Co-Founder of SCD Lifestyle Steve Wright has finally broken down and started his path to intestinal healing. After many years of undiagnosed digestive warfare in his body, this series of weekly posts will take you through his experiences, thoughts, and struggles on the SCD diet. Check back and follow his progress:
Week 1 Summary
Well, today is day 6 on the SCD diet. I have successfully survived 4 days on the intro diet and I’m now transitioning into phase one of the diet. Other than making quite a mess of my kitchen, everything went smoothly. I started the diet Monday morning and it turned out to be a long and surprising week, but, in retrospect, I think I had it easier than most. My “die-off symptoms” only lasted about 2 days. The rest of the week was an uphill battle in which it seemed like I cooked, cooked and cooked (with lots of sleep too).
Mental and Body Changes
I decided to go dairy-free for now, as I’m pretty confident that I have some type of lactose intolerance and figured it best to start the diet on as simple a diet as possible. I experienced some bad BMs and mental fogginess / clarity problems during the first couple days. I was experiencing some stomach uneasiness after breakfast all week, so I cut out eggs for the time being to see if that would help. I’m still not sure if they were the culprits but I will try and introduce them in early next week and how my body responds. My BMs were all over the place at both extremes from D to nice and solid during the week, so I would say that is an improvement and I will chalk up the inconsistency to die-off and my body starting to heal itself. Late in the week, I have been starting to notice that I have a much steadier energy flow after lunch when I would normally been scrambling for a coffee. (For the first month I’m giving up all caffeine and alcohol.) My sinuses seemed to start clearing up as well. However, the weather changed and now they are back to being plugged up.
This week, I did 4 weight lifting sessions and 2 steady state cardio sessions. This will be my blueprint for now but could change at any time. The workouts went great and I really don’t see this diet negatively impacting my fitness goals in any way. I actually expect it to help me, by eliminating the possibility of binging on junk carbohydrates. I am using the Freeda vitamins at full-serving dosages of 3 multi-vitamins caps, 5 Calcium caps, and 1 B-Complex cap. For the week, I was down 2 pounds.
At this point, I’m only eating carrots and pears along with broiled meats. But my plan includes introducing some butternut squash in the next day or two as long as I’m still feeling good. After that, I’m looking ahead to some apples and then hopefully break into the bananas near the end of the week! I’m also planning on starting on some probiotics this week.
I did do some experimenting this week; the third time that I made carrots I used my steamer. I was able to produce the same level of cooked and purred consistency in 45 minutes, instead of 4 hours of boiling. Based on this test, I’m going to continue trying to use steam to replicate boiling and therefore cut down my time in the kitchen when preparing vegetables.
One Line Thoughts On The SCD Diet
- The intro chicken soup is much better tasting than I expected
- Purred carrots taste a lot like squash and I really like them
- Try steaming your carrots for 40-50 minutes, instead of boiling
- You really don’t need to add much water when making pureed pears
- I think it is almost impossible to understand how much meat one must consume on this diet
- If you thought you cooked in bulk before, double that and you have SCD proportions
- If you’ve never used your oven’s broiler, check clearances before cooking things that plump up (burgers) it will save you a big headache!
Anyone else have some one line wisdom for the first week on the diet? How about good stories? I only set the fire detector off twice…