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Hello Just wondering if anyone else has tried / is trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? I am giving it a go after a doctor recommended it from personal experience. If anyone else is on it, I'd love to hear how you're doing. Just a note - please don't tell me the reasons why I SHOULDN'T be on this diet. I have done my research, and understand while it is somewhat radical, it has proven helpful for some IBS sufferers. I've been to see 3 GI specialists, 4 MDs and a dietician - none of which have helped me in any way. I'm going to give this diet a try, because nothing else has worked for me. I don't mind playing guinea pig for a while - hopefully I'll have some success
 
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Please Zoom, I am not familiar with the diet you speak of... is it similar to the Adkins? I would love to try a carb diet that works - my IBS C left me when I was on Adkins - but had other troubles... PLEASE ADVISE
 

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Zoom-I'm on the no Carb diet too...is that what you are on (the atkins diet) I basically eat salad, chicken and beef, tuna and eggs. EMail me if ya like.------------------19 year old female, college student,*D* type Email me Katz16000###yahoo.com
 
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The diet I am on is called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, based on Elaine Gottschall's book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle". Essentially, it is a diet of monosaccarides. My understanding of the diet is this: It is easiest for the body to digest monosaccarides (foods already broken down to one sugar). Disaccarides (like refined sugar) and polysaccarides (everything else) need to be broken down by the intestines. When your body gets screwed up, it can have trouble breaking down these more complex sugars. Therefore, the diet consists of only monosaccarides: meat, chicken, fish, eggs, most cheeses, fruit, vegetables, some beans and nuts. I'm supposed to avoid all sugar (except honey), dairy (except homemade yogurt) and all breads, grains and starches. I have been on the diet "officially" for 6 days and much to my surprise I am seeing some improvement!! I was really skeptical at first. The title of the book seemed a bit sketchy to me, and I was really scared to give up all my "safe" foods like crackers and rice. However, I started slow with homemade apple sauce and boiled eggs and now I'm eating raw fruit, chicken and cheese with no problems! Yay! The diet claims to help chronic D. I never had that - my worst symptom was severe nausea which led to severe weight loss. So I'm really happy to be eating again
Since I've started the diet my appetite has come back with a vengance!!! If you'd like more info, feel free to e-mail me at edrushka###yahoo.com
 
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Very interesting.... thank you Zoom, for your reply.... something to ponder trying... Stomach Troubles
 
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