Peanuts in the shell. Peanut butter. Peanut butter cookies. Peanut brittle. Roasted peanuts. Raw peanuts. Salted peanuts. Unsalted peanuts. Roasted, not salted peanuts. Roasted and salted peanuts. Spicy peanuts. Peanut oil. Chocolate-covered peanuts. Yogurt-covered peanuts. Peanut butter ice cream. Peanut butter and jelly. Peanut soup. Peanut chicken. Peanut butter cupcakes. Peanut butter pie. Peanut butter and banana. Peanut noodles. Boiled peanuts. Peanut butter brownies.
"WHAT DO ALL OF THESE DISHES HAVE IN COMMON?"
*aside from--for the most part--being SCD-illegal* :(
*which ARE SCD-legal!!!*
...One of the most popular snack foods on the market.
...A food that tastes PRETTY DARN GOOD with just about everything.
...What you reach for to satisfy your craving for something crunchy.
...The snack you pack for a road trip (perhaps alongside a bag of raisins, too!).
...The ingredient that's responsible for creating your dad's favorite cookie.
...A sneaky way of getting in some protein without having to eat a big, fat, juicy hamburger.
...A very convenient bite to eat for a SCDer who cooks allll the time.
...What everyone's munching on at baseball games.
What is it about this nut that gets people hooked so easily????
But before we go any further, let's get something straightened out.
PEANUTS ARE NOT NUTS; THEY ARE LEGUMES!
*^That was my facial expression when someone told me of this inconceivable truth*
Don't you feel deceived?!?! Betrayed?? Misled?? Cheated??
I certainly do!
There's so much that you DO NOT know about peanuts.
But not to worry!!! I'm going to fill you in...RIGHT NOW.
If you have a leaky gut, then peanuts should not be on your radar.
Now you're probably wondering what it means to have a leaky gut. :P
This website does a PHENOMENAL job explaining what it means to have a "holey" gut.
In my own words, having a leaky gut means...
My stomach has a bad attitude when it comes to EVERY food (AKA millions of food allergies and sensitivities--& yes, maybe I'm slightly exaggerating).
You better twist my arm if you want me to drink water.
My skin breaks out like it's nobody's business.
Nasty inflammation/swelling/edema decides to transform my body from normal to the Michelin man.
My middle name is Candida.
*you can click on the link above for a FABULOUS article about Candida*
I'm not very pleasant to be around.
My joint & muscle pain SHOOTS through the roof.
As you can see...
Having a leaky gut is NOT fun. It's not fun at all.
If you think you have a leaky gut,
CHANGE YOUR DIET!!!!!
Here is a list of foods to avoid when you're trying to repair holes in your gut:
ALL sugars and sweeteners, even honey or agave
High-glycemic fruits: watermelon, mango, pineapple, raisins, grapes, canned fruits, dried fruits, etc.
Tomatoes, potatoes, and mushrooms
Grains: wheat, oats, rice, barley, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, etc.
Dairy: milk, cream, cheese, butter, whey, etc.
Eggs or foods that contain eggs (such as mayonnaise)
Soy: soy milk, soy sauce, tofu, tempeh, soy protein, etc.
Lectins—a major promoter of leaky gut—found in nuts, beans, soy, potatoes, tomato, eggplant, peppers, peanut oil, peanut butter and soy oil, among others
Instant coffee: Many brands of instant coffee appear to be contaminated with gluten. It’s important to eliminate it to be sure it’s not an immune trigger.
*This list came from the first website I mention above*
(THANK YOU, DR. K!!!!)
Please, please, PLEASE
DO NOT be sad about the peanuts.
If peanuts are part of your diet right now & you think you're in the "safe" zone since they're SCD-legal,
DO AN EXPERIMENT!
Remove anything you're eating with peanuts or peanut butter (or anything else in the list above that's something SCD-legal you might be eating) & see if you...
start to feel BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This could be a modification to the SCD that you've needed to make to BE WELL!
If you make these changes, I can't wait to hear how you start feeling!!!
Keep me posted! :)
Lots and lots of LOVE,
*P.S. I filled my post with personal experiences as someone who suffers from a leaky gut AND from information I found on excellent websites.*