I am Theresa. I’m married to a wonderful guy named Chris. We have two pugs. Our dogs are so much fun.
Besides being married and a dog-owner, I’m a landscape designer and find a lot of inspiration in nature. I enjoy being creative in my work and in problem-solving.
I am also a cook and a baker. I love to express myself through food. I learned the essentials from my Mom. When I grew up, I frequently helped my Mom prepare dinner. She’d let me concoct dessert recipes from magazines and cookbooks. Let me tell you, there were quite a few mishaps, like the time I tried to bake cookies while the oven was set to pre-heat instead of bake (they were all mushy), or when I tried to make vanilla ice cream with gelatin (it tasted really bad). But through these mistakes and many others, I learned my way around the kitchen, formed quite a sweet-tooth and developed a taste for fresh, full flavors. These experiences laid the groundwork for SCD Griddle.
My doctor believes that I have celiac disease, a condition triggered by the consumption of the protein gluten, which is in foods that contain wheat, barley or rye. I have undergone many tests, but I want to avoid the label from a medical insurance standpoint so I have not submitted to any blood tests. I have many of the classic celiac symptoms (read: bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea) and in order to keep explanations short, I often tell people that I have celiac disease. I also have small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) which is a chronic bacterial infection of the small intestine.
For years I was on medication that kind of worked sometimes, but not all the time. Often foods that I thought were safe and that I’d prepared myself would cause me problems. And eating out was like playing a round of Russian roulette. At times my gastrointestinal system would cooperate, at others it would totally rebel.
My doctor didn’t offer me much help beyond prescription drugs, testing, or vague advice about a high-protein diet. After trying a few approaches that didn’t work, I desperately searched the internet for information and alternatives. When I read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, a book that describes the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), I was compelled to give it a try. The first month was rocky and I made a few big blunders, but now I’m a believer. I am healing myself by modifying my diet and following the SCD.
ABOUT SCD GRIDDLE
When I began the SCD, my griddle was instrumental because it allowed me to cook a lot of food at once. I can cook up to 3 pounds of hamburgers on it or 8 almond flour pancakes at a time. It is the workhorse in my kitchen.
I created SCD Griddle because I want to give other people hope. It is possible for those of us with gastrointestinal issues to live full, exciting lives. I want to inform, guide and empower others to do the same.