log tracks my regimen of attitude, exercise, stress management, and SCD
foods. Since I started this regimen in 1997, I've been able to keep my
Crohn's in a drug-free remission.
though I may have experimented beyond the SCD from time to time, one must
remember that everyone is different. Follow the intro diet for 3 to 5 days,
and stick with the SCD until you are completely symptom free for at least
one year before experimenting.
to get your shit together? Got the intestinal fortitude? Yearning for
a nirvana of peristalsis? Buy Breaking
The Vicious Cycle! Written by Elaine Gottschall B.A., M.Sc., the book
guidelines for dietary relief, remission, and cure of Crohns, Ulcerative
Colitis, and other IBDs.
Feel free to contact me if you still
SCD is a critical success factor in maintaining a controlled remission
in Crohn's, colitis, and IBD's.
Flog README Page
If you already read the Flog
intro page then you already know what the SCD is and why I am maintaining
this site. If you didn't read the intro page yet, please do so now.
Don't be a monkey-see-monkey-do!
Just because I have followed the regimen and occasionally made adaptations
to it that work for me, that does not mean they will necessarily
work for you. Read Breaking
the Vicious Cycle before making any changes to your diet! And above
all, listen to your gut!
The SCD is a strict regimen
that eliminates troublesome complex carbohydrates from one's diet, thereby
eliminating much of the "food" that feeds bacteria and bothers the colons
of those that suffer from IBD. Using this regimen, I have maintained
a drug-free remission in Crohn's since 1/1/1997.
Easy Changes With Big Impact
If one is trying to get well, one is going to need to provide the best
foods for one's body. Organic veggies, free-range poultry and meats,
wild fish, etc. are so much better tasting than that hormone-fed crap.
Yup, it costs more, but getting sick costs money, too. Too bad the HMOs
don't offer discounts to people that eat healthy!
Quantity AND Quality!
My wife and I truly enjoy cooking, and the added challenge of modifying
traditional recipes to suit our diet just makes it more fun to cook!
Don't stress yourself out--have fun! We rarely prepare food for just
one meal. We almost always prepare extra animal protein and cooked veggies
and keep it for leftovers for lunches for the next 2 or 3 days. It saves
time and seems to be just as healthy.
for stress management and exercise!
My wife got me into yoga back in
1996, and I we're still doing it (usually on a daily basis). Yoga
is a form of exercise which focuses on the body and the mind more than
most, requires little equipment, and can be practiced almost anywhere.
Benefits to the Body of the yoga practitioner: improves balance and
stability; increases muscle strength and tone; improves flexibility,
releases tightness; helps build lung and bone strength; improves digestion.
Benefits to the Mind of the yoga practitioner: calming, soothing, relaxing
effect; changes focus from 'external' to 'internal'; provides challenging
poses, and satisfaction from achievement; raises awareness of one's
body, makes one more; alert; releases 'negative' feelings, emotions,
and toxins. Check out these yoga links:
Rea: Yoga Sanctuary (Instructional CDs)
For Beginners (Instructional DVD)
Warner: Quiet Heart/Spirit Wind (Relaxation)
Annotations Regarding My Modifications
When I refer to salads, unless specified otherwise, the recipe is: red-leaf
lettuce, tomato, Vidalia or red onion, organic extra virgin olive oil,
and red wine vinegar. Optionally, I often add organic raisins. On work
days, I make the salad in the morning if we ate all of it the night
before. I try to eat a salad or fresh veggies with EVERY meal (except
I haved used Pomi, from Italy. It seems to be just fine for me (even
though BTVC explicitly states tomato puree must be made by hand) but
you should follow the rules.
I sometimes buy bulk, whole spices and grind them to make my own curry.
It is fun!
Thai food is often full of coconut and sugar. When eating out, ask them
to not add any sugar, and eat something coconut-free during the early
stages of the SCD.
I do not eat any rice. In the past I have experimented with either whole
grain organic brown rice or wild rice (supposedly
less gluten, more grass-like). About a handful
with PLENTY of other food. I can't definitively say that either bothered
me but I really felt that it was important not to mislead people who
visited Flog into thinking non-SCD was "OK", so I just stopped.
There really are so many foods on the SCD that non-SCD just isn't that
The only bread one might find on my plate is usually with a very rare
sandwich (not processed cold-cuts, mind you!). It is quite easy
and practical to eat an open-faced sandwich with a fork and knife!
Otherwise, I simply put both halves of the sandwich contents on the
same half, and eat around the bread, tearing it off as I go (it acts
as a sort of wrapper).
Again, very rarely.. usually when I am feeling "naughty" or think I
deserve something "special". I always have a big salad and extra veggies
to help keep things in balance. Again, don't do as I do!
There are probably other modifications between what you read here and
what BTVC dictates. Please make your own modifications at your own discretion!
IBD Reading & Reviews
To Your Gut, by Jini Patel Thompson.
Brief review by Mike Simons,
This excellent inspirational book describes a whole-body approach to
overcoming Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and IBS. Ms. Patel provides
a valuable framework of diet, exercise, stress management, and herbal
treatments for quick relief of symptoms; she also includes thought-provoking
questions in a worksheet format for further exploration of each chapter's
concepts. While the author had minimal success with the SCD, (her personal
lifestyle was not compatible with spending 'time in the kitchen'--she
became "an irritated, angry person") she does recommend a very SCD-like
diet throughout the book. My personal recommendation is to read this
book after reading Breaking
the Vicious Cycle, and assimilate the best of the two books into
your own natural healing methods.
More of my review LTYG's
web site; stay tuned for Jini's second book: THE IBD REMISSION DIET:
Achieving long-term health with an elemental diet & natural supplementation
Options for Crohn's Disease: Self-Help and Treatment, by Joan
review by Mike Simons, 4/20/2001:
Covering the digestive system, signs and symptoms of Crohn's, types
of tests and diagnosis, and medicinal and surgical treatment options,
readers benefit from Gomez's explanation of digestion, the challenges
of nutrition/absorption, and the many medicinal and surgical treatments.
As someone who was looking for an uplifting book with solutions, this
book primarily about drugs and surgery disappointed me. One quote early
on reads, "Getting the best out of life when you have this illness [Crohn's]
means reengineering your whole lifestyle". There really must be a more
positive way of saying this! Barely fifteen pages are dedicated to the
root cause that diet plays in inflammatory bowel disease. Gomez finally
mentions the research of British professor Herman-Taylor but fails to
mention the successes found by the case studies done by Elaine Gottschall,
author of "Breaking
The Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet". My suggestion
for future editions: show the reader some positive steps to take. For
example, "through a regimen for remission, personal introspection, professional
medical assistance, and the inclusion of exercise, support, and whole-body
awareness, the patient can join a growing community of people achieving
For The Fun Of It: A Cartoon And Audio Guide To Releasing Stress,
by Allan Hirsh, M.A.
review by Mike Simons, 11/3/2001:
I recently received this enjoyable and helpful book and audio guide
from a fellow IBD
friend. Following a busy, eventful workweek I read the book and
listened to the audio, and the combination worked wonderfully. It works
-- I fell asleep for a few moments the first time I listened to Hirshs
Hirsh is a psychotherapist,
trainer, and able cartoonist; his gentle humor and comfortable style
make stress management easy and fun. The books text provides short,
insightful tips and suggestions for managing stress, learning how to
relax, increasing creativity, and more. The cartoons poke fun at our
everyday selves and serve to reinforce the text. Hirshs soothing
voice on the audio guide (CD) calmly takes the listener through a series
of easy exercises to release stress and relax. One requires less than
20 minutes listening for the CD to work its magic. This first-time
listener finished feeling calm and refreshed; repeat listeners are assured
Hirshs work is geared toward the public at large. Having experienced
excellent body workers, yoga instructors, and massage workers in the
past, I think it would be interesting to see (and hear) how the book
and audio guide would be customized for people with health problems,
such as IBD or IBS. For example, it would be interesting to hear some
visualization techniques (tips on how to clear the mind, suggested colors,
digestive parts to visualize healing, more focus on diaphragmatic breathing).
This book and CD are wonderful for anyone wanting a gentle push
to relax while traveling on a commuter train, plane, or at home at the
end of a busy day.
OK, I read everything, now let me see
Since its creation on April 11, 2000, Flog
tracks over 2.5 years of SCD meals! I feel it is getting a bit too repetitive.
That is not to say that I won't update Flog. Rather, I intend to update it
when there is a new recipe or meal to share. Stay tuned!