On November 20th, 2012, I celebrated successfully adhering to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for ONE WHOLE YEAR and the progress in my health that God has given through the diet. I also celebrated in my heart by remembering all the things friends and family have done for me since I began this dietary journey. When I have been too sick to cook or clean, my friends have shown up with smiles and a happy willingness to serve me in the love of Christ. I am one very blessed woman!
I celebrated the day very simply; nobody else was around…just me and my thoughts. I wanted to stick a birthday candle into a cupcake or something like it but cupcakes simply aren’t make-able with the 15 or so foods I tolerate, and a birthday candle in steak is just…weird. Therefore I found the next best thing – a vanilla icing cupcake scented candle! Yes, it smells amazing! So I lit it and celebrated by enjoying the scent.
Two days before my 1 year celebration I went with a friend to Trader Joe’s grocery store. I used to shop there ALL THE TIME but since I’ve been eating about 6 vegetables, a few meats and fats I’ve begun shopping locally at Aldi’s and Harris Teeter. I love Trader Joe’s, however; all the employees there know me and they are knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to dietary issues. My friend, Mike, has been getting to know me since May of 2012, so he’s seen me since I’ve made progress on the diet and wouldn’t know how very sick I was before starting SCD in 2011. But the employees at Trader Joe’s knew how sick I was…I was dragging every time I came in, pale, and struggling to find ANYTHING to eat that wouldn’t
make me sicker…staring for 10 minutes at a box of gluten free waffles and trying to hold back tears as I wonder why I couldn’t eat them without suffering. This visit to Trader Joe’s was so different from previous trips, however! I didn’t even make it through the door before Terri, a TJ’s employee, looked up at me and said “Sarah! Wow! You look great!!!” Rachel and a bunch of other employees heard that I was in the store and they all stopped to tell me I looked so good, strong, and wanting to know about this diet I’ve been doing. They were so excited for me! In fact, they gave me a free boquet of beautiful fall-colored flowers to celebrate 1 year on SCD with me and support me in my progress! I felt so encouraged and valued – I was beaming a smile from ear to ear. :D
My friends have seen me through the process over the last year, so while they appreciate how far I’ve come, my progress has been gradual and has lost its shock value. But for the friends who have not seen me for many months, the changes are dramatic. As we left the store with our purchases and the free boquet of flowers, I felt like I’d just won a gold medal in the Paralympics. I asked Mike, “So, that was different. What did you think?” He answered, “They were really happy to see you; you’ve got a lot of friends. You’ve made a lot of progress and I’m proud of you. I didn’t realize you were that sick before. You’re really courageous to stick with this diet. I get to keep the flowers, right?” At which point I elbowed him in the ribs, defending my hard-won boquet.
The progress I’ve had on my customized version of SCD simply wouldn’t have been possible without SCDLifestyle.com. Jordan and Steve have helped me so much through their books and advanced SCD course. When I consider what I’ve spent my money on in the last year to improve my health, the books and information I’ve bought through SCDLifestyle have been the most important contribution to my health progress. The second most important purchase has been my supplements which help me digest much easier…and if it wasn’t for Steve and Jordan, I would never have known which supplements to take!
I am excited about the progress I anticipate in the next year and beyond. I know there will be times when I still crash and burn, often due to unknown causes, but I believe they will continue to decrease in frequency and intensity as time goes by. I’ve not come this far to give up now or sabotage my progress by eating illegal foods. So you can expect that Gutsy Girl will be sticking to SCD for the foreseeable future.
How long have you been doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Will you celebrate your anniversary each year, and if so, how?