As some of you know, Jeffrey suffers from Crohn’s disease, which for a number of years was somewhat manageable through stress reduction, and avoiding a few key trigger foods. In the last couple years, however; he has experienced an increase in inflammation, and as a result been prescribed new medications, and now goes for regular Remicaide infusions – not without their complications. The good news is that with this medication, his symptoms are no worse, but on the other hand, he has not improved either.
Diet and stress management play a key role in managing the health of all of us, but are particularly critical for those with autoimmune disorders. A number of years ago, Jeffrey came across the writings of Elaine Gottschall, recommending the elimination of dissacharides and polysaccharides in order to allow a balancing of intestinal flora, and healing of the gut. When he came across this book, about 15 years ago, he was somewhat skeptical (no clinical trials had been conducted), and he felt like it was going to be more work than he felt was warranted.
Fast forward to 15 years later, and while there still have been no recognized trials, many, many people have now adopted what is called the Specific Carohydrate Diet (SCD), which is a more fully fleshed out blueprint of the diet that Elaine Gottschall first wrote about in 1994. Curiously enough, it is VERY similar to the Paleo diet, and is being adopted not only by people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, but also by folks with other autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis. Long story short, we’re going to move towards this way of eating and see if Jeffrey experiences any improvements — in terms of both digestive health, but also energy levels and general wellbeing.
I figure we’ll likely get about 80-85 percent there. A couple of things are going to be big obstacles: Jeffrey is a big toast and cereal for breakfast kind of guy, so finding suitable replacements will take some trial and error. Second is the years of conditioning to have starch on the plate with every meal, and finally the fact that ALL conventional Crohn’s dietary recommendations have patients consuming starches such as rice and potatoes as a way to soothe the gut… which may be exactly the wrong approach for long-term healing!
So, we’ll see how it goes! Tonight’s dinner was a grain-free version of Coconut Prawns, guaranteed to hit the spot regardless of whether you are SCD or not!