As much as I like the idea of Dr. Wahls’ 9 cups of berries and veggies a day nutrient dense diet my body didn’t. I’m not absorbing nutrients properly so increasing the amount of nutrient dense food I’m eating made my body treat the extra nutrients as an invading force. Gotta love Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
Anyway, my doctor and I found a gentler way to get all the nutrients I need from food while helping my malabsorption issues. It may take longer but my body will at least stop feeling like I’m poisoning it with the foods I’m eating. I’m now trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It’s complicated but basically it’s grain free, refined sugar free and starch free. Its aim is to heal and balance the microbes in the gut so nutrients are absorbed properly. It’s highly recommended for people with autoimmune diseases, especially ones that affect the gut like Celiac and Crohn’s.
SCD is both more permissive than the modified Paleo diet I’ve been on for the past month and more restrictive. The only sweetener I can use is honey and even my beloved date sugar isn’t allowed. I also can’t use my favorite gluten replacement: chia seeds. There’s a whole new set of cooking and baking challenges ahead of me. I’m looking forward to experimental cooking and, eventually, improved health!