Anyway, I've been on the SCD for over a month now and given that I need to gain weight, I am making some adjustments based on what my body says is okay or not okay. Therefore, I added white organic sushi rice this week. I saw an amazing acupuncturist last week who told me I have a yin deficiency and therefore should be drinking a lot more water and eating a lot more oils. So I have decided that adding sushi rice (a very simple and easy-to-digest grain, relative to other starches) may play an important role as a medium for lots of oil.
So I made a rice congee and added ghee and rice vinegar. It was delicious and I had no adverse symptoms from it. I had it again the next day with tamari with no adverse effects. Two days later I made sushi rice in the rice cooker and ate it for breakfast at work. But this time I added two tablespoons of flaxseed oil and one tablespoon of sesame oil, plus the regular rice vinegar and tamari. About an hour later I started to feel a familiar feeling in my intestines, which I can only describe as the sesame oil cramps. I realize now that I had felt this same thing many times in the past year since I began using sesame oil (unrefined, cold-pressed, organic), especially when combined with protein. So I think, unfortunately, that I am sensitive to sesame oil and/or it has gone rancid (polyunsaturated oils do that easily) so I can't digest it well. Bummer, it's so delicious. But I still have ghee, olive oil, and coconut oil, which seem to do me no harm. I've got to test flaxseed oil alone to see what happens.
I also discovered that I am sensitive to almonds (alone) and almond butter. The almond butter is the biggest bummer, since it's so sweet and fatty and delicious. But it's ridiculously expensive, so maybe it's best I not indulge anyway. I've switched to tahini instead, but it doesn't have the same sweetness. But I like the astringent quality of it on tart green apples. It's curious, however, that when my osteopath tested my electric field to see if I was sensitive to the foods I brought in, my electric field got stopped up with the whole almonds, but was fine when I held a Larabar that had cherries and almond pieces in it. Those bars seem to do me fine, but I noticed that almond butter slows down my digestion and can give me cramps and a feeling of constipation.
In order to gain weight I bought a case of guar-gum free coconut milk, and after the first 5 cans I began to get sick of it. I never thought it could happen, but now I wonder if I can force myself to chug down yet another coconut smoothie (the only way to get 36 g of healthy fat in a glass!). One can has 72 grams of fat! And it's mostly made up of an easier to digest fat called medium-chain triglycerides, which is also highly antibacterial and antifungal. So I just need to suck it up and chug it, or get my damn appetite back.
Update (7/30/13): I have decided to eliminate rice from my diet altogether, so now I am completely grain-free. I decided to do this because although I can tolerate rice without G.I. symptoms, it could be causing inflammation that I cannot feel, as well as triggering my leaky gut and preventing my digestive system from fully healing and recovering. Plus, I've discovered a lot more recipes and ways to get in calories without rice, so I don't really need it anymore anyway.