What’s Stopping You From Starting the SCD Diet?

by Jordan Reasoner

We have been trying to help people get started on the diet for a while now.  We are so passionate about it because we know it works… it’s worked for us and worked for quite a few people that email us every day.

The question is, will it work for you?  We strongly believe the answer is yes…

But the real question is: are you going to try starting the SCD Diet?

We want to be there to help you every step of the way to stop your diarrhea/constipation, stomach pain, and low energy and take control of your health!

So I have a favor to ask…

I have a question for you and if you have 60 seconds to answer it it would mean the world.  What’s stopping you from starting the SCD Diet?  In other words, if there was one thing that would help you finally take the plunge… what would it be?

Leave your comments below, and if you are already on the diet, please share your thoughts too… together we can help other people in the SCD Community heal on this incredible diet.

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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JeannineRN September 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I am about to start the diet! I am excited yet worried about cravings. I will take it one day at a time. I am reading as much as I can and your site has been great…The book, linking SCD sites, the articles….Keep up the great work!

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Rachel September 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

Hi! I have been on the SCD for a couple of months now. Lately, I have been “cheating” here and there with illegal foods. Even though I know I am going to pay in pain, I still take a bite or two of those forbidden foods. Any suggestions for getting back on track?!

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Danny January 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

GAPS, paleo, and primal wisdom would tell you to add more fats to your diet. Fats will bring the satiety you need to fight the cravings. I know raw milk is illegal in the beginning, but things like butter, coconut oil, avocado, more butter, and eggs. I couldn’t abstain from grains without having my diet at least 50% fat.

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Jordan Reasoner September 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

Thanks Jeannine and Rachel! We are working on a cool free project for people based on the feedback from this post, so look for that to come out next week… Rachel ~ that is a struggle many of us go through in the beginning that is driven by bacteria signals and old habits… when I get cravings like that I usually just take a spoonful of coconut oil because it is so good for me, it’s antimicrobial, and it makes me feel full, give that a try next time (make sure you get virgin organic coconut oil though). Keep the great feedback coming!

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Tiffany September 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Because of the results I have had, I’ve never wanted to cheat! I did have 2 setbacks though which was not realizing that the sausage I was making had sugar in it! I learned that right before month 2. Cut that one out. Then, for some reason, I thought Provolone cheese was allowed. My stomach reminded me it wasn’t and when I got the book out, I read it was Parmeseon not Provolone! Figures bc I never usually eat cheese anyways:/ I was telling my husband thar I wish someone would make an iPhone app containing the legals/ illegals for when we are out.

With others hesitation, I am finding that it’s about giving up the standard American diet. The above poster had it right though, you have to live it day by day. You can’t think about how long you will be on it..only what you will eat that day to make you feel good. Also, others are waiting for their doctor to tell them about SCD. Well, that’s not going to happen. I’ve tried telling my dr and he doesn’t believe in it. Very sad that they don’t want to improve a patients quality of life:(

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Ellie September 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I haven’t started the diet yet. I’m still not sure if it will solve my problems. I have not be dianogesed with IBD,Chrons,or Colitis. I have problems with gluten, and I find I still get really sick eating “gluten free” foods. Even when I am really really careful about it. My doctor thinks I am lacking enzymes to digest somethings but has no idea what. Would I have to stay on this diet forever to feel good? That wouldn’t be terrible, but just nice to know before I change my life forever. I’m a little weird like that. Thanks a lot for all your help and this website.

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Anna September 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

That’s a very good question!

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Anna September 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Here’s one reason: What if it doesn’t work? That would be pretty disappointing to me. I know it’s silly, but that’s one psychological aspect to it.

Anna

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Jordan Reasoner September 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Wow, thanks for the insights everyone! This is great stuff… Tiffany ~ Your so right about waiting for Drs… ha-ha. Ellie ~ Steve can sympathize with never having a diagnosis… it makes it tough to comitt to a diet when you don’t know if it’s going to work for you… Anna ~ good point, how do you know right? Keep the great feedback coming!

In good health,
Jordan

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Tiffany September 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Ellie-I was gluten free for 5 years and I started that diet even before my diagnosis because I swore it was wheat! While my flare ups were better in check, it didn’t help:( With SCD, I get NO pain, no flares, no d, no fevers, fatigue, and none of the other symptoms I had previously. I also added early in the diet an SCD legal pro biotic which sped up my healing;)

Also, what if we designed easy recipes and meal plans for after they began bringing in foods after the starter phase? Maybe even a grocery list for that week? Sometimes people find it difficult to prepare and plan meals because of having such busy lives.

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Wendy September 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

I am considering it (I have read the book over 4 times in the last year). I think what is holding me back is my laziness! Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking, maybe you could have directions about making things in large batches and freezing them.

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Jordan Reasoner October 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

Wendy,

Thanks for the tip… we’re working on some great stuff in that way. Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking either, some days just suck the life out of you right? Here’s what I do, sometimes when I do feel like cooking (like on a weekend) I make a little bit extra food, enough for another meal, and freeze it like a frozen dinner for another day when I know I am not going to want to cook. It’s all about tricking yourself and setting up the conditions for you to be successful later on… give it a shot!

You will never know if you can feel good again if you don’t give it a shot!

In good health,

Jordan

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Cara September 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm

My daughter has been on it for nearly a year, but before then it was my own bad attitude and stubbornness that kept us from doing it. I was really good at explaining all the reasons why we shouldn’t do it (cost, time, etc). But once we actually started, it wasn’t that bad. You can do all kinds of crazy things when you know it’s helping your child 🙂

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Jordan Reasoner October 4, 2010 at 8:21 am

Awesome insight Cara! Thanks for sharing it… and great job talking control of your daughters health, you rock!

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Lori October 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

I am very eager to start the diet for myself and two young children (4&2). We all have “troubles”, my son being the worst with what seems like Celiac. My setback/reason is very personal and – I would guess- not uncommon in these times. We live with my husbands’ parents and are unemployed at the moment. With almost nothing to live on and the stress level in our lives, starting this diet seems impossible. What if this week we have grocery money to cover SCD, and the next week we don’t? What about the large impending transitions as we find work and housing? My in-laws also have financial woes, and none of us can afford to refill the propane tank… that means no oven! I cook everything on an electric skillet and a camp stove on the porch. Life can be VERY challenging right now. Waiting until we are stable seems like the best plan, if only to avoid adding any more stress. Thanks for taking comments on this topic.

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Jordan Reasoner October 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

@ Lori – Wow, thank you for sharing your powerful story. That is pretty incredible that you have been able to do what you have so far… an inspiration. We all have challenges in our lives that make things seem impossible, and one of the most fulfilling things in life is overcoming those challenges to take control of our lives. I know that you will find a way, even though it seems so far away right now… hang in there, keep pushing day in and day out, and things will fall into place sooner than later. I look forward to hearing your success story very soon!

Jordan

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Erin October 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Pizza! Real, New York-style pizza. And bread–sourdough bread–there is no SCD-legal substitute for it. I know that I’ll pay for eating these things later, but the UC isn’t so bad that I will be in pain. However, this website is really inspiring…making me want to give the diet a good, cheat-free try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Jordan Reasoner October 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

@ Erin – Thanks for the kind words! That pizza sounds really good – but I will take my health and long living anyday over some pizza, I have two kids that I want to watch get married and become a grandpa… not be stuck fighting for my life with cancer. Sorry if that was depressing, but it’s what pops in my head automatically now to fight off cravings – works awesome, ha-ha!

Jordan

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Allen December 30, 2014 at 7:54 am

@ Jordan. – Hi. Is there no way that sourdough bread fits into the SCD legal list even if one is at advanced stages of progress ( Chron’s symptoms-free and already 7 years on SCD)? The dough has been through a sort of fermentation process and contains Lactobacillus culture, usually in symbiotic combination with yeasts. Is there perhaps no alternative to the yeast or without yeast? – Some Paleo/Primal diets allow for this.

Thanks

Allen

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Lori Jo Berg December 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Hi Allen, thanks for reaching out! We do encourage you to test out this food and see how your body reacts. This will allow you to build your own custom version of the diet that works for you.

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Allen December 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi Lori. Thanks. Tried sourdough bread – two slices over 24 hours and experienced immediate diarrhea. I guess I have to try it really slowly or just go back to my almond or coconut breads. Thanks for the input.
~Allen

Gabby April 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

This message is for Allen: Hi Allen… any success with eating sourdough bread?

My belief is if you learn how to make the bread yourself (using your own sourdough and choice of flour) as opposed to buying it (even if it is claimed that they use sourdough, they may not let the dough ferment enough time), it would be a wonderful nutritious food full of easily accessible nutrients (due to prolonged fermentation that alters the chemical composition of the dough allowing the gut to absorb more nutrients and greatly reduces the “toxicity” of anti-nutrients).

What’s your experience?

Thanks,
Gabby

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Elizabeth February 4, 2011 at 4:56 am

Erin – I was reading through these comments and I can’ t help commenting on yours. I have had UC for 15 years, I thought I knew what it was about. I learned to live/manage my flares as they came. I suffered through them and always got back on track. Sometimes I would eat foods knowing they might throw me off a bit, but, hey, it was worth it. Then after all these years, my UC threw me for a major loop! It advanced into what feels like a whole new ailment. I have had two major flares in the past year and a half. I have barely stopped bleeding in that time. I am no longer responding to te regular medical treatments, I developed Pyoderma with this flare, I spent three weeks in the hospital, and the doctors are ready to throw up their hands. They keep mentioning surgery – an idea I am not ready to wrap my head around. Mostly out of fear – fear of knowing how close UC has come to taking my life and how close I am to losing my colon – and at insistance of my family, I have embraced this SCD Diet. I don’t kknow if it will work. Yes, it is a huge change and a lot of effort for a gamble. But I would rather take the gamble on a diet than with my life. You may be comfortable with your life with UC now, but I am telling you UC can turn into something much scarier.

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Renee Hartless February 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

FEAR! My son has leaky gut which results in terrible food sensitivities. He can not eat eggs or dairy among many other things which are not SCD legal. We where suggested to follow a rotation diet as we where told he will develop sensitivities to whatever he eats. It seems like following the diet he will have to eat the same things over and over again. My fear is he will develop a sensitivity to what he is eating on the diet and therefore we will not be able to break the vicous cycle. Has any one had experience with this?

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Tina November 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I was a once social, youthful, active healthy 70 year old until 4 months ago when I was diagnosed with IBS-D. Symtomatically, I believe it is a correct diagnosis. I started with diarrhea at the onset of a severe stress dental event. I thought it would stop soon. Then I took penicillin for a potential tooth infection. The diarrhea worsened and has continued. This has been a high health and social cost for me as well as not being able to use my professional skills to give back to society. I want to try the scd diet. I ate healthily prior to this and believe in the benefits of that. I try to exercise as before but find myself exhausted much of the time. That’s the part that concerns me in starting this diet as it seems labor intensive. What I could use is a “scd buddy” to help me get started, preferably in person. Anyone in the Fort Wayne area?

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Jane December 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The Holidays. And also sticking with it.. That’s my hardest part.. Recently saw a Functional Medicine Practitioner, dx with SIBO, Gluten Sensitivities, high CRP and homocysteine.. I KNOW this is what I need to do and I KNOW I do way better Paleo/ low FODMAPS. But I still have a hard time jumping on 100%. What the heck is wrong with me? I know better, but I just don’t DO IT.

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K December 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi. Merry Christmas!
I’m 18 and am convinced I’ve got candida, and I’m trying to prevent psoriasis.
So I’ve started the SCD diet, but I’ve cheated on the diet over the passed few days, and I ate a lot of things that I shouldn’t of eaten this morning.
Am I guy going to be okay or am I going to see symptoms?
And what can I do to prevent the syptoms?
I have probiotic and enzyme supplements. I can take those?
Thanks and your help means a lot to me.
Have a good holiday.

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Nancy June 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

1) TIME! I have time to prepare real food (read: anything more than nuking a TV dinner) at most twice per week. Running around the corner to pick up a sandwich or some soup is as much time as I can spare for lunch on weekdays. The rest is TV dinners and takeout. Because time.

2) Living a normal lifestyle among my social group. I eat out for dinner (without this I’d have no social life) 2-4 times weekly. Not only do we usually choose a location last minute, but I don’t have time to call ahead to every restaurant and grill the (probably uninformed) staff about every ingredient they use in every dish.

3) I love food. For real, I LOVE food. I especially love food with sauces and complex flavors. There’s no way I could give up burgers indefinitely, let alone burgers on buns with ketchup. The same goes for Indian food, Chinese food, and my mom’s amazing home cooking.

Being able to pick up reasonably-priced prepared foods from the grocery store, or order them from FreshDirect would go a long, long way, but wouldn’t solve the eating-out problem. I have digestive problems, but not Crohn’s or IBS or anything, so I could probably manage to eat out SCD-style (rather than strict SCD) by eliminating obvious sources of illegal foods (eat a burger without the bun), but that wouldn’t solve the love-of-food problem.

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Nathan December 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Time, concerns about getting enough calories (I’m 6’2, 150lbs, and work out), but I think the biggest one that’s made me hesitant is seeing people on the SCD diet that never get better.

They are only asymptomatic when on it, but then revert to stomach problems once they start eating “normal food” it seems like a “forever diet”

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Mariel Heiss December 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Hi Nathan – thanks so much for commenting. Your concerns are definitely valid. SCD isn’t really a diet or a temporary way of eating- after you complete the phases, you’ll need to keep eating the right foods for the rest of your life to feel well. Jordan and Steve didn’t go back to eating pizza and cupcakes… but they also really enjoy their food, eat out and travel, and are in great health (and are making gains at the gym!). It can be hard to get in the calories and prepare food on SCD (and once you transition to the way you’ll eat for life, what we call the “Nathan Diet”) but it is harder work to feel sick all the time and spend time at the doctor, dealing with symptoms, sitting on the toilet, etc. We all get to make a choice to keep doing what we’re doing and spinning in circles or work toward health.

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Nathan December 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Another hesitation is social isolation. I don’t want to have to think 24/7 about what I’m going to eat, obsess about it, and obsess about what I will eat if I go out with friends, family, vacation, holidays I want to live a normal life. Fodmap is easier to stick to so I stick to that for now, especially if dining out.

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Mariel Heiss December 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Nathan – check this out too: http://scdlifestyle.com/social-life/

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