Day 3 – Back to good, and a banana recipe

It’s the end of Day 3 and I feel good! Yesterday was definitely the hardest, culminating in being awoken by an intense and urgent need to vomit at about midnight.

But I woke up this morning and the nausea was gone. I even managed to eat my soup without too many tears, so my nausea really must’ve been the result of ‘die off’, which I’d ignorantly thought I’d avoid, due to my already semi-healthy diet. Today, I really felt back to my normal self (but without bloat!) – except for perhaps being a little weaker than usual.

Just to recap, these are the die-off symptoms you might experience:

– Fever

– Nausea and/or vomiting

– Diarrhoea/constipation

– Brain fog

– Joint pain

– Bloating/gas

– Fatigue

– Intense cravings

– General flu-like symptoms

Here’s a great article by the guys at SCDLifestyle.com about die-off.

While these symptoms sound terrible (and they really can be!), they are fleeting. I went to work throughout, but if you’re going to do intro, it might be best to do it over a long weekend or a ‘staycation’ at home. I kept putting mine off – just one more party; just one more family dinner – until I forced myself to set a date. If you don’t, you’ll never get started. Just do it.

Tonight I also prepared some pureed pear and pureed apple (separately, of course) which I’ll start testing later this week. Tomorrow I introduce bananas, which is hugely exciting for me. I love bananas. I bought these ones days ago to make sure they’d be ripe enough for tomorrow. Remember, raw bananas need to be properly ripe, with those brown spots. Luckily that’s when I’ve always enjoyed them most, but a lot of people can’t stomach them.

Banana ice cream

You can also make banana ice cream by chopping a few bananas into pieces, freezing them, and then pureeing them in a food processor. Delicious!

I’m still writing the numbers on my had. Here’s today’s shot:

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One 30th of the way there! Or – three days less to go ๐Ÿ™‚

How’s your journey going?

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Day 2 – things I didn’t expect

Today, this is what I needed to keep reminding myself:

today-motivation

I’m not going to lie to you guys. I’m only 2 days in and this isย hard. The chicken ‘broth’ nauseates me more than anything I’ve ever smelt or tasted. But I know how good it is for me.

I’ve also been foggy brained and generally feelingย blah. I had a fairly loose BM this morning which is strange, because the Asacol has really ‘firmed’ things up! But apparently on the intro diet one should expect to experience constipation or diarrhoea.

Luckily, I’m not really craving anything sweet – or anything at all. I think my body (or my brain?) realises it’s futile and has given up. I definitely think there’s a huge body/brain connection when it comes to the gut, and indeed the body over all.

I’ve felt nauseated all day, but I also think that’s because I messed up the soup somewhere along the line. The good news is that I’m experiencing zero bloating or belly discomfort, which is amazing. Drinking cold water also helps with nauseousness. I’m sooo looking forward to adding pureed apples and pears in a few days – so much so that I bought all my fruit today.

I’ve also taken the advice of Jordan and Steve and started writing the days on my hand – so today, I have a big fat ‘2’ inked in. Every time I look down, I see the 2 – and instead of being discouraged by how far I have to go, ย I think about how awesome it’s going to be when it reaches double digits.

So far today, I’ve eaten:

– 2 boiled eggs for breakfast

– Chicken soup and 2 meatballs for lunch

– 1 boiled egg as a snack

I intend to have carrots and meatballs for supper.

I know I should change up the way I’m prepping my eggs, but as I go to work every morning, it’s easiest to take hard boiled with me. Perhaps this weekend I’ll do something totally crazy and scramble them ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve extremely fortunate to have K supporting me. I think everyone needs someone to listen to them – even if (or especially if) it’s just to moan about how crappy you feel.

One day (well 36 hours) left of intro and then it’s on to Phase 1!

Supplements

It’s very important to take the right supplements while on SCD – especially the intro diet. I’ve heard this from multiple internet sources, as well as one real-life SCD practitioner!

At the moment, I take the following supplements (this is trial and error; by no means a definitive – or even a correctย – list. Trial and error, as I say):

– Pro-biotic

– Calcium supplement

– Vitamin B supplement

– Vitamin D12 supplement

– Loads and loads of water ๐Ÿ™‚

SCD Day 1 – intro diet

After many months of researching the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) and lurking on forums and Facebook pages, I’ve decided to commit to the diet.

It’s only day 1 and already I’m finding it very tough. At one point today, I nodded off while watching TV, and actually had a nightmare that I’d gone to the fridge, taken out the gherkins, and eaten one before remembering (in a panic) that I was on day 1 of SCD. Wow, was I relieved when I woke up and realised it was just a bad dream (as I’m typing this, I remember that nightmares can be a symptom of being on the intro diet).

So yesterday I cooked up the batch of the ‘chicken broth’. I got the measurements wrong whilst converting from pounds to kg, and ended up dumping 2kg (about 4lb) of chicken into the soup. Today it was basically a large pot of chunky chicken, with little liquid to be seen, so I’ve been improvising and adding water to each little bowl of ‘soup’ I eat. I can’t stomach the smell, for some reason, nor the taste – just thinking about it now makes me quite nauseated. Which is weird, because there are very few foods I don’t like the smell of, and even fewer that I don’t like! I’m the kind of person who’ll eat something to find out how it tastes, or whether it’s off! Perhaps that’s what got me into this predicament in the first place…

Anyway, today I’ve eaten the following:

– 2 boiled eggs for breakfast

– Chicken broth with 2 meatballs/burger patties for lunch

– Carrot puree and 2 meatballs for supper

It’s bed time and usually by this stage of the night my stomach is incredibly bloated and distended, and I’m experiencing significant amounts of gas. It must be noted though that I usually eat more than this each day. But I just can’t seem to stomach this food (although I’m going to persevere and push through – you can do anything for 3 days!).

Important things I did before starting SCD

Following the advice of the SCD Lifestyle guys (Jordan Reasoner and Steve Wright – I’ve spoken more about them on the About page), I bought new food containers to store my SCD meals in, and I also thoroughly cleaned my work area in the kitchen, to remove any lingering bits of gluten. Luckily, I’ve been gluten-free for a few months now, and my partner is also trying to ‘kick the habit’, so I feel fairly confident that the area is ‘safe’. However, I did also buy a new chopping board (glass) and created an ‘SCD space’ in the kitchen where I prepare my food.

I also drink loads of water. I never used to. I used to live on diet drinks. Some days, I consumed up to 2 litres of the stuff, and oodles of artificial sweetener in my tea and coffee. Ironically, at the back of my mind I always knew that these two vices were causing me terrible harm, but it was only when a nutritionalist told me to cut them out that I finally did. I will NEVER go back to fizzy drinks, especially not artificially sweetened ones. They do terrible, terrible things to the gut, and cutting them out can only do you good.

Anyway, after cutting out the fizzy stuff and removing the ‘fun’ part from my tea – the sweetener – nothing really appealed to me. I’m not crazy about fruit juice and I don’t like iced tea. So I drink about 2 litres of water a day. It doesn’t just happen – every day I have to make a concerted effort to do it. It’s much more enjoyable drinking sweet things ๐Ÿ˜‰ And of course, you spend a lot more time in the loo! But it’s an essential part of SCD and it’s good for you too.

Jordan and Steve advise people to ‘journal’ when they’re doing SCD. In fact, they say it’s absolutely crucial to success. Day 1 is behind me (well, the food part of it anyway), and while it wasn’t as easy as I’d expected, it wasn’t torture either.

I think the hard part is going to be the phases, but I’m not going to get worked up about that now.

What I do know about myself is that my moods can be highly influenced by what I’m putting in my body. Pretty scary actually. If I’m hungry, I become incredibly grumpy, and if I’m craving sugar, I can’t concentrate. But knowing that I absolutely cannot cheat on this diet is helping me push through the sugar cravings, and they haven’t been intolerable. This might also be because over the past few months, I’ve limited my sugar intake as much as possible (without giving up wine, though!). This was also on the advice of my nutritionalist. I have been a bit more grumpy than usual today, and I’m feeling quite tired and weak. I feel so sorry for my amazing partner who puts up with me – and oh so grateful.

Now it’s time for a good night’s rest, and then to navigate lunch at a Mexican restaurant with colleagues tomorrow. I’m going to try to get out of it, but I know that’s not a long-term solution. It’s just that people jump to all sorts of mean conclusions when you don’t hunker down on a burrito when they do.

Anyway, that’s Future Debby’s problem ๐Ÿ™‚ Two more days of intro, and then it’s onto Phase 1.