Christmas Without the Carbs

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My father in law was right, candy is poison. I’ve learned the hard way, ‘father knows best’.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
Ann Wigmore

You’ve heard the expression, “…if Momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy?” I believe “if my gut isn’t happy, then my body’s not happy.”  My heart health has been improving, with diet, exercise, my CRT-D device, supplements, and medication. My GI tract wasn’t feeling the love and bloating became extremely painful. I was suffering from gas, bloating, indigestion and I was miserable. I had to do something, so my research continued. I considered a different perspective on what I thought was a healthy diet. However, due to my blood results that reflected inflammation and blood sugars and cholesterol that needed work, I set out to figure out the cause and the solution. I considered different ideas and perspectives from the traditional medicine practices when it came to diet. I watched Professor Tim Noakes – Medical Aspects of the Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle.  Did you know you can heal the body with the proper nutrition? Alesso Fasano, MD, explains how by going with your gut.

Breaking the Vicious CycleI’m embarking on a new journey on my Road Trip to Health by following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) originally conceived in 1951 by Drs.Sidney V. and Merrill P. Haas and further expanded by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. in her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Drs. Haas’ work had concentrated in treating and curing hundreds of cases of celiac disease through a dietary approach. They outlined a well-balanced diet, that was specific in which types of sugars and starches were easily digested by patients.

In 1961, Elaine took her 8 year old daughter who suffered from ulcerative colitis to the Drs. Haas to treat. Traditional medicine had no cure and the only recommendation was for Elaine’s daughter to have surgery. Elaine sought out an alternative instead. Within two years of her daughter following the diet she was free of symptoms. A few years later she was able to return to a “normal” diet.

My husband and I are starting this diet in full force beginning with the new year, 2017. I’m currently doing some prep work and experimenting with some recipes in the meantime. I purchased a Yogourmet yogurt maker and starter, read the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and scouting for recipes and the necessary ingredients. One of which is how to make Dry Curd Cottage Cheese or where to buy it, since it is used in many of the SCD diet recipes.

So the holidays are now open us and the temptation to eat lots of sweets is almost overwhelming for me and I’m sure I’m not alone. I’ve been feeling so rotten from the bloating that I will sacrifice almost anything to feel better. I’m doing fewer holiday parties and avoiding as much temptation as possible. Instead I’m throwing the party, that will include treats that are okay for me to indulge. After all it is the holidays…why should I be THAT different?

Tonight I’m having friends over for Christmas caroling and to celebrate the holidays. Several of my guests are on a gluten free diet and the SCD diet is gluten free.  So off to find some cookie recipes that are not only flour (gluten free) but also sugar free and carbohydrate free (SCD). I found one cookie that satisfies all the criteria…

 Healthy Apple Cinnamon Cookies

but although this next recipe  uses coconut sugar, which is lower on the glycemic index and considered “safe” for diabetics, it isn’t totally SCD “legal”. But since I’m just a little bit naughty and really nice….I’m going for the forbidden but delicious….

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

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How about you? Which ones look good to you? You decide.