Are You a Tough Case or Mild Case?

by Jordan Reasoner

SCD Lifestyle MEAL PLANS

Last week, we got a sudden spike in emails and blog comments from people who didn’t know if they were a “Tough Case” or a “Mild Case.”

(This is absolutely critical for people that want to get their symptoms under control).

This was confusing at first, until we realized it’s been over two years since we created our “Tough Case”/”Mild Case” quiz and they probably haven’t seen it.

But then it hit us…

Almost 40,000 NEW people have joined our community since we created that quiz!

What this means is that many of you haven’t taken the “Tough Case”/”Mild Case” quiz yet and started creating your custom diet based on the results.  Not only that, but if you haven’t taken the quiz yet, you haven’t been able to use the ‘done-for-you’ meal plans thousands have been using since we published them two years ago.

So Are you a “Tough Case” or a “Mild Case”?


If you don’t know whether you’re a “Tough Case” or a “Mild Case” – it’s really important for you take this quiz right now.

The process of creating our own custom diets and then helping tens of thousands of others do the same thing taught us a very important lesson…

People typically fall into two distinct groups: “Tough Case” or “Mild Case.”

You’re either one or the other and it will dictate exactly how you should create your custom diet and get better.  That’s good and bad…

It’s good because we’ve had the good fortune to figure this out and test it with many other people like you.  It’s bad because you’ll likely be faced with several hard decisions once you know more about what it takes to get your health back.

So we’ve created a quiz to help you figure out which group you belong to.

DISCLAIMER: This quiz isn’t intended to diagnose your problems nor does it provide a comprehensive health analysis.  Only your Doctor can do that.

But these questions were born out of working with thousands of digestive cases and helping people troubleshoot their custom diets.  It’s a compilation of the signs and symptoms we’ve found tending to indicate which path you should take to heal your gut…

The “Tough Case”/”Mild Case” Quiz

Here’s how it works: Read each of the following questions and simply answer Yes or No

  1. In the past 7 days have you observed any blood in the toilet? (yes/no)
  2. Did you have more than 6 bowel movements yesterday? (yes/no)
  3. Have you ever been prescribed any of the following drugs (Imuran, Humira, Remicade, or any other TNF-alpha inhibitors) (yes/no)
  4. Are you considered a “non-responder” to any drug treatments for digestive disease (for example: Bentyl, Prednisone, Sulfasalazine, Mesalamine, etc.)? (yes/no)
  5. Have you had surgery to remove any portion of your upper or lower intestines? (yes/no)
  6. Do you experience any food allergies or food intolerances? (yes/no)
  7. Has it been more than 3 days since your last bowel movement? (yes/no)
  8. Do you regularly use enemas to initiate a bowel movement (yes/no)
  9. Do you use any kind of over the counter laxatives on a weekly or daily basis in order to go to the bathroom? (yes/no)
  10. Do you suffer from high levels of anxiety or depression? (yes/no)
  11. Do you consider yourself to have moderate to bad acne or other skin issues (i.e. eczema, rashes)? (yes/no)
  12. Are you or have you attempted SCD, Paleo, GAPS, GFCF or another alternative healing diet and been disappointed with the results? (yes/no)
  13. Does this statement describe you…“Despite trying several treatment options (natural or drug), nothing seems to change my symptoms”? (yes/no)
  14. Have you experienced unexplainable weight loss and can’t put it back on, or have you struggled to lose weight no matter what you’ve tried? (yes/no)

Okay, now it’s time to be honest… how many yes’s did you have?  If it was 2 or more than that indicates you’re a “Tough Case.”  It’s that simple… no exceptions.

What to do once you have your results…

“Tough Cases” are unlikely to respond to a generic real food diet, even full SCD.  While the “Tough Case” group might sound dark and gloomy, it’s actually not.  What it really means is we know many of the trigger foods that “Tough Cases” can’t tolerate and they need to follow a different protocol with more customization than a “Mild Case” does.

“Mild Cases” can typically tolerate more food… but that can be a dangerous pitfall (more on that tomorrow).

So what do you do with these results?

In both instances, we’ve created specific meal plans based on what worked and didn’t work for both groups of people.

And you can test them out for the next 30-days here: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

If they don’t work for you or if you’re not happy for any reason just send us an email and we’ll be happy to refund your money :-)

In good health,

- Jordan

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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Emily February 18, 2014 at 7:23 am

Hi Jordan, thanks so much for the helpful post and for all the amazing information you provide! ? I wanted to ask, what it is about eggs, nuts and legumes that can make them so troublesome for the digestion? I hadn’t before heard that it may be helpful to eliminated these from the diet in order to alleviate symptoms. I would say that I am a tough mild case, or a mild tough case, depending on how you look at it, ???? as I am sensitive to dairy and gluten (which I have largely eliminated), but do not experience the degree of symptoms that some people sadly seem to…) But, as you say, I haven’t yet achieved the results I’ve been looking for and, in lieu of “carbs”, nuts have become quite a staple in my diet… What is it that causes these to react in the body? Are the likes of quinoa, buckwheat & amaranth safe alternatives?
Okay, thanks in advance and wishing you & everyone the very best of health! ?

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