain starch), amylopectin (globular starch molecule), glycogen (glucose storage molecule found in the liver), and cellulose (plant fiber, e.g. sawdust) [u]Oligosaccharaides (sometimes used as thickening agents)[/u]: Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), galactooligosaccharides (GOS), mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) Could you have a yeast or bacterial overgrowth in the GI tract? Symptoms may include cramps, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, chills, and hives (note: my symptoms would come in cycles as the infection flourished and died off repeatedly; when die-off occurs, toxins are released from the dead cell bodies causing headaches, chills, cold sweats, etc). Please read "Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health through Diet by Elaine Gotschall to learn more. I highly recommend it for anyone who has chronic GI distress of any kind. Three websites for initial research are: Pecan Bread Breaking the Vicious Cycle SCD Lifestyle
by snakeyjane (submitted 2 years ago)
Lost historical data
The solution I found was to retroactively date the day I started my diet. In case anyone else has the same problem.
by snakeyjane (submitted 2 years ago)
Lost historical data
I changed my diet and then realized that it started my progress over, so I switched back. How do I sync my history with my diet? I've lost all the progress data on my phone, which is discouraging. Help?
by snakeyjane (submitted 2 years ago)
L-I-V-I-N: How I manage my mental and physical health
That's funny! I found my quote on a wall, too! Yes, I also sweat during yoga. Sometimes more than others. It's funny how holding a pose can be so much work, but to a spectator, it looks easy. I go to my studio once or twice a week and practice at least 20 min at home each day. I think I have a pilates DVD somewhere... Maybe I should dig it out.
by snakeyjane (submitted 2 years ago)
L-I-V-I-N: How I manage my mental and physical health
Thank you for your feedback, SLLockhart. Isn't yoga wonderful? I'd like to try pilates, too, but they don't offer it at my home studio. And of course I will keep updating. :) I like your quote, btw. I've used that one before, too.
by snakeyjane (submitted 2 years ago)
L-I-V-I-N: How I manage my mental and physical health
Hi, all. This is my first post. I thought I'd introduce myself by sharing challenges I faced last year, my motivation for joining fatsecret, and a success I've had since. Last year included a lot of stressful events that led to some weigh gain. I graduated college in December 2015, sunk into a seasonal depression while out of school and unemployed, started a new job in February 2016, and bought a house in May 2016. Most of the events were positive, but the cumulative effect was very hard on my body. I'd been in my best shape ever during the summer 2015 (I was running 5-10 miles a week, lifting heavy twice a week, and doing yoga 6 days a week). My stress was low, because I was doing research at school that I loved. Then classes started and it was crunch time to graduation, so I cut way back on exercise (read: quit) and focused on school. Between August and February I gained 20 pounds. I knew something had to change, but I wasn't willing to go back to spending 2 hours exercising a day now that I held a full time job. After a health assessment at work, I realized my stress levels were making me feel sluggish, eat emotionally, and gain weight around my middle. I decided to get back into yoga, eat better, and cut back on alcohol consumption. These things are helping me with my weight loss, but I wanted more. Long term stress, poor diet, and depression don't only affect your physical fitness, but your mental wellness. I was cycling through periods of depression and acute anxiety this spring, and I couldn't focus on anything -- my brain was total fog. To address this, I cut refined sugar and grains all the way out of my diet and added a lot of vegetables, prebiotics, and probiotics. It may seem strange that the culture of yeast and bacteria in your gut can directly impact your mood, unless you've learned about the microbiome and the brain-gut axis (I'm happy to point to further reading/listening if anyone is interested). I also decided that I could benefit from daily meditation. I'd been practicing yoga for years, but I've never had a meditation practice. They say it takes three weeks to form a habit, and I've successfully sat for meditation every morning for about a month. I accidentally skipped a morning last week, and it felt [i]weird[/i], so I think it's going to stick! I'm up from 5 min to 10, and I want to work my way up to 20 min of meditation every morning. My stress levels are way down, and some of that stubborn weight around the middle is beginning to come off. Furthermore, my mind is more clear and I can focus (I wrote this whole post in one sitting, haha), just not on work. I haven't felt depressed lately, although that could be because it's summer. I'm hoping that together all these lifestyle changes will help me this winter when the great grey beast looms over me. How do you manage stress? Do you meditate or have some other mindfulness or reflective practice? I'd love to hear how other people cope with this thing we call Life.
by snakeyjane (submitted 2 years ago)

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