As I sit and write this I’m snuggled on the sofa in my onesie with both kids. We’re all poorly with temperatures and bad chests and I’m feeling sorry for myself.
Doubly sorry because yesterday I embarked back on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) in an attempt to re-balance my haywire hormones.
Not sure what haywire hormones are? Well, if you’re a man you’ll never have to know but please keep reading because the lady in your life will appreciate your understanding one day.
For the past two years I have felt like I did when I was going through puberty with all manor of hormone imbalanced symptoms. However, in the last few months it has got a lot lot worse with serious negative moods and emotions, a shortened cycle and incredibly painful breasts that make even a cuddle with the kids unpleasant.
As I start to teach Roo about the ins and outs of puberty, it would seem that I am starting the journey of the perimenopause, which I understand can go on for a decade or more before reaching the actual menopause.
Rather than turn to dubious medicines I’ve decided to try and get through this by using diet.
When I followed the SCD a couple of years ago, I did so to try and eradicate my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The first benefit I discovered was a complete lack of my usual hormonal issues.
So it is with annoyance that I put myself back on the diet once more. I’m not sure how long I’ll have to follow it but if it means I can live a fuller and more engaged life then I’m happy to do anything.
This time around I have only spent one day on the introduction diet; a day of eating eggs, chicken, chicken stock and limited vegetables. I couldn’t do it for any longer than that…it’s just way to depressing!
Now I am eating what the full diet allows which basically means avoiding all grains (interesting when I have recipes to develop using my wholegrain gluten free flour blend!) all dairy (unless fermented or certain cheeses), all starches (like potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips) and refined sugar but eating everything else.
It’s not so bad…I’m even allowed a little honey and dried fruit which seems like a positive luxury for someone who has been avoiding all sugar for over six months.
I developed lots of delicious recipes last time I was on the diet so I know that the diet is not too tricky.
In addition to following the diet I am continuing to take my favourite probiotic, Symprove, which keeps my IBS in check and I’m also starting a good quality food-grade (which can be utilised by the body) multi vitamin along with krill oil (a great source of uncontaminated omega 3 with anti-inflammatory properties).
I risk not knowing what is having the biggest impact by introducing the diet along with supplements but I am throwing everything at this as I’ve had enough of feeling under par each month.
I may be looking to you, my lovely followers, to help create some Free From Fairy ‘flour-friendly’ recipes while I embark on this challenge.
Something that I’m toying with is creating a book of tried and tested ‘readers recipes’. Any recipe that is submitted that works could be featured in it. The reward? A link to your website or blog if you have one and a bag or two of flour. Do let me know what you think or if you have a better idea…