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Archive for September, 2010

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Part 2 (the Diet)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I thought the diet in my book, Food to Some, Poison to Others, was somewhat challenging.  The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is even more so.  The individual is required in this diet to eat a limited amount of food types.  An average breakfast will consist of eggs (poached, scrambled, or boiled), dry curd cottage cheese, and apple or grape juice diluted with water.  Lunch is homemade chicken soup with a cooked beef patty or cooked fish.  Dinner is a variation of the prior suggestions.  The diet also includes homemade cheesecake and yogurt.  The cheesecake is made with honey not sugar.  The diet relies solely on fruits, honey, some vegetables, plain meat, fish, poultry, and yogurt.  Starches in all grains (including rice), corns, and potatoes are excluded.  The theory behind these exclusions is that the simpler the structure of the carbohydrate the easier the body absorbs it.

The homemade fermented yogurt is used to repopulate the gut with “healthy” intestinal flora or bacteria.  By ingesting a large amount of good bacteria, the bad bacteria in the intestine is neutralized.  The overgrowth of the bad bacteria decreased because it is no longer feed by french fries, waffles, pasta, potato chips, and other sources of complex carbohydrates.

Note: If one decides to undertake this diet it should be under the guidance of a physician.

For more information concerning this diet see: www.BreakingtheViciousCycle.info or www.Pecanbread.com

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Part 1

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) has been used all over the world for extremely compromised gastrointestinal tracts.  The diet is based on the idea that we as a species have not evolved enough to eat the processed foods we are consuming.  Therefore, a number of individuals are developing many forms of bowel diseases and other gut-brain-body ailments as a result of these consumed foods.  The SCD is intended for diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulceration colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic diarrhea.  The diet has shown to be effective with autistic children.

The theory behind the SCD diet is that our bodies cannot digest complex carbohydrates.  So if we are eating large amounts of these complex carbohydrates then our body will react unfavorably.  It can take years of consuming these foods (fast foods, TV dinners, food in packages) before the symptoms become apparent to life threatening.  Or the body will recognize the food as a poison and will react immediately, hence allergic reactions.  While medication helps for the short term, continual medicines and antibiotics will not cure the problem.  Rather these medications tend to kill off the good bacteria in our intestine while helping the harmful bacteria to grow and thrive.  These harmful bacteria render the intestine inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients and vitamins.  We are basically dying slowly from the food we eat.

SCD diet is introduce to get rid of the harmful bacteria that feeds on complex carbohydrates.  It is not an easy diet.

To be Continued…………….

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