Interview with a Specific Carbohydrate Diet Veteran: Carol Frilegh

by Jordan Reasoner

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing our friend, Carol Frilegh, a 10-year veteran of the SCD diet who had the distinct honor of becoming friends with Elaine while she was still with us. You may have seen some of Carol’s incredible articles on where she is a featured writer spreading the word about SCD. If you haven’t already, check out her portfolio here.

This interview podcast is packed with Carol’s incredible insights from her own journey on the diet as well as the many people that she helped along the way. Take the time to soak up her incredible wealth of knowledge if you are thinking about starting the diet or even if you have already been on the diet for years. All of us can learn something new from her words.

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Here Are Some of the Highlights:

3:20 Carol’s insights on what Elaine thought about her allergies

5:40 After 10 years on SCD, Carol finally traveled again!

6:45 “I can now eat everything!”

7:50 “SCD was one of the most significant things that ever happened to my life.”

8:50 What’s the most important thing? “You have to believe in this.”

9:22 “Believe in Elaine. Strictly adhere to the diet when you’re starting, don’t fool around.”

9:50 “SCD isn’t about what you can’t have, it really isn’t, there is so much that you can have and so little that you have to give up.”

12:02 “I didn’t see SCD as a challenge.”

12:42 “Every morning when I wake up and I am going to follow SCD and I think that about what it’s done for me and what it’s done for other people I feel like I have been handed the keys to a brand new life.”

14:30 “Don’t feel like you have to do a whole bunch of complicated things to be on this diet. All the food a person needs is meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy if you can use it, and healthy oils.”

15:22 “Don’t obsess over treats and foods… with the basic foods you can create any combination.”

17:28 “Let the diet work first.”

20:25 The best way to figure out what’s stopping you from getting the results you want on the diet

22:48 “I look at foods allowed on the SCD Diet as an artist with tubes and tubes of different colors and they mix them up on a pallet.”

25:55 “There’s only one SCD.”

26:30 “Give SCD one month of your time.”

27:16 Why people came back to the SCD Diet and did better the 2nd time around


Thanks for your time and experience Carol!  What are your thoughts?  Post your comments below…


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About the author

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

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara Lewis June 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Thank you Carol! I have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) & Celiac’s and have been on rotation/gluten-free diet for 3 years now. After 1 month on SCD I am already doing better in many areas, but have very specific questions concerning myriad food allergies w/ rotation diet w/ SCD; I’m finding my pool of acceptable foods quite limited. If anyone has advice/experience/thoughts I’d love to hear.

Jordan Reasoner June 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

@ Barbara,

In the beginning my “food safe zone” was not very big. But once you find yours and start feeling good it will grow and grow as you heal. Eventually, you will have a massive array of delicious SCD legal foods that are natural and healthy.

Until then focus on healing and feeling good. It will come.

In good health,


Danielle July 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hi Barbara,

I am so glad you have discovered SCD and it’s been helping you! I would suggest you get involved with the Yahoo SCD group – it’s called Breaking the Vicious Cycle. There are some incredible SCD’ers there who have an immense amount of knowledge about a lot of detailed issues – that’s where I go when I have questions as well. They’re a very committed and caring group and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help you!


Steven Wright July 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

We have a very active group on Facebook that is great to turn to as well.

Lillea September 21, 2010 at 5:31 am

Thank you for posting this interview! There are so many great tips and reminders. SCD is one of the most balanced healing type diets that can indeed be followed for life if someone needs to. It’s unusual in that respect. There is a lot of variety!

Jordan Reasoner October 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

Thanks Lillea!