It’s day four of the juice cleanse/fast and I see a little difference. Do you?
The redness and bumps have subsided a bit – not by much.
Now, the concern is what to do after. I received a lot of helpful advice from so many of you about eating styles to follow after the fast. Almost every suggestion said gluten-free, dairy-free and slow on the meat. After extensive research (I mean it’s all I had when I don’t have food), I have decided to do the specific carbohydrate diet.
Have you heard of it?
It’s not really a diet as it requires a lifestyle change. I think the “diet” that I can compare it to the most is the Paleo diet.
A dermatologist told me that a probable cause of my face being this way is an overgrowth of bacteria in my stomach – hence the numerous prescriptions of antibiotics I was given to kill that bacteria. Bacteria feed on sugars. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) eliminates refined sugars, starches, and grains from the diet (and pretty much all processed foods).
The theory is that because the bacteria feed off of the sugars from the above, the bacteria multiply. In essence the SCD is supposed to starve out the bacteria.
There is an extensive illegal/legal eating list. The SCD does allow meats (unprocessed), eggs, cheese and butter. But, I think I’m going to hold off on incorporating those back and in and start slowly.
The diet seems appropriate because my face over the last 6 months has taken a turn for the absolute worse. And about 6 months ago was when I substantially increased the grains. I don’t know – just a hypothesis at this point. But, it’s worth a try.
What this means to me?
- No breads (no sandwiches).
- No oats, no buckwheat, no rice.
- No chickpeas/garbanzo beans (no hummus).
- No candy/cookies/cake/etc.
- No quick meals (i.e. fast food, Boca burgers, etc.)
- More salads.
- More soups.
- More whole foods (fruits, veggies, over-time lean meats).
- More opportunities to experiment with different recipes.
I think it’s worth an effort and I’ll track my process and eating habits along the way.
Have you heard of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Ever tried it? Did it help? Have you tried the Paleo diet? Have you given up bread? How did it go?
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