Last week I posted that I had found some research indicating that my lack of smell might be related to zinc deficiency. This week I want to give a high level overview of how zinc might be impacting your life and give you some great resources if you want to learn more about it.
I used a technique I learned called a dry rub. For spices I used a salt, paprika, ginger, and cayenne pepper (but you can use any combo). The main point is don't skimp on the quantity when your dry rubbing a meat. I'm not including any specific spice amounts because I just winged it, but also because this is about learning new ways to cook not necessarily recipes. The following steps are for using a dry rub spice mixture.
This last week was pretty much an extension of the previous week's symptoms. I didn't have a bowel movement for around 3 1/2 days and was starting to get pretty uncomfortable so I went out and got some prune juice. I drank about 8 oz on Wednesday night and 8 oz on Thursday morning and finally that afternoon the pipes started working again. After that, I continued to drink about 8 oz a day throughout the weekend and was back to averaging one bowel movement a day. Although I was able to shake the C, my BM's were only of about 2 quality on the Bristol stool chart. I also had more gas than I have had since starting the diet back in January. I have had smelly loud gas all day everyday for about 10 days now. I really hope that whatever is going on in there leads to the good guys starting to win the battle.
Well, fittingly, after coming off a nice new high last week, my digestive healing is on a bit of a bull pullback (stock trading talk for down swing in the middle of an up swing). The main problem has been bowel movements. Not really any other problems, just the fact that they are not very high quality and I've had a couple mini constipation cycles (2-3days).
I came across a great series of 6 articles that explains how and why GERD happens. I think it should be essential reading for anyone on the SCD diet because it explains in very simple terms how and why many people on the typical standard American diet (SAD) have acid reflux and how doctors treat the symptoms with medicine handed to them from the evil pharmaceutical empire. It also helps that the author backs everything up with legit sources and studies.
This past week was pretty epic, I added a few new foods and didn't cheat at all LOL, no really but I did officially pass 90 days on the SCD diet! It's been an interesting 90 days, I learned much more about myself and body than I ever could have imagined. Physically and Mentally this diet has been a great blessing when I stick to it. It's because of that I will continue on for at least another 100 days (I like to chunk big goals down) and then reevaluate my situation.
Phenols and Salicylates could be holding you back from getting healthy. Find out in this post what they are and why giving them attention matters.
In the last week I think I’ve really turned a corner. Not a physical corner but a mental corner. Understanding that I’m not alone, and that I’m not the first person to act this way or have these problems really helps. It’s one of those realizations that should be simple and yet it was extremely hard for me. It is really easy for me to get stuck inside my head and start thinking that my experience is some how blazing a trail. This is a trail that many people have gone down before and so while we are all unique we also not that unique.