What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a group of foods which are grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free, and unprocessed.  While removing many foods that are toxic and digestively harmful the diet remains natural, extremely nourishing and representative of what our ancestors ate.

Eating SCD is a way to “re-boot” your digestion and give you an overall health boost.  The diet will probably have you feeling better than ever even if you don’t have any intestinal damage.  But if you are one of the lucky few who needs a bit of digestive support this diet was created especially for you.

Where Did SCD Come From?

The principles of SCD were laid down by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas as he treated Celiacs and other IBD patients in the 1950s.  One of his patients was Elaine Gottschall’s daughter who at the time was very sick with ulcerative colitis.  Dr. Haas helped Elaine’s daughter to achieve lasting remission through diet and the use of fermented foods.

Elaine Gottschall then dedicated her life to researching the diet – gut connection.  She coined the named the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and released the science and ground rules in her life’s work “Breaking the Vicious Cycle, Intestinal health through diet”.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle is the reason we are here today and.  We are very grateful for all the hard work that Elaine put into it and we think everyone should own a copy or two.


 

What Science is Behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

The diets guidelines are based on the fact that not everyone’s digestive tract has evolved to optimally digest complex carbohydrates and other man made food products like sugar. The main principle of the diet is that carbohydrates are classified by their chemical structure; they are monosaccharide, disaccharide, or polysaccharide. On the diet only monosaccharide carbohydrates are allowed to be eaten as all others require extra digestion steps to break the chemical bonds down to monosaccharide carbohydrates.

Any food that is not properly digested causes bacterial and yeast overgrowth when undigested carbohydrates are fed on by bacteria and yeast in the intestinal tract. This starts a chain reaction of excess toxins and acids which cause irritation of the small intestine cells damaging them and causing food absorption issues which only helps to continue the cycle.

The diet is an all natural way to break this cycle of bacteria and yeast overgrowth by eliminating the food sources they feed on. By working to restore gut flora to normal levels the intestinal tract is allowed to start repairing any damage by itself.

How Does the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Work?

By eliminating complex carbohydrates, lactose, sucrose and other man made ingredients from the digestive process, the body is finally allowed to start healing. As gut flora levels start to stabilize, the reduction of irritants from undigested foods, toxins and other man made ingredients allows inflammation levels to retreat.

This is accomplished by beginning the diet with extremely easy to digest, natural foods. This “intro diet” starts the healing the process and then more complex foods are added back to the diet very slowly. By carefully adding foods back to the diet the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is individually tailored to each person’s state of injury and digestion abilities.

What Do I Eat Already?

Below is a quick summary of the Do’s and Do NOTS.  Please check the official list before eating something.

Eat This:

Allowed Meats: Eggs, Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Fish, Pork, Wild Game, Bacon, Lamb

Allowed Vegetables: Fresh or frozen of most commonly eaten vegetables are acceptable (asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin, spinach, squash, string Beans, tomatoes and watercress) Click here for others

Allowed Fruits: Commonly found Fresh or Frozen or dried with nothing added are acceptable (apples, avocados, bananas (ripe with black spots), berries of all kinds, coconut, dates, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi fruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, prunes, raisins, rhubarb, tangerines) Click here for others

Dairy: SCD Yogurt, natural 30 day aged Cow and Goat cheeses (not Kraft-see below), Butter, Ghee, and Dry Curd Cottage Cheese (DCCC).

Nuts: Almonds, Pecans, Brazil, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Cashews, Chestnuts (no additives for butters, salted mixes and flours)

Legumes: Peanuts, White beans, Navy Beans, Lentils, Split Peas, Lima beans, Kidney beans, Black beans

Spices: Most non-mixed spices are allowed, screen for anti-caking agents, and make sure the ingredients are listed

Not This:

No CEREAL GRAINS: Wheat, Barley, Corn, Rye, Oats, Rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Triticale, Bulgur, Spelt, Quinoa

Not Allowed Meats: Ham, Processed Sausages, Lunch meats, Bratwurst, Turkey dogs, Hot dogs

Not Allowed Vegetables: Canned are not allowed due to the usual addition of sugars, processing aids and preservative chemicals.

Not Allowed Fruits: Canned and most fruit juices are not allowed due to the common addition of sweeteners, preservatives, and processing aids.

Not Allowed Legumes: Soybeans, chick peas, bean sprouts, mungbeans, fava beans, garbanzo beans

Dairy: Commercial yogurts, milk of any kind, unnatural cheeses (Kraft and most other main stream shredded cheeses fall into this group), all of the following cheeses: Cottage, Cream, Feta, Gejetost, Mozzarella, Neufchatel, Primost, Ricotta, Processed cheese spreads.

Starches/Tubers: Not allowed including Potatoes, Yams, Sweet potatoes, Arrowroot, Parsnip, Cornstarch, tapioca starch

Spices: No Curry powders, Most Onion and Garlic powders are filled with anti-caking agents

Drink This:

Weak tea or coffee, Water, Mineral Water, Club soda, Dry Wine, Gin, Rye, Scotch, Bourbon, Vodka

Not This:

Instant coffee, Most commercial juices, Milk, Soda Pop, Sweet Wines, Flavored Liqueurs, Brandy, Sherry

Sweeten With This:

Honey

Not This:

Sugar of any kind (Cane, Coconut, Table, etc), Agave syrup, Maple syrup, artificial sweeteners.

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{ 414 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Divizio November 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Am very anxious to utilize this diet. I do not sleep well, am up by 3 am everyday and stay awake for the rest of the day. I refuse to take anything except as prescribed by my GI dr, I think he is the best, out of Mt. Sinai in New York City, except it is not covered by my insurance, which ends at the end of this year, btw. I am so looking forward to being in remission for at least the next 50 years, just kidding, but really really do not want to wind up in the hospital for the 12th time this year alone. Any suggestions are always welcome from anyone and I hope all of you guys stay healthy. Ellen

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Jordan Reasoner November 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

@ Ellen, keep doing great work taking control of your health!

Have you ever had a 24-hour hormone/cortisol test done? It sounds like you might have an imbalance going on… talk with your Dr. about it.

Other ideas might be trying some “Natural Calm” Magnesium before bed OR working on reducing stress and parasympathetic nervous system stimulation. Look into a program called “Rest Assured” here: http://www.soundersleep.com/marketplace/

Let us know how you’re doing,

Jordan

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Hi Ellen,
I chuckled when I read your message because I know who you are talking about. His collegues do take insurance and they all work together if that is any consolation. He was the one that recommended the diet to me, but only after I asked. I said, “This is a gatrointestinal disease, doesn’t it make sense that there’s something I can do with my diet to help it?” His response was that there was one diet that he has seen work, but it is very difficult to follow. He gave me the name of Elaine’s book.

If you are on medication, stay on it, but it is clearly not working for you. Start the diet and see if your symptoms decrease. You may need a combination of the meds and the diet, but you may be able to avoid the stronger drugs with the scary side effects.

By the way, I’m not a doctor, just have been through this too long. The same doctor told me on my first visit that from here on out, I would know more about Crohn’s disease than any doctor I met. Boy, have I found that to be the truth!

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Kristofer Young, DC October 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Jessica,
Folks should listen to you. It is obvious that you have learned a lot!
Dr. Young

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Billy Vitt December 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Well, this diet has worked wonders for my IBS when everything else failed, mostly because it treats the source of the problem and not the symptoms. I could tell from the very first day/night that I had hit on something; it just seemed too good to be true and kept thinking “It will come back”…but it never did. I’ve been on it for 6 months now and I would like to start experimenting with a few grains – I really miss my Old Fashioned Oats – but if they cause problems I’ll drop them again.

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Doug December 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Stay the hell away from your GI doctor. You’ve been hospitalized eleven times this year? Not surprised.

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susano22 January 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

If you really want to heal don’t count on your doc to help. They don’t understand the effect of nutrition on your gut. I am on day 3 of this diet and I am noticing a difference already. I made the recommended chicken soup, a few organic beef patties and drank lots of water and weak tea and I notice some changes. My GI doc is a nice man but he just doesn’t believe in diet, he believes in pills which have only made me sick in different ways…. But then you probably know all this by now if you did the diet.

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Arlen Rice February 1, 2013 at 5:29 am

I have just been diagnosed with Ulcerated Colitis and would very much appreciate the name of the Dr at Mt Sinai.

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CJ July 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

This diet is very good. However, if you still find yourself waking up at 3am, you might want to consider radiofrequency radiation from all wireless devices. Studies show that it depletes melatonin, and when that is gone, you wake up. So, if you are sleeping with your cellphone in your bedroom and not on airplane mode, have a wifi router close by, a smart meter close to your bedroom, etc. than you might want to minimize those things and see if that helps. Good Luck!

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jen August 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

All these suggestions aren’t bad but you said wake up every night at 3am? Well after you’ve tried all the tricks…valerian, tryptophan, chamomile, melatonin, gaba, blah, blah…(been there done it all) maybe you should consider mthfr gene mutation. I just found I have that and the reason you wake up on the dot between 2-3 is toxicity. Between 1 and 6am our liver goes into detox mode for everything you’ve been exposed to and eaten for the day. when you have this mutation you can’t detox yourself, putting it simply. It’s a new discovery and not a lot of doctors are aware of it or know how to treat it. Good news is it’s treated with the right supplements! Bad news it can cause a WHOLE host of health problems including digestive. A good site to learn is mthfr.net. hope you find what you’re looking for…
jen

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Steven Wright August 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

Sometimes this is the case but it could also be a cortisol issue. No one “thing” is a smoking gun for everyone but thanks for sharing a good idea.

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robin February 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm

I am on a diet very similar to this. I gave up Grains on Jan 22, 2014 and for the first time in 15 yrs I am not waking up during the night. I suffered for ages with an interrupted sleep disorder that would wake me up in the middle of the night. It turned out that my blood sugar would drop so low during the night that it woke me up. I could not get back to bed without eating something. Since grain free I am sleeping like a baby.

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Pat Moon November 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Jordan, I was curious about the SCD when I came to your site at Sandi K’s recent suggestion. Basically, my husband and I eat very close to the SCD. It really is quite easy and simple to follow while at home. There are always exceptions but if you listen to how certain foods make you feel, there you go, we will eat more healthy. We also use supplements to fill in the gaps and to address the healing of health issues accumulated over the years but a healthy diet is key. Thanks for sharing.

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Jordan Reasoner November 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

Hi @Pat,

Thanks for checking out the site and I’m so glad to hear your feeling good eating healthy – you rock!

Thanks for sharing the good vibes and I hope to stay in touch :-)

Jordan

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Coralee Beaulieu June 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I’m jumping in here, just to say how much I admire all of you who post information so freely, to help each other and those of us just now finding our way.

I’d come to the SCD diet almost by default– eliminating by two years ago everything that hurt or made things otherwise worse. I don’t have a diagnosis of any bowl disorder but I know the wrong foods wreak havoc. I feel silly admitting that I also have not done a lot of research…found the looking so tiring and confusing. Then, I heard an advocate of the SCD diet on public radio a short time ago I was thrilled by her positive experience with the diet because her list of bowel/digestive issues basically matched my own.

I am puzzled that I have been erroneously eating both large flake oats and white rice (a serving of one or the other almost daily) but have not noticed ill effects when I do. I now know that all grains are out of bounds in the SCD so am wondering if I am just heading for a wreck that I don’t see coming yet? Or maybe was so affected before that I don’t realize I still am but at a lower level, with ingestion of these grains? Any ideas?

Again, with huge appreciation for all the knowledgeable sharing that you do.
Coralee

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Jill November 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Hi Coralee,
I know it may seem strange,but having had stomach problems for 30 years also, was told to each white rice also. My GI doctor actually recommends white rice. I had trouble with that recommendation because I always believed white rice had no real nutritional value, (and spent my entire life on a non-white product diet) but have lightened up on that issue since it helped. He says that for some people it really is necessary and helps keep the GI tract calm and functioning correctly. I am here to say, if it feels ok, you should do it because each person reacts differently and following the trends doesn’t always help you.

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Flavio December 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Hey there.

I haven’t read Elaine’s book but have consulted the SCD diet on line. The diet restricts all grains and includes buckwheat as one. Buckwheat is not a grain; it is a flower seed and often confused as a grain. Other IBD sites encourage the use of buckwheat because of its anti-oxidative properties. Correct me if I am wrong, please.

All the best.

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Liz January 11, 2014 at 8:09 am

I am also curious about buckwheat and amaranth as well. Amaranth is a seed which I have used to make pancakes since we stopped wheat. Is that OK? We like them with cooked apple and a sprinkling of walnuts. We don’t seem to have any bad effects, although quite often I only feel the bad effects of wrong foods at night so can’t be completely sure what’s caused it.

Dave December 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Hi Guys,
I bought your book today and listened to the whole mp3 right away. I have ordered BTVC and it should arrive later this week. I want to get started as soon as a tradeshow I’m working at finishes mid week. My one question right now is how long (months/years) do most people need to stay 100% on the diet and not eat any illegal carbs? Is the idea to get well and then in moderation eat a lot of the illegal foods or to stick with legal foods for the rest of your life? I have suffered with IBS-D for over 7 years and have been on several different diets including right now on a gluten/fructose free diet which still isn’t giving me relief. I am currently eating rice – which I will need to stop for the SCD.

Thanks.

Dave

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Jordan Reasoner December 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hi @Dave – great question!

It’s different for everyone… some people need to stay on SCD for a long time. I’ve also talked with people that were able to get off it after a few years.

It all depends on your disease, your enviroment, and how well you manage stress and just generally take care of your body outside of diet. Inflammation can be driven by many forces outside of just food…

Some people do well to follow SCD for a while and upgrade to introduce and test out some “safe starches” over time… but only when they are well healed and cut out the bacterial overgrowth. The bottom line is: if you’re feeling awesome, feeling like yourself again – then enjoy it and live a diet and lifestyle that is going to keep you that way :-)

Many people we’ve talked to stay on SCD for life because they enjoy how good it makes them feel.

Congrats on starting the diet and taking control of your health – you rock!

Jordan

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stephanie January 6, 2012 at 12:28 am

without knowing about the scd diet, i have been forced to eat very close to this diet out of necessity because of my gut issues. however, lately i have realized i do not process nuts or beans well either. i am down to the bare bones right now. now that i’ve discovered this diet and plan to prayerfully follow it 100%, will soaking both of these make an improvement?

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Jordan Reasoner January 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

Hi Stephanie – great to hear from you.

IF you soak or roast the nuts, which will minimize some of the phytic acid – Chris Kresser has a great article about it here:

http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts

Jordan

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Haley April 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

Hi Stephanie, I do not tolerate Nuts or eggs very well either. I am curious to know what the eggs do to you. They do not cause me gut distress but they give me panic attacks. Sheer and utter feelings of terror when I eat them. You?

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Steven Wright April 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

@Haley – this is common you might want to read this -> http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/

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Peggy July 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

Haley, try eating just the egg whites. I stopped eating them for years and a friend got me to try just the whites and I have no issues.

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Dana August 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

But cook the egg whites completely, all the way through, because they can cause problems otherwise.

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jan caulfield February 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

hi my name is jan my son is autistic and is three the only bread he will eat that is scd compliant has half a cup of peanut butter is this too much per week and which peanut butter is okay please is meridian okay.

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Mick Hamblen February 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

What your take on cooking oils? I use only olive and coconut oils

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Jordan Reasoner February 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

Hi Mick – same here, I stick with olive oil and coconut oil. Coconut oil handles high heat much better than olive oil.

Jordan

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Kris March 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Does anyone know how long before I should see some improvement in my UC? I’ve been strictly following this diet for almost 2 weeks and still have mostly Bristol stool type 6 w/ about 90% muscus. Many times a day and lots of urges. This is the same (possibly worse) than before I started the diet.

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Jordan Reasoner March 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

Hi Kris – remember that it took a long time to get sick and it takes even longer to heal. Give it atleast 30-days before you start wondering if the diet isn’t working.

If you’re still struggling then, start making a few tweaks with this article:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/

Jordan

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Sarah November 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Kris,
I was diagnosed as celiac and had to go off gluten last Jan… It took me months to feel better and I still had good and bad days. Keep it up. Jordan is right that it can take a while after being sick for so long.

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Melker Zirk March 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

What about lactose-free products?

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sharyn March 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

what about stevia or xylitol?

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Nope. Stevia is is derived from sugar. Basically anything that’s not in its natural form, you can eliminate, especially if it’s hard to pronounce. Make sure you have a copy of the legel/illegal list from the site

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Robin June 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Stevia is not derived from sugar. It is from the leaves of the stevia plant which is related to the chrysthanemum or marigold plant. However xylitol is classified as a carbohydrate that comes from pine trees.

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Crystal July 19, 2012 at 5:13 am

Stevia can be bad for you on SCD (illegal) as some of the packages are made with maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide made from (usually corn or wheat) starch and is basically sugar, breaks down quickly into glucose in our body. Unfortunately found this out the hard way when I bought a package of it at my local store with out reading. Learned my lesson!

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Steven Wright July 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

@Crystal – great points, in general get your sweetness from honey and fruit or not at all.

dennis December 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

you can get pure stevia without it being cut with anything. i get mine from mt rose herbs. you could also grow it at home if you wanted to. it should look green

Dana August 27, 2013 at 1:48 am

Stevia can also cause side-effects. Like heart palpitations, in some people.

Ask me how I know. :)

Medoh August 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I wanted to clarify what I’ve found about Stevia so it doesn’t get a total bad rap. I have a liquid form called Stevita. This form of stevia is natural in that it doesn’t have need for processing of a powder or adding others like maltodextrin, etc. to it. The liquid form called Stevita by Stevita Co, Inc in TX comes with only water and GSE (grapefruit seed extract), a natural disinfectant. It is alkalizing, 0 calories and 0 glycemic impact. Perfect sweet solution for this inoperable stage 4 cancer survivor! (Although, I don’t have a sweet tooth to begin with!)

Terrrie April 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Stevia is NOT made from sugar. There may be some form of it that contains sugar on supermarket shelves, but the herb itself is not made from sugar but from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. However, I do not like the taste of it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia

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Christine October 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

Stevia from a plant is very different from the white stevia powder sold in little green packets, with a ton of extra ingredients. (And neither are made from sugar.)

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sharyn March 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

do the laws of “food combining” matter when you’re trying to heal and rebalance your internal system? If so, please direct me to any literature on it.
Thanks.
:)

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Graciela April 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Hi! In have eliminated from my diet all of the foods you mentioned plus manu more. I can’t even eat apples. I had to eliminated all foods containing sugar, including veggies. I cannot tolerate much fiber either. Do you think this could be the result of a candida imbalance? Do you know of any doc in the boston area that could cure this?
Thank you!
Graciela

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Steven Wright April 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

@ Graciela – I’m glad your actively tweaking your diet great work! Make sure you try some digestive enzymes, check for low stomach acid, and try some probiotics. Most people who seem to have lot’s of food intolerances report getting better after they experiment with those. Don’t know anyone in Boston. Good Luck!

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Alba Vaz April 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Cooked fruits are much more digestible, but in your condition it is best to avoid all fruit for now. Eat very well cooked vegies only, and learn to ferment. Fiber can be very detrimental to a dysbiotic gut. Check out this site: http://www.gutsense.org/. Konstantin’s story is a great read; his information is from personal experience and years of research. Avoiding fiber has been immensely healing in my case (I used to use ground flax seed believing I needed more fiber in my diet).

For doctor referrals try Weston A. Price Foundation (http://www.westonaprice.org/). Dr. Thomas Cowan in San Francisco, (http://fourfoldhealing.com/) formerly from the east coast, may also be able to provide a referral. Also, Konstantin (gutsense/fiber menace guy mentioned previously, is in New Jersey, very approachable via email, may be of help too).

Look forward to reading about your progress. Best of luck.

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Valentin April 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Does it work well to loss weight at the same time…

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Steven Wright April 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

@ Valentin – Yes the SCD diet basically acts like a weight regulation diet. If your over weight you will likely lose weight and get down to a healthier level as you heal and if your under weight many will begin to gain weight.

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Jen April 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Hi Jordan

Thanks for this information.

Does it apply to lactose-intollerant people? I consistently have stomach discomfort, despite ruling out dairy from my diet. It’s hard to say often what it is that’s causing my stomach to feel unhealthy.

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Jordan Reasoner April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hi Jen – yes, the SCD diet is free of lactose. The specific dairy products that are allowed were chosen because they are free of lactose.

Give it 30-days and you’ll never look back!

In good health,

Jordan

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Monica February 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hello Jordan,
Most recently I’ve had a very bad flare up and feeling incredibly dependent on the the drugs the doc has prescribed. I HaTe it! Someone has past me along to this site. I’m also lactose and have notice a lot of cheese in this diet. I never been able to tolerate to yogurt and truly unsure what grains are safe! I have purchased the book and trying to find the most relevant and most important thing to start with. Can you help. Feeling every despert.

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Jordan Reasoner February 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Hi Monica, you can do the diet dairy-free, which is what we recommend for “tough cases” like yourself. I also did it 100% dairy free.

Jordan

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Sue November 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

By fermenting the homemade yogurt for 24 hrs or longer, the lactose has been completely broken down by good bacteria…providing the yogurt has been made as directed.

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Rhonda May 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I am celiac, not absorbing minerals and vitamins very well any longer, despite many years on strict gluten free diet. I am tempted to try the SCD diet, however, I cannot have any cow dairy products due to severe reaction to casein protein. Any suggestions for how to handle without cheese and yogurt in the diet? Thanks.

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Steven Wright May 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

@ Rhonda – Would suggest you get our book and follow it as a guide and I bet you will see drastic improvements. We advocate a custom SCD diet that doesn’t include dairy if you can’t handle it. Jordan still doesn’t eat it. Many people mistakenly think SCD has to include Dairy. It doesn’t it. Listen to your body.

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Helen May 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

My main symptom is esophageal discomfort and some acid reflux. I have come a long way already by eliminating all gluten and most sugars (except xylitol, the occasional honey or maple syrup) taking probiotics, eliminating antibiotics and using certain herbs, especially raw ginger root. I used to have chronic reflux (no matter what I ate!), and esophageal spasms that were so severe they mimicked a heart attack–I went to the hospital numerous times to rule that out (and it was ruled out, in every case!). It seems that I am still sensitive to certain foods, but I’m not always sure what; sometimes it doesn’t take getting food all the way down the digestive tract for my body to react. Often, as soon as I take a couple of swallows of something, my throat starts to close up and hurt–so I know I have to stop eating and take the antidote, which for me is ginger root–something I always have ready in a strong raw infusion frozen into ice cubes. I mix it with green tea, stevia and raw lemon juice. I have recently started using bovine gelatin, making bone broth, and culturing my own vegetables. But there are still times when I seem to be reacting, and I don’t know to what. I am not sure whether I am sensitive to all dairy, but seem to be okay with butter, whipping cream and some commercial Greek yoghurts. I am so afraid to go to any doctor now, because they either don’t take me seriously or they simply offer me acid-reducing drugs (which I refuse). I think I could probably benefit from HCL, and have started taking that with bigger meals. My question is, do my symptoms sound like they should be treated with the full SCD program? Are they related to colitis or IBS, even though they are mostly upper GI tract, and I do not have diarrhea (except leaky, sore anus) or much in the way of bowel problems? Things I have been doing (increasingly) for the past two years or so are definitely helping, but not completely eliminating my issues. I like the idea of keeping a journal, which I saw in your letter today. Sometimes I wonder what more I could be doing than I am doing already–and my husband (and others) already thinks I am totally weird in what I eat and do not eat! Your thoughts would be appreciated!

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Jordan Reasoner June 2, 2012 at 4:09 am

Thanks for the comment Helen.

It sounds like you’d be a great candidate for Betaine HCL and diet modification.

Whether its SCD or Paleo, I think eliminating sugar, grains, soy, and industrial seed oils would really help. Give it 30-days with the Betaine and see how you feel.

In good health,

Jordan

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toni February 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Helen please please keep a food journal… I found I had my reactions to food 2-3 days AFTER I had eaten them…the journal really helped me pin point what foods I was reacting to..good luck this is a great site with lots of help

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Amanda March 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Toni,
I am on day 3 of the CSD and I am having horrible headaches and nausea..keeping and food journal and I have a dietitian that I keep in close contact with about the diet.. how long did it take your body to adjust?

Thanks:)

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Steven Wright March 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm
Jodi March 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Helen, I am very concerned about you. When you say that your throat closes whenever you eat it sounds like a digestive motility problem. That means the muscles that move food down your throat don’t work properly.

I’m no physician…but I have motility problems with my gut.

You can Google digestive motility to find out more.

All the best to you, Helen

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Hali LaFountain April 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

Helen
I was just curious about the SCD and if it could help me with my digestive issues and noticed your comment….It sounds like you have Achalasia!! That’s what i have had for 12 years. I hope by now you have been diagnosed because there are things that will help. Diet and lifestyle help as well but you may need surgery. I know this is an old comment so im sure you already have found some answers. Just felt like i needed to tell you!!

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Sherry May 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

Helen, I am currently being treated for my food sensitivities. The doctor is a chiropractor, not an md, that specializes in people with autoimmune disorders. He says I have ‘leaky gut syndrome’. It causes many food sensitivities. They tested me for food sensitivities. Then I went on a restricted elimination diet. He will start treating me for my leaky gut next week. Partly with probiotics. There are other supplements. I already feel much better and have lost 14 lbs. The hope is that after the leaky gut is treated, I will be able to eat some of those foods again that I am currently sensitive to.

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Ali May 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

You sound like you might have achalasia, something my brother has. He had to have an operation for it—the spasms you describe and reflux sound like it. Maybe research that AND alter your diet. Not many people know about it, but many have described it as very painful and similar to a heart attack.

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Ali May 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Oops, I forgot to say I was referring to “Helen.”

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Lótus March 13, 2014 at 12:49 am

Helen. You need to prepare the food otherwise. Do not eat fried foods, only boiled or baked foods. Do not drink soft drinks, cola, etc. Sometimes we eat the right food but make mistakes in the preparation of food. I also have had many problems with acidity in the stomach. Need to raise the head of the bed uncared 20 centimeters. Reduce all fatty foods. You’ll feel much better.

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Becky June 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I have had constipation, bloating, and fatigue about as long as I can remember. I have found that the normal recommendations of lots of water, fiber, and exercise help a lot, but I still wish I felt better. I totally agree that sugar and processed foods are awful for health and have cut back immensely, but I can’t get my head wrapped around the idea of not eating grains since I do not have celiacs or anything like that. Do you commonly have “mild symptom” people following this diet?

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Cory June 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I have delt with digestive issues for a long time and had 10 inches of my small intestine removed. Over time my health was deteriorating from not absorbing nutrients. My thyroid died, I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease, cystic fybrosis, and most recently a reaction to wheat, not to count all the classics symptoms. i don’t believe in modern medicine as I do not believe in masking the problems, so I go to a holistic doctors. My doctor put me on vitamin IV’s three years ago, and I am now following a strict gluten free diet. My quality of life has returned. I have the energy I had in my 20’s and I do not ache or have headaches as often. My bone denisty has improved. This is a life committment not a short term fix. I highly recommend the IV’s if you do not absorb nutrients due to gluten. Hope this helps

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Carmen June 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Has SCD been shown to have an effect on anyone with liver disfunction, particularly after having their colon removed due to ulcerative colitis?

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Steven Wright June 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

@ Carmen – We have several readers who’ve had their colon removed and still follow SCD because the surgery didn’t “cure” them by any means. Eating a lower toxin and low inflammation diet is going to help any problems you have especially ones surrounding liver (detox) and colitis (inflammation). Give it a go, do it “tough case” style and report back with how you feel.

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Justin June 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I’m 26 years old, and for the past few months I’ve been experiencing digestive issues including, bloating, excessive gas, constipation, and soft stool. (back and forth). I have a bowel movement every day, but sometimes I don’t get complete relief. My symptoms seem to occur around the same time every day (around 10am. Plus a few hours more sometimes). I eat healthy and have been for almost 2 years now. I also exercise 5 days a week. I’m in the best shape of my life, but I hate feeling like this. I eat alot of complex carbs, but have been for awhile now. I haven’t been diagnosed with anything, but I have experimented with betaine hcl w/pepsin, enzymes, and probiotics. I also take pysillium husk. I’ve noticed since I’ve been on these supplements my stool is more consistent, the normal color, and no undigested food. Before it looked like lettuce. so I’m really curious about scd, and I’m wondering if it would be right for me. I really want to cure the issue, not put a bandaid on it. If I were to chose a few supplements to stay on, what would you recommended? Oh, and I’d also take 1 tbs ACV twice a day. I appreciate the time you take to respond. thanks!

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Steven Wright June 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

@Justin – Supplements are just that, supplemental to a great diet. Eating complex grains while your dealing with digestive problems is a poor choice and using supplements will only mask the underlying root issues if they work. I would highly suggest you give SCD or Paleo a try for 30-90 days. In the meantime stop taking pysillium husk which is NOT good for your colon at all. It might make your poop look good in the toilet but it’s only masking underlying problems. Stick with SCD and Betaine HCL / Enzymes.

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Jess August 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

Hi Justin,

I have the exact same symptoms which I’ve simply self diagnosed as irritable bowel. I’m currently doing a sugar free diet which has not helped one bit (I suspect because I’m eating more grains than before). I’m considering giving this a go to see if it helps. I was wondering however what ACV and betaine HCL/enzymes are?

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Steven Wright August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

@Jess – I bet you’d see amazing changes in 7 days if you follow our free guide. Please search the site here for posts on HCL and Enzymes but yes in general they seem to really help almost everyone and we encourage their usage. Give the SCD Lifestyle method 30 days following our plans and I bet we can change your life.

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Kris January 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

While I feel better taking enzymes, my concern is getting off of them. I’d rather figure out why my body is not producing enough HCL and enzymes and take care of that, so my body may return to a healthier state.

Tasheena November 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

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Alison January 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Psyllium: The glamour poop solution…. I love it! LOL :-D

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Kathy June 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I have a theory about the rise in celiac disease and other food sensitivities. I believe the escalation started with the introduction of commercial breads and other baked goods in the 1950’s and continues on with genetically-modified crops like wheat, corn, soy, etc. I’ve been following most of the SCD for about 20 years without even knowing about it. I don’t eat processed foods; avoid anything made with white flour, white sugar, white rice, white potatoes, any corn or soy. I make my own foods like yogurt and fermented foods, grow and preserve as many fruits and vegetables as I can and avoid any foods known to be GMO. I don’t eat any meat/poultry/fish that’s been fed commercial feed since most of that has GMO ingredients. The few items I eat that are not on the diet are locally grown or produced (like maple syrup) so I know what’s in it. I’m in generally good health, not overweight, and friends are always asking what my secret is. It come down to… folks need to start growing and preparing their own food or visit your local farmer’s market, CSA, etc. Pay the farmer or pay the pharmacist, your choice.

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Steven Wright June 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

@ Kathy – thanks for sharing your powerful ideas. This quote blew me away “Pay the Farmer or Pay the Pharmacist” WOW gives me chills! Your eating amazing and I hope you keep spreading the message about the power of food!

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nidaros charity svcs January 20, 2014 at 3:52 am

Kathy is right on point.

What she describes is strictly-following almost an ordinary diet from over 200 years ago, country-based and disconnected from influences extrinsic. People don’t believe they have the choice they once did; caging themselves in by a ‘job’ to make a ‘money’, neither of which are real (activity is real, exchanging it for something that doesn’t exist, even if someone has printed a paper representation of it, doesn’t make it exist more: 0 x 1 = 0, or 0 x 1 x 1 = 0, substantive results)

It is contended, the people who have driven this enterprise by encouraging then continuing to insert monopoly into the common exchange, are very well-aware of the over-all deleterious effects of having people controlled by an accounting (of the fake money), instead of dreams, ambitions, innovation and intuition.

That last part, intuition, is destroyed when the gut can no longer communicate to the head, the higher aspirations, feelings, and general sentiment of the body; no longer commands, as it is embroiled in a battle of it’s own: the food dumped into it from the outside.

So my hope is awareness of the toxic food, recognition over the cries of the ego (habits), will liberate people’s spirits to live life instead of existing as slaves.

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philippa June 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

Hi, I’m glad I found your site and info about the SCD diet. I’m trying to find a solution for my daughter who has been diagnosed as fructose intolerant, by the breath test, but is still having trouble ( after 2 years) even though we try to follow a low fructose diet. The idea of cleaning out the complex/ toxins and letting the intestine get back to it’s proper functioning makes sense to me, so I’d like to start the SCD diet, but there are quite a few things on the list which I know give her pain – are high in fructose/fructan ie – onion, honey, apples. being fructose intolerant, we’ve been told that glucose is actually the best sweetner for her as opposed to honey/ sorbitol/ corn syrup. So my question is, how should I apply the SCD diet to her. Many thanks

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Steven Wright June 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

@Philippa – Your doing awesome things for you daughter! To mix SCD and fructose intolerance just take those foods which you already mentioned that you know she won’t do good on and hold them off for at least 90 days. Using our phasing charts just skip over and pull ahead foods that are lower in FODMAPS content. If you don’t want to use honey then use dextrose. But in my opinion even for those with FODMAP problems honey is just fine. In either case neither sweetener should be a large part of her diet so therefore none should cause problems.

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Katrina October 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi Steven,
Does this mean we can safely use rice bran syrup instead of honey? I know it is more processed then honey but I’m told it is pure glucose. Would that make it a monosaccharide? What about pure glucose syrup?

Thanks
Katrina

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Steven Wright November 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Nope no rice bran per BTVC legal illegal list. Honestly Honey is the best.

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Aval June 22, 2012 at 5:04 am

this diet seems to be very effective …….. i m a UC patient and is in remission since 3 months after following this diet for only 2 weeks …….. really nice one …….. any queries feel free to consult me jattavalgill123@gmail.com:)

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Ann June 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

What does the SCD diet say about seeds like chia, flax, or pumpkin seeds? Good?

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Jordan Reasoner June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Adam and Marie July 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Hi Jordan.

Our six year old son was diagnosed with Crohn’s last week. We are shocked, as we have truly tried to watch his diet since his start with breastmilk and then raw, organic goat milk. I have so many questions. This diet seems hopeful, but I worry about his low weight and nutrients. Thank you for this site. I pray it continues to help us along the way.

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katherine July 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi. My 4 yr old daughter was diagnosed with celiac last september. She went on GFCF but wasn’t doing great. I out her on SCD in january. Already she can eat fresh produce. When should lactose be tried? I can’t seem to find the answer in my reading of the main sites. Im amazed and grateful for my daughters healing. I believe in this diet.

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A boy July 6, 2012 at 5:20 am

Got some serious trouble in my gutty works! Been on the diet a week. Feel confident mentally, but im holding out for the thirty day mark before I make my judgement. Thanks for your efforts in responding. I was wondering about halva – sweetened with grape juice? I’ve got a real sweet tooth and normally get through a couple of kilos of chocolate each week.

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Steven Wright July 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

@ A boy – I would encourage you to stop drinking all fruit juices until the 30 day mark. The very fact that you admit to your sweet tooth only means you will be more sensitive to sugars especially in concentrated form like juice. Look into Magnesium supplementation it should help with the cravings.

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Kalle July 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I am looking into the SCD diet, need to collect more information first but the goal is to try it soon. Question, is it a good idea to use my pulse as a guide to when i am eating good/bad food? I mean if my pulse increases with perhaps 10 beats (or more) per minute after a meal, then it means that i ate something bad.

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Steven Wright July 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

@Kalle – Yes and no… it works for some people but it is a rather subjective test that is prone to false positives due to the fact that your doing the measuring and you know that your measuring. It’s the same problem with getting your blood pressure measured at the doc’s office. Most people measure a bit higher than normal everytime just because they are getting measured…

Better to start with our intro diet, use a journal and track your symptoms.

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Nora July 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I’ve discovered that I have several food sensitivities, with gluten and dairy intolerance being the worst. As an athlete training for an Ironman triathlon, I find it difficult to find food sources good for training, racing, and recovery. Any recommendations? Most sports nutrition products are swimming with different forms of simple and complex carbs (I’m not sure which are best) or whey protein. I need both quick and sustained energy and portability rolled into one.

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Steven Wright July 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

@ Nora – great question, depends how bad your health is. If you have major gut and health problems the very first thing you need to do is stop training for any long distance events especially an Ironman. Let your body heal and then do it. If your bound and determined to stay with it, I would encourage you to try sweet potatoes and other starchy tubers and eat LOTS of fat. The problem here is if you have SIBO or yeast overgrowth eating the extra carbs will feed these bugs and not actually fix your gut problems.

FYI – Long distance cardio has been proven in scientific literature to make leaky gut worse which is one part of what causes food sensitivities.

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Crisol July 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Have Gluten Sensitivity and on the SCD Diet for about 4 months.
My leaky gut has disappeared and lost 25 lbs. I feel great!!!!!!!! :)

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Kalle July 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hi! Thank you for answering questions, that’s great. I have been on the diet almost one week. In some sense my stomach is vorse than before. I feel very constipated and it is hard to get bowel movement. Also two times I have had sudden pain and dhiarrea about 1 hour after eating. First time was after eating broiled salmon (marinated in olive oil) with carrot puree and avocado. Second time was after a snack of two meat patties, two harboiled eggs and some raisins (first try). Is it to be expected that my stomach gets worse before it gets better? I have never had dhiarrea before like this.

Any suggestions on how to get better? I have been reading about enzymes and stuff. I live in Sweden and scd doesn’t seem that common here.

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Steven Wright July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

@Kalle – Yes please read this post on die-off symptoms. It’s actually normal and expected to see big changes in the first 2 weeks. It sounds like you could really use our book where we walk you through all of these changes. Raisins are very advanced and could be causing the problems you mentioned so could eggs. Not taking a structured food introduction approach like we layout in posts on this blog and in our eBook is the #1 reason people fail this diet. Please don’t end up being part of that group.

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Robin July 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

My husband has Chron’s. A lot of the comments I have seen talk about this diet helping diarrhea. He has some of that but more issues with blockage due to inflammation. Would this diet help him or make it worse since you are cutting a lot of the foods that help move things along?

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Steven Wright July 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

@Robin – It would help him, many of our followers have had blockages in the past and haven’t had problems since. The important point here is that food is always either adding to the inflammation or calming it down. SCD will calm it down compared to typical diets. That’s why it was created. But because he has blockage complications I would also look at L-glutamine.

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roz July 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Hey guys, glad to find this site. I have been having semi-mild digestive symptoms for two decades, lost a ton of weight after birth of my first child and was “diagnosed” with candida back then. Managed to get this far. After being misdiagnosed in 1998 (and treated w/chemo) for Hodkins, a good doc finally ruled that out (2008) and I have tested positive for a dna/inflammatory condition “periodic fever syndrome”. Basically my body goes haywire in various ways. Has caused all sorts of episodes. Knowing the connection between inflammation and disease, in addition to my overwhelming single mom life…its effecting my mental health.

Currently, for the past several months, I have had intermittent, but frequent, bloating, to the point of my bowel rising up in my abdomen for brief moments…mucous in stools, sometimes seemingly bloody, and overall gaseousness. I had a colonoscopy in 2008 that was “fine” and have since been “diagnosed” with IBS based on symptoms and hunches.

After seeing another gastro yesterday, and being told I probably should have a colonoscopy, I want to TRY diet first. Here’s were I need a little guidance. I am thinking its either: Yeast, IBS (FODMAPS diet) and/or lactose. I asked my gastro about celiac and he said a blood test could determine if I had it. Is that correct? He also said that a blood test could NOT determine candida/yeast although I read otherwise. He said he could test for that when I got the colonoscopy.

Truth be told, I am not particularly fond of the trauma of the cleanse of a colonscopy…so I am trying to start to take REAL action in terms of diet. But I don’t know where to start, cuz many of the things on this SCD are opposed to that on FODMAPS…including legumes, corn…

Any help coming up with a way to begin….to eliminate and narrow down the possibilities would be greatly appreciated!

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Ben Richardson July 19, 2012 at 3:20 am

I am wondering why Buckwheat and Quinoa appear in the “No CEREAL GRAINS” section. Neither are strictly cereals or grains, with quinoa (the part that we eat) being a seed, buckwheat a fruit, and both being sometimes described as pseudo-cereals.

It may be a simplification. As a person reading about SCD for the first time yet having a fair understanding of nutrition and foods though, it looks odd and concerns me.

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Steven Wright July 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

@ Ben- Still working on full researched posts but the story is they can still contain some problematic proteins and in general are harder to digest than all of the legal foods on SCD. It shouldn’t be concerning at all based on your research, SCD is meant for people with compromised guts and poor digestion. It is a restorative diet to heal people. Long-term once your done healing we encourage people to try and add back in any foods they think are “healthy” using the same 4-day rule that we teach them to create their own custom diet. So in other words, heal first, if you love Quinoa prepare it properly and then try it – your body will let you know. But until your gut and health problems are gone it’s not allowed.

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Rose July 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

I have read that buckwheat is a fruit. Not a grain. Why is it on the not allowed list?

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Trisha July 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

I began having stomach issues about 6 months ago. I have had every test done and they come out normal. A month ago i had my gallbladder out which did not help.. Now i am always sick to my stomach with nausea . I always have a burning feeling in my stomach and on my left side. will this diet help?? i just want to feel healthy again …..

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Renaud July 28, 2012 at 6:05 am

Hi, I’ve been reading about SCD for the last year after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and proctitis following a mild IBS condition and going through endoscopies and colonoscopies. The problems result in blood in my stools (although this seems to have died down in recent months) but mainly a fair amount of mucus and poo that comes out in tiny dried and hard olive shapes (!)… Anyway, after seeing a dietitian at the hospital, I’ve been put on a FODMAP diet for 8 weeks which on closer look seems to be going against the SCD diet in many ways. Add to that the fact I’m a vegetarian and my options for food have been rather limited particularly when the pleasure from eating fruit (and lots of it) that I’ve derived throughout my life has now been compromised (it is so tempting in summer to eat through a few nectarines, drink some juice or have an ice cream all of which are a no no in the FODMAP diet).
All this to say that I’m a little confused as to what I am supposed to eat when I get loads of contradicting advice as in my case nuts, seeds, pulse/legumes and fruit like pineapple pass through me undigested and I was told to cut all kinds of vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, avocado etc…
Eating has really become a chore and having to be constantly aware of what’s going on inside me and poo problems constantly on my mind have turned my life a little upside down :(

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tori woods August 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

sitting here in a flare (been over a year-lucky me) and vertigo at the same time…back on meds for colitis ..taking Asacol..
I have been wondering over this weekend about trying this but I am confused some.
The fruits and vegetables etc that are allowed..most I cannot digest..does that make sense? for example…even in remission I cannot manage lettuce, apples, etc…and the list goes on…so if I eat them on the diet I can already fear going out of the house and the pain that comes from eating them…
had anyone started out like this? how did it work?
I have to work full time and I am my husband’s caregiver so I don’t have much room or time for trial and error…it’s bad enough now……..

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Steven Wright August 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

@Tori – I totally understand where your at right now. We advocate that everyone uses our phases and they start with foods being cooked which helps digestibility. There are many people who never do well with lettuce and other greens… it’s just tough to digest. Please do not start SCD by just eating whatever is “legal” that is great way to make sure it won’t work for you. Use our free guide and our eBook which lays everything out step by step. We’ve helped well over 10,000 people get started and see results doing it our way.

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MamaMack April 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Did you know that a side affect of Asacol is diarrhea?

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Lisa August 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I’m reading BTVC now and am seriously considering trying the diet. Does SCD work for people with gastropareisis and SIBO? I’ve just finished treatment for SIBO (2nd time I’ve had it). I have read that people with UC, Crohns and Celiac have had success with the diet but, I haven’t heard too much about people that GP and SIBO. Thanks!

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Steven Wright August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

@Lisa – Unfortunately Elaine isn’t with us anymore but we are convinced that a big part of the viscous cycle is SIBO. So yes SCD is created to treat SIBO. Dr. Siebecker has thoroughly investigated this and teaches other practitioners to follow SCD for SIBO. We do receive emails from people with gastroparesisis who see great results on the diet. In the end you will need to create a CUSTOM version for you. Food either helps or hurts. Nothing in-between.

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Laura August 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

We have a large garden, berry bushes, fruit trees, etc. I preserve much of that. Jams, jellies, etc have pectin and sugar. Given that we can’t use sugar on SCD, is there a way to preserve jams, jellies, fruits, etc without sugar that would be compliant with SCD? Also, since my tomatoe juice has only tomatoes and bottled lemon juice, will I still be able to use that or is the bottled lemon juice not allowed? As my garden was already growing before we found out we had to be on this SCD, I’m scrambling for way to preserve what I’ve got going. Any direction you can give would be appreciated.

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Steven Wright August 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

@Laura – Sounds like the tomatoes are good to go. But for the fruit maybe you can just freeze it? Otherwise do some searching I’m sure there is a way to can fruits without adding sugars. That’s what our ancestors would have done if they couldn’t afford sugar (which was very pricy back in the day).

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Kerry November 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

Laura you can preserve your fruits with honey. ‘Putting It Up With Honey’ on Amazon. I had this book a gazillion years ago and enjoyed the recipes. If you read the reviews a couple of people mention the SCD diet and how this book is great for that. Sorry I didn’t catch you in August during the harvest, but hopefully you’ve found your way to the right info already.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0930356136/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=3472718621&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17385212861152361876&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_93kis157vm_b

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karen rogers August 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hi, I have just made my first batch of scd yogurt tried and tested yesterday (small amount in morning and again in evening). I have woken up today feeling bloated and have a stomach ache and visited the toilet a few times. I used a starter that does not contain bifidus and I used cows milk. I am thinking of trying a freeze dried starter as I have read it might not cause me problems. What I want to know is, can it take a few days for your body to accept this scd yogurt and get used to it or should I listen to by body now and chuck it out and try the other starter?

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Jordan Reasoner August 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Hi Karen, it can take a few days to get adjusted to it. Ramp up slowly. However, if you’re still having symptoms on day 4-5, then it’s probably the dairy itself. You might need to go dairy-free and take probiotics or eat other fermented foods like sauerkraut.

Here’s our probiotic recommendations:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/08/scd-probiotics-what-you-really-need-to-know/

In good health,

Jordan

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karen rogers August 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

Hi Jordan, thanks for that. I have been a bit reluctant to try it again so have used it to cook with instead! Would trying again and using goats milk instead of cows milk be a good idea? The only starter I could get hold of without bifidus here in the uk was organic sheep yogurt, I don’t know whether that could cause problems do you think?

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Steven Wright August 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

@Karen – Goat’s milk or Sheep’s milk is usually tolerated better than cow’s.

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Lisa Frank August 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Just found this website while researching for a friend. I’ve instinctively followed this diet, for the most part, for four years! Even before diagnosed as having celiac disease, I realized that wheat was causing eczema (all over my body at times) *and* asthma symptoms a few years ago (in my 40s). As soon as I figured out the cause, I went gluten-free (I had already been soy and sugar free for several years).

Occasionally, I experience cross-contamination (evidenced by a patch of eczema and wheezing a day or so after dining in a restaurant as I have no apparent gastric symptoms), but those instances aside, I have clear skin and clear breathing and feel better than I felt in the years before.

One question: I noticed you mention milk as a “don’t.” Though I was never a milk drinker as an adult, I started consuming raw (bovine) milk about a year ago after I incidentally discovered that when I experience cross-contamination, it both speeds up my skin’s healing and clears up my asthma… often in a matter of hours, whereas it used to take days or even weeks until I was clear. (Prior to that, I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, but have no issues with raw milk.)

Any thoughts on that?

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Steven wright August 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

@Lisa – Thanks for stopping by glad you’ve figured out what works! Raw milk is much different biochemically than pasteurized, homogenized milks. It’s fat molecules are different, their is bacteria in it, enzymes in it that are normally killed during the pasteurization. But yes we’ve heard lots of stories of people like yourself seeing amazing benefits from consuming raw milk.

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Jason August 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

While in the middle of a flare, I gave this a try. I do not require maintenance medicine and normally my one flare a year is beaten into remission after a single prednisone taper and mesalamine. This diet works. Don’t doubt it, try it. I like the foods I can have but love the stuff I can’t. Andd after just two weeks I’ve gone from frequent diarrhea to solidish stools once a day. It’s worth the sleep and health benefit alone. I hope you give it a shot. It worked for me.

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Jordan Reasoner August 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Awesome Jason, thanks for sharing your testimonial! I’d love to have you share it in a guest blog post if you’re willing.

Email us at jordanandsteve@scdlifestyle.com and let us know. I think it would help a lot of people.

Talk soon,

Jordan

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Benita August 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Hi! I was just recently introduced to Elaine`s book and found you guys during my online search. I was diagnosed with UC in Dec of ’09, and am not very good at responding to conventional medications. I was on steroids for a year and a half before I got finally got off, and now am flaring again. But the thing I`m mainly concerned about right now is that I`m 11 weeks pregnant, and my body basically doesn’t know which way is up, one day I’m bleeding, and the next day I’m not… (which I`m told is `normal`). Well nothing about this is normal and I`m wondering if starting the SCD now, might be to much of a shock to my system? I’m rather intimidated by Elaine’s Book and didn’t know how to get started so I have been reading your intro book today. I’m scared yet I feel like this is something I have to do, I’m just not sure how to start or if I should be considering it right now based on my pregnancy. Thanks for any help in advance!

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Jordan Reasoner August 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hi Benita,

I know it must feel scary to have UC during a pregnany. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. I have a few links that might help.

The first is our interview with Amy from Roboranch: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/11/specific-carbohydrate-diet-friends-spotlight-amy-from-roboranch/

The second is a podcast that is going live tomorrow 8/27, with Jessica, who credits SCD with allowing her to give birth to her son while dealing with Crohn’s. Check the website Monday for that URL.

You might benefit from a program that our friend, Chris Kresser, created for pregnant Mom’s: http://healthybabycode.com/signup

We’re here for you, let us know what we can do to help.

In good health,

Jordan

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Nicola August 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

I have been wheat, soy, dairy free for 3 months but still having stomach problems. I eat gluten free bread for toast and rolls but these contain maize and other banned grains.

Found your website and seriously considering trying but I am a vegetarian, don’t eat fish or eggs! Substitute with chickpeas and lots of potatoes and can’t tolerate many nuts!

Am just concerned that I will struggle to find things to eat, be constantly hungry and lack nutrients?

Any tips please. Is this safe to follow as a vegetarian? Thanks.

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Jordan Reasoner August 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Nicola, we’ve had some experience fielding questions from vegetarians, but our material is not geared towards that lifestyle choice.

You can most certainly try our tips and substitute out many of the meats for other items, and we talk about that more on our blog.

Here’s three links you can review today that will help you:

1) Read about Cheryl Cravino’s SCD Success story, where she was starting out as a vegetarian:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/05/specific-carbohydrate-friends-cheryl-cravino/

2) Listen to a specific question we answer about SCD and vegetarian in podcast 21 (9:34 The myth that a vegetarian can’t follow SCD and what to try instead of meat – especially in the beginning)

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/04/optimize-healing-and-feel-better-faster-podcast-21/

3) Read the comments from SCD’er vegetarians Elizabeth and most especially Jenny in this podcast comments section:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/04/optimize-healing-and-feel-better-faster-podcast-21/comment-page-1/#comments

I hope that helps you.

Jordan

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Nicola September 2, 2012 at 2:45 am

Thanks will check them out :-)

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Suhani August 30, 2012 at 3:01 am

Hi
My son kinon (8yrs) is autistic. i am just planning to start this diet.
Anybody out there who has tried this for autism
Appreciate few comments of encouragement

Suhani

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Jordan Reasoner August 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Hi Suhani, Pecanbread is a wonderful resource specific for children on the diet:

http://pecanbread.com/

You’ll really enjoy them, if you have any questions let us know and keep us posted.

In good health,

Jordan

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Sara Perez September 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

I am wondering if it is safe to begin this diet while exclusively breastfeeding a young infant?

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Damian September 4, 2012 at 1:52 am

Hi, I’ve been on many different diets over the years after suffering from stomach issues. In the last year I started to feel better and found myself bringing sugars etc back in. All the stuff I’d been denying myself that I had been craving for so long. Then I found it extremely difficult to stop. Now I’m back to poor stomached health once again.

But after reading so much contradictory stuff on candida, celeriac, gluten, soy – no soy, frankly everything I read says something different. I’m tired of the preachy “we have the answer and everyone else is wrong approach”. So what makes this approach so different? Why is a restrictive diet that completely denies you any pleasure a good thing? As opposed to an 80/20 died of good to bad.

It seems everything I read is so depressing, basically saying that any joy I get from food I now have to stop

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Gloria Duy September 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Some of this makes sense to me and some does not. So quinoa is a no-no but gin and vodka are fine?

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MiskinLadi September 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

12 years ago I had gastric bypass Roux-en-Y, lost 125 lbs and after this long have only gained back 10 lbs but since that day I have experienced so many gastric problems and am now just ready to stop eating everythign and begin with one item at a time for a month and then add another item. looking at your Sc diet seems a less drastic but possibly a good start.

I was told that with gastric bypass, the part of the intestine where many minerals and vitamins are most easily absorbed is bypassed. Because of this, I may have a deficiency in iron, calcium, magnesium, or vitamins. I was told malabsorbtion will be an issue and will need checking often.
My problems have been diaheria/ soft almost white colored stool every day( malabsorption), Gas is incredibly painful and is always there and you can feel it moving around and hear it as well at anytime of day or night. I sometimes eat foods that make me have pain and then I start vomitting. I have not been able to pin point which foods do this. Recently I have had what my doctor has called excema. I believe it is more food related and am truly considering trying SCD. I have removed tomatoes as Ithought it was a trigger for me but it proved not to be, I have tried removing dairy which proved to be near impossible and gluten ( for the gas problem)
Do you know if there has ever been any issues with people like me after this surgery who are doing the SC Diet?

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Stefanie September 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I have a daughter who is almost 3 who suffered from colic at birth and now has eczema. She is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, almonds, sunflower butter, orange juice, and apple sauce. During the summer her skin looks great but during winter it gets rashes and itches a lot. I think she has a leaky gut. So it makes sense for her to follow a diet like this. But because she is only 3 she can only have about 16 grams of protein a day?

She loves carbs. I am having a hard time knowing what to feed her to help her to be healthy and heal her gut. Should she stay away from all carbohydrates besides fruit, vegetables, and beans? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much!!

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Shani September 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

My daughter has been battling “unspecific colitis” and c-diff since February 2012. The doc calls what she has Crohn’s when we are in the office based on quite a bit of testing/findings. She is in constant pain, the meds she’s on don’t seem to be helping; diarrhea up to 15-20 times a day and then to top it all off finds herself in the ER being told that she’s constipated. I have to believe that some of this could possibly be controlled or remedied by diet, however, quite a few of the items on the legal list her body isn’t handling and I’m scared to throw her into yet one more thing to try – she’s exhausted and feeling quite beaten by all of this – she’s only 16 and just wants to feel normal & pain free again!!

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Johan September 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

I would probably become underweight and/or broke on this diet, unfortunately. Not sure if I have gluten intolerance, but possibly gluten sensitivity. I also have Gilbert’s Syndrome (which makes it harder for me to digest fat) and have had bad gut flora since birth due to being born by c-section and my mother was not able to produce breast milk so I was only fed on (some) breast milk a few days after birth (from another mother in the hospital), and on baby formula after that. Which means I never got the gut flora or a proper dose of the genetic information from colostrum in the breast milk.

Basically I can eat tons of food and not gain any weight. If I’d skip white rice and potatoes for calories, then I’d have to eat ungodly amounts of vegetables and meat or start dropping in weight. Believe me I’ve tried.

Also, why are almonds and other nuts on that list? They contain antinutrients too, you know.

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Amy September 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I’ve been checking into the specific carbohydrate diet. Why is spelt a problem? I have been encourged by my physician to look into “The Maker’s Diet” which allows spelt and brown rice in small quantities. My own research has brought me here and am looking for more information. Thanks!

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Steven Wright September 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

@Amy – Spelt is a species of wheat which mean’s it contains toxic prolamine’s like gluten. The SCD does NOT allow grains due to their toxin load which is very hard for anyone who has a damaged gut (they increase inflammation). All I can say is try our version of it for 30 days and I doubt you’ll think about trying the makers diet.

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Marg October 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

I have suffered for years from IBS-d. In the past 4 months I have started making and consuming Kefir – about 1 1/2 cups per day. Would that be allowed on this diet?

Thanks so much for all the help you are offering fellow sufferers.

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Steven Wright October 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

@Marg – It’s kind of a grey zone, but if you know it’s helping you then by all means don’t stop. However if you haven’t observed or measured a betterment than it’s likely you need to stop all dairy and use the protocol we outline in our eBook. then once you’ve gotten to your “feel good zone” you can test it again and you’ll find out real fast if you body is a fan or not.

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Marg October 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

Sorry, I should have said that I am consuming Kefir cows milk as there are other variations available.

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Nancy October 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

At age 64, after being diagnosed with Celiacs, went gluten free 7 months ago. Blood tests confirmed my strict adherence to GF diet when tested after 3 months on the GF diet, my numbers went way down. But GI symptoms continued…..dug in for answers and discovered SCD on the internet. Only one week into it and I cannot believe the dramatic change in my body’s response! Am NOT loving the pureed veggies and may soon move more quickly into Phase 3, and just cook them well (?) but I am amazed and almost pinching myself to see if this could be true healing!! I feel more like I now remember I USED to feel – but think it was such a gradual decline that I had accepted it as my NEW NORMAL…. thanks for giving me hope that even adults diagnosed with Celiacs CAN not just get better numbers, but have healed intestines!!

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Nancy October 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Oh my , spoke too soon and got too cocky….tried taking my probiotics and vitamin d yesterday for first time as well as eating a banana……return of the GI problems, tho with less ferocity. Am backing off now with foods obviously, but when do I try the supplements again safely?

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Steven Wright October 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

@Nancy – a good rule of thumb is to wait a few days.

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K. Date October 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hi, Just discovered your site. I’ve been doing my own elimination diet for 4 years to get rid of various symptoms including muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, esophagus inflammation, fatigue, brain fog, etc. What I wound up with is awfully close to your diet, except that I have to avoid all beans as well (too starchy), and all sugars (fruit and wine included) seem to create sugar cravings later. Three questions: 1) how does the SCD relate to the GAPS diet advertised elsewhere? 2) will certain food sensitivities (tomatoes/eggplant/peppers, all dairy including yogurt, coffee/chocolate – all making symptoms worse – get better over time? 3) Why on earth is everyone touting the Mediterranean diet, which includes all of those grains and beans? BTW, have yet to run into any doctor or alternative medicine person in our area who even knows about this. I’ve had to figure it all out myself, and people are mystified when I tell them about it, as if I am crazy.

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Steven Wright October 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

@K. Date – welcome to the site, we are huge advocates of creating the custom diet that best helps your health and compliments the lifestyle you choose. Over time most of the food sensitivities can be overcome as the root causes are healed up (bacterial overgrowth, yeast, parasites, hormonal imbalances, chronic inflammation, leaky gut etc). We’ve seen it in our health and many we’ve talked too. I’ll be doing a SCD vs GAPS post soon.

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tantija October 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

Hi! I am on SCD diet and lactose intolerant. Our diet requires making your own yogurt what I tried to make from goat milk with 24 and even 48 hours of fermentation but still had the reaction. Then for 9 month I was making yogurt from almond milk what I was making myself also. Two weeks ago I tried to make yogurt from lactose free milk and love it! Unfortunately our diet does not allow drinking lactose free milk: “…The rate of flow of galactose to the liver when one drinks lactose hydrolyzed milk is high. With lactose hydrolyzed milk, you are ingesting the two sugars: glucose and galactose at the same time. Note: Lactaid Milk is Lactose Hydrolyzed Milk…”
I am searching the internet and trying to find the answer for my question:” Even Lactose free milk is not allowed on SCD diet can we still make yogurt from it? As I understand that glucose and galactose are eaten by yogurt bacteria during fermentation any way.
Thank you.

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Steven Wright October 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

@ tantija – What if it’s not about the lactose? That’s what Elaine didn’t know or didn’t comment on. But recent research and plenty of years of anecdotal evidence tells us that it is likely the proteins in milk that are the biggest problem. At this point your time would probably be better served getting probiotics from other fermented sources like sauerkraut.

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tantija October 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thank you, Steven. So does it mean that proteins in the milk and in the lactose free milk are different? I am trying to find the reason. The book was written many years ago. After two days of research I can see that there is no mentioning of any side effects from lactose free milk on the internet. I do agree that lactose free milk is potentially dangerous for the liver but trying to find the answers regarding the yogurt made from lactose free milk. What is happening with the glucose and galactose during the yogurt fermentation?
Unfortunately, sauerkraut is not a right thing for me. I came from the country where it’s very popular and I love it but firstly it is very difficult to digest cabbage for me and secondly it gives me a lo-o-ot of gas.

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Steven Wright October 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

@Tantija – nope the proteins in both milks are the same. Usually to make lactose free milk the company just uses microbes to eat the lactose and then back fills the milk with some other kind of sugar. Which is why it’s not allowed on SCD. If foods aren’t an option for probiotics then try supplements.

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Marg October 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

…and that is where Kefir has to be legal. The grains consume the lactose and break down the protein in milk at the same time. I cannot handle lactose free milk or cheese but Kefir gives me no problem in small but gradually increasing amounts.

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James November 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

i make coconut kefir using coconut milk. cannot tolerate dairy but this stuff tastes great.

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Debi Moyes October 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Hi, I am finding your site most helpful. I’ve purchased some organic apple cider vinegar and some digestive enzymes with betaine hydrochloride in(400mg) which I’ve started as of yesterday to take with each meal. I also got diagnosed with IBS nearly 3 years ago after a bad gastro, which ever since then I have diarrhea almost all the time and I’m sensitive to so many foods its not funny. Today I decided to do the SCD but started off with breakfast of a protein shake, tasted nice but oh dear its made me feel so sick and ill, really bad nausea. The ingredients are huge but could be the soy or whey in it. Can you please suggest some breakfast options for me, I can’t tolerate eggs and find if I have say just chicken for breakfast I get terrible acid reflux and that burning sensation. I have breakfast once at work so need something to eat obviously that I can tolerate. Would appreciate your advise and also what your thoughts are on protein shakes.

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Jordan Reasoner October 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You’re in the right place Debi! Here’s what I ate for breakfast for a really long time:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-eat-for-breakfast-on-scd/

Also, you might need more betaine HCL than that with protein heavy meals, test it down the road.

In good health,

Jordan

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Franca perfetto October 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

My has just been told he has a leaking gut can you please help us we have no idea what food eat can you please give us a list f the good foods and the bad foods.

Coud you please emai us as soon as possible

Thanking you,
Franca Perfetto.

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Jordan Reasoner October 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Hi Franca, I’m here for you.

Please download our free quick start guide and try this diet for 30-days, you’ll never look back:

http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

In good health,

Jordan

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tantija October 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

Hi Steven,

lactose free milk does not contain any added sugars. Lactose free milk tastes sweeter because “…an enzymes are added to the milk to break down lactose to glucose and galactose. As nothing else is added or removed, what you get is the nutritional benefits and great taste of regular milk just without the lactose…”

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Mercedes October 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I have been on Paleo for about 2 months now but not strictly. I was comparing SCD with Paleo. They are pretty much the same but with slight differences. Tomorrow I am going to give up coffee with the cream. I have to finish some soy yogurts. I’ll give soy up afterwards. After that I am pretty much clear.

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Jordan Reasoner October 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hi Mercedes, great to hear from you.

We think of SCD like Paleo’s little brother. It’s more restrictive to help those of us with gut problems heal, and then we like to see people graduate from SCD to full paleo after they stop their symptoms… it took me about 1.5 years to graduate to full paleo.

In good health,

Jordan

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Roger Elliott November 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

Hi Jordan

It’s good to hear you’re on full Paleo now – does that include all the nightshades, nuts, eggs etc? And what about dairy? (I realise that’s not strictly paleo) Are you OK with that too? (Just trying to give myself some inspiration to aim at ;-)

Cheers

Roger

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Christopher October 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Hi Steven:

My girlfriend and I have been doing the SCD for a little more than a year now, and we are happy to have found your website. I had a question about cross-contamination. This may also build on Ms. Frank’s question up above.

In regard to some of the things we are looking to avoid, to what extent should we worry about cross-contamination? For example, when we go to a restaurant, we are always concerned that (although we ask) an omelette will be prepared with a soy-based cooking spray. Or that even if the kitchen makes a good faith effort to use olive oil, that there may exist some residue from the soy-based cooking spray. Additionally, should we worry that they may use a knife that had previously cut a potato?

We are doing our best to be consistent, and it is definitely paying off. Are we being too paranoid? Any information you could provide on the matter of cross-contamination would be greatly appreciated!

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Jordan Reasoner October 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi Christopher, congrats on doing the diet with your Gfriend, keep working hard. As a Celiac, I’m very concerned about Gluten Cross-Contamination, but everyone is different. Someone with severe leaky gut will likely react to small amounts of contamination.

At a restaurant, ask for it to be prepared in a clean pan on it’s own with only olive oil and you should be fine :-)

In good health,

Jordan

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0colet October 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

Great website – and I’m going to try to move towards SCD! I’ve given up sugar, soy and don’t use any oils other than butter, olive oil and coconut oil. And I’ve been gluten free 12 years.

Just wanted to put in a plug for stevia as I noticed it being described as a no-no earlier because of maltodextrin in the packets. I grow stevia in my garden and use the fresh leaves as a sweetener (to be honest, I don’t like the taste of sugar very much, so it’s more as a condiment). It’s very easy to grow. Is the plant form of stevia forbidden as well?

My biggest issue is poor mineral (and probably vitamin) absorption. I am in good health at the moment because I take double the daily dose of a range of minerals – and they all have to be taken away from each other to maximise absorption. Being able to improve my absorption would be worth the pain of losing my morning toast (always accompanied with protein) – but it will be a challenge. I’ve known for some time now that it’s what I have to do to ensure that I thrive.

Thanks!

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Steven Wright October 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

@Ocolet- Thanks for the comment. Stevia is not SCD legal but at the highest levels we are proponents of creating a custom diet that works for your optimal health and lifestyle. Give SCD a 60 day try and I bet you’ll never fell better!

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Paul Fesetch October 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I was diagnosed with celiacs disease at age 32 and a colonoscopy showed I have spastic colon, a few pockets of diberticulitus and am also lactose intolerant to dairy and casein, whey. I am 35 and have been following a GFD and lactose free diet for almost 4 years now. The doctors thought it was possible that I’ve had it since I was a kid. As a child i had lots of problems with baby food and many other foods and they said back then, that I had food allergies. At age 32 I finally decided to get checked and see why I was constantly going and why I was always sick and having many other of the symptoms. That’s when they found celiacs amongst the other stuff I mentioned above. I have been taking certain probiotics, powder fiber, Hemp protein, Vitamins E, D, calcium and vitamin C almost everyday since. I have been in and out of the hospital and get sick pretty easy. Don’t know if my immune system is up to par and still have diahrrea, bloating, have had bouts with constipation, gas and discomfort and pain in the intestinal area. Recently I was just put on a diet for oxalate due to having kidney stones constantly. which I was told was related to celaics and have laid off salt as well, due to the stones. And have recently been put on miralax to take daily because of constipation problems in the past. I’ve read your SCD diet and it sounds promising. Because these diets alone don’t seem to be working on improving everything. I can relate to your story because there have been many days where I’ve thought I’ve missed an ingredient I wasn’t supposed to have or cross contamination etc. I do well in working with my doctor and gastroenologist in getting my blood checked so often to see where all my levels are at, along with checking thyroid, sugar levels and such. To make sure I am not lacking anything. Just don’t know why I keep having the symtoms I do. But sounds like adding the SCD diet could help. Not sure about the miralax or powder fiber either. I know they can both cause one to have more frequent runs to the bathroom. What would you suggest? Anything I should try to eliminate? And would adding the SCD diet benefit me? And what about anything with corn? Could that be faring me up as well? I have eaten GF spaghetti made from corn and other corn derived things. It’s all hard to know what to back track on and look at as what it could be and what to reduce or eliminate completely at this point.

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Jordan Reasoner October 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

You’re amazing Paul, you’ve been through so much.

I’d highly recommend you start by reading two articles I wrote, first one here:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/the-gluten-free-lie-why-most-celiacs-are-slowly-dying/

And this second one that explains what the ideal Celiac diet is:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/04/the-toxic-truth-about-gluten-free-food-and-celiac-disease/

I think that will explain everything,

Jordan

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Paul Fesetch October 26, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thanks Jordan. Very informative. You Def. know your stuff. I do have a few more questions. If I begin the SCD diet, which it sounds like I should, anything grain and sugar has to be cut out? Based on what I’ve read that’s what I’m getting. Just wanted make sure I do it right the first time around, no room for errors. And another question, is natural and artificial flavors unsafe for people with celiacs? No one else seems to know and I’ve asked many.

Thanks again for all the help,

Paul

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Steven Wright October 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

@Paul – You got it right, no grains or sugars other than honey. And if your looking to make super fast heal progress cutting out all natural and artificial flavors will really help. We walk you through how to start SCD, how to not make common mistakes, and how to see the fastest results in our eBook http://scdlifestylebook.com if your interested.

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Paul Fesetch October 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Steven. You and Jordan have been a huge help. I’ll be getting started on that diet ASAP! Be great to feel good again.

gigi October 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Hi,

Thank you for all this information, it is a lot to take in. my naturopath has suggested I try this SCD diet. I have a lot of bowel issues and have been in and out of hospital with it for the last twelve years. Since my last stint in hospital this year in July, I have not recovered and now have chronic fatigue. I am fructose intolerant, as well as intolerant to milk protein, peanuts, beetroot, cane sugar, olives, black pepper and sweet potato. I can also only tolerate a small amount of activated almonds and pecans and can definitely not tolerate almond meal. Therefore, I am a little worried that if i take out quiona and buckwheat I will have very little left to eat. I would be most appreciative if you could give me some idea

Thank you

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Steven Wright October 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

@Gigi – Your fears are normal and all part of making any diet change. You just have to commit and go for it.

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Todd November 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

I have have digestive issues for at least 7 years now. It started with gas, bloating and cramping after a big meal . For sure after a big steak . I could deal with that. But then this spring / all summer I started to get sick like a cold one week then flu like symptoms. Then another cold. Finally in July on vacation I found myself very constipated. Then after returning home seemed to get somewhat regular again.And then started to feel a achy burning sensation in my left upper quadrant and lower back. This made me feel awful. Very fatigued. Very anxious. I went to three differant doctors. One did do a blood test and said I am slightly anemic, but why? I kept feeling worse to the point I did not want to get off the couch all day. I am 44 with two little kids so it was awful. Finally one sunday I felt so bad I went to the ER. They did a x -ray and said my colon was packed . Take some laxatives and more fiber and I will be fine. I did get cleaned out the next day and slowy felt better. But I have been taking Citrucel fiber everyday for two months now and overall think it has worked well. I take B-12 , ACV twice a day mainly for GERD which I get sometimes, and recently more yogert and started Betaine HCL. At first the Betaine seemed to really help with the way I felt. But now two weeks into it I seemed to slip backwards. I have some lower back pain and its harder to go to the bathroom and mild fatigue. I have been going every morning and with the Citucel fiber ,its a lot ,and easy. But the last few days its much harder to go and today not at all. Is it the yogurt? The Betaine? Or? Should I continue the Citrucel? Two of my Docs say yes. I did the baking soda stomach test three days in a row with no burp. Do you think I have a mild case of Candida? IBS-C? Docs cant tell me but this has been a nightmare. Thanks for any help. Todd

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Jordan Reasoner November 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hi Todd – you’ve been through so much, you’re amazing!

I’d look at your diet and make changes if you’re still eating grains/sugar. This IBS-C article will really help:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/10/ibs-c-naturally-heal-constipation/

In good health,

Jordan

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Paul Fesetch November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I was wondering when it comes to Natural Flavors, even if they are found in ingredients that are still labeled Gluten free, is it still something that should be cut out for the GF or SCD diets? I buy a gluten free bread from a store about a half hr away, if that bread is made with sugar in it does that have to be cut out for the SCD as well? Even if it’s little sugar? And I see the SCd diet is alot about eating fruit and vegetables, I know fruit can make sugar in the body so is fruit safe on the SCD diet?

Thanks again,

Paul Fesetch

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Jordan Reasoner November 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hi Paul, if you’re still sick on a GF diet, the sugar will feed Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. I’d highly recommend you check out this podcast with Dr. Siebecker:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/08/how-to-tell-if-you-have-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth-and-what-to-do-about-it-scd-podcast-25/

In good health,

Jordan

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Paul Fesetch November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thanks, Jordan. Appreciate all the advice and the help.

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Will November 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I don’t know if you can help with me this. I got BTVC and started SCD diet and it helps with pain (scratching, stabbing feeling of stool) and blood. They are essentially gone, but what remains is going to the bathroom several times a day usually between 6-15 times. It’s not diarrhea. It’s just very very small and I have to strain on top of it. The very very small amount each time accounts for why I have to go so many times a day. I haven’t been able to get past this and I’ve been doing the diet correctly for a couple of months. Also, now on my 4th day with no honey and stopped nuts and fruit for over a week. Honey was tough one to give up after everything else that was stopped. I think nuts were giving me a problem with bleeding. When I was doing nuts and seeds (not scd legal) in the past, was doing 1-2 times a day full bowel movements every other day, but straining like crazy and very painful during and after. 25g-30g insoluble fiber may make things a little softer but BIG. Recently started SCD yogurt, I think it relaxes stomach problems. Not sure where to go from here. Any advice?

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Kristina November 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’m just looking into your program, but I don’t understand why sweet potato and white potato are on the do not eat list. I have gastroparesis and am very sensitive to wheat products and can only tolerate raw veggies in moderation. Potatoes seem to be a safe food for me. Why are you saying not to eat them?

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Jordan Reasoner November 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hi Kristina,

“Safe Starches” like sweet potato are not part of SCD in the beginning. We believe most people can “graduate” to a full Paleo style diet that does include them, but in the beginning most of us have Small Intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). If you have SIBO, eating safe starches will feed the bad bacteria. It’s important to get rid of the bacterial overgrowth before introducing safe starches and testing them out.

This will help: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/08/how-to-tell-if-you-have-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth-and-what-to-do-about-it-scd-podcast-25/

In good health,

Jordan

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Kristina November 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Gotcha. I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner and I work with pediatric patients who have short bowel syndrome or have had small bowel transplants and am very familiar with bacterial overgrowth. Nasty stuff that can cause major issues in these kids. Makes sense that it can happen to all of us if we aren’t careful. Thanks.

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David Morgan November 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hi. Could someone offer me some help please? I’ve been on the specific carbohydrate diet since April 2012 following my second Crohn’s resection operation. In that time my body has cleansed at a dramatic rate to a point where most of my bloods returned to normal and the ESR markers also returned to normal levels.

In October I began eating white fish and chicken on the advice of my GP who was concerned about my weight which had dived to 65kg (I’m 6ft 2 inches – 183 cms) so am now underweight.

What I found when beginning to eat meat again was I experienced some cramping in my large bowel. Reducing the meat & fish portions significantly improved this. I’ve also begun cooking with Almonds although since beginning this last week I’ve felt dreadful.

I’m struggling a bit at the moment and wondered if anyone could answer any of my questions:
1. Does having a shorter small bowel (9ft as opposed to 21ft) mean that I should eat small and often and minimise foods that could be soil for putrefactive bacteria i.e. protein.
2. Is it common for people to have an intolerance to Almonds? Being a protein could it be that my small bowel is struggling to break this form of protein down?

Any help would be very much appreciated.
Thanks
Dave Morgan

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Jordan Reasoner November 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hi Dave, it’s very common for many of us to struggle with nuts/nut flours. You may not ever tolerate them.

As you have problems with meat, consider reading about low stomach acid. That could be the source of your problems:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/hypochlorhydria-3-common-signs-of-low-stomach-acid/

In good health,

Jordan

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Will November 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Does anyone know if it’s okay to eat the SCD yogurt right after the 24 hour fermentation process is completed? or is it better (in terms of probiotics) to let it get cold in refrigerator overnight?.. or is there no difference, just taste?

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Jordan Reasoner November 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I don’t think it’s a problem to eat it warm when it’s just finished.

Jordan

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Stephen November 25, 2012 at 4:27 am

I see that you suggest sucrose should be eliminated from ones diet. How can this be done when fruit (apple for instance) contains sucrose? Also, many diets suggest the elimination of certain foods, but what I rarely see in dietary guides is the reduction of certain foods. Is there a reason for this “all or nothing” approach to these foods?

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Jordan Reasoner November 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

The goal is to starve out the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Over the counter sucrose (table sugar) should be eliminated to support this.

There are some amounts of sucrose in fruits, but they tend to be tolerated.

Jordan

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navbir November 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

hey,,,i was going to gym from last 3 years and i was following protein diet.5 months ago i suffered diarhea since then i am not able to eat protein diet when ever i eat protein diet i feel gas,constipation.help me.which diet should i follow?

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Jordan Reasoner November 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Sounds like classic low stomach acid. Please read this:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/hypochlorhydria-3-common-signs-of-low-stomach-acid/

Jordan

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Marie Sylvén November 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

Hi,
I´m newcommer in SCD knowledge and living in Sweden. Not much to read about this in Sweden unfortunately so I´m so grateful for all your tips.
I´m wondering about glucose.
I don´t understand if its ok or not?
In Sweden its often in frozen meats for example. Maybe as a preservativ – don´t really know…
Also – is lactose free products not ok?

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Jordan Reasoner November 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi Marie, welcome!

Glucose will feed small intestinal bacteria if you have an overgrowth, so avoid it if you can. However, if you can’t, it is the most easily absorbed sugar. If you don’t tolerate dairy at all, even lactose-free diary products will still cause problems due to the casein protein it contains.

Keep us posted on how you’re doing.

Jordan

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Marie Sylvén November 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hi again,
Thanks for the quick reply.
Regarding lactose free products. I think I tolerate milk but Elaine says no milk what so ever cause it contains lactose ( hope I got that right)
My conclusion then is that maybe lactosefree dairyproducts would be ok and naturally the scd yoghurt. ??

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Darby November 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Just breaking the ice on this and paleo information and I was wondering if the approach has been known to help those with Hashimotos. My naturopath suggested starting with gluten free but the more I look at paleo and this the more it makes sense to drop grains all together. I scrolled through the comments but didn’t see anything so thought I would ask. Thank you for having such a good selection of information! I feel like I am lost wandering the Internets with the paleo information sometimes.

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Steven Wright November 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

@Darby – Yes Hashimotos is a autoimmune condition and SCD is designed to rebuild the gut using a toxin free and low allergenic foods. There are lots of people using Paleo for Hashimotos and SCD is just a digestive repair version of it.

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Darby November 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thank you for replying! Looks like I am off on a new adventure. :)

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Ad December 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Question: I’m almost positive that squash has starch in it. In fact, I’ve just looked up a paper that actually studied the structure of amylose and amylpectin in several cultivars of winter squashes. I’m skeptical about the idea that this diet eliminates complex carbs entirely, does not seem possible given that most vegetables contain some amount of starch. I’m currently in Phase 1 of the diet and am mostly living off of squash and plain meat, but it occurred to me that there was no way that squash was 100% monosaccharides. Can anyone comment on this?

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carol December 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I was wondering about winter squash too. It is a food that causes gas in me because of the starch. I love butternut and acorn squash, but really had to cut it way down even rotate it every fourth day. It still causes gas, but Elaine said it was easy to digest so I kept eating, growing, freezing and preserving it.

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Emily Smith December 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Any suggestions for someone with UC AND milk protien allergy. I’m concerned about the yogurt. Does this diet still work without the yogurt? Or can it be made with something millk protien free..like coconut milk?

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Jordan Reasoner December 12, 2012 at 2:52 am

If you can’t do dairy, like I couldn’t – take supplements: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/08/scd-probiotics-what-you-really-need-to-know/

Jordan

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Mike O December 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I’m pretty sure I have low stomach acid, but I take 325 mg of aspirin a day. Anytime I eat protein meals (like the intro chicken soup) which I stewed for about 36hrs in its own broth then added the carrot puree. I added turmeric and garlic(cloves) in the carrot puree. And anytime I eat the soup I feel like I have a million lbs of food in my stomach for the next 10 hrs. I was only able to eat once yesterday because of this. I had to take another Lasix to get rid of some excess water just so I could feel less discomfort. Just ate it again today with the grape gelatin. Walked and exercised a bit afterwards still feel like bricks are in my stomach 4 hrs later.

I drink about 2 Tbps of ACV with half a lemon in a small amount of hot water with a ginger tea bag. And it doesn’t seem to help. The Betaine did, but obviously while on aspirin I can’t take it.

I have PLE from a heart surgery I had years ago. I’m on coumadin,lasix,lisinprol,aspirin and digoxin. I was on anti-acids because anytime I ate for the last two months I would get really gassy, specially in my throat. Lots of throat bubbles. Had zero heart burn though. So I’m trying this SCD. I read about die-off.

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navbir December 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

hello ….i feel acidity after eating protein diet..any suggestions?

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Steven Wright December 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Sundari December 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Hi,
I have had UC for three years and was recently told to try the SCD. However, I have been a vegetarian my whole life and I do not eat eggs. I see that soy is not allowed and I am fairly certain that most meat substitutes are made with either grains or soy or both and I would love some suggestions for a protein that I could use instead of meat in the meat recipes.

Thank you,
Sundari

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LP June 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

MUSHROOMS do nicely in this diet to replace meats, it was listed on the SCD list of okay foods that I saw. I might suggest incorporating meat into your diet once to see how it goes at a rate of once a month. Grassfed and wild meats seem best. I am in the same predicament, being a veg, but i raise chickens and I really want to start eating my free range chicken meat. The reason also is that I have a stubborn rash which fits dermatitis herpetiformis (Celiac’s rash). I think that the wheat gluten (seitan) found in mock meats made of (possibly GMO) wheat gluten and soy protein isolate somewhat causes this gluten intolerance, rash and other symptoms, seeing how many vegetarians are around here.

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Alexandra December 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I have restless leg and had apparently a parasite infection 18 months ago. Never had a problem with GI before that. The parasites were hard to eradicate and 4 courses of antibiotics later, they seem to be gone but I am still having the rls and GI problems. That is until 2 weeks ago. I started SCD and wow! So much better. But now for the past 2-3 days, the GI problems seems to be back. It seems like every thing I add besides chicken and carrots causes problems. Is this normal? I am losing a lot of weight that I did not have to lose.

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Ivana December 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Hi, I’m from Croatia and I have 2 and half years old son with sensory integration disorder. He is 3 months on SCD diet but we can’t completely rid of diarrhea. He drinks apple juice and almond milk, and eats soup, meat, eggs, cooked vegetables, ripe bananas and apples, bread from almond flour, ghee, bacon, etc. He doesn’t eat any dairy products. What are we doing wrong?

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Steven Wright December 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

@Ivana – Likely nothing sounds like he needs to get fully checked for all Gut pathogens. If he has a parasite or other infection the diet won’t kill it you’ll need bigger help.

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Courtney Garth December 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease this June, as was my 5 year old son. My oldest son, age 8, tested negative, but had already been gf for over 9 months, so we think he most likely has CD too. My oldest son also has Tourettes Syndrome (diagnosed at age 5). We have no family history of this disorder.

I’m very interested in this diet, but feel like I don’t have the willpower to do it myself, much less with my boys. GF seems hard enough on them! How will I ever get them away from sugar and grains? ! I know it will be hard and that it will be worth it though.

Just a quick question? Do you think the tics/Tourettes could be related to his gut issues? The more I’m reading I’m thinking his diet is playing a huge role. Since going strictly gf, the tics have subsided greatly, but they are still there and his focus/hyperactivity/inappropriate behavior for his age are abysmal! We’ve made a lot of progress in our diets over the past year, but obviously have a long way to go. Any tips for starting this diet with kids? and for a coca cola addicted mom?

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Steven Wright December 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

@Courtney – I bet you and the family has a massive health change in 2013 if you can eat only real foods for 60 days. I think in this case the easiest thing is to start with a meal like breakfast. And make it SCD/Paleo from here going forward. As they adapt then change dinner. etc. The other thing is you’ll have to be the big strong mama bear and lay down the law. No ifs or buts about it. The sugar cravings can be signs of gut pathogens or hormonal imbalances especially in your case. If you want more help we are now helping people one-on-one with these types of problems. Email us at JordanandSteve@scdlifestyle.com

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Vanessa February 5, 2013 at 3:33 am

Hi Steve,
We started SCD last year to deal with IBS, and since then we have found that it’s had a significant, POSITIVE impact on our whole family’s ADD, bloating, growing pains (weird, right?), Tourette’s and migraines. We’ve also all changed body shape COMPLETELY and have loads more energy. Some days it is hard to convince a 10 year old and a 7 year old that they’re the only ones who can’t have cake and crisps at a birthday party, but the week of headaches, nausea, depression, exhaustion, bloating, cramps, and chronic Tourette’s tics that follows a single “cheat” day has been enough to convince all of us that this lifestyle is NON-NEGOTIABLE. Even as young as they are, my kids are learning what’s good for them, and it makes me proud to be the one who’s teaching them that!
– Vanessa

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Rachel January 23, 2013 at 4:09 am

Hi. My daughter sufers from Crohn’s and has been on this diet for a long time, and it’s great. Now she is on anti depressants due to post partum depression. It seems to be affecting her, and her stomach is acting up. Any suggestions? Thank you for an informative site.

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Jennifer January 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I have all sorts of problems connected to chronic inflammation, so this is interesting. I cannot stand the taste of fermented foods, however. They are sour and/or bitter, and are gross. Give me carbs – white, sweet or salty, delicious carbs; a few different vegetables, and plenty of meat. Can the diet work for me if I don’t eat fermented foods?

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Jordan Reasoner January 31, 2013 at 3:38 am

Yes, you can take probiotics instead. Read our recommendations here:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/08/scd-probiotics-what-you-really-need-to-know/

Jordan

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Cherie January 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm

HELP! I have just started eating this diet but I need calories and do not seem to get enough – I have lost a lot of weight on the road to starting this diet (celiac) and seriously need a huge caloric intake that does not seem to be part of this diet. To be honest I do not yet have the book but it is on order. I am just not able to cope on meat and vegetables – any advice?? Heaps of thanks :-)

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Jordan Reasoner January 31, 2013 at 3:37 am
Diane January 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Has anyone with chronic hives found any connection with low stomach acid? If so, have the HCl supplements helped?

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Jordan Reasoner January 31, 2013 at 3:28 am
Chris January 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

My mother is diabetic (since 1972) and is having MAJOR intestinal issues. She is going #2 sometimes 15 times..basically all day & all night. Anything she eats “goes right through her” – the colonoscopy did not show anything abnormal & she is at her wits end. She was raised during the great depression, where all they ate was carbs and she still has that carb addiction that, to no avail, I have tried to get her to break (toast in the morning, sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner, etc.). This diet sounds a lot like an Atkins diet (minus the cured/processed meats) that I have already tried (and failed) to get her to go on in the past, but now she is at the point of desperation as the diarrhea just won’t let up and nothing else is helping her. I’m going to suggest this diet – no, I’m going to insist on it – I’m just not sure what to do for a diabetic as far as sweeteners go? She drinks tea with some sweetener – she uses 1/2 packet of sweet & low, but I have Nectresse here – is that better? She refuses to go without sweetener & doesn’t like honey. Thank you.

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Willard Gage February 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Some of us have a problem with fructose, and this means eliminating many of the foods on the scd list, especially honey. One can order dextrose over the internet. I have bought some and it is definitely not as sweet as sucrose, so I do not think it is adulterated with any sucrose, I think it is pure glucose. This should be acceptable should it not? Another question, Lactaid milk is supposed to be 100% lactose free, why is this not allowed?

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Patti February 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I am very interested in the SCD diet. I am Celiac DQ2 and DQ8 along with my teenage children. I suffered from Graves disease in addition until Thyroid Cancer was finally diagnosed resultingin a total thyroidectomy. I find the only challenge being the fact that we are Casein intolerant and Vegan. I’m not sure how to accomodate the restriction on Soybeans and Chickpeas? I can handle the remaining plant-based restrictions. Please lend andy suggestions you have.

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shanky February 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hi jordan,. please help,
this side shanky i have just visited this site, I was looking for SCD diet so here i have just read some reviews
i have figured out that my diet is 40%similar like SCD
so, the reason i want to start SCD diet to heal my anal fistula, on november 2011 i noticed that i got perianal absscess, after some days abcess got burst and it becomes fistula so i got this from more that 1year, as jordan i dont wanna go with any surgery because fear that if i lost control on my bowels movenments??
So i dropped that idea and waiting for to heal it by it’s own, but from last 1month i m drinking hot after in morning, and i dont know how but from last several wks i can notice that it is healing by it’s own,
like its still little bit pus comes out, but its much better than past which ruind my life, and now the fistula opening is also almost closed and littile bit pimple like swallow left that there it is very small
i just wanna ask that if i start this diet, will it be easy for fistula to heal by it’s own,
well i dont think that i have any crohn’s disease, i know that i have got this infection because of hard stools
so not i m taking care of my digestion and i have normal stools and eating healthy things
so will this annoying fistula wil go or heal,? (sorry for the bad english)

thank you guy’s

shanky’

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Patty February 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

My husband has severe crohns. We bought breaking the viscious cycle and have already began adapting this diet into his routine. We are hoping for the best! I was also wondering if this lifestyle change would be very healthy to do during pregnancy. I want to switch over to it and have already cut out all proceesed foods. I just want to make sure i’ll have all the nutrients i need to carry a baby.

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Angela February 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hi Steven and Jordan! I am not sure if anyone has posted this before, as I didn’t read through all of the posts. I have the H-Pylori bacteria, and the antibiotics my doctor prescribed didn’t completely get rid of it. Could this plan work for me?

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Jordan Reasoner February 14, 2013 at 3:13 am

Hi Angela, it will definitely support your gut health and give you the foundation you need to heal.

You might benefit from working together with us 1-on-1. You can learn more here:

http://scdlifestyle.com/consulting/

In good health,

Jordan

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Sarah February 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Hi, My husband has Type 1 Diabetes (which seems to be under control), but is sick a lot (fatigue, headaches, minor stomach issues, and just generally not feeling good). I was wondering if this diet might work to clear up some of these problems and/or has anyone tried this with Diabetes? I just downloaded the free material, but it doesn’t mention Diabetes… I really want to help him get well! Thanks!

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Nafi & Nasi February 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Our mum has ulcerous ulcerous colitis & she is under the acupuncture treatment,she is satisfied but she is still has bloody diarrhea specially when she eats some foods,she gets worst.
You said in the site that the UC patients can eat eggplant ,but when she eats she get worst & also about vegetables & fruits ,our mum cant eat them.

Nasi & Nafi

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Steven Wright February 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Our #1 principle is that each person creates their own custom diet. We don’t say you can or cannot eat anything. Instead we give you logical rules and the latest food science to make the best choices on what to eat.

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Ekaette Igbo February 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Hi,

So which are the allowed carbohydrates?

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Natalie February 25, 2013 at 1:49 am

Hi, just wondering if Colloidal Silver is also ok for Candida/leaky gut?

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Sabine February 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi!
I heard on your latest podcast that the question queu was emtpy, so I have one for you. I have had stomach issues for a long time and have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I am female and in my 40’s. I started following the SCD diet without dairy last December because just eliminating gluten didn’t do it for me. I do wonderful on it, EXCEPT all of a sudden, I am spiraling down and all is out of whack again. Not sure why. I am currently back to meat and broth. Here is my question, when my digestion is out of whack I have CHEST PAIN. I have NO HEART ISSUES, I went several times to the ER with chest pain, I have had bloodwork, CT’s, ultrasound, stress test, done, all negative, I have NO HEART issues, but when my digestion is messed up, I am having this stabbing pain in my heart as If I am having a heart attack. I am ASSUMING this is the case because of the large bowel bend in that same area. But here is my question, how can I quickly relieve that pain? Is there anything I can take to undo that pressure? I tried gas pills, apple cidar vinegar, Betaine HC, I am taking enzymes and probiotics already. Any other suggestions? Thank you!

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Steven Wright February 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

@Sabine – try adding more salt to your diet and also getting your hormones checked. We can help 1-on-1 here if you want -> http://scdlifestyle.com/consulting/

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kathleen February 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi Jordan,
I have a random question i was hoping you’d be able to help me with.I have UC I have been doing the SCD now for 2 months and its going great. Unfortunately today instead of eating the unsweetened applesauce i ate the sweetened i had one spoonful and noticed right away it didn’t taste the same and stopped eating it, looked at the jar and discovered this :(. I’m super sad about this… Do i have to restart the diet (im assuming i do)… I figure I do one day on intro- but my big question is do i have to add in foods again slowly or since for the past 2 months they agreed with my system can i go back to those foods but from there on add in new ones cautiously?
PLEASE let me know your thoughts, im super stressed about this.

Thanks

Kathleen

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Steven Wright February 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

@Kathleen – No need to restart, just take a deep breath and keep going. You are doing great!

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Beatrice February 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

My dear friend, a dietician, was telling me something about the FODMAT approach for IBS. You can look it up. It may help someone.

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Gail March 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

@Jordan – My GI doc has me doing FODMAPS diet, plus I’ve been GF for almost a year. Still suffering from IBS-D and Post Cholecystectomy Syndrome (bile dumping). Ordered Elaine’s book today, found your site and downloaded your free starter intro. My symptoms are also autoimmune, and have worsened of late: skin conditions, brain fog, extreme fatigue, thyroiditis – the list goes on and on. Nuts and beans worry me with the SCD diet – they rip me apart. Can’t wait to get started, but can omitting some ‘problem’ hurt my success? I have to take a lot of Colestipol to even eat anything and a potent prescription anti-diarrheal if I want to leave the house. I’m desperate for an eating regimen that solves problems and doesn’t add to them.

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Gail March 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Meant to say ‘omitting some ‘problem’ food’

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Kara March 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Where do I even start. About a year ago like a dummy I went on a vegan diet. I ate a lot of bread, pasta, and soy based substitute “foods”. Soy milk, soy cheese, vege soy burgers…you name it I ate it. Then I developed nutritional deficiencies which I couldnt understand….because I thought I was eating healthier. I was told to go back on a regular diet and to start eating meat and dairy again. Meat no problem, dairy was another story. I began experiencing constant coughing up of mucus after every meal that contained dairy. Almost a year later I am coughing up mucus and clearing my throat after almost every single meal. I should also mention that I have been hospitalized twice in the last year. Once for panic attack from anxiety which has virtually gone away after being on a balanced healthy diet of mainly veges, fruit, and lamb, pork, and salmon. I eat a lot of bread, corn chips, crackers, cereal, fat free yogurt, and I LOVE rutabaga and sweet potato. I have also started juicing in the morning (carrots, kale, spinach, apples, oranges, celery, lime) I figured doing this would give me a clean slate to work with but juicing hasnt stopped the constant throat clearing and coughing. I’m going crazy and I’m at my whits end. I’m pretty sure I have Celiac so I’m wondering what the heck should I be cutting out now? I can handle soups pretty well and chili and was doing better until I “introduced” dairy and bread back into my diet. I guess its back to soft digestible foods. So Frustrating!

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Steven Wright March 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

@Kara – it might not be something diet can fix, it could be adrenal/sex hormone and or GI infections. Diet is part of fixing both of those and your long term health but many times more advanced testing is the answer

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Sofia March 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hi there,
I am a 36 yr old who has had Crohn’s for about 9 yrs. When I was first diagnosed I was so bad that the only two options my gi gave me were prednisone and removing my intestines. I refused both options and found a local obgyn who believes in a more natural approach and I’ve managed with very few flare ups over the past 9 yrs. I initially started with The Maker’s Diet, but once I got it under control I would have occassional gluten cheats, daily sugar cheats, and am very embarassed to say I was addicted to Dr.Pepper for a good while. I “felt fine”. Well….my cheating and some stress caught up with me (shocking, I know) and about two weeks ago I was diagnosed with a recto-vaginal fistula…that at this point or at no point has been painful…so I’m hoping that means it’s not abcessed (?)…I’m going in for more tests this wk. Anyway, my gi put me on antibiotics (my 2nd time in my life to take them) which I am alternating with probiotics and told me I am looking at being on Remicaide for the rest of my life and surgery….two things I adamantly do not want, but I am scared I may be too late. I have “found my religion”. If I stick to the SCD diet, is it possible to fix this without surgery and Remicaide? What time frame should I be looking at? I don’t mind waiting, I just don’t want to do more damage in postponing if the other two options are inevitable. On top of the antibiotic I am taking turmeric, IgG Immunoglobin, LD Naltrexone, and a host of other vitamins and minerals.

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Steven Wright March 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

No can guarantee anything but I like to believe it’s worth giving our best shots, I think you have a great program so far if you use SCD for the diet plus your supplements you’ll be will on your way. The last part is some advanced adrenal/hormone testing and sweeping the GI tract for any other infections. That’s what we do with most of our private clients http://scdlifestyle.com/consulting/

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Rhiannon March 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hello there,

I do have a question about the diet. I have Celiac Disease and I follow a paleo diet. I knew about this diet, which is quite similar, but had forgotten about it until recently when someone mentioned they had severe Crhon’s and was going to try this. We were talking about sweeteners and she said the only one she was allowed is honey. I see that according to this list she is correct. I had questioned why she couldn’t use agave or stevia or even coconut palm sugar and she wasn’t sure, other than this is what she was told. Can someone explain that to me please?

Thanks!

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Steven Wright March 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

@Rhiannon – because they contain man made ingredients and/or disaccharide sugars making them hard to digest and not suitable for this diet.

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Rhiannon March 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I don’t understand that at all. Agave is plant-based, so what exactly “in” it is man made? And the same goes for coconut sugar coming straight from coconuts and maple syrup from a maple tree. If these are all organic and basically ‘unprocessed’, how do they not fit the diet? I also don’t understand how all honey is “allowed.” I can understand maybe raw honey, but otherwise it doesn’t make sense to me. Can you give me further clarification on this?

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kathleen March 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Hi There,

I’m having difficulty finding natural 30 day aged Goat cheeses, is there a particular brand that would have this, or any advice here? I ask the people at the grocery store and most look at me with a puzzled clueless face haha.

Any help much appreciated !

Thanks,

K

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Steven Wright March 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

@Kathleen – It’s not likely a brand issue it’s likely just a dairy issue and you need to do some more healing and reintroduce it later.

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Felicity March 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Re doctors not considering diet as a factor: my b-i-l comes from a dairy farming family and he says that when a vet is called to a sick animal, his/her first question is always: “what have you been feeding this animal?”

Makes sense.

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Annelin March 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hello,

I have fructose intolerance and Im constantly feeling unwell form everything I eat.

I have read everything on here and in the free trial, but many of the allowed foods you mention above here are strictly of-limits according to many other fructose intolerance books and diets. But I want to try it as I am still not better after being free of fructose, dairy, gluten and sugar for years. I am sceptical about the grape juice and the carrots, as I havent eaten that amount of carrots in 4-5 years and had any grape juice (probably ever). Should I try them or avoid them for the intro diet you think?

Thank you

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Esdaile March 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

It is all very confusing, knowing what to eat (and drink) and what not to and suffering suffing just when we think we are over the worst, but for what it’s worth I want to suggest something which I haven’t seen mentioned yet and which I think applies to everyone suffering from gastro problems of whatever kind. It is common sense but it took me a few years to realsie how important it can be. It is absolutely NOT a cure but it definitely helps. I have still got a lot of problems but my life has got much better and the problems under control since I decided to get up an hour earlier for work every morning (5 am instead of 6 am), invest energy and money in a bathroom I like to be in, and above all, give myself plenty of time in the morning instead of feeling the pressure of the clock. Rushing about is bad for anyone with gastro trouble! The result of this bathroom ritual has been very positive in my case: I am fairly regular in the bathroom now (did not use to be at all) and regularity helps very much. Going to the toilet when you feel unwelcome pressure leaves the illness in control of you. Going every morning as a kind of ritual is much better. That’s my common sense tip anyway and applies to all of us. I just wanted to mention that because it might help some of you a bit. It is not a solution but it can be a relief. Absolutely worth the sacrifice of getting out of bed earlier.

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adc March 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I am trying to learn about the SCD diet but something on this page is wrong. It says the only carbs you can eat are monossaccharides because they are not broken down and that is true but many things on your allowed list are not monosacharides. For example all fruits have fructose, a disaccharide made up of glucose and sucrose ( another example is lactose, made of glucose and galactose) So something in this description is inaccurate.

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Angela March 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Hello, I am writing regarding my daughter who is 13 and diagnosed two years ago with ulcerative colitis. It has been very difficult, particularely during her last flare. She was not responding to traditional meds and it took a very long time to get things somewhat under control. We have started almost 3 months ago on the Scd diet and saw some initial results. In the last couple of weeks. however, she has began to go to the bathroom more often, she is bleeding again and I am afraid she is once again heading towards another flare. Is this an indication that the SCD is not working for her? Can this occur when on the diet and should I go back to the initial stage of the diet. Any suggestion and help is welcomed and appreciated.

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Steven Wright March 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm

The diet is only the foundation of a treatment program. There are things like root cause GI testing, custom supplement programs and lifestyle issues that all need to be addressed.

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Linda March 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I’m looking into starting this diet for my 13 yr old who has candida issues, but what if a person is allergic to phenols or salicylates? What fruits and veggies would be left?

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Steven Wright March 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Linda please see our free download and ebook to address this.

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Stef March 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

To everyone on this post or reading this site in search of information, you must must give SCD a try. I was diagnosed with UC 8 years ago, recently had another flair up and dropped a significant amount of weight. The diet alone brought me back to health and into remission within 40 days…just incredible, no meds, just diet, albeit very strict adherence. Please give SCD a try, be very diligent, don’t cheat and I am living proof that this can make a significant impact on your life.

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Robin Bickel March 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

Hi. I’ve had Chron’s for 50 years now (diagnosed at age 5) and for the best 5 years I’ve been out of remission. The disease is currently worse than it was 2 years ago. I am planning to start the diet in a week or so (as soon as the book arrives and I thoroughly understand what I need to do.)

Here’s my problem/question.

1. Prenisone destroyed my pancreas and I am now insulin dependent. Has anyone with diabetes had experience on this diet? I’m thinking that it’s so low carb that my insulin useage will go way down. Also, if my blood sugar goes too low, what should I do? I normally carry glucose tablets, but I don’t think that’s allowed. (Although imo, better to be in the bathroom instead of dead.)

2. Because I’m not digesting very well at the moment, coupled with the diabetes, I am down to 100 pounds. Since I am only 5 feet tall, i’m still within weight range, but I am really afraid that I’ll lose a lot of weight on this diet. I don’t want to be so weak I can’t get out of bed. Any thoughts?

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Steven Wright April 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

@Robin – I’m excited for you to get started, if you do some googling you’ll find tons of success stories from diabetics who use low carbohydrate diets like Paleo and SCD to control their blood sugars so I think this is a good move for you. And your question 2 you need to start eating at least 2000 calories a day.

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Poppy March 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hello
do you know if there is any way of testing new foods to tell if they are SCD legal or not?

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julie April 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Hi,

I have tried every diet- SCD, paleo, GAPS 9 (for 6 months!!) and lots of supplements and have felt NO difference. I’m wondering if it is something deeper that only the stool test can find. I don’t have a sensitive stomach or much of a digestion issue (that I know of) but I have been struggling with severe anxiety for several years and low energy and I know my adrenals are shot because I wake up every night at 3 am and can’t fall asleep. I am working with a naturopath and have also tried several natural adrenal meds but NOTHING works! I am really exhausted and tired of wondering whats wrong with me. Any suggestions? :( Also..have tried 4 probiotics and nothing worked…

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vEVretY April 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I’m a bit apprehensive about this diet only because I am an extremely active person struggling to maintain my weight constantly. Cutting out pasta, rice, bread and potatoes leaves me with little options (due to lack of experience). What should I be eating a lot of every day to make sure I’m getting enough energy to maintain or gain weight?

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Carolina April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hi
I´m a danish girl who´s trying to find out WHY I´m still ill after eliminating all gluten, milk, fructose, sucrose and histamin. My gut is very sencitive so I can only eat potatoes and rice in all its form. Now I can see that I´m really making my self a lot more sick by doing this. But I´m still afraid to do this “diet” because there is so many things I used to react on.
My symptoms is: ballon stomach, stomachpain, restless legs, acne, problems with sleeping, always tired and when it´s really bad I gain weigth and it´s not because I eat more :(.
Should I just try it and see how it goes???

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Lisa truitt April 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

The originator of the specific carbohydrate diet was Sidney Haas not Sidney Valentine. His middle initial is V which may be for Valentine but that is not his last name.

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Alnoor Rajan Talwar April 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Hello

I was diagnosed with Progressive MS, seven years ago.

Since then, I have not taken an ounce of prescription drugs and am completely gluten free, sugar free and dairy free.

My last MRI showed no pregression of the disease and I only have one symptom affecting me at the moment. I am working on ridding this symptom.
I removed all toxicity- canned foods, processed foods, even changed my clothing and only wear all natural fibers, changed all my personal and household cleaning products, even moved to Nova Scotia for a better cleaner environment and all these changes, especially the diet made a huge difference.

I take a Food Tolerance Test every two years that determines what foods are good and bad for my body. I live by that list and never deviate.I take it every two years because the body changes and its needs change.
The food sentivities are a result of leaky gut syndrome. I am working on fixing this.
If I consume foods that are on my no list, my symptoms return ten-fold.

Everytime I reach a plateau, I search for treatments that will improve my health. They have to make sense to me and be right for my body.
My naturopath also does a live blood cell analysis to monitor my blood – its fluidity, cell strength, and bacteria content.
I drink only reverse osmosis alkaline water and have three air filters in my home and one in my car.

I have Progressive MS (it is supposed to get worse) and I have had no attacks for the past six years and have had no progression of the disease. I am 49 and my last test showed a metabolic age of 30.

I am true believer that the right (or wrong) foods, the toxicity of our environment, and our mental state, can drastically affect our health one way or the other.

Sometimes something will work for one person and not for another. It is because our bodies are different and therefore our needs are different. Learn to listen to your body and how it is affected by what you eat, drink, wear, think, etc.
Every minute thing from a rash to bloating to a headache, your bowel movements, and every little reaction, is your body speaking to you.

I wish you and all your readers good health and happy trails on your individual roads to recovery.

Alnoor

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Dustin April 21, 2013 at 1:27 am

I have had many trials and tribulations with ulcerative colitis. I was diagnosed at 18 when I had a massive attack. I had no other symptoms for ten years, and bam at age 28 I had two flare ups. At age 29 I had two episodes which I guess are flare ups, but completely different with minimal diarrhea but blood in stool everyday. Doc has been talking about surgery. I tried a homeopathic doctor for a while who prescribed me tons of herbs, telling me parasites are the true cause. I noticed some results but also complications. I only notice recently I have bad burning in my gut when I eat sometimes and get pains. It has been a long road. I have started the scd diet for two days. I have alot of faith in the science behind it. I am a fighter as most people with this condition I notice are. I hope this will be the change I need. If it works I hope to spread the word to others who are suffering with intestinal issues. I have never posted anything like this online before. I wish everyone the best.

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Hali LaFountain April 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

Hi guys
I just heard your podcast with Dr. Noel and really liked your info! I have been leaning towards a paleo/ ancestral diet for a while now and actually bought the (SCD diet book but never fully committed to it) to help with my horrible digestive system…I have had Achalasia for 12 years. I had surgery 10 years ago to try an correct the problem but it did not solve it. Food will not go down on its own so I have to swallow large amounts of water with every meal to get my food down. I have heartburn, gas, bloating, inflammation, constipation and now infertility issues. Certain foods and stress defiantly influence how i feel. I try to deal with the disease as holistically as possible with food/ lifestyle/acupuncture/yoga etc but I still suffer daily and would love to feel better. Have you any experience with Achalasia? Would the SCD help me? Any advice or directions on how to find a doctor in my area (not conventional) that would help in testing my gut, stool etc, would be so appreciated!

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Mary April 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I am new to those whole gut healing thing, but I am desperate so I’m searching around for a solution for my almost 2-year-old son who seems to have histamine intolerance. Does anyone have experience with a diet like SCD helping to heal this problem? Allergists and pediatricians have been almost zero help, and I have turned to the internet for help, where I have found all of the helpful information I have so far!

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Michael van Zyl May 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi my name is Mike and I purchased the SCD diet book and then started the diet 2 months ago witch I have followed religiously I have a leaky gut and the effect is that after eating certain foods I start itching in the groin area. During this time I have been using various tablets for headaches that I got from a neck injury. The headaches have stopped now and I am not using the tablets but I am still itching making me to suspect that the healing has not happened yet because of the effect the tablets would have on the inflamed area in my gut. Do you suggest that I start from the beginning with the diet?
Thank you

Mike

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Jamie May 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Very excited to have found your website. I’ve spent my entire life constipated & suffering w/stomach pain. Now I am having chest pain & severe stomach pain in between my rib cages & under left breast and have loose stools, but still feel constipated even though I go everyday. Doc thought it was my gallbladder and sent me for a HIDA scan. Test came back normal & primary doc decided to start me on Dexilant (been on it over a month). She then sent me for an endoscopy & now diagnosed with GERD. Biopsy came back normal and no H. Pylori. Gastro said I have to be on the Dexilant for 3 months & the primary doc also put me on Zantac due to allergies and hives I am experiencing…this didn’t make much sense to me and I feel even worse now, having pain in my throat and burping constantly along with the severe stomach pain.

Even on the strict diet they have me on, (I feel like I’m not allowed to eat anything) I am not feeling better and consistently losing weight. I feel so full after such a small amount of food that I can’t really eat much. I now owe thousands of dollars for the tests and am wondering if my problem is low acid and not high acid and if so, these meds have to be hurting me. Is this something the SCD diet can help me with? The diet I am on now is kind of the opposite and I want to make sure I am doing the right thing for my body. I am ready to take control of this and quit relying on meds…I am actually really scared of continuing the PPI, but also scared to stop because I’ve read that your stomach will surge with acid. Want to do the baking soda test but assume I must stop taking the ppi in order for it to work?

Is this a problem you can help with? I am so ready to feel healthy, energized and pain free and still be able to eat and don’t want to further my health problems with these ppi’s. Would love to work with you if you think this is something you can help me with. Thank you for your time. Jamie

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Jeanne H May 5, 2013 at 1:12 am

Any advice that you could give to someone who hasn’t eating red or white meat for 20+ years and is about to start the SCD? I generally use eggs, nuts, cheese, yogurt and fish for protein, but it looks like might want to cut out the dairy during the intro diet (when no nuts are allowed). Should I go with just fish? Add in chicken, even though tht’s a bigger variable than dairy at this point, since my body is just unfamiliar with it? Or use the dairy and fish, with no chicken? Thoughts? Has anyone done this as a pescatarian before? I’m a 44 yo female, have IBS and SIBO, and have been gluten-free for 2 years.

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Megan May 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I am so struggling to recover from celiac disease & eat right. My diet consists of beans, eggs, fruits, nuts & veggies including POTATOES! I love potatoes & it makes me so sad that I should not have them! Anyway, you say digestive enzymes have helped you heal but on Celiac.com they said to avoid them. Any idea why they would say that? There is this shake by Nature’s Way called Alive! pea protein. It has 14 orchard fruits, 24 vitamins & minerals, 18 amino acids, 12 mushrooms, 12 digestive enzymes, 12 garden veggies & 14 green foods. My fiance has been taking it and has never felt better & I have been wanting to take it but shy away due to the “natural flavors” ingredient & digestive enzymes. Advice? Sorry if this doesn’t make sense, I’m a bit sleep deprived. …and hungry.

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Janet May 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I just started the SCD and have stopped taking supplements during the intro phase. Usually I use maral root extract to help me recover from exercise; without it I experience significant delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). When do you think I could reintroduce maral root?

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Sandra May 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I am curious to know if there is an alternative way of doing the initial step without chicken or meat patties?
Would I be able to replace this with eggs, black beans, or something of the sort?
Kind thanks,
Sandra

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Rachel May 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I have Celiac and I am seeing a Chiropractor that also uses Nutritional Response Testing. She has helped me get rid of an overgrowth of candida and says that coconut palm sugar is what will work best for me in the future as a sweetener. What is are the benefits of honey vs. coconut sugar? OR why is coconut sugar on the do no eat list? Does it cause an inflammatory response?

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erin May 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

It doesn’t sound possible to adapt this diet for vegetarians, does it? I gave up meat due to ethical concerns over farming practices in the region where I have to shop.

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Gatos May 20, 2013 at 6:28 am

Hi..i have been on the diet for a month and my health is gone worst!!i eat only the food that are allowed but why didnt help me?

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Brian May 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

Question: regarding items such as “processed sausages” on the “do not” list: I think this is due to additives usually used in sausages, and not just the quality of meat being in sausage format? I buy sausage from a farming family which uses very natural practices (no spraying of grass, no synthetics in feed, etc.) and their sausage is simply: beef, pork fat, water, sea salt, black pepper, sage, ginger, thyme, nutmeg. This I think will be easier on digestion than plain “chicken” or “beef” (not qualified in the list with “organic” or any similar restriction) that most people buy (animals raised on feedlots in poor conditions with a lot of chemical assistance such as growth hormones and antibiotics and often fed a lot of pesticide-sprayed grain of types different than the animals’ natural diet).

I think that many items on the “do not” list are there due to additives or processing typically used? Turkey lunch meat could conceivably be the same turkey that is bought in other forms, just cooked and thinly sliced and maybe preserved with salt and/or garlic.

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Binda May 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hi guys,

great post! Can you please tell me if

1. using supplements like those that heal the gut – Glutamine are allowed?

2. After the intro diet of 2-5 days can one start to add in nuts / seeds, fish, eggs etc albeit slowly over the given re-intro period of 2-4 days??

Many thanks for your feedback

Binda

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Binda May 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

Oh and also is it ok to go about a parasite, colon, liver cleanse early on in the diet??

B R

Binda

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kathleen May 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

hi there,

do either of you know a brand of mustard that’s legal? I’ve read french’s is but i dont think it is since in the ingredients it says “natural flavors”, any suggestions much appreciated!
thanks,

K

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Susie June 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi. I am an overweight coeliac who suffers with depression. I need to lose weight and improve myself overall. Can you help?

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Amy June 5, 2013 at 4:31 am

Hello I am following the Scd diet for about a month now and I made a mistake as I ate peanuts that weren’t allowed in the diet and since then I am in extreme abdominal pain when I am eating with ergency and I am taking a probiotic supplement that helps a little but I am not sure what to do since my problem was never too serious.

Thank you
Amy

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Sandy June 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Hi there. I’ve been on the scd diet now for just over three months, and I have a question about it that I can’t seem to figure out and was hoping maybe you could help. Why is it that butter is scd legal, but heavy cream (which is what is used to make butter) is not scd legal. I would love to put cream in my coffee, especially since it’s never seemed to bother my stomach, but I don’t want to ruin the diet by doing so. Any thoughts would be appreciated. :)

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David June 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

How can I find out in which languages the book has been translated?? I am particularly interested in modern Greek and German. Your answer would mean a lot to me. Thank you! David

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Josh July 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hey Guys, I’ve been “diagnosed” with IBS since February, and all I can say is I’m exhausted. I’m 17 and going into college next year (terrible timing). Just like you guys, I’ve gotten every test GIs can think of and everything came back negative. I started the SCD diet, and for the most part, I’ve been getting somewhat better. My only problem is that I REALLY need to gain weight. In February I was 150, and now I’m down to 130. I watched all your podcasts and everything, and I understand I need to watch how many calories i’m eating, but it’s so hard because I work at a summer camp all day. Basically, I just want to know what foods are convenient, and high calorie. Also, how long do I need to be on this diet for? Going into college on the diet would be absolutely terrible. Any advice would be really helpful. I’m young, stressed, and extremely confused by this whole experience.

Thanks,

Josh

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Steven Wright July 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hey Josh – Eating a SCD or Paleo diet might become a lifestyle choice for you as it did for us. If you’ve lost that much weight you need to get your hormones checked. And also check for infections. The diet can’t heal those issues but a bad diet will contribute to those issues getting worse.

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Cait July 7, 2013 at 2:41 am

Is almond milk illegal?

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Ker July 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Hi guys, I was wondering about the “lactofree” cheese products sold in the UK. They are made from cows milk but have lactose enzymes added. I’m not sure how they culture the cheese…. http://www.lactofree.co.uk
I have tried small amounts of cheddar taking a lactose enzyme beforehand but it still does not agree with me…. I’m at a loss because I miss my darn pizza! Any help would be appreciated :(

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Steven Wright July 10, 2013 at 11:17 am

Why not use 30 day plus aged cheeses for your pizza? That’s what I do.

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Ker July 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Hi Steven thanks for your reply.
How do I know if cheese is aged 30 days? I thought all cheddar was aged and that’s why there’s hardly any lactose in it.
But it still runs the guts out of me. Even when I take an enzyme before :(

What cheeses do you recommend that are sold in the UK
There’s no such thing as “dry curd cottage cheese” or “farmers cheese” here.

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Steven Wright July 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

It should say on the package. You might just not be able to handle dairy. There’s many who can’t.

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Julika Koenigsberg July 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Great to get a list of does and don’ts. Believe it or not, but I am researching IBD & Colitis for my dog. The diarrhea is endless but luckily no more bloodpools. She was diagnozed a couple of months ago and I notice food is a huge problem for her. After struggling with kibble I decided to start her on homecooked meals. She is now on cooked and grounded Venison (springbok here in South Africa) and carrots, a bit of broccoli and a very small amount of brown lentils, all veggies mashed. I also include sweet potato but I see it is not recommended while using this diet. I add a bit of coconut oil paste to her food.
My question, how do you add calories without making the flare up worse? She needs to gain at least 10 kg. I am trying to lower her regular medicine with holistic ones like curcumin, ginger, slippery elm, quercetin, pro & prebiotics, l-glutamine, digestive enzymes, chamomile and peppermint oil capsules.
Jules & Lela

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Sandra July 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

Hi there,
I live across the pond in England. I was diagnosed with having leaky gut by a health practitioner some 14 years ago now. My doctor does not believe in this. A neurologist I saw for migraine did not either. The point being that I do not see anyone about this problem and am at my wits end it is ruining my life, coming up for 60. I am getting depressed, have no energy and feel tired all the time, and generally feel unwell all the time. I cannot eat any form of sugar, fruit, nuts, chips, crackers, pork and related products, processed meats. I could go on and on. Is there, or dare I have a glimmer of hope from what I have been reading on your site. I dont think I am over stating that it would change my life if this would solve this terrible problem. I would very much appreciate any feedback you could give me in this matter. Many thanks.

Sandra

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Josh July 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

Steve,

How did you know you also had a candida problem? I don’t know if you know anything about the spit test, but I tried it, and if that thing is accurate, then I’m pretty sure I have a candida problem as well. How did you treat it?

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Josh July 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Josh again- I’m taking glutamine as a supplement (ordered from freedasvitamins), and one of the ingredients is cellulose gum, which is an illegal ingredient. Is this going to slow down my healing process?

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Kathryn July 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Why do bananas have to be ripe with black spots? I would assume this is bad because then that will make the banana very high on the glycemic index.

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KELLY BATTISTA August 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

help!! I have seen seven gastro doctors, a nutritionist, ob/gyn,an allergist and an endocronologist. I have swelling in my stomach everyday. I wake up swollen and it does not go away. I am just finishing an antibiotic for a possible bacteria overgrowth, but it has not helped, as well as following the SIBO diet. I have been gluten and dairy free for over three months and my symptoms continue. At times I look like I am 7 months pregnant and I have had it. I do not know what else to do….I have had, xrays sono, ct scans and even a laparoscopy. They had found a hernia and did a hernia repair, but my symptoms continued even after the surgery. I am 36 years old, I have two adorable boys, 4 and 2 1/2 and I teach kindergarten and this is consuming me and I am miserable. I just want my life to be normal again.

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Steven Wright August 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hey Kelly the best thing to do is to remove all grains and starches from you diet and see what happens. Test SCD for 30 days. Also sounds like you might have a stomach acid issue so search our site for the articles regarding that idea.

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Adriana August 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Is it okay to eat as much honey and fruit as I want? I’m underweight and don’t want to lose more weight? Will honey and fruit feed the yeast I’m trying to get rid of?

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Steven Wright August 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

You can eat as much as your body can handle. But it’s wise to keep honey and fruit to 3 servings each or less per day.

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Renee Maich August 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Hi Steven, I’m currently on the candida diet by Lisa Richards and her diet allows buckwheat products. I’ve just read your article about the 5 myths of die off which I found whilst researching as I have (what I thought) been experiencing die off for three weeks. My symptoms have been mainly fatigue, headaches and slight joint pain. When I first got my die off (which I now believe was the true die off) I had severe flu symptoms for about a week, was ok for a few days an then these on going symptoms arose. I will take the advice you have in your very helpful article but wondering why there are so many differences between your diets? Many thanks, Renee

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Steven Wright August 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

Well SCD is completely grain and starch free based on the many ways these products can cause problems in the GI tract.

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Renee Maich August 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Steven thought I’d also
Mention I have Ross river virus which had been active for the past year and a half. Hopefully this is just reacting because of the die off and not other issues? I believe it’s been active for so long due to my weakened immune system from the candida?

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Julie August 7, 2013 at 8:34 am

Hi, so glad to find your website! My 19 year old son has Pancolitis- Ulcerative Colitis through out his entire colon. He is currently on Prednisone and Mesalamine. He has been on the steroids 6 weeks, so he starts tapering today. He has been symptom free since starting them. He started the SCD last week. We are wondering whether to continue the Mesalamine while on the diet. Can the diet heal the colon while on meds? It will take a couple of months to taper off the steroid completely. The last time he did this he took the Mesalamine throughout the taper and then stayed on the Mesalamine and limited his dairy for a year. He then was feeling overly confident and upped his dairy and flared badly… diarrhea, mucous and bleeding. A colonoscopy showed no improvement of his condition, so
his doctor wants to start Remicade. So all that said, we are wondering how to do this in conjunction with the meds and we cannot find a doctor that knows anything about SCD… they all claim diet had nothing to do with it and Remicade is the next step… so any guidance you could give us on this would be much appreciated!!

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Steven Wright August 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

You can always keep doing SCD in conjunction with any supplements or Drug treatments. And why not since what we eat determines our gut flora. When trying to beat IBD it’s wise to stack as many treatments that don’t conflict together as possible. The diet however does not correct parasite infections or hormone dysregulation which is common in IBD. Which might be why your son’s condition flared.

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Lyndie October 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

Hi Julie – I have had crohns for 4 years (am 53). I have not had the normal symptons and I have been to 3 GI doctors (i think i was hoping for a different answer :)) I have taken mesalamine orally since the beginning. Have not taken any steroids. I have two issues – illium and the colon. two years ago, my colonoscopy showed that the illeum had gotten worse and the dr wanted me to start taking humira. I refused and started doing the research on what i could do naturally. i started the scd diet a year ago. I am hoping to get off the mesalamine – have to do on my own because of course the doctor doesn’t want that. I am down to 1 per day (from 3) – scary going that last step. It took me until end of August to start noticing a regular difference so that is being on the diet for 9 – 10 months. But i also am taking a probiotic and boswellia, which is an ayurvedic anti inflammatory, fish oil and vitamin D. I think all of those have also really helped. We get a lot of our recipes online and do have a couple cookbooks. Elanaspantry.com is great. Two of our greatest finds are spaghetti squash and cauliflower rice. there is lots out there. And we have found that now that we have been on the diet for a year, many of those foods that we loved just aren’t that great anymore. I don’t know how it is going for your son, but hopefully this might help a little. Go for the diet – you have nothing to lose and lots to gain. Good Luck!!

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Jason Goldberg August 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Hi Guys,

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s 3 years ago although I know I’ve had it for at least 15 years. My Crohn’s only effects the colon. I had gotten to the point of taking 6MP. I started paleo diet to lose weight and after a couple months was amazed that all of my Crohn’s symptoms had gone away. Started researching Crohn’s and paleo diet online and was shocked to find the SCD diet had been curing people for so many years and had so much in common with paleo. The only modification I made was to incorporate SCD yogurt into my paleo diet. Recently, I’ve been a little less strict with foods containing sugars, although nothing really out of control, and I’m now bleeding again. Would you recommend starting SCD diet from the beginning or just going back to strict paleo?…or something else? Thanks for any advice!

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Mary September 8, 2013 at 5:59 am

I have not yet been diagnosed with any issues, but After doing hrs of research I am sure I have a gluten intestinal problem. I was tested positive for h pylori couple years ago. As of recently this year I started experiencing joint pain and stiffness, sleep disorders, bloating, and anemia like syndromes, I am only 20 years old! My mining job of one year has exposed me to glutinous food like crazy and I believe my problems arose midway thru the year. I have been gluten free for a week, will definitely try the scd diet! I’m so glad and thankful I found this article! I’m hoping to heal the damage I’ve probably done to myself and hopefully like the article say be able to slowly re-introduce off limit foods again :)

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Mary September 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

I forgot to add my symptoms do not flare up, to where I have noticed any food allergies. They are more of a background issue. Will this diet cause any flare ups to occur if I do eat off limit foods?

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Susan Wheeler September 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Why is curry on the no no list?

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suzanne hunter September 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

Along with Scleroderma (was on the Brown McPherson protocol for 13 years which involves antibiotics), I have recently had my gallbladder removed due to malfunction rather than stones. Before the surgery I was under an intense amount of stress and as a result, ended up not going to the bathroom all that well and a lot of pain in my lower bowel which I still have. Since the surgery 4 months ago I have had nothing but problems with my stomach and colon. I still have a lot of pain and motility issues with my colon and I have terrible bile/acid reflux. I either have dumping syndrome or constipation issues. The diarrhea has made me super thin to the point where I cannot gain weight while when constipated I feel the reflux is worse. I have just about taken every known alternative product to get rid of the bile/acid issue to no avail. Slippery elm, DGL(which makes me super nervous despite the removal of the glycerine), mastic gum, chamomile tea, probiotic, aloe vera, l-Glutamine. I cannot take the HCL which I believe to be part of my problem because I have a terrible inflammation in my stomach. I should say I did try it and it caused more pain so the Dr. put me on pepcid for 2 weeks. I already know that I will feel worse when I go off of it but I need to get rid of the inflammation. The Pepcid has not taken care of the bile reflux problem either just the pain. I was on the GAPS diet but had to give that up due to the diarrhea issues. I cannot even get near any oils because I feel that the bile gets even more aggravated and more frequent. I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions I am soooo desperate?…. or know of any alternative Docs who are excellent with regards to digestive issues. Your site is so inspirational:)

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rayan September 25, 2013 at 4:20 am

hiii Jordan, i’m a celiac disease around 30year with chronic diarreha, what i can eat?fruits?vegetable?what is not allowed to eat?? i read from your articles that sugar, soy, rice is not allowed?? right?? and my daughter with crohn disease! how can we get your books?? we live in lebanon

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Ally September 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

What vitamins should I be taking for leaky gut?

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Astra October 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Hi, I wish I didn’t have to read this website but here I am and I’m very grateful to both Steve/Jordan and the public for sharing!
I’ve just been diagnosed with UC (Which I only get when I quit smoking) and given a prescription I don’t want to start.
I’ll be starting the SCD diet very shortly when I get my head around it. My biggest food fear is not having sugar! The thought of not eating chocolate, biscuits etc is enough to make me start smoking again and forget about all about it…
What can I replace all my sweet things with as I’m battling ciggy AND sugar cravings and it’s possibly sending me a bit batty!

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Hilary October 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

@Ellen – I had been waking at 2-3am every night for months due to GI illness and stress (caused by and exacerbated by) and here’s what has helped me:
– follow SCD diet to the letter
– 200mg calcium/magnesium before bed
– cortisol manager (pill, from my naturopath)
-make sure you take a daily multivitamin containing trace minerals (your stress and GI issues are both contributing to depletion of key nutrients and minerals)
– meditate every day (5-10 min to help reduce stress)
– taking a supplement with GABA, Taurine, L-Theanine, and Relora to help manage stress

I also have estrogen dominance and my doc suggested putting castor oil over my liver (just rub into skin and wear an old t-shirt) to help detox my liver days 14-28 of my cycle …this has brought amazing relief! I imagine it would work for any type of issue w. Need for liver detox, but I’m not a doc. I hope you feel better soon!

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Jennie October 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

So like everyone else I have a few questions and have hit a wall of frustration. I have had chronic constipation as long as I can remember – I’m a 29yr old female, Exercise Physiologist – and I really dont feel like my daily challenges are normal or should be tolerated….yet here I am once again……looking to try something else that might fit.

I will say that since changing my diet to more whole foods and infrequent cheating has helped to lessen the cramps and aches so that is a definite plus! If I could rid myself of the bloating, less freq but more intense cramps and constipation – I would be in heaven!!

I would like to share what I have tried and get your opinion and recommendations if you guys dont mind. I am open to trying yet another elimination here, but honestly if I dont see changes I have no options left but a GI doc.

Currently seeing naturopath and saw one last yr. Both haven’t found any obvious structural issues or red flags when doing bioset analysis. Both have given me some form of MagCit, Calm, vit C, ColonPro and Probiotics. I have been taking digestive enzymes for about 5 months now. I have done no gluten, diary or sugar for a month, no gluten for almost a yr off and on (dont have any obvious reactions to gluten, but seems like a good thing to leave out for inflammatory purposes anyway), and the FODMAP elimination. I have tried GI Revive for a month; oil of oregano and allicilin for parasites which seem to be gone now :); currently drinking some sole daily and just made my first batch of kombucha which was AMAZING!!

So everything that I try helps for a few days and I get all excited and hopeful – and then I get constipated for 3-4 days and I’m not so excited and hopeful….I’m still doing the enzymes, probiotics, sole, no grains, small meals, deep breathing, exercise (cant live without that!) and rotating the Calm and ColonPro – on day 2 of constipation right now :(

I would appreciate any thoughts or recommendations!!

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Jennie November 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Guess I asked too much…..

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Desiree October 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

As most others on this site, I am very excited to have found the SCD, and also for your incredibly helpful and informative website. I have read much of your site, listened to your podcasts, and read Breaking the Vicious Cycle and GAPS.

The short story of my case is that for the past 8 years I have experienced extreme bloating after eating certain foods. I also have periodic diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Thankfully, my case is mild compared to many of the people on this site. It appears that my gut issues are linked to several years of antibiotic use for acne. My gut flora are very off balance. Today, I have begun the intro diet.

The only roadblock I see to adhering strictly to the diet is finding a good source of energy for endurance sports? I am an ultra-marathoner (running 50k or more), and need an easy to carry source of energy for long runs. Popular sources of carbs are sports gels, drinks, pretzels, etc. Gels are usually made of a mix of maltodextrin, sucrose, fructose, amino acids, and sometimes caffeine. Some alternative “healthy” gels use evaporated cane syrup, honey, or dried fruit (dates).

Before SCD, I used 1 gel (~100 calories) an hour, and some sports powder mixed into water. I had thought of making my own gels/bars with honey, chia seed, nuts, and salt, but have not done so yet.

What are your suggestions?

Thank you for your time.

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Steven Wright November 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I’d listen to our Ben Greenfield podcast. There are now many successful endurance athletes who are completely ketogenic and still winning. Carbs are not needed for endurance sports.

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Neil November 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

This Food lifestyle sounds great! I am curious though, why do you guys allow bacon (which is one of the more processed meats), and don’t allow chick peas/ garbanzo beans?

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Steven Wright November 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Because Bacon from pasture raised pigs is a healthy food. chick peas and garbanzo beans as well as other legumes have more toxins and can be hard to digest for those w/ GI issues. SCD is really for those w GI issues so that is the focus.

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Sara November 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I have been gluten, soy, and poultry free for around 6 years had been following Dr. Bernstein’s guidelines for diabetics (I have type 2 diabetes) and kept my carbs down to 30 grams a day or less, but was eating only twice a day because (I just found out) I had gastroparesis and it was taking that long for food to leave my stomach. I was totally focused on restricting carbs and got around that by eating lots of low-carb veggies (like bok choy), moderate amounts of protein (which convert to carbs if in excess) and a fairly high fat content (around 60% of calories from fat) diet.

I just had the scare of my life on Monday when I ate a normal meal and then everything backed up (has never happened before). It tasted like I was bringing up two days’ worth of food, horribly strong stomach acid burned like it never had when I vomited years ago, and it felt like my chest had been gone over with a blowtorch. I most definitely did not want to repeat that experience!

Have been researching almost non-stop since then and just found out about SCD. I have already discovered I was eating way too much fiber and just went cold turkey on veggies. I wasn’t eating fruit other than around 8 cherries a day, and have stopped them, too.

My symptoms are subsiding a bit after eating organic Greek yogurt with added probiotics, but how does one do the SCD program and keep the carbs low enough to not aggravate the diabetes? I really would like to know this very much! Please advise!

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Steven Wright November 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi Sara – typically on SCD your carbs won’t be much higher than 150g a day. So in our opinion that’s a very safe amount for diabetics especially because they will be coming from whole foods. However it is wise to always discuss this with your doctor.

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Sarah Jean November 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi, during what phase can I begin adding honey to my food? Also, when (if legal) can I begin adding lemon to my water? Thanks. :-)
Sarah

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Steven Wright November 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Right away

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Chris November 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Am reading your material for the first time with great intereste today, but wondering how did Bourbon get on the “drink this” list? Isn’t it made from a mixture of Wheat/rye?

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Julie G. November 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

Hi, I recently ordered and received youe e-book and have started the intro diet. I’m preparing to move to Phase one. Two questions…is there ANY commercial yogurt that would be okay? And what about juicing either raw fruits or raw vegies…is that okay? Thanks! Julie

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Grant November 18, 2013 at 5:00 am

Hi. What food can I eat whilst on the intro diet? I did 5 days of paleo to clean myself out and am now, as I type, waiting for my chicken soup to warm up! I just wanted to know if I can only eat meat patties and broiled fish or if I can eat anything else? And drinks? Can I drink any coffee on the intro or not? Thanks.

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Steven Gilles November 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

Interesting website and book.

The SCD is not very different than the FODMAP diet for digestive health. There are also some aspects in here similar to the paleolithic type diets that are out there.

The key points that all 3 diets make are cutting almost all dairy out and cutting all or most grains out of one’s diet and of course cutting all processed foods out. The one main difference with the SCD seems to allow far more legume/bean/fructose containing fruits than the FODMAP or paleo diets do.

I think that this diet can help a lot of people, but there are a large percentage that could do even better on a FODMAP or a paleo diet that doesn’t include the legumes/beans or fructose containing items that SCD does.

I have concerns with being allowed any alcohol for patients considering the amount of sugar that is contained in the alcohol. As you know alcohol is a sugar after all and can directly feed yeast and questionable bacteria in the gut and cause digestive issues for certain patients.

I’d love to see your website (maybe it is here, I’m missing it) answer why SCD is better or different from paleo or FODMAP style diets, or at least compare and contrast . . . I think that many of your readers following this will do better thankfully just with getting rid of Grains and Dairy, but might need to take things a step further by removing fructose containing fruits/honey/alcohol/beans/legumes.

All the best.
Steve

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Tommy November 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

I notice that Psyllium husks are illegal, however what about Psyllium seed powder, such as that found in Julian Bakery’s paleo bread? Please let me know. Thanks!

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Diane November 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I just came across your site researching the diet. I am 44 recently diagnosed with GERD my symptoms mostly in my neck and chest of feeling like I cant breathe. Dr put me on prilosec which has helped, but I do not want to be on drugs. It was a sudden occurance and not going away, I have lost a lot of weight as everything makes me sick. I have never had issues before. I have just realized in the passed few months I have been eating Quinoa everyday as I thought it would be good for me, otherwise I pretty much follow this diet occasionally cheating. I am just wondering if it is the Quinoa that has been causing all these problems and it also started after taking a round of antibiotics which I have not taken in 15 years..

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Maurice November 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

I noticed that Quinoa was in the grains category, Interestingly it does at times create some uncomfortable challenges with some people but, Quinoa is the seed of the Chenopodium or Goosefoot plant not a grain. Its frequently called a grain because it is used and cooked like one, and is often called an “Ancient Grain” and a “Wholegrain”. These terms can make it confusing, but trust me folks, it is not a grain. It is a gluten free super-seed, Pseudo-cereal. By the way I recommend the concept of this diet regularly. Thank you!

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Julian November 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hi jordan and steve I am struggling with this diet as im finding it hard to stay off the food I like eating but I was wondering if you can give me any tips on how I can stay off the wrong food if this makes sense?

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Rachel December 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

I need a bit of help really, I feel strongly that I am celiac and have quite a list of stuff I am fighting at the moment ie thyroid etc I have avoided gluten mostly since February this year and also cannot take any grains, was confused about legumes but your info might shed some light on that. Thanks. I have trouble with starches and that is what I am confused about, if I go near a potato I get bad inflammation, but because I am already restricting my diet(missing the feeling of satiation) I also cannot take eggs and don’t eat meat) but I have read so much information that resistant starch is soo good for the large intestines and because potatoes are cheap and fill you up I keep trying them out only to wish I hadn’t, what I am asking is do you have any information that would help me to understand why people say resistant starch is good but I just cannot take any form of starch at all. Maybe I should try the list of legumes you mention ie kidney beans they are high in resistant starch? please help. How long does it take to get better if you follow the diet strictly?Thanks so much in advance.

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Jessica December 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I am pretty sure I have leaky gut due to long term PPI use ( about 5 years of Prilosec). My main symptoms are diarrhea, acid reflux, acne, skin rashes, joint pain and difficulty losing weight. I have read Elaine Gottschall’s boo,, as well as “Wheat Belly” by William Davis. I have cut out gluten containing grains and reduced other grains. I have also limited my sugar intake and already limit my dairy intake due to lactose intolerance. However, I am a vegetarian and eat a lot of beans to get protein. I probably have 2-3 servings of soy a day (tofu, soymilk). Is soy really that bad when eating SCD? Any tips for vegetarians on SCD? I do eat eggs. I eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

I am currently supplementing with probiotics, L-glutamine, garlic, calcium, multivitamin, digestive enzymes and betaine HCL with meals.

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Vanessa December 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I recently bought your book and am planning on giving this SCD thing a try starting in the new year — a sort of New Year’s Resolution, I guess, to finally solve my Irritable Bowel (hate that term, it’s just a catch all for “we have no idea what’s wrong with you”). I’ve also been diagnosed with around 30 food allergies in the last two years. I went from having only an allergy to shellfish and walnuts to now being allergic to all nuts as well as most leafy greens, corn, and a bunch of food additives like xanthum gum. So when a doctor finally tossed the idea of Leaky Gut Syndrome at me, I found your site, and now I’m interested in giving this diet a shot to see if it works for me. But I have two questions if you’ve got the time to answer them:

First, when should I start adding in probiotics? I’m severely lactose intolerant and have never been able to eat any yoghurt or cheese and don’t intend while trying to heal to use any milk products in my diet, so I wondered if I should get good bacteria from a probiotic early?

And secondly, what are your recommendations for someone who can’t eat any nuts at all? I can eat peanuts (which are legumes, but I love them), though I know I’m not supposed to eat them early on. But is it a big deal to skip all the almond things considering that’s a nut I’m particularly allergic to?

Thanks in advance. I hope this works — wish me luck!

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Vanessa December 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Oh, also, I take a vitamin D pill daily because I’m severely vitamin D deficient…would it be okay if I kept taking it? The company is NOW (sold at wholefoods) and contains olive oil, gelatin, glycerin, and water. It says it contains no sugar, starch, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk or preservatives on it so I HOPE it’s okay, haha, especially because the largest problem I have with vitamins is that they almost all contain corn which I’m very allergic to.

Also, if I’m allergic to grapes, can I use apple cider/unfiltered apple juice for the gelatin things?

Thanks again!

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Karym December 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

Is it okay to get my omega 3 from algal oil DHA. I can’t have fish or regular omega 3 from fish oil.
Thanks
Karym

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Alana January 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Would this help my gut finally be well enough so I can kick my systemic yeast forever?? I’m desperate, went grain, sugar and starch free for months and still not gone.

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Alex Gabay January 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

Hey Guys,
Alex here from Sweden! In 2010 i was diagnozed with Ulcerous Colitis, and by 2011 my colon was removed due to a life threatning flare-up with high fever and severe bleeding. However they saved the last 30cm or so of colon/rectum and in 2012 i got rid of my ostomy bag and had a Ileorectal anastomosis made.
Unfortunately these 30 cm of colon/rectum is still bleeding and is giving me hell and right now i cannot function without steroids and Asacol. Doctors say that since this isn’t working, my next option is to have another 2 surgeries and have a J-pouch made. Just the thought of having more surgeries makes me cry and im really scared about the risks and possible bad functioning J-pouch after these surgeries.
I have ordered the Book (Breaking The Vicious Cycle) now and I am willing to give this diet a try. I have tried dozens of diets through out the last few years but nothing has helped. But I am more than willing to give the SCD diet a try. Its my last desperate try to get better without having them cut out more of my guts.
Now to my question:
Is there anyone out there with any thoughts or advide for someone in my position and how to best follow this diet? Would there be anything I in particular should think about since i miss most of my colon? Maybe someone out there with simular experiences?

All the best
Alex

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John January 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Great site! Two quick questions —

1) Is acceptable, but canned fish, ok for SCD? Specifically, canned salmon. There are canned brands with very low sodium/serving (30 mg), and the only ingredients are salmon and the salt (some also have BPA-free lining).

2) In trying to gain lean muscle mass, I need to eat many more calories than I’m used to…is it still ok to restrict the overal carbs to 150g/day, even if let’s say I’d be taking in a total of 2700-3000 calories? The rest can come from protein and good fats?

Thanks for any response!

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Aoife January 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Seriously John, this website is information for people suffering from serious digestive disorders….. You’re request for a response to your protein focused vain diet is obnoxious to the point of incredulous.

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Kevin Shanahan January 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I have been on the SCD for one week and have experienced tremendous results. For the first time in 20 years I have normal gut functions and the result of those normal gut functions. I also stopped taking Asacol (after 20 years as well) without any negative affects. THANKS SCD

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Elizabeth Reinbold January 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Is it ok to use almond flour for cooking and baking while on scd diet?

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Nancy Enis January 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

What’s wrong with sweet potatoes? They are loaded with Vit A. Is rice okay?

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megan January 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Sweet potatoes are a starch, the diet eliminates almost all starches. Rice is not okay. Check the list they provided a link to several times.

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Monica January 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

I welcome everyone. I am pleased, around this side is. I need help. I am on SCD three months. At that time I had to twice a new start, because I ate green bananas and I drank chlorinated water. From the beginning I have terrible bleedings still. I don’t have diarrhoea. I already put eggs away, I didn’t eat nuts, fruits in good amounts. I am depressed. For three months I am eating chichen soup, beef, chicken, bananas, baked apples. I implemented only courgette. I dispensed with medicines, I am accepting only Euthyrox (I have Hashimoto) acidophilus, L-glutamin?, yogurt SCD. I have an additional impediment, because my English isn’t good.
What to do? Could you give me a hint?.
I thank for all replies and I am greeting everyone, wishing good health!
Monica

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Beatrice January 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Hi Jordan and Steve.
What a fantastic site! So much brilliant information that I am sure will help me and my son.
I have also been reading a lot about kefir today and see no mention of it on your site. My understanding is that it has it has even better healing benefits than yoghurt and can be made with coconut milk and rice milk as well as cow’s, sheep’s and goat’s milk and that the lactose is broken down once fully fermented.
Can you comment please? And thank you so much for all this information.
Beatrice

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colleen January 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Hi I have constant problem with bloating. So much so that I look 9 months all the time. It goes down somewhat after a BM. I am also am so constipated that I take a product called “experience” from Awareness corporation to go the bathroom. Then I go so much that I am physically drained. My BM comes in all shape, sizes, color etc. It’s different day to day or hour by hour. I have never been diagnosed with anything. I have had colonoscopy and cat scan of stomach for the bloating and pain in right side next to my belly button. But all are normal. I had my gallbladder removed, I have suffered with the bloating since a child. My mom as well. I was a huge cookie and candy eater my whole life so I’m thinking SIBO or Candida related issues. Do you think this diet would help someone like my to live bloat free. Even a drop of water makes my stomach grow. Thanks I called myself the “Constipated Queen” LOL) PS I would love to see a list on your site of all test you talk about and what they are for. Also if you have a place that we can get them done would be great.

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Jon January 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I have low stomach acid and have been taking 6 capsules of hcl with pepsin for over 3 months to try and retrain my stomach to make enough acid on it s own. Unfortunately I have not experienced any warming sensations like you are suppose to indicating that the stomach is starting to produce more on it’s own.

Do you have any suggestions for me to get my stomach to produce more acid on its own? Do I keep taking the hcl’s?

Thank You!
Jon

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Angie January 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I am in constant pain, I have a SED rate of 50+ and I am 45 years old. I can hardly move and in the last year I have gained 20 pounds. I have been “sick” my whole life. I have been tested for so many things I have lost count, seen more doctors than I want to admit. I am addicted to carbs and sugar. You are telling me that by changing my diet I could change my life?

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Melané Fahner-Botha January 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Hi, I have just come across your site and it all looks fairly familiar to the Paleo Diet, other than that your can-eats-list is a lot longer:-). I’ve had health problems for many years now and have just started to realise that I’m on my own here: the medical profession isn’t going to help. With all the on-line reading matter available it is very interesting BUT: my general health has improved but, boy, do I still have a tummy ache! Today we found out that that many cabbages can trigger attacks very similar to those of leaky gut syndrome (and I am working on the premise that that is my problem). Cabbage, broccoli, sprouts: they all contain the allergen that can cause flare-ups. Why then is it so popular (apart from the fact that cauliflower is my go-to ingredient as a substitute for rice or pasta dishes)? Do you have an answer here? And, having now lived off grains with L-glutamine as the choice of repair, how long would you say one needs to repair a leaky gut?
I appreciate your site and your help
Mel.

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marlene January 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I’m on day 2 of the intro diet, and no movements yet? is this normal? i was for many years vegetarian, and currenly, didn’t eat much meat (mostly some fish)

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ella February 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

I instinctively know my life long health problems are because of gluten and grains. Reading through this site gives me hope in a healthier future but at the same time I feel overwhelmed. It seems so restrictive and more difficult for me as I’m vegetarian.

It’s a real battle. Why can’t there be a residential recovery complex that provides your diet that I can afford, lol

Ella

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amit February 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

can we do an scd while on anti inflammatory medicine … such as 5-ASA …my doctor would not let me off the anti-inflammatory … and without it my symptoms are much worse .. my case is in control with the anti-inflammatory but i would rather be normal and off the medicine

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nadia February 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

Thank you for all of the helpful information provided.I have been suffering from chronic uveitis for the last 2 years and use pred forte drop everyday. I suspect I have ankylosing spondylitis because of other symptoms such as terrible neck/upper bak pain and other joint pains. The moment I begin to taper off them ,the uveitis flares up.I will be starting this diet tomorrow but am worried about eggs beacause of what I’ve read about them and autoimmune diseases in general. I cannot take unecessary risks right now because a ‘flare up’ is extremely painful and the pressures in both eyes are very high already.Any advice on how best to proceed? Thanks!

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aayah February 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

I made the leap food sensitivity test and I am sensitive to most food, and it was so hard to follow the SCD diet plus remove all the foods I was sensitive to at the same time,my dr. said it is more important to go off the food I am sensitive too first even if that means I will allow myself to go off the dcd for a while, so I can calm the immune system first, and then later in 3 months or so go back to the scd to heal, any thoughts?

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Jay February 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I am 21 years old and got diagnosed with Crohn’s one year ago.

I was placed on strong meds but was lost when it came to diet changes

I have since had over 15 procedures or surgeries.

Now that a diversion procedure is being considered I am glad i found the SCD diet, going to the grocery store tomorrow to begin my journey.

My only worry is maintaining this diet while in college.

Hoping for remission,

Jay

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Nicole February 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

Hi,

I am a breastfeeding mom of a 5 month old. I have recently discovered I have candida and probably have for quite some time and did not know it. I am on a strong antifungal and homeopathic remedy for candida. I’m also trying to change my diet, however, I always get stuck on breakfast. I am mildly allergic to eggs so I cannot have them for breakfast every day and I am also allergic to dairy (it also bother my baby). My usual breakfast has been oatmeal with coconut oil, chia seeds, cinnamon, and stevia. However, I’ve noticed oats are on the “don’t” list. Any suggestions for what to eat for breakfast?

Thanks!
Nicole

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Kris February 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Hi All,

I’m just getting started with the diet and have a few questions I’m hoping someone can help me with! I actually started about three weeks ago and being a major foodie – was quick to try out all the recipes in Elaine’s book – but now realise I was introducing ‘advanced’ foods too quickly, so have gone back to a very basic diet.

How does one know when it’s safe to move to another food? Ie, do you need to give yourself a few days before introducing a new vegetable etc.

When can peanuts (nut butters, nut flours) be safely introduced? (I’ve lost a fair bit of weight and am keen to get started on those muffins!)

Also, is raw organic cacao allowed? I’ve had it in smoothies and haven’t noticed any adverse reactions and couldn’t see it on the list so keeping my fingers crossed!

Thanks!

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Donna February 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Just came across your site from your Facebook page and very interested in ready more of your articles…..I am 42 yrs old have been having some stomach issues plus constant pain in my rib area, back, front & sides, sore to touch, does not prevent me from activity it is a constant pain but thankfully I have a high pain tolerance and can keep myself going everyday……I have had xrays, ultrasound and cannot find anything wrong, they thought it was due to my gallbladder but ultrasound ruled it out, kidneys stones but ultrasound ruled it out…..have had a colonscopy and gastroscope but nothing showed….very frustrated and sometimes could just sit and cry……I have 3 little boys and run a homebased childcare business….I try not to lift so I know that is not the issue…..someone has suggested Arthritis but I have no noticeable swelling….the Dr did put me on a gluten free diet and that has considerably helped with my stomach issues plus helped me with bloating and I have lost some weight (I have went beyond the Gluten and am using alot of Paleo recipes also). I am curious if anyone has had any of the same symptoms with the ribs….sometimes it is just a nagging pain but then other times I am in severe discomfort that I just go to bed at night with a heating pad……sometimes I cannot scratch in that area or it will hurt…also when I had ultrasound done on my ribs it hurt for the rest of the day……I have always thought I am celiac, have had many issues for many years and have eliminated other issues like endemetriosis, cysts on my ovaries having had a laproscopic test done…..(sorry if my spelling is not correct), I can have severe stomach issues that can arise during menstrual time, ovulation time and sometimes just in between…..I am Lactose intolerant, allergic to Tree nuts, asthmatic since an infant, usually fairly healthy but I believe my energy level could be better…..any ideas would be greatly helpful, ie tests, etc….. Thank you for posting all your info I will definitely keep reading!!

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Adrienne March 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

Hello there,
After having my baby late 2012 I started having some problems. 2013 had a colonscopy that showed UC and Uproctitis. I have been on and off a few different meds since then that havent worked and actually made my symptoms worse. I started SCD 6 days ago… I feel like I am seeing a difference for sure! However I was in a flare up whe I decided to start. Was this a bad idea?
Thanks for any input!

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Jana March 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

Jordan,

I discovered your website out of desperation about 10 days ago – I have been “sick” on/off for over 4 years back and forth to my GP and GI. I have lost over 70 lbs due to this! Nausea and vomiting after meals, extreme bloating, constipation lasting 2-7 days at a time. I was neg. for Celiac, but finally gave up all wheat/gluten on my own 18 months ago. I was diagnosed with IBS-C and slow digestion. I, of course have had every test known to man – the only thing that was determined was a “torturous colon”. At 45 I refuse to wake up every day and feel like crap since I am a very YOUNG 45. I have tried everything . . . . . but I went over your website and read posts by some of your followers and took some notes. Here is the deal: I have been taking Betaine HCL which I had never heard of before your website, and a Pro-Biotic (a highly recommended one), stopped taking the laxatives (per your recommendation)for 6-days now, plus eating according to a strict IBS diet, and for the first time in almost 2 years I am “regular” and feel GOOD!!! Thanks so much for your recommendations and I will continue to learn more from you and the SCD diet!!!! :) :) :)

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Debra March 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Hi, I have been on the SCD for two months now with some success. Do you know if American Ginseng is “legal”? It is fabulous for boosting my immune system!
Thanks!
Debra

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Diane March 23, 2014 at 12:58 am

Stool test shows heavy growth of streptococcus parsynguinis and don’t know how to get rid of it. Did have my root canal removed & also 4 mercury fillings.

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Shawn Marie March 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I’m looking forward to trying this, although, I’ve got a pot of brown rice on the stove right now, with organic garlic powder and curry powder in it! ;) Anyway, I just found out that my blood sugar is high and diabetes runs in the family – my numbers are already in the diabetic range. This is my first day without refined sugar and/or flour. That will be the hardest to eliminate. I use Garden of Life protein powder, which is vegan and organic. What are your feelings about it? I’m not keen on adding more meat to my diet because my cholesterol is also high. I suffer terribly from constipation and I eat a ton of fiber, so I’m hoping this elimination process will alleviate it.

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Anthony Ali March 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Hi I have had Crohn’s since I was 17 (24 now) and nothing has worked. I have tried Humira and that failed me. Currently on Asacol. I have been looking into the SCD and Gaps Diet for a while now and want to try it out but am SO afraid to loss weight. I’m 5’7″ and barely weight 110lbs. I love what I am reading about healing my intestines and eventually going into remission and no longer taking medications but cannot afford to lose anymore weight. Is this diet really worth it? Will it really HEAL my intestines that are so damaged from years of severe crohn’s and steroids and other medications to where I will be able to gain weight and look and feel “normal”? =/

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Debbie March 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Hi, I have a question the second paragraph reads “The principles of SCD were laid down by Dr. Sidney Valentine as he treated Celiacs and other IBD patients in the 1950s. One of his patients was Elaine Gottschall’s daughter who at the time was very sick with ulcerative colitis. Dr. Haas helped Elaine’s daughter to achieve lasting remission through diet and the use of fermented foods.” Who is Dr. Haas?

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Lisa April 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I have a question…I have had my gall bladder removed (1998), 8 inches of my colon removed (2012) and gastric sleeve surgery (2013). Since the sleeve surgery I have had chronic diarrhea and acid reflux for about 10 months. I have tried cholestyramine and Welchol. Both helped for a while and then stopped working. I have tried both Prilosec and Zantac for the acid. They help a little. I have been taking a probiotic for years. Recently I have started taking l-glutamine and a digestive enzyme. I have also started cutting back on carbs. In the mornings I have a somewhat normal BM and then it’s followed by 2-3 bouts of diarrhea. Sometimes that’s it for the day and sometimes I have more occurrences of diarrhea. I am so frustrated! i don’t know what to do. Is it worth trying the SCD diet? It seems pretty involved, but if it would work, then it would be worth it.

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Veronica April 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I was diagnosed with IBS, dairy intolerance, and gluten intolerance this year after struggling with GI symptoms that have lasted for most of my life. Although I feel a great deal better since I started avoiding certain foods, because of the IBS, I was told to avoid eating raw veggies and too much fructose, which has driven me to a diet that mostly consists of grains and starches. My symptoms of excessive gas, bloating, and fullness haven’t completely disappeared. In fact, they show up after every meal and are only relieved for an hour or so after a bowel movement before they start again. AND the only reason I have bowel movements at all is because I’m taking Marilax. I constantly have heartburn after meals as well. I barely bought digestive bitters and will start trying them, but I feel like I need to do more. My gastroenterologist gave me antacids for the heartburn, which have not helped at all. Do you recommend the SCD diet for me as well? Also, I don’t know whether to proceed and do a low-acid in stomach test or a test to determine whether I have Crohn’s or colitis.

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Hope April 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Hi-
I’ve had Crohn’s for 15 years now and been in and out of remission and on LOTS of different medications. I’d never heard of this diet until recently joining an IBD support group on Facebook. My only question is how does the diet of SCD address the other symptoms of an autoimmune disease- such as the inflammation other places than the gut, swollen joints, mouth sores, red bumps on legs (can’t remember the clinical name), and extreme fatigue, to name a few? I’m very interested in trying the diet, but want to make sure I’m considering the whole picture- and keep in mind that CD is autoimmune, not just a digestive disorder. Thanks!!

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Anna May 1, 2014 at 1:59 am

I’m so excited for this but I’m also trying not to get my hopes up too high. A grain/gluten/dairy-free diet hasn’t helped and neither has FODMAPS.
Could anyone here help me? I’m 18 years old and in HELL. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last December after only a few weeks of horrible (out of the blue) bloating and gas and constipation and stomach distention (I’m sure some of you know my pain)
Well, I immediately went gluten free and dairy free. Surprise surprise-no change. So I eliminated all grains. It’s been 2 months grain-free and there’s still no improvement. My doctor told me that it’s “just ibs.” But how could that be? I was JUST diagnosed with Celiac Disease 4 months ago and now she’s telling me I have ibs. I’ve been taking L-Glutamine, Digestive Advantage constipation formula, an acidophilus probiotic, digestive enzymes, multi-vitamins, and omega-3 fish oil-STILL NO CHANGE.
I’m supposed to be enjoying my life as a young adult but all I’m doing is suffering.
Could the SCD diet help me? I’m past desperate. My symptoms are so severe, I’m never NOT in pain.
It’s made me so depressed :(
Sorry for rambling.

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Kim May 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Dear Jordan and Steve, kudos for helping so many people. I am an acupuncturist who works with diet and lifestyle, and heard about you through your recent collaboration with Chris Kresser.

I’m a little confused about the theory of SCD as presented on this page. First of all, polysaccharides include cellulose, hemicellulose, fructans, gums, pectins, beta-glucans, and mucilages, which are found in many of the “allowed” foods. So it seems like what you really want to limit is not all polysaccharides, but specifically starch, right? Next, disaccharides are found in many foods, including the beans you allow, as well as mushrooms. So I take it that what you really want to limit from that group are sucrose, lactose, and maltose, yes? Lastly, oligosaccharides are found in fruits and especially vegetables, and some of them, like inulin, are known to feed both good and bad bacteria. The picture gets really muddy for me. Some of the foods allowed have way more complex carbohydrates than they do simple sugars. Throw in the idea I got from Chris that resistant starch (indigestible starch) is supposed to feed the good probiotics and not the bad bacteria . . . I’m thoroughly confused now.

I’m not trolling and not playing devil’s advocate. I need some help understanding! Thanks

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Wilhelmina May 21, 2014 at 4:43 am

Question about fermented foods. I see a lot about adding fermented foods to your diet, like sauerkraut. But every time I try to eat a bit the directors of Jurassic Park would become envious, because my belly roars more than their T-rex, totally bloated, not to mention about the other issues, being almost banned from my own home. How can this be and is this a sign I better can leave it for now?

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Terry May 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I’m interested in this diet and it does make perfectly good sense, however, I have fructose malabsorption and there is a lot in this diet that I cannot eat. I am wheat and gluten sensitive, and from the MRT I had done, I’m reactive to Whey, cottage cheese, ginger, paprika, honey (can’t eat it anyway, it contains fructose) mint, shrimp, tilapia, tuna, basil, carob, lots of other foods that I can’t eat because of fructose, chicken, soybean….and then I’m very sensitive to anything with even a tiny bit of fructose. I tried foods with dextrose (because I crave sugar) and I am reactive to that as well. I have issues with my pancreas not producing enzymes to break down fats and proteins. My gall bladder was removed. My blood work didn’t come back very well either. How can this diet help me? I’ve seen dietitians with no luck. They are not educated in fructose malabsorption. I’m running out of options and my health is deteriorating. I’m in a lot of pain all the time, bloated, gut distention, etc. Its getting hard to make it through a whole day of work. I need to get home and just crash. I don’t sleep well and seem to be dehydrated even though I drink lots of water. I have spent a lot of money trying to find what works, supplements, enzymes, dietitians, dr.’s, homeopathic and natural pharmacist’s, etc.…..any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

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Jelle May 27, 2014 at 7:54 am

Hi,steven wright i am candida affected for years now.after good progress my lipido fails me what do i do, should i undergo vasectomy jelle

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Dan June 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi All,

I’m a 20 year old that wants to gain more muscle on my arms and strength in my bones but sadly have lactose intolerance as well as very severe nut and a (less severe but still not perfect) egg allergies. I was using Soya Protein Isolate powder for a while, however, I recently read in a book that it can lead to lots of long term problems such as cancer, inflammation and even possibly atherosclerosis through weakened thyroid function.
Do any of you guys (in the UK in particular) know of any good probiotics that would help me out with my lactose intolerance?

Also, what do you guys usually have for breakfast? For many years I had the usual Corn Flakes, but recently switched to Oats, but now I’ve noticed that thats on the bad list! Is fruit a good idea (bearing in mind that I regularly have lots of fruit throughout the rest of the day already!).

Just a few other things I thought I’d mention:

I have bouts of very bad eczema a few times each year (sadly the case now!)
Also Bad acne at times (sometimes even at the same time as Eczema!)
I try eating lean meats and veg for meals quite regularly, but find it really hard when eating outside (especially with my student friends, none of whom seem to have the health problems I do!)
Asthmatic
Just cut out bread today to see if my eczema clears up! :)

Thanks and best wishes in your Journeys to good health too!

Dan

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Naga June 10, 2014 at 9:12 am

Hi, My 9 year old DS is very lean (X ray shows less bone density). He was chubby until he was 3 years then he got rashes all over his legs, his skin became dry and gradually lost weight and strated having severe bloating. We suspected food allergy and tried gluten free diet. His rashes are gone, his skin is better, but still he did not gain weight and bones are also very lean, he has been around 44 lbs since 3 years. He grew tall, but not tall enough for his age. His shoe size changes slightly once in 2 years. His IgA, ttg tests are negative, rarely he eats wheat but no allergic reaction, no symptoms of candida, his endoscopy, biopsy, liver function test, thyroid, vitamins, blood evrything is fine, except for total bilirubin was 2.39 (normal upto 1) and alkaline phosphate was 434, when we repeated LFT with fasting total bilirubin was 0.9 (normal upto 1) and alkaline phosphate was 187. We are very concerned for his lean / small frame, inability to find diagnosis. There is no allergic reaction to any foods, he seems to digest everything, he is enegetic, active, intelligent and sharp. But we are sure there is malabsorption to some extent, the biopsy result says his villi is fine.

What else we can do to identify what’s really wrong? We are desperate since he is fast reaching his puberty and bones have to grow now or will cross the age of bone growth. The only visible symptom is when he eats donut or for that matter fried food with lot of sugar or little more of chocolate, his nose bleeds in the proportion of how much he ate, this happens everytime without fail. Any clue?

Please help.

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roohi naaz June 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

I m 30yrs old . 4yrs ago i found out that i have crohns. I had diarria when i was19 yrs old. I m currently on mesacol 800, buclizine hcl, azathiprine, amitrityline hcl tablets. From last 1 yr I have pain in throat . I have stopped taking flat breads for breakfast and from last 1month ihave even stopped chicken. Now i have only vegetables and fish. I have pemogranate juice thrice in a week. I have been experiencing cutting pain across my stomach. I m really worried what should I do?

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roohi naaz June 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

I either have constipation or loose stool. My main diet is rice. I cant have leafy vegetables as i get constipation. There are few things i can eat rice is big part of it . I have rice or rice made recipe 3times a day. I eat only three times a day. I love potatoes which is readily available and cheap.i dont want to have surgery. I get depressed a lot. I stay at home . I dont go out due to fear of having to go to bathrooms. I cant pursue for higher education or job. I dont go for any social gatherings or visiting relatives because i cant have milk or sweets made from milk or spicy food. This makes me depressed. Bcause of me my family is also suffering. I desperately need u r help. Plz do reply

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Naaz June 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

I have crohns, i have been diagonised for last four yrs. I had diarrehia and lactose intolerance when Iwas 19 yrs. Before diagonising for crohns Iwas diagonised for intestinal tb. At first after diagonsing for crohns I could eat flat bread , bread , soji etc . Last one yr it has been very difficult. I cant have any thing other than soft food. Rice is a very big and main part of my food. I eat three times a day and no other small meals . Rice is there in diet all three times a day.if i eat chicken the next few days eosophagus is swollen and Ifind very difficult even to swallow tablets. I have to drink 3glasses of water to pass it through my throat. So i have stopped eating chicken for last ten days. I eat potatoes daily since it is cheap and available. I am depressed sometimes when I think about my diet and my life ahead of me. Plz do help what should Ido to avoid surgery

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Barbara June 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm

The diet looks interesting and we are 80% there with the exception of gluten free grains. My son has 7 out of the top 9 food allergens and we are doing the Candida diet with him (autism spectrum). He has peanut and tree nut allergies as well as egg. Has anyone done this diet successfully without nuts? He still has sweet potato and some grain (brown rice) products. Limiting sweeteners, occasional agave sweetened breakfast muffins. Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks…

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Amy Johnston July 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Dear Jordan and Steve,

I thought I found a list of recommended doctors on this website once before, but now I can’t find it again… Do you have such a list? I am hoping to find a doctor who will test me for low cortisol and maybe treat me for Crohn’s.
thanks!
Amy

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Brent Kovacs July 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Hi Amy, thanks for reaching out! You may be able to find a functional medicine practitioner at http://functionalmedicine.org

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Lisa Shap July 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

My husband has ulcerative colitis is on Apriso, mesalamine enema, and did a course of prednisone to reduce symptoms from a recent flare-up. He has been off the steroids for almost 3 weeks. Since getting off the steroids he seems to be on the decline. He has been now on the SCD for a week and seems that he is continuing on the decline toward a flare-up. It sounds like most people start the diet while in a flare-up and see results. I am concerned that it doesn’t seem to be helping. He is eating the homemade yoghurt, fruit, meat, and cooked veggies. I am sure there are a few sugars sneaking in, as with balsamic vinegar or an occasional seasoning, even though I have been checking them. Any further suggestions to curb his downward projection? When is it appropriate to expect some results?

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Brent Kovacs July 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for reaching out about your husband. We’re sorry to hear that he’s having such a difficult time right now.

We have worked with many people with very similar situations to your husband’s and we recommend looking into our Flare Support product here: http://scdlifestyle.com/diarrhea-flare-support/

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Mary July 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Hello! Thank you for all the information on your site, it has been most helpful.
My dr diagnosed me with IBS this fall then proceeded ordering a CAT scan (which came up normal, whatever that means). What started all this is Omega 3 supplement w/lemon oil taken for 3 mths (Jan-March 2013) causing me to hit the bathroom multiple times a day. (I’m the opposite) Worked for a couple mths to get my tummy healed and feeling better when I had an intestinal flu in June, causing my valve to ache.(according to my chiropractor) Spend July-Dec (2013) w/a health coach/nutritionist who helped w/some things, but not fixing my digestion and migraines which she said would be no problem fixing either. Been on my own since doing online research and eating low carb, low dairy (as I have a dairy allergy from birth-too much causes problems breathing), but my tummy burned more and more and eczema started showing up and constant burning in my female parts.
My husband got into the research and figured instead of IBS, it was Dysbiosis. Either way, we gathered I needed high doses of probiotics, started following the FODMAPS list, from your site we picked up the Betaine HCL (one 2x’s a day seemed to work) and added a vit. C to my supplements. With the addition of the probiotics my stool ranges from 3-6. It’s been 4-6 weeks w/everything in place. Things are feeling better, but the ache in my right side (the valve) is still giving me problems. Have you ever heard of it hurting? What can I do to get it to quit?

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Brent Kovacs July 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Hi Mary,

Thanks for reaching out!

You’ve experienced some pretty notable improvements indeed but based on everything you’ve shared with us, it sounds like you would benefit from working with a skilled functional medicine practitioner. Our best current suggestion is to visit http://functionalmedicine.org and try to find one nearby.

We wish you the very best and keep us posted.

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Tamara Summers July 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hello I have a question. I have crohns disease. I do not eat any fruits or veggies the only ones I do eat are potatoes and sweet potatoes onions (cooked). I do want to try this diet as I have heard great things in helping other crohns patients obtain remission thru this diet
But will it be effective of I am basically only eating the allowes meats? I am just very scared to try to eat veggies and friut due to the extreme pain I was caused when first diagnosed. I have not comsumed any fruit or veggies even juices since 2005. I am just to scared to go thru the pain to even see if I can handle any of them, so I just completely stopped. Basically I live on meat and breads and pastas and potatoes. I also dont eat alot of dairy but do use butter and some cheeses only latose free
milk every . Even most rhings I eat I still get pain but Its bearable pain.

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Lori Jo Berg July 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Hi Tamara, thank you for reaching out! I suggest reading about the SCD diet and how it restores gut health: http://scdlifestyle.com/about-the-scd-diet/ This diet has helped many people with Crohns disease, and you can view some of the success stories here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/12/crohns-disease-doesnt-stand-a-chance-against-justin/ Please let us know if you need any help starting the SCD diet and your journey back to health.

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Anita July 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Is honey allowed for people who have SIBO? I see that it is allowed on the SCD diet but honey is a combination of sucrose and fructose and is absorbed in the small bowel just the same as table sugar. Doesn’t honey add ‘fuel’ to the bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the small intestine? Can anyone give me a clear and definitive answer to this? I have been following the SCD diet for two years religiously and my symptoms have returned worse than before. I am not certain that diet is the way to control SIBO.

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Brent Kovacs July 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Hi Anita,

Thanks for reaching out! While honey is allowed on SCD, it can certainly pose issues for those with SIBO. We suggest shying away from it, especially until you begin to feel better. We also highly suggest checking out this blog post on everything you need to know about SIBO: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sibo-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth/

Hope this helps!

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Tracey July 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm

My daughter had her gallbladder removed 4 years ago when she was 19 and has been suffering ever since with diarrhea and stomach pain. Has there been any success with anyone who lost their gallbladder and have tried the SCD?

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Brent Kovacs July 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hi Tracey,

Sorry to hear that your daughter has been struggling for so long.

Yes, we’ve had a lot of people who no longer have gall bladders email us about how much better they are feeling. We suggest looking into high quality digestive enzymes like the ones Jordan talks about in this video: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

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Amy July 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Jordan and Steve, I have multiple autoimmune diseases and my paternal grandmother had Celiac Disease. About 3 years ago I stopped seeing my Lupus doctor and went on a 14 day water fast. After the fast I was weak and attempted a Vegan Diet which just made me feel worse. I tried veggie burgers and ended up with a rash over my trunk area. I did a 30 day Ejuva Cleanse that included parasite and candida cleanses. After my water fast I felt like it aged me drastically and I’ve been trying to regain my health ever since. I’m worried the water fast triggered something inside me and now my thyroid is out of balance or possibly having an autoimmune response. I currently don’t have medical insurance so getting diagnosed or having labs done will have to wait until I have the money. I’ve tried really hard to go gluten free and my biggest problem or craving seems to be sugar. Before I started my Ejuva Cleanse I had rashes all over my face, arms, hands, back and my scalp. The rashes on my arms and hands are gone and my face is mostly clear and my legs are 70% clearer. My question to you both is my scalp is very itchy and burns. It’s so bad I feel like I’m going nuts sometimes. Can you suggest anything that can help my scalp improve or what might be causing it? I plan on doing the SCD diet ASAP! I don’t really have too many digestive issues other than occasional constipation. Most of my symptoms seems to be skin related with inflammation that strikes randomly in my hands and joints. Thank you!

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Brent Kovacs July 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hi Amy,

Sorry to hear that you’re struggling right now, but thank you for stopping by to share this with us!

Many people don’t have overt GI symptoms, but have other symptoms like those you describe. There is a strong connection between the gut and skin, and as the research is proving that just because you don’t have GI symptoms doesn’t mean that dysbiosis isn’t strong. We suggest starting SCD as soon as possible and giving it at least 30 days to see how you feel.

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Amy July 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Brent! I will start the SCD next week when I get paid. I assume the meat should be grass fed, antibiotic free, and use organic produce. I’ve already been making beef bone broth in my crock pot, slow cooking for 36 hours. I requested the SCD guide which will help me get started, but if I buy the book can it be downloaded to my computer?

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Brent Kovacs July 29, 2014 at 10:32 pm

You’re welcome Amy! If you can get grass-fed meats and organic produce, then that would be ideal. But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Keep the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen in mind.

As for the book, yes you can access it through our members portal anytime on any device with internet access as well as download it to your computer.

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Mat July 29, 2014 at 1:25 am

Hi there,

Quick couple questions:

What do you think of Brown Rice Protein Powder?

Could this potentially be included after a few of months spent on a strict SCD diet?

Also, I am desperately trying to avoid losing more weight and seem to only manage to do so via increasing my consumption of pumpkins and squashes: can you please recommend anything else for athletes?

Thank you very much for you time and valued advice

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Lori Jo Berg July 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Hi Mat, Please see other post for weigh gain article. Our goal for you is that you find the right diet that fits your needs. You may be able to tolerate some brown rice protein just fine after you have had some time to heal. Others, however, may not do so well with rice. Go ahead and test this product out and do the best you can to find a high quality source.

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Mathieu July 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi there,

Could you please help me with the following:

How do I maintain or gain weight on SCD?

I am an athlete and have experienced on the one hand great benefit from the diet and on the other a massive drop in muscle mass and weight.

Please help me.

Thanks

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Lori Jo Berg July 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Hi Mathieu, thank you for reaching out! Here is a great article on gaining weight on the SCD diet: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/04/5-real-food-weight-gain-shakes-paleo-scd/

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Mathieu August 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

Thank you very much

Rest assured your help is very much appreciated.

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ALEXA August 3, 2014 at 1:57 am

I was reading the list of banned foods. I found quinoa is considered bad for us. Why? Quinoa is considered a super food because It contains higher nutrients. I am from Peru, and our ancestors “Indian used to eat a lot of quinoa and they were very strong and almost never get sick until Spanish people brought the flu and other diseases.
Alexa

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Brent Kovacs August 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hi Alexa,

Thanks for reaching out! All grains and pseudo-grains are to be taken out as they contribute to inflammation among other things. While some may not contain gluten, they still contain similar proteins that lead to an increased release of zonulin which leads to and perpetuates increased gut permeability. After much healing has occurred, certain grains may be returned if properly prepared WAPF style. It is our goal for anyone who goes on the SCD, to graduate to a paleo diet and bring in safe starches.

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Kevin August 18, 2014 at 1:37 am

Hi Guys

Bought the book and started the SDC diet 8 days ago, first 2 days were fine on the Intro but then things have not improved at all, extended the intro to 5 days and started the Phase 1 on day 6, basically had “die off” symptoms for 8 days now and constipation for 4, any suggestions.

Regards
Kevin

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Brent Kovacs August 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi Kevin, thanks for reaching out! If the constipation persists then please try some of Steve’s suggestions here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Let us know how it goes! Best wishes in health and in life =)

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Sue August 18, 2014 at 5:10 am

Can SCD diet have influence on menstruation cycle?
I´ve been following SCD for past 2 months /Intro diet included, now I´m slowly transiting to Phase 2/. Since I started the diet, I don´t have menstruation /it has nothing to do with pregnancy or loosing weight/. Before it used to be regular. What shall I do to get my hormones back to normal?
Thank you for quick reply!

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Brent Kovacs August 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Hi Sue, thanks for your questions! Sorry to hear that you’re struggling with this issue. It’s highly important to make sure that you’re getting enough carolies (at least 2000 for women/day) and increase healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, butter/ghee if you tolerate them, avocados, etc. If you know you have difficulty digesting fats, then we suggest looking into getting a good digestive enzyme: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Also, Jordan and Steve are hosting the 2014 Gut-Hormone Live Event on the 21st of August, so it might be a good idea to grab a seat for that here: http://scdlifestyle.com/gut-hormone-live-event/

Hope this helps!

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kirk September 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I have read that buckwheat is a fruit. Not a grain. Why is it on the not allowed list? what digestive enzymes and hcl/benatine do u recomend

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Lori Jo Berg September 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hi Kirk,

You are correct in that buckwheat seeds are technically the fruit of a plant called Fagopyrum esculentum. However, it this does not mean that it is an actual fruit and it does still contain substances that are illegal on the SCD diet. You can see a list of our recommended products here: http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/

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Ashley September 8, 2014 at 8:07 am

My four little ones (18 months – 6 years) and I are dealing with many food sensitivities, which cause severe eczema and, in my case, sores in the mouth/headaches. We’ve been on GAPS intro, and a combination of other diets for about a year and a half. We recently had some specific food sensitivity testing done for each of us. Their results came back that they are very sensitive to nuts of every kind and coconut. We’ve had such a hard time with healing diets b/c we always seem to show a sensitivity to the allowed foods, which results in increased symptoms. I feel that I am not able to feed them enough for their growing bodies when taking out nuts from such an already restrictive diet like SCD. Do you have any suggestions for me? Right now we are eating no processed foods, lots of fresh/frozen/dried veggies and fruits, a small amount of 24 hour raw-milk yogurt, pastured/grass-fed meats, kombucha with a small amount of organic juice (no extra ingredients), small amounts of honey and pure maple syrup occasionally, and many supplements (including slippery elm, gelatin, l-glutamine, probiotics), but also rice/corn/potatoes to fill them up a bit. I’d love to drop the rice/corn/potatoes, but don’t know how to do that without any nuts/coconut in their diet. They are already so thin from all our dieting and SO hungry all the time. I feel like I feed them constantly, but it never satisfies. :( Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Lori Jo Berg September 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Hi Ashley, thank you for reaching out! I am sorry to hear you and your children are struggling. It is definitely hard to put kids on restrictive diets due to their ever growing bodies and need for calories and nutrients. You might consider a practitioner, as there may be some underlying condition causing these intolerance’s. Secondly, our solving leaky gut program would be suitable for all of you and will address a leaky gut, which may also be present. You can read more on this program here: http://www.fixmygutnow.com and the practitioners page here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

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Ashley September 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

Oh and lots of pastured pork lard/bacon grease, good quality olive oil, ghee made from Kerry Gold butter, palm kernel oil (to replace the coconut they can’t have), and all the fat/grease we can get from the meats we eat and our 24 hour bone broth .

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Michele September 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

This may seem like a ridiculous question … how do you know when your leaky gut is healed? I realize that many people have significant symptoms and can ascertain an appreciable difference when they begin to get better. I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, but have not had a history of gut problems. I did an allergy elimination diet previously and could tell zero difference when I reintroduced foods, but, my blood testing indicates that I am produce significant antibodies to dairy and eggs. I’m alright with being on the diet, but is there a lab test that can tell me when my gut permeability has improved? Thank you.

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Lori Jo Berg September 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

HI Michele, thank you for reaching out! You are correct in that the best way to tell is by listening to your body. You might consider writing down how you feel each day in a journal if you feel like “listening to your body” is too vague for you.

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