Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

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Posted: 09 Aug 2017, 08:55
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.

Monosaccharides and allowable sources:
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)

Disaccharaides and select sources::
Sucrose (table sugar, cane sugar, beet sugar, and saccharose), lactose (milk), and maltose (molasses and brewer's malt)

Polysaccharides with descriptions:
Amylose (straight chain starch), amylopectin (globular starch molecule), glycogen (glucose storage molecule found in the liver), and cellulose (plant fiber, e.g. sawdust)

Oligosaccharaides (sometimes used as thickening agents):
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
"What the patient takes beyond [her] ability to digest does harm." Samuel Jones Gee

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Posted: 09 Aug 2017, 13:19
You've got a point. Not everyone's diet is shown on FatSecret, and mine isn't, either. I'm on the Hypothyroidism revolution program by Tom Brimeyer. I couldn't find it in FatSecret, so it looks like I am on my own diet because of it. I bought the program on July 4th for $131.95. I follow the diet to a T. I still do not have energy to do a Tae Bo tape, but I think I might need more Nature-Throid to get some. I won't know until my lab results from this morning come in.

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