SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and UC Success Stories
One of the most important things for people who are considering trying the SCD for treating their ulcerative colitis is to know that other people before them have had success. This is by far the most important thing to know with many things in life, but especially when you are dealing with symptoms, and looking at alternative treatments because medications just aren’t working. What makes SCD success stories even more important, is the fact that nearly every doctor who practices Western medicine will deny that the SCD is a valid treatment for UC. So as you can see, the cards are already stacked against people who want to use the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Since there are so many people treating their inflammatory bowel disease with SCD, the time is getting closer to when doctors will have to start recognizing the effects that diet has on the gut.
SCD Does Work Well for Some People Who Are Suffering with Symptoms
The good news is that the SCD does work for many people. Many of the people who’s stories are listed below had been dealing with ulcerative colitis symptoms for many years and were literally at their last options before having to seriously consider surgery.
First Hand SCD Experiences That May Change Your Colitis
I had such a negative image of this SCD diet when I was originally introduced to it. I learned about it from a book that was sent to me in the mail by a family friend. The book didn’t look too interesting, and when I started reading it, I remember thinking the SCD could not possibly be a practical long term diet. The food was just too limiting I thought. That was three years ago. What a difference three years can make. Not only have I finally found a way to control my ulcerative colitis symptoms, but I have learned that there are literally thousands of other people with IBD who use the SCD just like I do.
Examples of 3 Different SCD Success Stories from Ulcerative Colitis Patients
Jessica began the SCD diet just a short while ago, and was able to see some great results within 3 months on the diet. Her ulcerative colitis was beginning to really get bad, so it was great that she found a new treatment. You can read Jessica’s SCD diet story here.
Maisie had been dealing with ulcerative colitis for 5 years and had dealt with countless amounts of prednisone steroids too. Read how she finally started the SCD diet to treat her UC
Adam was dealing with one final option of surgery, that’s me. At the point when I started the SCD diet, it wasn’t even an option, it was my only option as all the medications had not worked out or were giving me very bad side effects. I was very happy to meet another person at my house who used SCD for her colitis, and that is what convinced me to begin the Specific Carbohydrate Diet also.
Whenever I hear of someone who is starting the SCD diet with the goal of putting their colitis symptoms into remission, I get really excited. And the reason for this is I hope that whoever it is that’s in pain with UC will find relief with this type of treatment like I have. Unfortunately, I am learning that it doesn’t always work out this way for the other person. And this is frustrating for me. And I’m sure it is super frustrating for the person who is dealing with bleeding and pain, and cramping and different medications, and everything else that comes along with active ulcerative colitis.
It’s been almost two years now that I have been following the SCD diet, and not only have I seen its benefits, I have reduced pretty much down to nothing my health costs associated with my colitis. I don’t count my annual physical exam into a colitis related cost, and that’s pretty much all I have done this year. I know it’s not easy being on this diet for new people who are starting it for the first time, but with feeling better and getting back to my normal self, it sure has been easy to get used to it once I saw the results. And, since the results don’t always come right away, and it often takes time, I believe that is where the real issue lies for the majority of people who are not successful with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
People Who Follow SCD But Fail:
Now I don’t know all the details, but I have heard from quite a few people who have failed the SCD. And it bothers me, I’ve said that before in this post. But what is the reason for the failure? Is it that they have symptoms which are too severe that any diet even SCD can’t fix? Is it because they have something different with them genetically that prevents the diet from helping them? Or is it something totally different? I don’t know.
One thing that is for certain is that many of the people who fail to see colitis symptom relief from the SCD diet have not followed the diet during their trial period. By this, I mean, STRICTLY FOLLOWED the SCD diet rules. Does this bother me and make me angry, no… well actually YES it does. I know it doesn’t hurt my physically, but mentally it bugs the crap out of me because by breaking the rules of the diet, or following it only 90% ESPECIALLY when you are starting it is almost like you are NOT doing the SCD diet at all.
Let’s come up with some rules:
#1 The diet is NOT EASY for people who are not used to following a diet. If you’ve had problems following a diet before, you might not want to attempt this.
#2 If you can’t live without desserts and sweets, and you would rather eat those foods and live with colitis symptoms, don’t attempt this diet
#3 If you have a very hard time controlling yourself when you see a fast food restaurant, of if you LOVE friend food and can’t live without it, again, don’t try this diet
If you are at rock bottom with your UC, and are facing surgery or other medicine treatments as your next step and you don’t want to do that. This might be something for you to consider. Even if you are just dealing with minor colitis symptoms, and are sick and tired of the disease jumping into and out of your life constantly for no reason, this as well might be something for you to try. Either way, the SCD diet requires 100% attention for quite some time, ESPECIALLY during the early introductory phases.
Well, this is enough of my ramblings, I just wanted to let it out that I’m frustrated when I see people trying SCD and failing initially, and then I learn that they are eating all sorts of foods that are NOT allowed. And of course then wondering why they are not seeing great results. I mean come one, you are either following the diet(and that means 100%) or you are not. End of story.
If after reading all of this you are ready to begin SCD, you can do that:
Lately I have been getting much better at detecting signs and symptoms of my ulcerative colitis. Now I should mention right away that I am medication free for about two weeks now, which I am so pumped about. But I want to talk about eating habits, and in particular fruit within your diets.
I have always been a big advocate of fruit, especially since it can have such great sweetness. I always have been drinking a home made morning smoothie almost everyday for quite some time now, about one and a half years. What I am beginning to notice is that when I eat an extra large amount of fruit, lets say an entire freshly cut up pineapple(like I am known to do) there is always a chance that later on that day or the next day I can see how my stools will start to become less formed. I am so happy that my ulcerative colitis symptoms are very close to remission, and I want to keep things that way. But, I am afraid that excessive amounts of fruit are not great, and even may be getting the gut bacteria in my colon all riled up and out of control.
So, my solution to limiting fruits ability to act up in large amounts is pretty simple. I have decided to limit my intake of fruit. If on some days I notice that I am potentially starting to show signs of looser bowel movements or an extra time or two to the bathroom, I simply skip fruit for the next 24 hours and it seems to do the trick. Nothing too scientific here, just doing some simple food elimination to help out my ulcerative colitis. Let me know if you share this thought with yourself.
Something that really got me EXCITED is A NEW Personal Story about Healing Colitis
Yesterday, I heard news that someone has uncovered a secret to get their ulcerative colitis into remission. Well, it’s not really a big secret I guess, but rather it is finding a treatment plan for UC which works. That’s right, everyone has access to the same information these days with things like the internet, but finding out and then actually doing something different is what its all about. And in the end if the new treatment works, you are in a whole new world finally.
A girl who I came into contact with has been dealing with Crohn’s/Colitis symptoms for an awfully long time. By the suggestion of her doctor, she was turned onto the GAPS diet. This is a diet which closely follows the rules of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but it is based on some other ideals such as supplementing things with probiotics to achieve digestive healing of the colon and ultimately colitis remission.
When people tell their stories of their previous treatment plans for ulcerative colitis, often drugs like asacol don’t work. Then there is a common theme sometimes that even more powerful medications like Remicade infusions don’t work for them either. This usually puts the UC patients in a dangerous and strange position because often the next plan on action is to consider a colon removal surgery. Yikes, colon surgery is a major ordeal, and pretty drastic, so what is a person living with UC to do?
Luckily, there are some gastro doctors out there who are open to alternative treatment therapies. The GAPS diet is what helped this particular girl out, and she is now colitis symptom free, and has been for quite some time. No more medications, just some probiotics and a structured diet regime.
Hearing success stories for UC patients is always good news. Congrats to her. For more of her story, you can visit www.ihaveuc.com