The Psychology of SCD

Diet Cheating

It’s been said that changing your diet is harder than changing religions.

And if you’ve read my old posts you’d see I feel off the bandwagon over and over again.  Jordan didn’t have this problem, but there sure are many of us who do.

I struggled with this so bad, I once wrote Jordan a check for $1,000 dollars.  If I cheated on SCD he was to cash it immediately and spend it.

At the time I had over $24,000 in credit card debt,$ 90,000 dollars in student loans, and was making $40,000 dollars a year working my day job.  Not only that, but we lost over $4,000 dollars that year on SCD Lifestyle.

In other words, I didn’t have $1,000 dollars.

If he would have cashed it, I would have missed a student loan payment and my rent.  Which is precisely why I was able to go 90 days straight during the summer on SCD.

The summer is the hardest time of the year for me.  And I knew if I was going to get healthy I needed to stop the vicious cycle of self-sabotage. [click to continue…]



At 2am in an empty hospital waiting room we squared off.

The respected, 30 year surgeon and me.  He had just successfully operated on my dad and I was tremendously grateful, but there were still things to be talked about.

As my mom and sister nervously watched, we intensely debated his plans for my dad.  My heart raced after I asked the tough questions that required me to explain them medically and support with data.

After the tough stuff was done, he took another 15 minutes to chat with me about how and why I knew so much.  He kept digging, and I was trying to dance around the real answers.  Until I gave him what he wanted, exactly what we do here on the blog, in our products and 1-on-1 consulting program.  He was supportive and intrigued a response I didn’t see coming.

Afterwards, chatting with my family they wondered why I was dancing and not more direct with my answers.  Emotionally drained and sleep derived it was actually it remarkably clear.  I’ve seen this before in other areas… this was an important test of my beliefs.

Do you REALLY believe it Steve?  Because either way you are about to create it. [click to continue…]


Have you ever grabbed any old tool hoping it will get the job done?  Even when you know there is a specialty tool that would do it better?

I have many times.

It seems like the whole time I’m trying to get the job done, sweating and struggling; the little voice in the back of my head keeps reminding me that there is a better, faster or safer way to do it.

I think about this conundrum often.

The Right “Tool” Is Always Preferred – Except…

When it’s not.

On one hand, we have path #1, in which I’m happy to have taken action to get what I wanted.  I didn’t let fear, resistance or the lack of a “tool” stop me from getting the job done.  I thought of something, and started it moments later.  No need for the right tool, because I used creativity, hard work and problem solving skills to get it done.

Path #1 example: Like last week when I was trying to replace the battery in my alarm clock.  Instead of using the right screwdriver I backed the screws out with a dime, but it took me forever!

On the other hand, by not choosing path #2, I have wasted time, resources and pain because I choose not to do it with the proper tool or method.  There was a better way and I didn’t use it.  All I needed to do was do a bit of planning, learning or investing and it would have been simpler, faster and cheaper.

Path #2 example: I’ve been learning how to make homemade ice cream, it turns out you can do it without any special equipment, but recently I bought an ice cream maker.  Now instead of waiting 24hrs I can make a smoother flavor ice cream in 30 minutes.

Path 1 or Path 2 will usually get you what you want over time.  But, there are different trade-offs for choosing either.  You might trade more time and sweat for more money like in example 1 or trade less money for more time and quality in example 2.  In every decision there is always a trade-off and understanding what you’re willing to trade is very important.

Sometimes NOT having the right tool or info is used as a reason to not do something… [click to continue…]

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“Hey, can you pass me those chips?”

I’m sure I’ll hear that about 10 times this Memorial Day weekend.  I won’t be at a Paleo or SCD cookout and I doubt I’m alone.

When I grab that bag and toss it to my buddy, what goes through my head?  In the past, I’ve had all kind of thoughts like…

“Agh, why do people actually eat these nasty things”

“Oooh No, they smell so good, I want to eat the whole bag”

“Don’t they understand that that these little death squares are going to kill them?”

“Don’t make me touch it, Aghh, the flavor, the salsa, I need to put chip-to-mouth!!!”

I’m not bipolar, but reading those lines might give you that impression. 

That’s because it’s all out of context.  The sun isn’t shining; the smell of gas, grease and summer isn’t filling your nostrils.  You’re not reading this around 10 of your friends, most of who don’t eat real food. [click to continue…]


Sometimes I look down notice a bug in the lush grass, time slows down.  Next thing I know I’m deep in contemplation on the trees, and the scene around me.  It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of a forest.

It’s just as easy when your belly hurts to get lost in your head, the internet and books.  Except this kind of lost doesn’t usually calm us down.

It’s in these darkest hours, when the Google death spiral consumes us that we need perspective the most.  Having perspective on where your going, why your doing what your doing, and that your not alone is very important.  Unfortunately many times it’s hard to take the steps when your tummy is hurting or colon is bleeding.

It’s is one of the essentials for long term healing.  And that’s the tragedy…  the people who fail to think with perspective and plan are likely to never get well.  That’s why we are really happy Matt is back to help us all get some awareness and perspective on proactive health planning.
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