Any chronic illness can make you feel quite alone, especially when you are actually–physically– alone in your tiny Dublin apartment during graduate school. After I made the decision to conquer my autoimmune symptoms with nutrition and alternative medicine rather than pharmaceuticals, I uncovered the vast network of hopeful and proactive people who have awakened to the consciousness of how grossly affected we ALL are by the SAD (Standard American Diet). If you’re reading this blog, then you have surely visited Against All Grain, NomNomPaleo, MangiaPaleo, or one of the many inspirational sites for IBS, crohns, colitis, other autoimmune diseases, and simple, healthful living through nutrition. These ladies have surely been pioneers and made me feel less alone on my journey to proper nutrition and holistic health, so it is to them that I am grateful for my health and inspiration for the Cookbook that I am writing!
As for me, I started off on the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and integrated additional “paleo” foods slowly (like maple syrup, dark chocolate, and squash). I recommend looking up the Specific Carbohydrate Diet beginner’s guide at the Breaking the Vicious Cycle Website. Now, to be clear, I totally believe in the magic of modern medicine. In fact,
SCD was invented by a doctor, and thus it is the best kind of medicine that melds modern science and natural healing. All of the recipes on my blog adhere to these diet lifestyles, so I encourage you to use your resources to learn more about nutrition to see if this is for you!
Other Common uses for SCD/Paleo other than Inflammatory Bowel Disease include: Celiac, Autism, chronic GI problems like IBS, candida, anxiety/depression, athletic performance and strength training (read about Novak Djokovic’s rise to #1 on a grain-free diet), gluten- intolerance, and weightloss.
This is a good place to go to understand the differences in the traditional “Paleo” and SCD Diets. And here is an excellent account of why SCD’s carbohydrate restriction is especially healing to an insufficient microbiome. And Finally, I have reduced a ton of my side effects of IBS and nutrition deficiency (bloating, exhaustion, weakness) through micronutrient support in shakes and juices. Visit my product website, Elisabeth’s Superfood to learn more!