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“HAVING AN IRRITABLE BOWEL SUCKS”

Per my buddies, Jordan and Steve.  And they’re right.  Having IBD SUUUCKS.

Just completed Week 3 of Steve and Jordan’s advanced SCD course, which talks about how not to be a total social outcast when you’re on the Specific Carb Diet.

That includes how to overcome the total awkwardness of ordering out, ie, dealing with the whole:  “Can you make sure that the chicken is not marinated?  No sauce?  Can you cook it with a LITTLE bit of olive oil and season it ONLY with salt and pepper?  OH and instead of potatoes, can you give me a side of avocado and steamed veggies?  K thanks.”

OR

Your buddies resolve to go to a bar… but you can’t drink alcohol.  How do you deal with watching your friends get plastered while you stand by soberly and watch?

OR

You’re traveling somewhere.  You stuff your carry-on with bananas and avocados.  You go out of your way to a supermarket and spend time on your vacay cookin.

HOW DO YOU COPE?

A)     You deal with it, and take it in stride, like I’ve been doing, and are happy you’re out watching your buddies get tanked and thankful that you’re healthy and are at the bar instead of the hospital, or

B)      You take Jordan and Steve’s Week 3 advanced SCD course, smile and nod and say “OH I did it this way already” and / or “Oooo, that’s a good idea. I’ll try that approach next time.”

C)      You shrivel up and cry.

I choose options A and B.  What do you choose?

Categories: Advanced SCD Course

Thank You, Prof. Jordan and Prof. Steve…

11/27/2011 2 comments

…for re-affirming all the studies I have done on the choice of supplements I have been taking and telling me that I’m taking the right steps– AND for teaching me a thing a or two about new supplements that I’m going to dive into- ie, fish oils and probiotics.  And thank you for telling me where to find them.

How did J & S help me, you ask?  By giving me access to a WEALTH of knowledge in their Advanced SCD Course that they personally designed themselves, as veteran SCD-ers.  I must say I’m impressed– they provide tons of information, break down medical conditions in a way that I can understand what’s happening in my body, and do it all quite professionally.

This week’s class dealt with digestion, optimal supplements / vitamins.  It answered a lot of questions that I had and validated a lot of other information I knew.  Was crazy informative.

I’m also looking forward to next week’s topic: socializing with SCD.  Sure, it seems trivial, but our society revolves sooo much around food.  Seriously, I’m so sick of getting the looks of pity, “Oh, you can’t eat this cake?  Ohhh. Awwww. <insert look of pity here>.”  I actually do not feel bad about not eating that cake- I have great skin, am at a great weight, and have a ton of energy– so don’t pity me!  Haha.  Also, there’s the uncomfortable ordering of dinner when you’re eating out socially: “Um, is your chicken marinated?  Can you cook it with just a little bit of salt, oh, and can you give me a side of avocado?”  Then, everyone looks at you curiously and asks what you can eat, and then you spend 10 minutes talking about your diet when you really don’t care what you’re consuming, you’re just happy you’re healthy and wish people would shut up about it and let you enjoy your delicious chicken.

My favorite part of it all is when people look at their own food and say, totally candidly, something like, “Your food actually looks better than this.”  And then you have the others that have a giant plate in front of them and just stare at you with pity the whole night.  That’s also amusing.

Anyway, I’m ending the rant here, but am curious to hear with J & S have to say about it.  Does anyone else know what I’m talking about? haha.

Categories: Advanced SCD Course

Week 1 of Advanced SCD Course Complete.

Now, I can celebrate by going to Las Vegas tomorrow! I will not drink, but I WILL gamble. Blackjack all weekend, baby. And Cirque shows galore!

This will be my first time traveling on SCD- and am pretty optimistic all will go well. Got a ton of bananas and avocados for the plane ride and hotel! And thanks to the folks over at Comfy Tummy, I don’t feel so bad- this nifty little article, talks about how and what to eat in Vegas.

Stoked. This should be awesome.

Anyway, back ON tangent: I started an “advanced SCD class” given by my new buddies, Jordan and Steve, over at SCD Lifestyle. I mulled through this week’s content and to be honest, I wish I could’ve had this information from the get-go. As a seasoned veteran of Week 9 on the SCD, there were things in the presentation that I already knew that I learned “the hard way” by listening to the ol’ bod (ie, don’t rush into almond flour dishes or peanut butter) but there were also a lot of things I did NOT know. Like, how I can tell I’m in the “Feel Good Zone” and start introducing new foods. Or, how to see if I have fat malabsorbtion problems. Or, how taking enzymes can benefit my condition, and how to take them. Or, how to analyze my poops and poop patterns, and determining what they mean.

If you want to try the SCD diet and you have IBD, I’d recommend giving Jordan and Steve a shout. AThey have a ton of great information for dedicated SC-Dieters.

Final set of news: I will not be taking blood tests this week (for Week 10) because I’mmmmm gonnnnnaaaa beeeee innnn Veggggasssss woot woot! You can count on results for Week 11 though.

Categories: Advanced SCD Course