Evaluating your Healing Plan

If you’ve been following my series on SCDLifestyle.com, check out the final post here.

OR, use the full link: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/big-picture-evaluating-your-digestive-healing-plan/

Enjoy! I’ll be back to my regular posts in July.

 

Onward to health,

 

Bread Squares with Jam

I’ve been taking a little mental health break from the blog for the past month, and I will probably continue to do so at least until January; however, I wanted to share this with you. I just couldn’t resist.

In the beginning of November, I had my first successful non-SCD experiment: Sprouted Wheat. Why sprouted wheat? Because I hate nut flour, and because my elimination diet showed that my body doesn’t tolerate nuts right now anyway; because I love bread; and because I have generally been without symptoms for long enough now that I was willing to try an excursion, an SCD excursion to be precise. I wanted to try it because sprouts (not SCD legal) are super-foods, and because, after 2.5 years without it, I wanted some bread dammit.

So my wife and I sprouted some wheat berries, dried them at low temperature, ground them into flour, and made a simple soda bread: (sprouted) wheat flour, water, salt, baking soda, and a squidge of honey. I made it like a flat bread, only about 1/2″ thick and cut it into squares. It’s great with homemade jam. I tried these bread squares with homemade jam for a week in the beginning of November and… Eureka! Turns out my body (including my sickly colon) loves sprouted wheat! I’ve been eating modest amounts of it for a month now with no adverse effects. So in celebration of my first non-SCD food victory, I have written a poem that I’d like to share with you. It’s both in celebration of my success with sprouted wheat, and a tribute to my favorite author. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess the author as you read the poem. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I call it “Bread Squares with Jam.” Read the rest of this entry

Juicing and IBD

“Man, you know what your problem is? You got no juice.” (“Juice”, 1992).

With IBD (Crohn’s and Colitis), often it is difficult to eat enough vegetables or fruits; the fiber can be killer during a flare up. Even when we are symptom-free, we can be more sensitive to fiber from fruits and vegetables than gut-normal people. So what do we do? Most of us stay away from those foods (at least for a while), or limit our quantities.

But our bodies need them. We need the vitamins; we need the minerals; we need the enzymes; and we need the calories. So, what do we do?

One alternative you can use is to lightly or moderately steam your vegetables, and lightly cook, peel, and puree your fruits. This breaks down the fiber matrix and makes them more easily digestible. I did this during the first few months of the SCD, and it helped me to be able to eat a wider variety of vegetables (leafy greens like spinach, and hard vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and beets; good fruits like apples, peaches, and pears). However, when we are healing, we often need a larger quantity of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients for rebuilding, than we would if we were well.

What else can we do to get the valuable nutrients and healing properties of vegetables and fruits?

You can juice them! Read the rest of this entry

Colonoscopy Results

I get a lot of comments and emails that say something like, “great post, loved the info, but how are you doing?” I admit, I don’t write enough about my own journey–I am still trying to heal fully from colitis, so often the things I’m writing about are natural treatments that I am trying, have tried, or want to try in the future.

Consider this short post an update on my health.

The bacteriotherapy last February got me back to normal, 100%, for about two weeks. Then my symptoms began to return, which lead to the realization that there was another layer of healing; another factor that needed to be addressed. But I was still better than before the bacteriotherapy. Now I was down to 1-2 loose stools per day, from 3-4–an improvement, but not total healing. So bacterial manipulations were a key treatment for me, just not the only treatment.

I turned to antibiotics and probiotics and started cycling a Berberine complex with probiotics. More improvement, but nothing permanent. My itching improved, and my energy improved, but still couldn’t kick the diarrhea. On to diet. Read the rest of this entry

Note: I couldn’t have written this post, nor could I have tweaked my diet to see results without closely tracking my diet and tracking my symptoms.

 

In this post, I will share yet more evidence that diet is essential to the management and treatment of inflammatory bowel (Crohn’s and Colitis). It is also essential, I believe, to the management of IBS, and many other idiopathic (of unknown origin) conditions, but I don’t have time for that here.

I have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for a little over two years now. As I have alluded to in past posts, the diet has gotten me most of the way (80-90%) back to normal—but it didn’t get me fully back to normal.

For two years, I’ve been saying that the SCD, while the foundational component of my treatment, is not the only treatment I will need to fully heal. Today, I may change my tune some…Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry