Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Be Practical! Feel Well!

A few months ago, I joined an online group called the SCD Lifestyle, to learn a little more about what that was about. I thought maybe they could help me.

S.C.D stood for “Simple Carbohydrate Diet” – lifestyle. (No, it’s not really a diet). It’s a way for people with digestive issues, like crohns, colitis, or Celiac, or other issues – to get nutritional help and actually HEAL and more forward.

Statistically, a high percentage of celiac patients DON’T feel better just going gluten-free. They still have digestive issues… and they struggle a large percentage of the time.


For some of those people, they have what is called “refractory sprue”, where their body just can’t calm down the inflammation within their guts. Sadly, those people usually only live about 3 years past diagnosis, due to that chronic inflammation… But it sounds like there is more hope… if people are willing to try something like the SCD or Paleo living.

Lots of those people, and others who have a “leaky gut”, have found success in healing that issue with a specific diet.

What is a leaky gut?

It’s when your digestive system isn’t working right – allowing large, partially digested proteins to pass through into your blood stream… which, as you might imagine, can cause whole host of issues inside your body and in your brain. Many people who have undiagnosed celiac – end up with this. Their allergy bucket over-flows, and they can eat fewer, and fewer things that don’t make them ill.

So the basic idea is to more anything that upsets your body – processed and refined foods – which includes any grains, alcohol, beans, dairy, refined seed oils, and sugar. Some people also need to remove nuts, seeds, coffee and eggs.

As a celiac, you never go back to eating gluten grains – but after the cycle suggested – and your body is “reset”, you can reintroduce foods – one at a time.

Through the SCD Facebook page, I learned more about why the Paleo diet was being embraced more and more. I knew they were connected with gluten-free eating, but I wasn’t sure how/why. After reading more books and articles on how this worked for celiac, I had to buy myself a copy of Diane Sanfilippo’s new book called “Practical Paleo” – which is a customized approach to health and whole foods lifestyle.

One of my favorite parts of the book – are the great graphics and detailed explanations. Here is one on digestive health and it even rates your stools, so you know what each means! Good to know, in a light and educational way!

This book is awesome, and I have nothing but great things to say about how it’s laid out, the information provided and the whole marketing aspect of the book. It’s easy to read – and their graphs and information are visually stimulating and helpful. It even includes lots of great recipes and 30 day meal plans.

The book discusses how eating Paleo can benefit those with a whole gamut of autoimmune conditions (RA, Fibromyalgia, Celiac, MS), blood-sugar regulation, thyroid issues, cancer recovery, heart health, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fat loss, athletic performance, general health and more. It has TONS of great information. I can’t say enough great things about it. A terrific resource and cookbook!

I think of it as taking the “gluten-free” life – to the next level of health, and allowing my body to heal. If gluten-free sounds tough to most – this sounds OFF THE WALL to many people. Especially if you’re not sick.

When people give me “that look” (of, what ARE you doing??) or they make very ignorant comments regarding digestive health, or the range of health issues that occur from gluten sensitivity or undiagnosed celiac disease… I know they must not be sick enough to want to make changes, or they just don’t want to have empathy for what you’re dealing with. I try to give those people extra grace… because I know they’ll be the first ones coming right to you – if and when they have issues. Bless them with mercy and grace.

This section discusses leaky gut, and gluten. It love that it explains in great detail all of the hidden places gluten likes to hang out – so you can be extra careful with each food choice you make.

It’s sad in this country, when people get MORE concerned about taking out aspects of a food group that is making them chronically ill… than they do just ripping out organs left and right…

Gall bladder here…

Appendix there…

Parts of a colon over here…

Your spleen over there…

No big deal right? They were just inflamed… they were causing problems…

WHY again were they inflamed?

What is causing all of this inflamation??

Do we really need to ask?

“Bless those who persecute you. Do not curse them; pray that God will bless them.”

Romans 12:14

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