Gut-Healthy BBQ

With Memorial Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of BBQ season. After all, nothing says “summertime” quite like a day spent outside with family and friends around the grill.

But a “Standard American Barbecue” is far from gut healthy…

  • Sauces and marinades full of sugar, gluten, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors
  • Inflammatory oils like canola and soybean
  • Low-quality meats like hot dogs and pre-made burgers

That doesn’t mean you need to spend your summer alone and inside. (We already know that following a leaky gut diet doesn’t mean you can’t be a Social Butterfly.)

Instead of the usual hot dogs, my favorite thing to grill are kabobs. I love how versatile they are – you can take any veggies, any type of meat, and combine them with fresh herbs and seasonings to make a really delicious, really simple meal.

One variation I make all the time are beef kabobs with chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri is a South American sauce made of parsley, garlic and olive oil. If you haven’t had it before, it is similar to pesto but with a very bright flavor. You can use it as a marinade or a sauce for meat, eggs, salad, etc.

This recipe is easy (just a few ingredients), fun (there’s nothing like food on a stick) and really flavorful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! [click to continue…]

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methanogens

Bloating… that enormous feeling of pressure like someone just blew up your abdomen with an air pump… and now your pants have shrunk two sizes.

Or maybe it’s that feeling of fullness like you’re dragging around an extra tire everywhere you go.

If you’re like millions of other people, you can relate.

For some people, this is an all-day problem that starts the moment they wake up and gradually gets worse throughout the day.

For others, it comes and goes – maybe related to a food trigger, or maybe with no rhyme or reason.

And along with the bloating comes the “C” word… constipation, meaning three or fewer trips to the restroom in a week..

Yet others have the opposite problem – diarrhea that strikes soon after a meal and leaves them scrambling to find the closest bathroom. [click to continue…]

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Josh SIBO Survivor

There’s nothing quite like reading a success story and thinking “That sounds just like me!”

When Jordan and I first got sick with digestive problems, there weren’t any stories like ours out there – we were lucky we found each other.

So when we launched SCD Lifestyle, that was a big part of our mission – to connect with and inspire people like us to take their health back.

Josh is one of those people – he started SCD after connecting with my story on the blog.

Today, I’m really excited to be able to share his story – and hopefully keep the inspiration going. [click to continue…]

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Charlie Shannon Success Story

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be told I can’t do something or that certain things just aren’t possible.

I had heard this several times from various people on my healing journey and it actually motivated me even more to accomplish the things I wanted to (like overcome Celiac disease symptoms using diet and supplements).

Just like I was able to prove those doubters wrong and achieve vibrant health, so was our friend Shannon and courageous son, Charlie.

I’m humbled and grateful to share with you how Charlie and his mom used the SCD diet to put Crohn’s disease into remission – even after the doctor told him and his mother it would simply be too hard.

If you’ve found yourself in a place where you’re scared to make a change because someone told you it wouldn’t work out, this inspiring story is for you. [click to continue…]

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Food fads come and go. One year, acai is the must-have superfood, and the next year hemp hearts are in vogue.

These days, different experts promote all sorts of so-called superfoods.

And while each of these foods have merits, there’s one that stands above the rest.

This super-super-food has been eaten by people since ancient times.

I’m talking about organ meat – liver, kidney and heart.

What makes organ meat so special? (And superior to the muscle meat we’re used to eating?)

Well, a lot.

As far as nutrient density goes, organ meats are second to none. Gram for gram, they’re the most concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and essential amino acids.

I like to think of organ meats as nature’s multivitamin.

And even though organ meat has fallen out of favor in modern cuisine, this ancient, sacred food is too good for you to be forgotten.

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