Inflammatory bowel diseases are tough to control. Constantly in and out of remission and never knowing when the next flare up will hit you head on. The SCD diet was most definitely the strongest factor in gaining control over the ulcerative colitis that was ravaging my body. Yet, this process took more than two years of very slow progress. Slowly, month after month, making slight headway and feeling just a little bit better each day.
I was confused at this process and felt like it was out of the ordinary. I felt like others on the diet were making quicker recoveries and some do! This feeling though, that I was somehow not on the right road to recovery, really hindered my progress and weighed heavily on my mind. Have any of you felt the same?
The reason I decided to write our book was for this reason. I felt that a story of slow recovery was needed. An account of the trials and tribulations of the diet and disease. An explanation of the fact that everyone reacts differently to diet modification and the effects of disease. A story that lets you know that the place you are in RIGHT NOW is OK and that with perseverance and determination you will make it! Two Steps Forward, One Step Back...
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Two step forward, One step back
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Today I find myself in a unique situation within the dietary community. The simple blog here is surpassing 40,000 views, our book Two Steps Forward, One Step Back continues to sell copies worldwide, and the emails and questions from people around the globe continue to pour in. Yet, day after day I see and hear people who are desperately struggling with Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis or IBS and feel that medication and surgery are their only options. These options luckily work for some but sadly do not for many others, myself included. It took me years to search, discover, and learn about other options. Enter the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).The SCD diet was a pure miracle for me. By eating the correct foods I was able to curb the destructive forces of inflammation that Ulcerative Colitis was causing to my body. I was amazed how slowly but surely the diet was healing me from the inside out! For me, this healing process is a lifelong journey. The diet rarely "cures" anyone and is rarely a quick fix. The SCD is not a gimmicky diet that was formulated for weight loss or general health. It is a scientific diet that plays a role in balancing the immense population of bacteria that reside in your gut. Each of us have a different makeup of bacteria and therefore have different reactions to the diet.
Following a diet such as the SCD is anything but easy. It takes lots of education, time, and the drive to put in the effort to get results, and these results can be limited for quite some time. Progress is usually gauged in months and years compared to days and weeks but the daily results are usually so profound that it keeps us going through the hard times. The diet is continually evolving as new foods, labeling laws, and other discoveries are found. It helps to have a knowledgeable person to guide you through the maze of not only food related questions but also the tidal wave of emotions and thoughts that the diet and disease evoke.
I would be lying if I told you that it didn't weigh heavily on my mind about making an income from giving advice about the SCD and digestive diseases. The hard fact though is that I don't have enough time in the day to talk to all the people who want and need advice while still holding another full-time job.
What if I could give people the advice and knowledge that they are asking for? I have amassed a lot of information and experience while following the SCD for more than 11 years, writing a book about the subject and having the same type of disease that many have. Yes, I can truly say that I know what you are going through with an inflammatory bowel disease! Match the personal experience with an educational background in kinesiology, health education and counseling services. This adds up to a lot of knowledge to share with others.
So the question is:
Are you someone who is looking for a consultant to help overcome your digestive disease? I WANT YOUR OPINION!
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Please take the brief survey (10 questions) I have compiled so that I can gain some insight into the needs and wants of the SCD/digestive disease community.
Thank you all for your time!