Joined April 2017
Weight History

Start Weight
148.0 lb
Lost so far: 19.2 lb

Current Weight
128.8 lb
Performance: gaining 0.3 lb a week

Goal Weight
125.0 lb
Still to go: 3.8 lb
I diet to treat and prevent flare-ups of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and a possible S candida yeast infection in the gut. When overgrowth occurs, the delicate epithelial lining of the intestines are stretched and strained, which can lead to conditions such as leaky gut, food sensitivities, loss of digestive enzyme function, and physical damage (e.g. diverticuli) in the gut.

At this moment, I'm on a ketogenic elimination diet. With eggs, animal meat, broth, and fat as the base of my diet, I'm introducing low FODMAP vegetables one at a time, and I'll move on to more fibrous and fermentable vegetables, fruit, and legumes next. I'm also adding probiotics in very slowly.

I believe in eating seasonally, and I do keto each winter. When spring arrives, I break away from low carb eating to enjoy fresh fruit. In the summer, I eat a lot less meat and more plant-based meals like salads. When fall rolls around, I'm ready for heartier fare, like chili and pumpkin bread. After the holidays, I'm ready to do another keto cleanse!

In general, I follow a modified anti-inflammatory paleo diet. I'm sensitive to nightshades (peppers, paprika, eggplant, tomato) and soy (emulsifiers and isolates particularly). I have a really hard time digesting starches, the stickier they are (like sweet potato or white rice) the worse.

Vices: chocolate, bourbon, and coffee

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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.

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
posted 09 Aug 2017, 08:55
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.
posted 12 Jul 2017, 09:35
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.
posted 11 Jul 2017, 08:47
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.
posted 11 Jul 2017, 04:37
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. Smile I like your quote, btw. I've used that one before, too.
posted 10 Jul 2017, 14:04
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