Finally healing with food my body can use

This update has been a long time in the making.  It's been exactly one year and 1 day since I recognized my gluten intolerance. (My 1 Year Anniversary!  YEAH!) And I have finally discovered how to eat in a way that accommodates the current condition of my digestive system. My gluten intolerance had damaged my digestive system into a state described as leaky gut. My goal is to heal my "leaky gut".

The diet that I am currently following is the SCD/GAPS Diet which I highly suggest for anyone who has a compromised digestive system might follow...no matter what "the name" is that has been assigned by your doctor.  There are just various stages of degenerative diseases that occur and at different points within your intestines that result in "the name" for the disease.  Therefore, a disease is only "the name" for the symptoms which you are experiencing.

How do you know that you have a compromised digestive system?  Not only are Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis, chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut are symptoms of a digestive system gone wrong, but rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and cancer are among the many other degenerative diseases that can be added to this list - many which can be traced to the lack of nutrition (or improper nutrition).  Ever heard that your immune system is in your stomach? - well it is true because your stomach holds the key to getting the proper nutrients that your body needs. If your body cannot get proper nutrition to continue to build it up and regenerate, other organs begin to fail and other diseases begin to manifest themselves.  This is why so many "young" people are getting diseases that were at once only common in "old" people. In the US, especially, our digestive systems are wearing out far too soon because of improper diets and lack of nutrition.

I began this diet on January 2012 which was 6 months after going on the traditional gluten-free diet which simply avoids wheat, barley and rye. Initially, I started following the GAPS Diet, but since I wasn't autistic (which is the condition for which the GAPS diet was originally intended),  I convinced myself that I could "cheat" a little. Therefore, from January to about Mid-May,  I was continuing to have those "gluten" symptoms that some attribute to cross contamination.  But THE REAL TRUTH is that in order to be gluten-free you have to AVOID ALL GRAINS (even those considered healthy such as Quinoa) and to heal your digestive system you have to AVOID ALL STARCHES (even sweet potatoes - I really like those - and popcorn! - :Awh man").  But to avoid those symptoms is a DREAM COME TRUE!

So finally by the end of May, I started following The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (same diet as the THE SCD ILLEGAL LIST.  It's now mid-June 2012 and I can eat and not feel tired afterwards or have brain fog.  The recommendation is that I should follow this diet for at least a year after my symptoms have cleared completely.  So, I still have a long road ahead, but it's so wonderful to FEEL HEALTHY AGAIN.
GAPS Diet, but steps are a bit different) and so far, I've stuck to following it as specified avoiding all foods on 

The diet is explained a bit more in detail on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and GAPS Diet Page - where you will also find links to other helpful information such as books and websites to help you get started healing. It's all based on plain, simple biochemistry. Read it.

More NOTES:

  • Now that I'm not eating grains anymore and that MY BODY CAN USE THE FOOD I EAT, I have finally started gaining my weight back (2-3 pounds so far). 

  • Initially, I lost weight just as everyone should expect to do so if they begin this diet. But then you gain back what you need - in a healthy way.


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