Ways to improve protein digestion

  1. Proteins need an acid environmet to digest. Drink between meals not at meals. Liquid at meal times dilutes the gastric acid. Avoid meaty soups. If you do have them, eat the meat and the broth at different meals.

  2. Eat all your meat first. This ensures that the meat is covered fully in acid in the stomach. The veges and the rest don't need the acid and can sit like a blanket on top. Hence no 3.

  3. Don't disturb the stack of food in your stomach by getting up and down, or moving around during the meal. Sit down, enjoy your family and friends company for at least half an hour after the meal this will aid digestion immeasurably.

  4. If you don't have success with the preceeding two suggestions, separate your meals. Have a meat and vege meal (no carbs) then a carb meal (no meat) later

  5. VERY importantly, don't have three big meals a day.

The whole theory behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is to aim for complete digestion before the food hits the large bowel. The body has a better chance of digesting six half-size meals per day than three big ones. In this way the acid can work to completion of a moderate portion of meat. Also your pancreas and saliva can cope with secreting enough enzymes to do the job.


  6. Don't eat after 21:00, and forget everything about delicious late night snacks. When you come home hungry at 02:00 in the morning, drink water - only water. Your intestines have to rest at this time of the day.

  7. Do your best to keep your bedtime - and to get no less than eight hours of sleep every night. Your night sleep means more to your intestines and your digestive system than you'd imagine.

  8. Generally, drink lots of water. (Read more about why here.)
Try to follow this timetable every day :


Anna reported that Dr. Andrew Weill did not think digestive enzyme supplements were worth much. In my research, I've found those that take THERAPEUTIC DOSES of digestive enzymes to be either wildly enthusiastic with their healing powers or "it's a waste of money...did nothing." The naturopaths and doctors I interviewed all seemed to recommend them, and some found they were useful for healing other things in the body (ie, clear the mucus from asthmatic lungs, heal inflammation, sports injuries, etc.). Different enzymes worked on various health problems...amylase for the mucus problem, protease for inflammation and skin problems.

Here is a great article about digestive enzymes..and from a digestive disorder perspective...The Olde Crohn site....worth visiting regardless...


* * * * * c 1996 Carol Wright * * * * * *

Re: acidophilus
Thu, 9 Jan 1997 1:56:43 GMT

>Are acidophilus tablets safe to take on the diet? The ones I have, from
>Nature's Way, say that there is no whey, soy, corn, wheat yeast or chemical
>preservatives but if they contain lactobacillus, does that mean that they
>contain lactose?
>Rosa Kuhn

Acidophilus bacteria are best taken first thing in the morning with water and an empty stomach the water is to dilute the stomach acid to ensure they get to where they are going unharmed. powder is better than capsules which are better than tablets. tablets will not be as effective since many of the bacteria are destoyed when processing the tablets. also tablets contain binders of unknown composition that may or may not be harmful. powder is the purest form of lactobacillus there is since the other forms are made from the powder. you get more live cells for your money than with tablets or capsules.

Regards Michael

Fresh air

With any affliction of the intestines, fresh air and activity (to get the circulation going), are vital. This brings oxygen to the affected part which enlivens the cells, kills anaerobic bacteria and helps regulate pressure by means of stimulating regular peristalsis. Moderate (not power) walking with sinulataneous deep breathing is the best form of exercise - try it 15 mins in the morning and see how much better your days are!

Regards Michael

Re: vegetables
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 22:43:47 GMT

>Hi all:
>Does anyone have some suggestions as to which vegetables to introduce
>first? I am at the moment stuck on peeled over-cooked zucchini. I
>tried pureed butternut squash, but I am sure that it upset my stomach.
>Broccoli killed me. Any ideas? Thanks.
>Carrie in Toronto

I always found carrots to be the easiest veggie. Peel them, chop them, and
boil them till VERY soft. Add butter, s & p (if tolerable). Chew well. If
you have problems with cooked veggies, try pureeing them in a food processor or
blender and eat like baby food. Keep experimenting. Good luck!

Re: vegetables
Sat, 12 Apr 1997 6:14:50 GMT

Carrots and Zuchini are the first to be introduced

Then Pumpkin (well cooked - baked or soup or pressure cooked) other squash and then cautiously add others.

Avoid green veges raw or cooked until you can tolerate them. Take a vitamin C supplement until you add more green veges.

Stay mainly with fish chicken and a little lean pork

regards Michael

Re: Questions on SCD
Sun, 11 May 1997 2:33:11 GMT

Do not underestimate the power of the body to heal itself. Add to diet, some moderate exercise, eg walking or swimming and cycling. Do EVERYTHING you can to detox your body - herbal remedies, esp massage to the torso and legs and flush your kidneys with loads of water. If you don't have diarhea, make lightly steamed chinese green veges a part of your daily diet so as to counter a high acid level in the body.
The greatest inhibition to the bodies healing process is a back log of waste in the body. This is your enemy to the instructions coded in your DNA. For every cell in your body contains information of how you bowel SHOULD look. Remove the obstacles and the body will correct itself.
The bowels are essentially muscle tissue and as Arnold Schwazzenegger will tell you, muscles can be trained and shaped. This is done through fibre. Slippery Elm 4 times a day and Psyllium 2 The high protein content of the diet will supply the body with the building blocks you need to re-build you bowels.

The worst thing for IBD is any packaged cereal and white or bogus "wholemeal"bread these products get caught in the intestines and lodge themselves there for up to years, like cement where they ferment and putrify. What the IBD patient with a tender bowel needs is a diet high in water soluble fibre. Vegetables such as pumpkin and carrots and squash just slide through the system whilst also supplying a great deal of energy to the body.

Speak to Elaine about it as well.



Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 14:07:25 -0500
From: "Richards, Cathy" <Cathy_Richards@ATKEARNEY.com>
To: SCD-list@longisland.com
Subject: RE: Stress?

Stress has a large part to play in both these diseases.

I tracked when my worst flares were over the years:
changing schools- grade 7- got the disease
business school and tons of work- really bad flare
working at a client at least 100 hours a week, under lots of pressure-

My doctor recommends massage and relaxation therapy. I have started yoga
and medidating. It was hard at first because I am so hyper. My sister
who is more sedate does not have as much trouble with the disease.

Cathy (CD)

Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 17:41:57 -0400
From: Deborah Idol <cat@cloud9.net>
To: SCD-list@longisland.com
Subject: Re: Stress?

Hi Shannon.

> This is particularly for UC people. Dave was doing really well and then
> on Friday his Mom died. He isn't doing as well and now he has a sore
> throat and fever. Has this happened to anyone else under stress?

I'm so sorry about Dave's Mom.

It's a well known fact that stress does zap the immune system, and can also
aggravate any intestinal diseases (their is a definite brain - bowel
connection). I would recommend he cut out all sugar (honey and fruit) and
take extra Vitamin C for a while...

Take care,


To Everyone with a bad flare:

Besides this diet, REST is key to getting better. Though you may not want to, or think you can't possibly miss work, you MUST take time off and rest if you want to get better. Your body is telling
you something, and it is saying "I need a rest!" Don't deny it, and try to force yourself to carry on with your regular duties. Get help from families, friends, neighbors, parents, etc. It is well worth it in the end.
It took me a long time to learn this, but once I did, I realized that REST makes all the difference in the world when trying to heal. You can always get caught up later, when you are WELL and have the energy.

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 09:05:34 -0500
From: Ruth Callahan <callahan@webspan.net>
To: SCD-list@longisland.com
Subject: Re: Need Support

mpetee wrote:

> i dont want to sound like i was on the pitypot it
> just seems at times very frustrating and i guess i was just wondering where
> other ppl stood on these issues.

Dear Mark {mpetee},

Besides this list for support I have been working on becoming more self reliant by reading and actively putting effort into healing myself. Adhering to SCD way of eating and the practice of yoga is part of the attitude change that is helping me.
I read a description recently about healing ourselves and how relevant our personal efforts affect our life.
Hope this helps renew your commitment to healing yourself .


Yogic Cure For Common Diseases
By Dr. Phulgenda Sinha

In any medical system the primary reliance is on medicine. It is assumed that a particular medicine will cure a particular disease. The medical doctor does the diagnosis, identifies the disease and prescribes a suitable medicine. The patient in this system has to do very little or nothing at all. The task of correcting the disease and disorder and restoring health is assigned to the medicine.

Seen in this context, there is a contrast between the medical system and the yogic (or in our case SCD) system of treatment. Whereas in the medical system an external agent (medicine) does the corrective work, in the yogic (SCD) system you are responsible for this work. Eventually this external agent is not needed at all. It is the patient himself whose personal understanding, practice and care cures his disease in the yogic (SCD) system.

Many Patients who encountered suffering from chronic disease have lost faith in the medical system because in spite of years of treatment they had not achieved permanent and satisfactory cure. In certain cases the medicine provided them immediate relief, but not a lasting cure. On the other hand a great number of patients achieved permanent cure through therapeutic yoga(SCD).

This limitation of the medical system should not mean that it is inferior to the yoga system; rather it is only a matter of the limitation and scope of a given system of healing. There are areas where only medical science and not yoga can come to the rescue of the patient. Similarly there are certain disease, which though regarded incurable through medical systems are definitely cured through yoga (SCD). This shows that every system of treatment has certain unique points and limitations.

Take care of yourself.

Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 18:43:57 -0500
From: "dan davis" <hockley.hills@sympatico.ca>
To: <scd-list@longisland.com>
Subject: words of wisdom

Hi all,
Just picked up a new book and the first page I turned to really spoke to me concerning the unbelievable changes that have occurred in my life since committing myself to the SCD. Thought I'd share this with you.

Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one element of truth
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred
A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one's favour all
Manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which
No man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.

SCD Web Library start page