SCD Diet Success Stories

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While we love sharing tips on health, like ideas to tweak your diet, supplements and lifestyle… one of our core missions is to share powerful, real life success stories with you that inspire hope…

The kind of stories you read when you’re ready to give up…

The kind of stories that help you keep going, if only for just one more day.

And today, we’ve got one that I can’t wait to share with you!

This story was previously published in a magazine, so we weren’t sure if we’d be able to share it. Thankfully, after a few emails, Colleen Pierre, the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Saratoga Mama, graciously agreed to let us re-publish Haley’s story. (You rock Colleen!!!)

Haley’s story will inspire you with her will to survive and will to fight. Her unwavering determination to beat Crohn’s is one of the most powerful I’ve ever seen.

Not only that, but her talents are giving her a platform to let others know that they have options other than dangerous medications. I can’t express how grateful we are for Haley and her family…

Thank you for being willing to step up and spread awareness about the healing power of eating real food.

Without further ado, here is Haley’s story…

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Carol and Sons

Parents have had to fight doctors long enough about the merits of SCD. Good thing more research is coming out confirming that yes, indeed, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is not doing harm. And in fact it is helping many with inflammatory bowel disease.

Here’s the latest study to support SCD.

And in celebration of that new study, today’s heartwarming story is about Ulcerative Colitis and a Mom’s inner journey as she tries to do anything to help, fix and support her youngest son.

I’m so happy for Luciano (far right) and appreciative of Carol for sharing one of the most inspiring and true life success stories.

Our ebook is the go-to execution manual for SCD. Hope you have a copy.

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I recently published a children’s book titled Luciano and His Sunshine Boots. It’s a true story about my youngest son who purchased yellow puddle-stomping boots and called them his “Sunshine Boots.” It’s a heartwarming story about hope, healing, and happiness.

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A couple weeks ago, we got a message from Phil on Twitter:

Phil Agostino @scdlifestyle My last 25mg of azathioprine. Those suffering stay strong #colitis #IBD #drugfree #health #diet #SCD pic.twitter.com/NEdy4djalP

We couldn’t wait to hear more from him. (Here’s the rest of our conversation if you’d like to read.)

With hopes of inspiring others in similar situations, Phil is using social media to share his story with the world. For some, all it takes is seeing another real person who’s “been there and done that” to shift their lives entirely. See, there’s power in numbers and there’s no coincidence that more and more people are getting healthy again through diet, supplement, lifestyle and mindset changes like those we talk about.

And luckily, there are amazing people like Phil who feel compelled to spread the word to help others. We couldn’t be more grateful that we’re a part of the change we want to see in the world.

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Struggling with Ulcerative Colitis and desperate, Carrie spent countless hours scouring the internet in hopes of finding answers from people she could relate to, hoping to find others who had successfully overcome digestive disease. When she discovered SCD’ers were becoming healthy and regaining their lives, she knew what she had to do…

Carrie is a Personal Trainer and the body she worked so hard to sculpt was literally wasting away. She told us that reading stories like How Jen Used Food to Overcome UC (in just 6 months) and Gabriel is a Med-Free Teenager After a Long Battle with Crohn’s Disease (and other similar stories) filled her with the hope she needed when she was at her lowest point… the point where she desperately needed to know she wasn’t going to wither away and die.  If you’re not yet familiar with my story, I was in the same place back when my doctor told me to start SCD because he didn’t know what else to do. Sometimes, all it takes is one book or one other person’s success story to catapult us to new heights of health we never even dreamed of.

Instilling a sense of hope in others is the biggest reason we share these amazing stories with you and it’s an absolute honor to share Carrie’s with you today. Sometimes all we need is someone that has been where we are and succeeded, someone who’s been in our shoes and did it, to inspire us to take control of our health.

Today, I hope Carrie can be that inspiration for you…

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It Wasn’t Too Pretty Just Over a Year Ago

In April 2013, I lay in a hospital bed hooked up to IVs with drugs running through me to help slow down the bleeding, pain and the excessive amount of bowel movements (diarrhea) I would have per day.

For about 12 years, I have dealt with stomach problems but never this bad. In my early twenties, I began to have bad pains and urgency to go to the bathroom, but with the elimination of dairy and wheat I felt great for a few years. Then, I had a baby and all hell broke loose.

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Once a week we get an email from someone saying they want solid medical research about the SCD Diet before they will try it.

My response is usually, “Please start by reading all these success stories we’ve been sharing with our readers.  These are real people trying the diet and sharing their success in their own words.  Then, try the diet for 30-days and see how you feel.  The only person like you IS you… so the best thing is to try it and see if it actually works for you.”

In my opinion, I’ll believe legitimate anecdotal stories from people like me over diet studies any day.

However, I can’t tell you how excited I was to see some of the new quotes coming out from a recent Rush University SCD study (1).  Like this one:

“I have observed that a small number of my own IBD patients drastically improved on the SCD and achieved complete long-term mucosal healing, or were able to reduce or discontinue immunosuppressants for several years.”

So today I’m very excited to share that quote with you, but also to share another courageous story of a teenager who overcame Crohn’s Disease.  This story was submitted by Gabriel’s parents and is absolutely inspirational.

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