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How to make 24 Hour SCD Yogurt – Lactose Free!

As I mentioned in my first post, I found Whole30 about 4 years ago. Since then, I have completed 2 full Whole30 challenges and each time, I learned something different about how different foods affect my body, my skin, my energy, my moods and ultimately, my health. Whole30 helped jump start my journey to better health by way of food. As a result, about a year ago, I happened to stumble upon a book entitled “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” by Elaine Gottschall B.A., M.Sc. This book outlines the dietary tools that a person needs to reclaim their health when battling Chrohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and even Autism.  It is within the pages of this book that I have found a way of eating that works to not only control my symptoms, but also heal my damaged gut.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ (otherwise known as SCD) is very similar to Whole30 in that it is an elimination diet that gives your body a complete rest from inflammatory foods. Like Whole30, when following SCD a person completely cuts out ALL Grains and ALL Processed Sugar. In their own way, each diet has their advantages (example: Whole30 allows all potatoes while SCD does not, but hey, SCD allows wine, sooooo??) I recently made a commitment to follow the principles of the SCD for two years…. yes, your read that correctly, two YEARS! According to the creator of the diet, a person who suffers from Chrohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis must commit to at least 2 years on the SCD in order to see true progress in the healing process. In perspective, SCD makes Whole30 seem like a cakewalk (mmmmm, cake).

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Welcome to #thedirty30journey!

My name is April, and this is my story… I’m 29 years old, with 30 fast approaching. I keep thinking back to my 16 year old self, who naively thought that by the time she reached 21 she would actually feel like… oh I don’t know, an actual grown up? It’s so strange to know that here I am, now 37 days away from 30 and I still feel nothing like what I thought an adult should feel like. I drive, I work, I cook and clean my own house, shoot, I’m even married! But, I still feel like that same 16 year old kid… now I’m just a kid who has grown up responsibilities. The years between then and now seem like such a blur, with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns and quite a few detours along the way.

Throughout these past years, I have jumped head first into about a million different ideas/projects/hobbies/diets/and goals, only to abandon them about 3 weeks later. I guess that is what your twenties are for though… it’s definitely been a decade of experimentation, personal growth, and lessons learned the hard way. When I was 20, at the height of my “I want to do everything, everywhere, all at the same time” phase, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders can take on many different names and cause a host of symptoms in a persons body. It’s a disease that causes the body to attack itself, in my case, my body attacks my colon, known as Ulcerative Colitis. I know, it sounds like an old persons disease. It was something that I had never even heard of until I was diagnosed.

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