In 1998 I was diagnosed with Crohns disease and had part of my small and large intestines removed. Over the next 10 years I took pills, had iv therapy, gave myself shots, and spent time in hospitals. Throughout this journey with disease I began to look at food in a whole new way. I read through every diet and nutritional book I could get my hands on. In my search, the Lord led me to a book by biochemist Elaine Gottschall called "Breaking the Vicious Cycle". The book explains the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and how following it strictly can heal the digestive track from damage done by disease or bacterial imbalance. The SCD has helped thousands of people eliminate or control the debilitating symptoms of diseases like Crohns, colitis, celiac, diverticulitis, diabetes and food related allergies. I was impressed with the enormous amount of testimony of healing I discovered on the Internet. I went on this strict grain-free, sugar-free, nothing processed diet for 18 months and found healing. I no longer take any medications and am able to eat a normal diet again.
Being on a very strict diet brought me back into the kitchen doing a lot of scratch cooking. The SCD is very restrictive so I was stretched creatively. I used ingredients I had never worked with before, and found new ways to make favorite recipes. My family and I were eating so much healthier. Even though I am no longer strictly following the SCD, I still cook and eat a lot of what I did while on the diet. My passion for food has blossomed into a passion for healthful eating. I enjoy working with nutrient-rich foods and creating meals that not only taste good, but assist the body in fighting illness and disease.