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New Pages Update

Hi All!

FYI – there are two new pages here for your baking and reference pleasure: “The Well-Stocked Pantry” and “Favourite Cookbooks”.  The individual tabs can be found at the top of the page.

Recommendations for either page are always welcome!

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A Brief Update

Hi Everyone!

This is a brief post to let you all know that, yes, I am still alive, even though there hasn’t been a post in a while.  The thing is, I have so much left over from my Christmas baking that I haven’t had any reason to do any baking.  So while I am missing the kitchen a bit, I definitely have to clean out my freezer a bit before I start any new projects.  I’ve even run out of Tupperware.  I may have overestimated how much food we needed for the holidays…

Thanks to you all for reading my blog, and posts will begin again soon.  And don’t forget you can subscribe to my blog so you don’t need to keep coming back to check to see if there are any new posts.

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Construction at the house continues, so I continue to wait to bake…soon, my pretties.  I have an excellent Pumpkin Loaf made with teff flour and almond meal in mind for the first available bake time!

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, commonly referred to as SCD, is based on the idea that certain health problems, and even some neurological conditions, occur in large part because of the food that we eat.  The diet iteself was first developed in the first half of the 20th century by Drs. Merrill P. and Sydney V. Haas. However, the diet has been largely popularized through the efforts of Elaine Gottschall in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle. The diet itself is a somewhat complex set of rules that applies not so much to the nutritional value of the food but to how the food is absorbed by the intestitine wall.

The SCD works on the premise that it is the improper digestion of carbohydrates, or saccharides, that can lead to many digestive disorders or diseases, including (but not limited to) Celiac Disease, Crohn’s disease, and Irritible Bowel Syndrome.  Di- and polysaccharides, such as grains and sugars (like lactose), have been pinpointed as the root of the problem.  Monosaccharides, such as honey, can be fully absorbed by the intestine walls and therefore do not need to be avoided.  (For a full list of “legal” and “illegal” foods, visit http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/).

It is believed that damage to the intestine wall that makes it difficult to digest or absorb these saccharides, resulting in the build-up of “bad” bacteria in the gut.  This damage to the intestine can be caused by virtually anything, even from something as straightforward as the flu.  The damage generally starts off as relatively minor, and gets progressively worse over time. 

A summary of the “vicious cycle” therefore goes something like this: damage to the intestine occurs because of certain foods or stomach upsets; the continual ingestion of di- and polysaccharides never gives the intestine the necessary time to heal because they are never fully absorbed by the body, leaving behind “bad” bacteria.  This bacteria can severely affect the well-being of the gut, and ultimately wreak havoc on the digestive system. The more “bad” bacteria that is present in the gut, the worse the symptoms can become.  The problems, over time, can become exacerbated, debilitating, and sometimes even deadly.

The SCD completely eliminates di- and polysaccharides from the diet, thereby removing the difficulties people with digestive disorders experience with their digestion. The removal of these specific carbohydrates from the diet gives the digestive tract an opportunity to heal.  There are many websites detailing the success of people with a wide variety of disorders.

The SCD has helped people who suffer from problems such as Celiac Disease, Irritible Bowel Disease, and Crohn’s Disease, to name a few.  The medical community has been generally slow to acknowledge the benefits of the diet.  However, anecdotal evidence does suggest that the diet has proven beneficial to many people suffering from a multiple of disorders thought to be incurable by the medical community.

Somewhat more controversial is the use of the diet as a means of controlling the symptoms of autism.  Again, anecdotal evidence does seem to pinpoint some connection between food and certain neurological disorders.  It is conceded that there is no cure for autism, however, according to some parents the elimination of certain foods has led to drastic improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitude.  For more information about the possible connection between food and autism spectrum disorders, visit http://pecanbread.com

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