As I mentioned in my last blog post, I will be describing the protocols that I will be following over the next several months. The first is the Special Carbohydrate Diet, known in the alternative eating world as SCD. By alternative eating, I merely mean those that do not follow the American Standard Diet. My personal opinion is that the American Standard Diet is most often, not a healthy diet that I have rarely followed it.
I was initially introduced to SCD by Dr. Sarah Glover, who spoke at The Mastocytosis Society Conference in Tampa, Florida in September. Dr. Glover is an internist and GI specialist who has had success with mast cell patients on the SCD.
Then I met another masto warrior with the same tryptase gene mutation as me. Christina Maldonado had been down to tolerating only two foods. She can now eat anything. Before you get really excited, she followed other protocols as well.
CAUTION!! Check with your physician before changing your eating plan or following any new dietary changes. I did check with my physician who diagnosed my gene mutation and he is on board with this.
I won’t go into detail about the science of the diet other than to say the only carbohydrates allowed are monosaccharides. The theory is that we may have lost the ability to digest disaccharides. It is much more involved and you can read the specifics here. Also, Elaine Gottschall’s book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, is very detailed. I decided I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
A big perk for me was being able to eat things that I hadn’t eaten in 4 years! Some of the “free” foods on the SCD are aged cheeses! If I was able to tolerate those, score! So, with a bit of trepidation, I approached my husband. He was in agreement and we spent the next few weeks clearing out our fridge, freezer and pantry of all of the off-limits food. Our kids were the recipients of the “no” list and they were only too happy to take the extras.
Next was shopping day to stock up on all of the SCD legal food. I was giddy with delight at some of the things that were allowed. True, I could no longer have my beloved sweet potatoes, but the trade off was cheddar cheese.
Our environment is a huge part of our success so I made sure to not only have all of the allowed food in stock, but I purchased Elaine’s book and read it cover to cover and also purchased a companion cook book, Lucy’s Cookbook by Lucy Rosset. The recipes looked yummy and I was prepared.