SCD Diet Tips

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”.

After talking with well over 5,000 people via email, comments, facebook and private 1-on-1 consults, we’ve evolving our point of view about introducing new food to make sure you get the best results as fast as possible. [click to continue…]

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car-crashing

Tires slipping on the icy road.  Tap the brakes… heart races.

Look up see a tree and a field.  Hoping to miss the tree…

BAMMM!  A whole field there and I hit the only tree for a mile.

This is a common story told by car crash survivors and it highlights a universal law.

The law is that we get more of what we focus on.  And sadly, it happens to those who don’t want to lose another pound of weight just like it does for the car crash victim hoping to avoid the tree.

Weight loss is a common fear that causes some to avoid starting SCD, GAPS, or Paleo in an effort to NOT lose another pound.  Many do something worse they give up just a few short weeks after starting… [click to continue…]

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Real-food-weight-gain-shake

How do I get more calories?  Is a very common question on this site. Eating more meat and more fat containing foods high in calories is the first step.  The second easy change to make is to eat more meals each day.  Start eating 4,5 or 6 meals if you are already eating 3.  And yes, it’s likely you’ll eat the same meal several times each day.  But the point is calories and gaining weight.

When you are losing mass the first thing to do to halt it and begin to reverse it is to eat more calories.  Taste should be the last thing you consider.  Many times people are fighting to stay out of the hospital or to avoid public embarrassment.  So while these 3 steps might be uncomfortable they are better than the alternative.

When you reach the point of not being able to chew any more food, the next step is to go to liquid calories.  Trust me, focus on steps 1 and 2 first because step 3 might sound easy but has it’s on learning curves and pain.  The rewards however can be amazing.

In one summer I gained 20lbs of mass, daily I would chug down a 1600 calorie real food weight gainer shake.  At first it was fun, then it got old quickly.  But I needed to get the calories. [click to continue…]

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epsom salt Bath

Are showers costing us our health? Probably not, but I do think Epsom salt baths deserve an in-depth scientific look.  After all tradition supports bathing with most ancient civilizations highly valuing baths especially those with therapeutic added salts, minerals and oils.

Epsom Salt was discovered in 1618 in England in a town fittingly named Epsom.  There’s countless websites and medical practitioners who swear by the healing power of Epsom salt baths.  But in today’s age of misinformation, should we buy this treatment idea?

There are 2 wide spread rumors about the benefits of Epsom Salt baths:

  1. Epsom Salt baths are an effective way to increase magnesium levels in the body
  2. Epsom Salt baths help our body detoxify more effectively

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