SCD Diet Tips

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“How many of you started eating a real food diet, whether it’s Paleo, Weston A. Price, SCD, or GAPS, because of digestive problems?”

About 75% of the people in the room raised their hand. I was speaking at a Weston A. Price Foundation meeting and it shocked me to see so many hands in the air.

“WOW, ok. Please keep your hand up if you STILL have digestive problems, even though you’re eating a real food diet.”

Only a few hands went down… again, shocked!

So, if you’re eating Paleo, SCD, GAPS, or WAPF and still have stomach problems… you’re not alone. We get emails every single day from people struggling just like those at my talk. Maybe it’s annoying gas and bloating after meals, or bouts of agonizing constipation. Worse yet, maybe it’s gut-wrenching diarrhea that won’t stop. Any way you cut it, it’s frustrating to eat all the “right” foods and still deal with stomach problems.

What gives? How can you eat a nutrient dense, non-toxic, real-food diet and still feel bad?

Why Can’t One of These Diets Just Fix Everything?

We started SCD Lifestyle almost six years ago, we’ve helped 110,000+ people since then, and what I consistently found is that people would pick a diet (let’s say Paleo or SCD or Weston A. Price or GAPS), they would change their diet, commit to this change, and it wouldn’t work.

So they had put all their hope into changing their diet, they did everything they could to change their diet and then… it didn’t work. Their hope would be stolen from them because they tried it and it didn’t work.

What we found over the years is that really it’s about finding a custom diet that works for you. It’s about putting on your engineering hat, whatever that looks like for you.

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Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions along the lines of: “When am I going to get better?”

I get emails like this all the time:

“Hi guys, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 5 years ago and I started SCD 2 weeks ago.  So far my energy is better and my diarrhea’s been cut in half.  My only question is: when am I going to heal?   Do you think I even will be able to?  Right now I can only eat 8 foods.” – Christina

I love this question.  Mostly because when I was sick 7 years ago I spent endless hours trolling Google trying to find the answer myself.  So I’m going to share some of the writing I’ve done about this before… because I could reply back with any number of cliché inspirational sayings we have, like:

  • “It took a long time to get sick and it takes a long time to get better”
  • “This healing process is a marathon, not a sprint – you’re doing great!”
  • “Everyone has a custom diet that works for them… you just have to keep testing until you find yours”

Each of these reassuring clichés is completely true, but what I love about Christina is: she already started the diet.  She already accomplished the most difficult part of taking control of her health by overcoming thoughts in her head like “What if it doesn’t work for me?” or “I don’t have time to cook all this food.

Starting the diet is not only the first step, but it’s the most important one.  Christina is going to be just fine.

How do I know? 

She cut her BM’s by 50% in two weeks.

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Earlier this week I was reading through some Facebook comments from one of our book readers, who wrote in:

“Hey guys, I’ve been following the SCD diet for the last 30-days… but I’m not feeling better yet.  I still have bloating and constipation that feels like it hasn’t changed since I started eating SCD, what am I supposed to do now? Do you think I should ditch SCD and start WAPF or Paleo?” – Lucy M.

In this post, I’ll explain why some people get worse on Paleo, SCD, or GAPS before they can get better, and in this case, what Lucy should do next.

“I Tried This Diet and it Made me Feel Worse!”

Maybe you’re following a diet like Paleo, GAPS, or SCD… but you’re still having problems, even though you’re avoiding all those “bad toxic foods.”  Or maybe you’re like Lucy and you feel even worse after eating this new way.

The good news is: you’re not alone!

You’ve cut out grains, refined sugar, fake sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods like pop or soy, and you’re now eating anti-inflammatory nutrient-dense food.  That’s a HUGE step toward getting healthy.

But there are three common problems that people run into with a new diet like Paleo, GAPS, or SCD that can make them feel worse or seem like they’re not getting better.

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Man with face smashed against glass

Each week there is a theme in our consulting practice.  This past week the theme was loud and clear and I hope you can learn from it.  Here’s how almost all of my consults started.

Me:  “How have you been feeling?”

Becky:  “I’m frustrated and sad.  This last week has been awful.  My skin is breaking out, I can’t sleep and my energy is gone.  Not to mention my stools are super loose again.  I’m not sure what’s going on.  I think we need to make some changes…”

Me:  “Really, well how were you feeling the week before?”

Becky:  “I was feeling amazing!  Seriously, what we were doing was working so well.  It’s just not working now.  Well, I mean it was working until…”

What follows the until is a very common set of mistakes that leads to what I like to call the ‘Glass Wall Mistake’ of Healing.

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food allergies will smith“Hey guys I’m really sick of not eating many foods, I think I’m improving but confused if I should add in more foods.  I don’t want to go back to 8 diarrhea movements a day.  But the diarrhea isn’t totally gone yet either, what do I do?”

The above email is probably the most common type of email we’ve received of the last four years.

The issue with introducing new foods into your diet is that everyone has an opinion on how to do it and when you listen to all of them your brain gets confused.

Which is interesting, because I think it’s a black and white problem.

In today’s information age, there’s a million experts you can read, email, listen to, and watch.  And the normal human behavior is to try and understand all the angles and create the best advice for your situation.

Which typically ends up with your thoughts in a tangled mess.  Since you’re reinventing the wheel… again.

My suggestion is that you leave the wheel alone and follow along.  Because I’m going to show you how to cut out the frustration of knowing when, or if, or how-to try new foods.  That way you don’t get stuck eating the same 3 meals each day afraid to move on.

Let’s start with some reasons to introduce some new foods.

How to tell when it’s time to introduce more foods

Over the last four years one of the most common questions we are asked is “When can I introduce new foods?”

And the funny thing is, if you’re at a place where you’re pondering this question… the answer is likely “Right Now”.

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