The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

So here I am a slim guy, albeit with some love handles. What interest would I ever have in dieting or losing weight? Here is my story. Back in ’07 I started having panic attacks, out of the blue. When I had my first attack, I didn’t even know what it was. And more of them were to follow. I became pretty freaked out. I took out my Vernon Howard books and started reading them which helped a lot. But the attacks persisted. Desperately surfing the Internet I found an answer that really worked. Relief at last, I could actually make them disappear. But they kept reoccurring. I also had been experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS for a number of years. A trip to the doctor for my IBS and the question my doctor asked “are you having panic attacks?” How did he know? Because he was well familiar with the fact that there is an intimate relationship between the gut and the brain. He prescribed medication, which I refused to take.

Back to the Internet and more research, and I found an interesting book that explores the direct relationship between intestinal and mental/emotional health titled Breaking The Viscous Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. I bought it, read it and began to practice the Specific Carbohydrate Diet detailed in the book.  With antibiotics we have all taken, and unhealthy eating habits, we can develop an imbalance in the gut and unhealthy microbes can rule the roost. In this diet they are starved, and replaced by healthy microorganisms so balance can be achieved again. In order to accomplish this, a strict diet must be maintained, with foods categorized into legal and illegal groups. Foods to be avoided include grains, sugar, certain cheeses, milk and tofu. Then there are legal foods that can be eaten as well of course.

I went on the diet for several weeks, and my IBS started to clear up. No more having to go to the bathroom 7 times between breakfast and lunch. My panic attacks began to stop recurring as well! It really worked for me. I must advise you to check with your doctor before going on any diet. This article is for informational purposes only, and I cannot give any medical advice whatsoever.

I did lose some weight, not to mention some some hip fat, about 10 or 15 pounds on this diet. I felt great too. My lady friend was concerned about my weight loss, and she talked me into eating some rice and other things again. I resumed doing so and I was fine, and gained back a few pounds. I cured my IBS and got rid of my panic attacks. I have since cut way down on sugar, which I believe was the culprit in my having irritable bowel syndrome.

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