It’s been a while since I’ve done an update! Things got pretty stressful for me before Christmas but the holidays themselves were very relaxing. Coming down to such a relaxed state just made me even more aware of what that stress was doing to my health and happiness. Now I’m pretty focused on not letting myself feel that again. I’m slowly learning how to prioritize, take care of my health and ask for more help. Time will tell, but so far since Christmas I have been dealing much better. Oh and I got an awesome Le Creuset french oven from my family for Christmas that I really need to make something with and do a post on!
Over the holidays I ate quite a lot of almonds and walnuts. This was after months of not eating nuts at all anymore, other than one or two days around Thanksgiving. For Christmas I had nuts in the stuffing I made for the turkey dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert. I ate them over about 5 days and felt gross. My stomach just does not like nuts at all. I find it interesting that these actually give me more digestive problems than other non-legal SCD foods like rice, soy sauce, and dairy. If you’re on SCD/GAPS and eating nuts everyday, I’d suggest a week or two off them to see how you do. I know most people think it’s not satisfying if you can’t have baked goods, but as a former cookie/cake/bread-aholic I can assure you’ll survive!
I have been buying raw milk since late spring, both cow and sheep milk. I absolutely love it and it makes the best SCD yogurt ever. The texture is completely different from any milk I used from the store. I seem to be tolerating raw cream (not SCD-legal) so I have been enjoying that for some time now. My favorite dessert is just some cream with berries and honey. Raw kefir is another addition that has been great. It’s much easier to make than yogurt and I find it really delicious (after a first few tastes where I thought it was gross!). I have found from my dairy-free period and then dairy re-intro challenge that I don’t tolerate cheese well at all. So I’ve been cheese-free since August and although I miss it, I do feel a lot better off it.
With each post about my acne issues I was getting comments and suggestions to check my vitamin D levels. I guess I never posted here about vitamin D because I was never deficient so it wasn’t a concern of mine during the time I’ve had this blog. I was tested before I started on SCD and had normal status. Then when I learned about the proper test to ask for I got that test done and my levels were high in the optimal range so I never bothered again. The optimal range was reached without me even taking a high dose D3 supplement. I took multivitamins on and off for many years (which probably contained about 400IU), plus I’m very pale and sunbathe most days for about 6 months of the year. Sometimes I was taking a fish oil that contained extra vitamin D and now I take cod liver oil that naturally contains some vitamin D. In any case, my levels were already in the optimum range when I was at my sickest, had just gotten over mono, had the worst acne and digestive issues. I can’t be certain vitamin D deficiency didn’t play a role in my getting sick, but it apparently isn’t something that is affecting me now.
The juicing is going great! I always thought the recommendation on SCD to water down the juices meant that we shouldn’t have too much. On GAPS more importance is placed on juicing a larger quantity. Well, in my experience early on in SCD I did just fine with fresh juices made at home, not diluted. And now I’m doing great with them in large amounts. What’s nice about juicing is that it can be a good way to take raw egg yolks (mixed in the juice), even raw grated liver, and in my case, extra raw cream. After a couple months of doing this, I’m noticing my skin is a lot clearer. Also my nails which have always had deep ridges (lengthwise) are much smoother. I definitely think this is helping with nutritional deficiencies, both the juicing and getting more raw animal foods in my diet.
That’s all for now, still working on getting healthier, sleeping a lot and getting happier. Hope to post more soon.