Some good news at the doctor today! I went in for my annual physical and the doctor reviewed the blood work I had done last week. She was very happy with ALL of my numbers, and especially surprised by how good my cholesterol and triglycerides were.
My HDL ("good" cholesterol) was 52 MG/DL (and they want it higher than 46).
My LDL ("bad" cholesterol) was 55 MG/DL (and they want it lower than 130!!)
My triglycerides were 43 MG/DL (and they want them lower that 150!!)
She told me, "That's your diet right there." She said she loved what I was doing to treat my Crohn's. Putting the papers away, she laughed and said, "Your numbers are like Mary Poppins - practically perfect in every way!"
Isn't it great to get news like that? I know many people question the health of the SCD and think that with so many animal products it must be bad for you. But I have seen just the opposite the entire 13 years on this diet. It is PACKED with whole food nutrients, from eggs and meat to fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds...It is brimming over with natural goodness! And my health is proof of this.
I think back to the depressing diagnosis I got almost 14 years ago, and at the time I could never have imagined the robust health I could have by simply eating differently. I've had healthy pregnancies and healthy babies while on the SCD, I've had no symptoms and no medications or surgeries to manage the disease. Just food. Food! Just the opposite of the doctors who proclaim, "Diet has absolutely nothing to do with digestive diseases."
I want more people to hear about this diet! Let's pass the good news on to others!
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What good news have you heard from your doctors after starting the SCD?
One of the things I look forward to is my cup of Twinings decaffeinated black tea, with a nice slug of honey. I used to drink another brand (that shall remain nameless), and when I first tasted Twinings, that other kind just tasted like cardboard in comparison! And I wondered, where have you been all my (SCD) life, Twinings??
Even though it's decaf, I still feel like it perks up my morning and offers a little luxury as I start the day. At night it's my comfort drink after a busy and tiring day with my darling kids...
Speaking of which, we had a great time at a bird observatory this week. We got to see and touch wild birds, watch the process of banding them as they make their treck to the south for the winter, and learned about their diet. We saw them get measured, weighed, and tracked for the amount of fat on their bellies. I didn't know that birds have transparentent skin under their feathers...the volunteer would hold the bird by its claws, turn it onto its back, and blow on its feathers so they could see how much belly fat it has.
We saw a Wilson's Warbler, an Orange Crowned Warbler, and a Ring Necked Dove...pretty amazing! The boys loved it and asked for more field trips like that one. Homeschool win!
Well, back to my cup of Twinings decaf with honey...hope you have a great weekend!
Hi! I'm Erin from NoMoreCrohns.com... My Crohn's has been in complete remission while following the SCD for 13 years! What is everyday life like for me? Stop by for glimpses into my healthy life full of my husband, kids, shopping, cooking, homeschool, and the constant search for SCD-friendly foods!
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