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 name 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 diet’s 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 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 nuts, 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 mainstream 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:


Not This:

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

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Rhonda May 28, 2018 at 4:11 pm

I had all standard tests to rule out any chronic conditions but the way my body reacts to wheat gluten, fruit and some vegetables tells me that something is wrong. I’ve just been diagnosed with osteoporosis at 33 and since I am taking calcium and vitamin D for over ten years now, I wonder why my body can’t process the nutrients. Could this diet help to ?repair´ my intestines to absorb the calcium and vitamin D?

Lori Jo Berg May 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

Hi Rhonda – Yes! Teh SCD diet will help you repair your gut so you can actually absorb the nutrients you take in:) Best place to start is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Cara G Montgomery April 30, 2018 at 10:34 pm

Many of the foods allowed on the diet have been causing reactions for me. I’m down to a very minimal diet. How can this diet work if I can barely eat any of the “allowable” foods. My sensitivities seem to be growing!

Lori Jo Berg May 2, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Hi Cara – an intolerance to several foods is typically a sign that much more is going on. We’d suggest stool testing to dig in further and you can read more here: https://scdlifestyle.com/2013/04/6-gut-infection-case-studies-why-you-should-get-stool-testing-done-asap/

David Eagen May 17, 2018 at 11:14 pm


Could it be this?

https://sibosurvivor.com/sibo-diet/#compared or their homepage

(I just found out I have both SIBO and SIFO….SIFO is easy as my tongue is coated and following all SIBO recommendations is working. No I haven’t done the breath test. The cripping pain in my stomach tells me much more than a vague test, I think)

I can’t even eat all the food in the green and if I go into anything in the yellow or above the pain is too much


Take care I hope you find something that works

Ken Klein April 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

I’ve been on the SCD diet since the end of November 2017. I was diagnosed with GERD, and rather than take medications that only make things worse, I decided to try this diet. I haven’t noticed very much progress. My symptoms remain mostly as they were when I started, with perhaps nominal progress. In following the diet, I’ve also added supplements such as the HCL, enzymes and bitters. Wondering what else I may want to do? What am I missing? Any suggestions?

Lori Jo Berg April 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

HI Ken – if you haven’t seen much improvement, there are a couple things to consider. One is the four horseman here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/ The other is stool testing and you can read more here:

Skye Sylvain April 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

Try small amounts of apple cider vinegar, sipped with every meal, or snack. Say, a teaspoonful with food. Also, don’t eat large meals and don’t eat every 2 or 3 hours. Instead, eat every 4 or 5 hours. Don’t drink with your meals, don’t drink 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after eating, avoid pop, sugar, starches and grains.

Scott April 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

It took me 12-18 months before I was feeling well. But it was certainly worth the effort, as I’m no longer on meds for Crohn’s, I’m back up to my normal weight after losing 45 lbs, and I’m living a normal healthy life without medical intervention. So my best advice is to keep at it, I hope you feel better soon.

Lori Jo Berg May 2, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Thanks for sharing Scott! Great to hear you’re doing so well and thanks for taking the time to encourage others.

Atman sal May 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Can u to plz tell me more my son is diagnosed with ibd?

Lori Jo Berg May 7, 2018 at 11:07 am

Hello and thanks for reaching out! WE have a ton of information on Inflammatory Bowel diseases – and you can find more here: https://scdlifestyle.com/category/autoimmune-disease/

Abeer May 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

I have hiatus hernia and came off taking Nexium with the help of a Naturopath. I told a tincture and slippery elm bark 30 mins before meals and it helped with severe heartburn and indigestion.
I then started taking ATP Science GutRight and started following the SCD and I feel amazing! I can’t explain but all my gut issues are gone and I don’t get heartburn anymore. I have never felt this good!

Lori Jo Berg May 10, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Thanks for sharing, Abeer! Great to hear you’re doing well:)

Linda March 20, 2018 at 8:47 pm

I have been on the SCD diet strictly for about 1 1/2 months at least as best as I can based on what I know. I have been feeling much better since starting the diet. I should mention that I have been diagnosed with mild Crohn’s disease which includes an inflamed stricture in my colon. My small intestine is not inflamed. I did the intro diet for about 2 days (according to Elaine) and then started adding foods. I did not puree everything. I never did have diarrhea but did have some constipation. I was having a pain twinge in the area that has the stricture and depending on what I ate, was how bad and long the pain was. In the last month the pain pretty much dissipated with only a twinge here or there. In the last couple of days it has significantly increased, today being the worst but I haven’t added anything new. I eat the yogurt but I have since the beginning and have gotten better and better until yesterday. I did read in Elaine’s book that sometimes you get a set back after a couple of months, is that what this could be? I am looking for some help. I really don’t want to start from scratch all over again. Thanks for any advice.

Lori Jo Berg March 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

HI Linda – It’s hard to say, as we do recommend pureeing your foods at least for the first 2 weeks of the diet and then followign the phases found in our eBook..This will help you determine problematic foods. We’d suggest some digestive enzymes for starters, as that should help:
First, here’s a video where Jordan talks about digestive enzymes and how to use them: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Here are some digestive enzymes we recommend:

Digest Gold – http://amzn.to/XHZOjS

Gi Pro Helath Prozymes – http://www.giprohealth.com/enzymes.aspx (SCD Legal)

Thorne Dipan 9 – http://amzn.to/1bQ6aHM

Cyndie Ovalle May 4, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Hi there my daughter has been battling Crohns for two years she is now 15
Her colon so diseases that they would like to take it out is anybody on here that has some this diet and been able to heal to live a somewhat normal life? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

Lori Jo Berg May 7, 2018 at 11:05 am

HI Cyndie – we’ve seen so many in her same situation do really wel. Our suggestion would be to start the diet right away and see how she does. We have a free quick start guide that will be helpful for starting out: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ Also, this website is a great resource for kids and the SCD diet: pecanbread.com

Jenna Gardner April 15, 2018 at 2:45 am


Really interested reading about this diet. I have ulcerative colitis & have really struggled to get it under control for the last 18 months. It’s been hell really. My biggest problems are severe urgency, stomach pains & diahhorea. I was following a low fibre diet at one point to see if that would help – white bread etc, but I didn’t see a big difference in my symptoms. Can I ask why milk is not advised? I thought some whole milk was meant to be good for you?

Lori Jo Berg April 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm

HI Jenna – milk, especially the stuff you buy in grocery stores, is typically of poor quality. We also lose the ability to break down lactose as we age, so this can cause gas, bloating, and an overall groggy/fatigued feeling. If you want to get started on the diet, you can go here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

KRISTEN March 19, 2018 at 10:41 am
Tanya March 9, 2018 at 7:25 am

Hi. I’ve put my 10 y/o daughter on this diet after reading your website. She’s had severe allergies since birth. We’ve lived overseas her entire life and have battled/treated giardiasis for years. She’s exhibited signs of Celiac’s or gluten intolerance for the last year or more. We recently treated our family for positive H.Pylori tests and hoped that would cure her chronic stomach discomfort. We started the SCD diet and a full elimination diet (eggs, dairy, nuts, grain) about 2 months ago after a terrible gluten reaction. Her stomach pain is significantly reduced but hurts now because she’s always hungry, I believe. She had a faint rash on her trunk for several days and now has a red rash and her hands and between her fingers. We reintroduced eggs a few days ago. Could this cause the rash? Are all these things normal? Is it ok for her to eat unlimited fruit? She’s always starving. (btw- we’ve not officially tested her because the country we live in doesn’t have adequate testing facilities. We do have a home test but I’m hesitant to reintroduce gluten just for the test.) Thank you so much for any advice or suggestions. Any help is truly appreciated. Blessings.

Lori Jo Berg March 11, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Hi Tanya – whether to not she has a confirmed diagnosis of Celiac Disease, gluten can cause digestive distress and we’d suggest omitting it from the diet for at least 3 months at the very least. Eggs can certainly cause a reaction, as they are part of the four horseman we talk about here (so is fruit): https://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/ We’d recommend digestive enzymes and probiotics for your daughter – Here are some SCD legal suggestions for kids: phttp://www.pecanbread.com/p/Sup1.html

Victoria Shaw March 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

I believe the sense that she is always hungry is actually healing going on in her intestines. It is a pulling feeling. I and my son feel it even soon after having eating a calorie rich meal.
Rashes are a clearing out of toxins. Observe, keep a record of symptoms and persevere.
Good luck.

Jessica April 23, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Hi Tanya,

It definitely sounds like your daughter could have an egg allergy. Upon doing an elimination diet and then adding eggs back in, I too suffered from terrible rashes (the rashes were very painful). If your daughter is having stomach pain it could also be from the diet itself. A lot of vegetables with few simple carbohydrates (like rice) make me feel very bloated and uncomfortable. Unfortunately the way food is grown nowadays makes any special diet very difficult. Meats found in grocery stores are typically treated with preservatives to last longer and are often found to have high levels of dioxin. Vegetables that have also gone through many rounds of genetic modification are also very difficult to digest with a damaged digestive system. If your daughter is really struggling with not getting enough calories, you can also try adding back in quinoa or rice and see how she reacts. A little about myself: I have a severe case of Celiac’s disease and a slew of food allergies (dairy, soy, eggs, cashews, pistachios, mango, some preservatives and food colorings). I started off on this diet but have altered it to include quinoa and rice, and have limited my meats to wild-caught fish. – I feel completely better now. But it required a lot of alteration to get where I am today.

Dima March 5, 2018 at 5:34 am


I was wondering if there is any gut health related difference between this and a keto-paleo diet? I’ve been following the latter for a year now without much success for my gut health, and, as I see it, I’ve already been avoiding all the foods on your “avoid”-list.

Kind regards

Lori Jo Berg March 5, 2018 at 1:05 pm

HI Dima – the SCD diet is specifically for healing the gut, where as a keto diet doesn’t necessarily always have the same goal. A paleo diet is something many transition into after more of a gut healing diet like SCD, so we’d suggest starting with our free quick start guide first: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Dima March 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Hi Lori!

Thanks for the answer!
As I see it, however, I already ate the same things on a paleo-keto diet, that I’d eat on SCD, minus the legumes.
Does that make a significant difference to my gut?

Kind regards

Lori Jo Berg March 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Hi Dima – legumes can make a difference and this article goes into detail on that here: https://scdlifestyle.com/2017/10/how-to-properly-prepare-beans/

Janice March 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Wondering if Bragg’s liquid aminos and nutritional yeast are allowed on the SCD diet?
Thank you!

Lori Jo Berg March 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

i Janice – neither foods are on the legal/illegal list, which mans you can test them out and see how you do once your symptoms have calmed down.

Charles LaRue February 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 48 during my 1st routine colonoscopy in the year 2000. It was discovered by that time an arthritis infusion process using Remicade was also helpful for Crohn’s disease. I underwent Remicade infusions every 6 weeks for about 15 years before the effectiveness of the treatment became too ineffective to bother with. The Remicade worked well up to that time. I was able to maintain my weight.
After the Remicade process became ineffective, I started to gradually lose weight. At 6’2″ and close to 190lbs in 2010, I have lost weight continuously until now I weight about 128lbs. I lost almost all of my energy, and I can now see that I will die in the not too distant future.
Thinking about death caused me to do a little light research on the subject of Crohns. Yesterday, I finally started my research. Almost immediately I found the YouTube video “10 Keys to Conquer Crohn’s & Colitis” by Jordan on the Dr. Josh Axe YouTube channel. It is very inspiring and very good information.
However, I lost my wife to Mesothelioma two years ago. For over two years I have been eating baked beans from a can. Obviously, this is not working for me. I think it is time to attempt to develop some cooking skills, since I have not been able to interest any women in myself – lol.
The video was great, but it did not provide any suggested meals or recipes. This site looks great for recipes, but most of them are beyond my current capabilities. I wonder if anyone can point me to beginner recipes. Note: I went through all my cupboards last night searching for something to eat. All items included gluten, or whatever, except for the Quaker Oats (old fashioned). There is nothing else in my pantry or cupboards that would be SCD. So a shopping list would be very helpful as well!
Skinny in Mineral, Wa

Lori Jo Berg March 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Hi Charles, really sorry to hear your sick right now. Diet is going to be the best place to start right now. What we’d suggest is reading this article here and that help explain a lot : https://scdlifestyle.com/2018/01/ulcerative-colitis-natural-treatment-and-prevention/ Just so you know, we are not affiliated with Dr. Axe in any way, so if you have specific questions for his company, you can reach out to them:)

Margaret Horner March 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Hi…I have had Colitis for over 35 years. I tried this diet for 2 yrs without much relief. I came upon a Facebook group called Heal Your gut and thats where I found out about Kefir. ii highly recommend this fermented drink as for the first time i=I feel normal. If your gut is compromised you will experience what is called “die off” where it may feel like youre not getting better but if you continue drinking Kefir (1 litre a day for 2 months) i can assure you it will make your life so much better. Drugs are NOT the way to go as it is likely your issues are from taking antibiotics.

Kathryn Jones March 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Dear Margaret, Your story intrigued me and I wonder whether you make your own Kefir or you purchase it? If purchased, which brand do you buy? Thanks for sharing your experiences. Best regards, Kathryn

Jdub February 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Are you aware of any information or research available on whether Black Seed Oil is beneficial in treating SIBO? Would you recommend incorporating it into an SCD diet? Thank you!

Lori Jo Berg February 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Hello – I can’t say we do have any research on that right now – sorry about that!

sal February 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm


I got Ulcerative Colitis for 2 years and very bad, I am hoping this diet will help me but i wanna know if we can take medication with this diet. I am on mesalazine 4grams a day and Anti-TNF bioligics for several months which are keeping me away from bleeding. So whilst I love to try this diet, I cant forgo the medication because it would destroy me. Can i still try this diet while on the medication?

Lori Jo Berg February 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm

HI Sal – first off we always recommend consulting with your doctor about your medications. You can still do the diet while on medications, as that shouldn’t be an issue.

Eric Hissom February 2, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Tests reveal I have a parasite, Cyclospora. Treating with an herbal protocol given me by my nutritionist. I have other issues, SIBO for one. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this parasite?

Thanks, Eric Hissom

Marissa January 27, 2018 at 3:31 am

Hi there,
A friend of mine gave me your SCD book because I have two autoimmune diseases and have been diagnosed with a leaky gut. I have tried this diet and was very strict on it for about a week but last night, I just couldn’t resist eating nutella and meringues. Now I was wondering if I would have to start all over again with the into diet or if I can just carry on where I left off. I really felt great while on it but the setback is pretty bad, can feel the flare up. Sugar is definitely my biggest problem..Please help!

Lori Jo Berg January 31, 2018 at 12:10 pm

HI Marissa- just get back on the diet and start where you left off:)

Aaron December 4, 2017 at 12:37 pm

My son over the last few days has been getting these excruciating headaches on and off when he has a bowel movement. I am not sure if this is related to your topic here but was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to proceed with testing. I find that many times doctors just don’t know or can’t be bothered so this makes me nervous that they will misdiagnose. I would like to go in armed with some direction we can look into.

Lori Jo Berg December 6, 2017 at 11:26 am

Hi Aaron – sorry to hear this. We’d recommend a functional medicine practitioner and you can find the ones we suggest here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Breanna April 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Hi Aaron, just saw the post about severe headaches with bowel movements. There are medical problems that can cause headaches with valsalva (bearing down as in during a bowel movement.) They have to do with the changes in pressure transmitted to the brain and upper spinal cord and sometimes can reflect a more serious problem to be addressed. I recognize this is a “natural” website and many won’t want to hear this. But consider seeing a neurologist for valsalva induced headaches. Or researching the topic. If there is a problem then early diagnosis and good information can be key. If there isn’t, then you’ll be reassured.

Best of luck!

Breanna April 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Aaron, here is a link to a study on valsalva induced headaches. Variously also known as exertional and cough headaches. Perhaps taking a copy of this article might help give your doctor the direction you feared might be lacking. It is published by the National institutes of health.


Best of luck to both you and your son!


Eric Hissom November 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

Day nine. 4 Days of intro, 5th day in phase one. Following religiously. However, my constipation is worse than ever. It is clear that BTVC was geared toward relieving diarrhea as a predominant symptom. I have this “gut” feeling that this diet is not for me, and my particular condition. I’ve done the constipation protocol. Feeling worse and worse, disheartened. In pain. It is difficult to have faith in this when all the evidence is that is hurting rather than helping. Not sure I have a question. Maybe: any guidance, given the situation? Thanks.

Lori Jo Berg November 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

HI Eric – constipation (after issues wit diarrhea) can be a sign your absorbing nutrients again. However, regular bowel movements are important. Have you tried the buffered C and magnesium?

Eric Hissom November 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

I read a lot about the positive impact of cannabis on IBS symptoms. Any thoughts on that here?

Eric Hissom November 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

When do I introduce dairy? The Phase charts have no dairy through Phase 5, the sample menus have no dairy. Yet, you say in the book: “if you can tolerate cow or goat cheese be sure and melt some of this on you burger.” You say this in Phase! Any guidance on this? Thanks, E

Lori Jo Berg November 27, 2017 at 11:27 am

HI Eric –
Yogurt is to be introduced when your symptoms have calmed down and you have had some time to heal. There is no specific time, but we do recommend around the 4th week of the diet, as we want to introduce the healthy bacteria as early as your body will allow.

Eric Hissom November 18, 2017 at 5:53 pm

I have IBS. Constipation predominant, but plenty of diarrhea too. I listened to Cris Kresser’s chat with Dr. Kenneth Brown, who has developed a supplement called Antrantil, which supposedly is targeted for IBS-C and methane predominant overgrowth. Does anyone have experience with this supplement? And would you recommend taking it during the intro diet? At what point in the diet should I start taking it? Thanks.

Lori Jo Berg November 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Hi Eric – we actually have an entire article on it:) https://scdlifestyle.com/2017/05/new-solution-for-sibo/ We’d suggest dialing in your diet before you test it out, so you can distinguish what is having what affect:)

Eric Hissom November 22, 2017 at 8:56 am

Thank you Lori. Moving from intro into phase 1!

allicia mendyk November 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

I have been following SCD for about two months now. My biggest concerns have always been constipation, gas/bloating and feeling very full/heavy. I was diagnosed with SIBO and worked with a naturopath to correct this but after two months of SCD I am finding that I haven’t been able to introduce any foods without having any issues. All that I have been able to eat is the soup, beef/chicken, and butternut squash. I have been taking magnesium calm to help with constipation, as well as digestive enzymes and HCL hoping that those would help with my digestion problems but have had no luck. It seems that any of the fruits and veggies in phase 1 and 2 seem to bother me and Im not sure where to go from here as I would like to be able to eat more foods but I have no appetite and am having lots of digestive issues. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!

Lori Jo Berg November 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Hi Alllicia – you may want to look at the four horseman as a possible solution: https://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/ It’s also possible you need some root cause lab testing… stool test to help you gain better insights to what’s going on inside your body. Let us know if you’d like more information on that.

allicia mendyk November 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm

I dont eat any of the four horsemen right now so that wouldnt be it. But I would love more information on other things I can check or try out, thanks!

Lori Jo Berg November 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Hi Allicai – at this point we’d recommend stool testing: Test 1: The BioHealth #401H GI Pathogen Screen: https://www.directlabs.com/scdlifestyle/OrderTests/tabid/28099/language/en-US/Default.aspx

(NOTE: This can be found by selecting Specialty Labs under Find Tests)

This test uses advanced staining and antigen techniques to recover pathogens from 3 stool samples, taken each day for three days. I like the fact that this test uses samples taken over multiple days… and not only that, but it uses state of the art technology to look for pathogens that could be missed.

Test 2: The Doctor’s Data Parasitology x3: https://www.directlabs.com/scdlifestyle/OrderTests/tabid/28099/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Update: We’ve updated our recommendations for stool testing. The Metametrix #2105 is actually no longer available and many other reasons have led us to change our recommendation for the second test to the Doctor’s Data Parasitology x3 stool test.

This article goes into detail on why we suggest 2 stool tests instead of one:


MAtthew November 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Hi, my naturopath recently suggested this diet

The one thing I find hard is the removal of all grains and starchy veges. As a naturally thin tall guy with fast metabolism who’s active, I’ve always had to eat quite a lot of these (particular sweet potato/rice) to maintain weight and muscle.

I’m just not sure how I’m going to meet my ~3,200 calories without going crazy on fats and proteins, which surely also can’t be a good thing?

Really want to commit but just need some advice around this. I realise many people are the opposite (looking to lose weight) so it’s harder to find info on following these guidelines while trying to maintain weight.

Lori Jo Berg November 13, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Hi Mathew – we understand your concerns!
Jordan really struggled with weight loss when he started the diet too, almost 40 lbs! He was really scary skinny and it took a lot of hard work to add the calories back on.

If you have some time, listen to Steve and Jordan talk about losing weight on the diet and how to stop it in one of our old podcasts (around the 31 minute mark).

Here’s the link: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/10/the-scd-lifestyle-solution-podcast-3-how-we-survived-the-intro-diet/

Also, here’s two articles Steve wrote about the SCD Diet, calories, and losing weight:



That should give you a good starting point on what do to. If anything, the podcast is really specific about what Jordan and Steve did to stop losing weight.

Pamela October 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

I would like to know why bean sprouts are illegal.

Lori Jo Berg October 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Hi Pamela – this article can help explain the ins and outs of beans for you: https://scdlifestyle.com/2017/10/how-to-properly-prepare-beans/

Mike October 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

My wife at 70 yrs. came down with psoriasis ! i could not believe it.
Any thoughts on this diet for psoriasis ?
A Dr. said she is allergic to Vit -E–after all these years ?? I don’t believe it.

Lori Jo Berg October 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Hi Mike – Please utilize our Psoriasis article as a resource for you wife: https://scdlifestyle.com/2017/06/what-causes-psoriasis-how-to-stop-it-naturally/

Alan Raitman October 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

What about cacao butter?

Lori Jo Berg October 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm

HI Alan – you can test out cocoa butter when you’re feeling a bit better and your symptoms have calmed down.

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Carol Wowchuck July 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

Hi folks! I just fold out I was diagnosed with Disaccharidase Deficiency, which is a genetic disorder where my body is lacking enzymes to digest most sugars that are more than a single chain, meaning I should only be eating monosaccharides. I was apparently diagnosed years ago, but was not told (it’s a long story). I have been fighting with my diet for years, and have been on a low sugar diet to begin with, so my symptoms have only been moderate. I wanted to know if this diet really IS the correct diet for me? Thanks for your time!

Mariel Heiss July 17, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Hi Carol – no one can tell you with 100% certainty that any diet is right for you – if they do, they are lying!! However, based on what you’re describing, it sounds like SCD could be a great fit for you. The only way to find out for sure is to give it a try 🙂

Christina G June 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Are the “siete almond flour tortillas” allowed on this diet? Ingredients are almond flour, tapioca flour, water, sea salt, xantham gum.

Lori Jo Berg June 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm

HI Christina – We don’t have a recipe named that exactly but you can find all of our recipes here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/scd-recipes/

Noelle June 1, 2017 at 11:30 pm

I am new here. I went on wahls and got really sick on it. My celiac came out full blast with IBS symptoms. I did some research and realized I need to go low fodmap, which excludes a lot that is on this diet. I was hesitant in the past because of the eggs. I found out that honey is not good for IBS symptoms. So how can scd use it for digestive auto-immune diseases like celiac? I am looking into this and Dr. Mercola’s diet.

Lori Jo Berg June 5, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Hi Noelle – honey is the only sweetener allowed on the SCD diet as it does not feed the harmful bacteria. Here is a whole series of articles on celiac disease I think you’ll find really helpful: http://scdlifestyle.com/2016/01/celiac-disease-101/

Shivam Gupta May 29, 2017 at 1:52 am

hey am constipated so what normal things i can eat regulurly to get rid of this fastly and betterly. last time i used some medicines and i become good but as their effect i get ulcers in my mouth badly but after some time i again get constipated and its fourth day i didnt go for pooping so please tell me what i can eat to become healthy.

Lori Jo Berg May 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Hello –
The SCD diet has helped many people not only with diarrhea, but with constipation as well. We suggest starting by addressing your diet with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Also, please read the following article on constipation, as it can be very helpful on your journey: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

mary May 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

If I’m traveling and can only get canned beans to eat (staying in a hotel room)… If I buy organic and rinse them with water before eating, would that be okay?

Thanks in advance!!!!

Lori Jo Berg May 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Hi Mary – canned beans are not legal on the SCD diet and can be problematic for those w digestive issues. But of course if this is your only choice of food you don’t want to starve either:)

Mary May 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Is it just because of the can? Would beans in a pouch be okay?? (like this: https://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-663909-fig-food-company-organic-black-beans-15-oz) The beans in the pouch are organic and the only ingredients are beans and water (I asked if they add anything while processing that they don’t list and they said no). I have to travel quite in the next few months and they would make things super easy but of course don’t want to be doing any damage.

Thanks again!!

Lori Jo Berg May 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

HI Mary – beans can be hard to break down and can cause gas and bloating as the bad bacteria have the opportunity to feed on the undigested molecules. There are worse things you could eat I suppose on your trip, but we’d suggest looking for a different SCD legal staple food while traveling. Here are some ideas: http://scdlifestyle.com/?s=travel

Marcy April 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm

I have leaky gut sydrome and my main problem is rosacea and ezcema. I am highly reactive to all dairy and eggs. I also cannot eat a lot of food listed under your list. I cannot eat almond. Is macadamia nut, flaxseed oil, olive oil allowed under this diet? thanks

Lori Jo Berg April 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

HI Marcy – you can tailor the diet to fit your needs. There is a very speicif way in which all nuts are introduced on the diet. Olive oil is just fine to consume.

Kristi March 16, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Marcy, I have the same issues as those that you listed: Eczema, am reactive to dairy, eggs, almonds and other things. I am curious to know how and if this diet has helped you? Thanks!

Floyd April 1, 2017 at 11:48 pm

Hi, my wife has RA and it keeps progressing. Now the doctor wants her to take Biologic s to knock out the immune system. Shes on Methotrexate currently. Will this diet help active RA. do you think, or should we be looking at other diets. We have discovered that there is alot of info out there about Leaky Gut and food and what its doing to some people. My wife had bad Acne when younger and we have a daughter with very bad acne today. Please comment
Thanks so much.

Lori Jo Berg April 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Hi Flyod –
While no one can guarantee what will and will not work, we suggest reading this article on your question here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/05/will-paleo-or-scd-work-for-me-the-hidden-truth-behind-your-question/
Many different conditions are related to gut issues and chances are, healing your gut can only help you regain your health.

Barbara March 21, 2017 at 10:33 am


I am interested in this diet as I KNOW there is a connection between diet and . At issue is that I am anaphylactic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and milk, so I depend on soy and coconut yogurts and proteins. And I cannot use almond flour without an Epipen.



Lori Jo Berg March 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Hi Barbara – the SCD diet can be tweaked to fit your needs. Many find that as they heal their gut they’re able to tolerate more foods, so we’d suggest starting out and adjusting it. Our tough case meal plans are egg, nut, dairy and grain free so you can check those out here if you’re interested: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

Laura Guy March 21, 2017 at 10:07 am

Please forgive me if this question has already been asked, but would these diet be alright for a child? My daughter turns 11 in two months. She has had blood tests for coeliac and just last week had an endoscopy. The Gastroenterologist is about 99% certain that she has got coeliac disease. The biopsies should be back in a day or two. Any other suggestions for children? Her Ferratin is within range but on the very low end of the scale. I remember a doctor recently mentioning that she has low (?) Vit D. Her only symptom was tiredness/lethargy. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis as dies my older daughter who is 24. Thank you so very much for all of this information!! We live in Brisbane, Australia.

Lori Jo Berg March 22, 2017 at 12:39 pm

HI Laura – the SCD is suitable for children and we’d recommend this site: pecanbread.com Also, here is an article on Vitamin D and Celiac Disease: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/07/why-everyone-with-celiac-disease-needs-vitamin-d/

Ingmarie March 5, 2017 at 4:59 am

What is the recommendation regarding resistant starch such as potato starch and scd? Resistant starch is widely thought to be good for bacterial growth in the colon and i said to pass the small intestine without degradation.

My best /Ingmarie

Lori Jo Berg March 7, 2017 at 11:46 am

HI Ingmarie – while most starch is illegal (and so are potatoes) there is a time and place for resistant starch to help proliferate the good bacteria. We’d suggest testing this out once your symptoms have calmed down and your diet is dialed in. WE do not recommend resistant starch for anyone with SIBO or candida issues.

Angie February 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

Is it possible to use this diet if you can’t eat eggs, dairy and you have to watch oxolates?

Lori Jo Berg February 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm

HI Angie – teh SCD diet can be adjusted to fit your needs. Many of the foods highest in oxalates (like chocolate, a great deal of fruit and grain) aren’t a part of the SCD diet any way. The only dairy we suggest is yogurt and this can be made with goat milk or nut milk instead of cow’s milk. Let us know how we can support you!

Erik February 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Hello. I suffer frow severe acid reflux. Started scd diet 2 weeks ago. I fell a bit better but still not satisfied as I get hearthburn and indigestion after most of my meals. How mutch time it usualy takes for scd diet to work? Maybe I’m just very inpacient.

Lori Jo Berg February 10, 2017 at 11:22 am

HI Erik – We’d suggest a combination of diet and supplements to best fight acid reflux. Here are some more resources for you: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Michael January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

Can I eat gluten free oatmeal on this diet? Also, how do I insure enough fiber in the introductory phase of this diet? Don’t see much natural fiber in the diet in the beginning and constipation has been an issue.

I recently had a very minor flare up of diverticulitis (just some tenderness) and want to get started…

Lori Jo Berg January 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Hi Michael, thanks for reaching out! We don’t recommend any grains on the diet to start with, as they have the potential to feed pathogenic bacteria. here are some recommendations for constipation: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/
We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Christina Booth December 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Hello, my son has been on this diet successfully for 2 months now for treatment of Crohn’s disease. After being stable for 7 years He had a flare that lasted for 3 months even despite heavy meds. This diet has changed his life in very positive ways. My question is this, is sodium nitrate allowed? I found fresh bacon, but it has sodium nitrate. Also, you have ham listed as an illegal. I did find a pork butt (basically ham not pre-cooked and seasoned), I believe that should not be a problem for him. Am I right? Thanks for your help!

Lori Jo Berg December 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

HI Christina – thanks for reaching out! So great to hear of your sons success on the diet thus far:) Sodium Nitrate is not specified as legal or illegal according to Breaking the Vicious Cycle’s website. IF the meat is local, not precooked, and/or seasoned with additives it is generally recognized as safe. Test it out when symptoms have calmed down and see how he does:) We’d also love to hear more of your son’s story! One of the most powerful ways we’re able to help other’s is through sharing stories. Please shoot me an email at [email protected] if you’d like to help others by sharing your own story:)

Vic December 19, 2016 at 12:20 am

I am wondering if this SCD lifestyle would be beneficial to me.
My current naturopath recommended i go gluten- and dairy- free, mainly to deal with me missing my periods & having closed comedones on my face.
Apparently the dairy (even ghee, or dairy-derived probiotics) will always have the excess hormones, since it is from the milk of a cow who naturally has more hormones because she was pregnant. I believe that the hormones are the culprit that have contributed to the closed comedones and missing many periods.
Do you think i should stay dairy free on this SCD, or do you think i can experiment with the legal dairy (cheeses & ghee) found here.
I have signed up for the webinar, and look forward to learning how i can improve my health.
Many thanks

Lori Jo Berg December 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Hi Vic Most find they feel much better while going off of all dairy. You can slowly introduce the SCD yogurt as described in the eBook as a great source of probiotics. If you choose, you can test out some of the other legal dairy foods but it’s important to eliminate those for now so you can see how you feel with out it.

Leah December 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Why is Primal Defense on the avoid list if someone is doing this diet for Crohn’s . I thought it was specifically formulated for healing.

Lori Jo Berg December 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

HI Leah – I’m not exactly sure which primal defense product your speaking of but I am guessing it’s a probiotic. Anything on the SCD “illegal” list is because it has the potential to feed pathogenic bacteria and thus prevent the gut from healing. There are some exceptions to the rule, but in general we do want to avoid products that contain fillers, additives, etc. that could potentially do more harm than good.

Michele November 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

I have been battling what seems to be SIBO for almost a year. I have been gluten free and dairy free and mostly sugar free for 9 months and have very little luck. I explored the SCD for a bit, but then my Doc said just try the GF and DF diet. So I discontinued my SCD diet. Now my new GI Doc wants me to try FODMAP diet..which is fine.
But it quite interesting the differences between FODMAP and SCD.

My bowels are normal..all of my symptoms are Belching- crazy Belching all of the time- regardless if I am eating or not. I wake up in the am belching. I drink water- I belch, etc..and some stomach/intestinal pain. Minimal gas and healthy lower GI bowels.

I am at a bit of a loss on what diet to follow and what to do.
I have been taking a boatload of supplements/herbs to “kill” the SIBO causing bacteria and replenishing with probiotics but I am not supposed to eat any probiotic foods like kraut, kefir, etc.. based on whatever any diet is or isn’t recommending.

I am totally frustrated at this point and would like some guidance or ideas of best place to “restart” again for the SIBO situation.
Thanks for your thoughts!


Lori Jo Berg November 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

HI Michelle – we’re glad you reached out today:) It sounds like you first need to test your HCL levels, as low stomach acid often results in belching.
Please read here on how to test it yourself: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/
As far as the diet goes, we’ve found that a combination of low FODMAP and SCD works well. We highly recommend Dr. Siebecker’s site for more information to clear up the confusion on diet and SIBO: siboinfo.com She is one of the world’s leading experts on the topic and we respect her opinion and work in the field.

Rajesh Gopidi April 14, 2018 at 9:43 pm

Hi Michele,

I’m also suffering from the exact same thing. I’m diagnosed with SIBO, and lately i’m belching a lot. Were you able to find solution to your issue? Please please reply back if you made any progress. I’m feeling very frustrated with my current situation. thanks

Monica November 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

How would I know if I need candida diet? How do you know if you have fungal overgrowth in your gut? Is the SCD enough to start with? I have had bloating, terrible headaches and nausea after I eat for YEARS!!! I know many foods that I can avoid to reduce the frequency of these symptoms but there seems to be less and less that I can eat. Help! (Digestive enzymes help somewhat)

Lori Jo Berg November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

HI Monica, thanks for reaching out! There is testing available for Candida but you can also just go off symptoms you’re having that could be caused by candida. Some of the main ones are: cravings for sweets, brain fog, depressed immune system, gas and bloating and a white coated tongue to name a few. Changing your diet is a great first step in recovering, but starving it with dietary changes isn’t quite enough. You’ll need supplement to also combath the overgrowth and we’d suggest a protocol similar to this one here: http://gutinfections.scdlifestyle.com/

Jo November 4, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Any thoughts on SCD Diet helping with hiatal hernia caused by h pylori? H pylori treated and healed but left with weak les valve and hiatal hernia.

Lori Jo Berg November 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

Hi Jo – yes we would definitely suggest the SCD diet in this case. Any thing you can do to do decrease inflammation of the stomach, heal the gut, and normalize the function of the LES is going to help. Healing the gut can also keep H. Pyori from recurring easily as well. Also be aware of the effects of slouching and constipation as contributors of the hernia.

Carolyn October 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Four or five years ago I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis. With the help of my naturopath I’ve managed it with diet, staying away from gluten, dairy, sugar, and a list of individual foods to which I had developed sensitivities, determined by AlCat blood tests. At first all I could eat was cangee: plain white rice cooked to death (for about 4 hours); I guess that made it more digestible. For the last year or two I’ve been mostly symptom (frequent diarrhea) free, except for times of emotional upset or when I experimented with adding back forbidden foods. And except for abdominal bloating, which I seem to be stuck with for life.

Recently I had eye surgery, and added lactoferrin and black currant seed oil to my supplement regimen, to combat the dry-eye side effect of the surgery. About a month after the surgery I started experiencing explosive diarrhea; at first intermittently, then constantly. I stopped the dry-eye supplements, then stopped almost all supplements, to give my body a rest. I found that broccoli, never before a problem, even well cooked would cause gut explosions. I’ve also had to eliminate apple juice and even cooked pears.

Do you have any recommendations specifically for collagenous colitis?

Mariel Heiss October 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Hi Carolyn – I’m sorry to hear what you’ve been through lately! We don’t have recommendations specifically for collagenous colitis, but when someone starts reacting to foods they could once tolerate, that can be a sign they’ve developed leaky gut.

You can learn more about leaky gut and how to fix it at our free webinar here: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

Natasha October 12, 2016 at 11:30 am

Why make your own yogurt and almond milk if you can find organic options without any illegal items added, just trying to understand why it says make your own

Mariel Heiss October 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Hi Natasha –

If you can find high-quality almond milk without any added gums, stabilizers, thickeners, or other additives (so just almonds and water) – go for it!

SCD yogurt is special in that it is fermented for 24 hours. No store bought yogurt we’ve ever found is fermented 24 hours – and the long ferment helps get rid of any milk sugars that could cause a flare. We don’t recommend subbing store-bought yogurt for SCD yogurt. Making yogurt is fun and easy – I promise 🙂

Sarah Conor September 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

Is it okay to consume the following:

Goat Cheese
Sheep Cheese
Goat Milk

Lactose Free Milk (cow)

Sarah Conor September 2, 2016 at 7:34 am

Also Sunflower Seeds =)

Mariel Heiss September 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Hi Sarah – on SCD fluid milk is illegal (even lactose free).

The other foods you can learn more about here: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/listing/

Ultimately we think the most important thing is where you’re at in the diet combined with how the foods make you feel

Rebecca August 29, 2016 at 7:31 am

Hi, I’m really wanting to start this diet, I have coeliac disease and know there are many types of grain that I can’t tolerate, I also have problems with fructose and get sore tummies a lot, my coeliac antibody level has still not got down to a normal level after two years of being completely gluten free and I think it’s because my body is so damaged from having it for so long and not knowing and I just want to get back to normal!
I saw that in the start up diet you have beef patties with it, I can’t have beef and I can’t have fish either or eggs!!! Is there something else I can replace the beef and eggs with? Thanks

Mariel Heiss August 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Hi Rebecca – you can go ahead and omit the eggs (our Tough Case Meal Plan can help you figure out what to eat instead if you’re struggling) and use another type of meat as a sub for the beef. my favorite is ground turkey! I hope this helps.

Meal plans: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

Faye Arno August 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I got diagnosed a year ago with diverticulitis. I’m going through a really bad flare up at the moment. Would this diet be appropriate? I’m in so much pain and have no energy.

Mariel Heiss August 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Hi Faye – I’m really sorry you’re having a flare right now. We have SCD help many people with diverticulitis. You can learn more about the diet with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Jennifer W August 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

I have Hashimoto’s (my antibodies are down to 66 and my thyroid levels are in “normal” range) and I am 1 week in to the 6 week Elimination Diet. I am only allowed to eat lean meats, certain fruits and veggies, and sweet potatoes. I dot feel any better yet nor do I have more energy, in fact, I’m more tired. I’ve read that the SDC diet may be better than the elimination diet, but I’m confused. I have no gastrointestinal symptoms and my bowel system actually works great. I’m sure I have some level of an impermeable gut though. Do you recommended the strict Elimination Diet to start and them move to the SCD diet?

Mariel Heiss August 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Hey Jennifer – I’m sorry to hear you aren’t feeling great.

I really recommend you take some time to watch our free webinar on “Solving Leaky Gut” – at the webinar we share our specific diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations for healing your gut so that you can feel better. You can register for the free webinar here: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/internal-leakygut2/

sydney July 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Most of this seems good and healthy but losing milk doesn’t seem very good to do.

Mariel Heiss July 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

Hi Sydney – dairy products aren’t necessarily bad, but they do cause problems for many people digestively. If you tolerate them well, you can reintroduce them after some time on SCD

Magda July 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hi, I probably have Celiac and certainly Chron’s disease. Celiac could not be tested according to my doctor because I didn’t eat gluten for 16 years. I am just not able to eat gluten because of severe complaints the day after. Now my doctor advises me to try the famous FODMAP diet from Australië. I am very hesitant to start it. What if my symptoms get worse? What is your opinion on the FODMAP diet? It seems to have great effect on IBS people.

Mariel Heiss July 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Hi Magda – thanks for reaching out! We think the FODMAP diet can be a good tool, but its important to note it doesn’t cure anything and can only provide symptom relief. You can read more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/09/fodmap-diet-a-fad-diet-or-helpful-for-everyone/

Baban Safari July 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I’ve been diagnosed with crohn’s since 2005, before that I had lots of bloating and severe pains and the constant bathroom trips. I was referred to gastroenterologist and after going thru Hospital checkups bloods tests he told me I might have crohn’s, after the tests it was obvious so I was put on Humira out of the other choices like steroids. After year of being on humira I still had lots of bathroom trips but the pain was gone and I also watching diet. A year later my pains came back I was admitted to the hospital for three days, the inflammation had gotten worse Humira didn’t seem to have helped. Then I met a guy at the hospital who told me about the SCD diet that he had gone thru with the diet and symptoms disappeared. Right away I started to read about it and evem ordered the book breaking the Vicious Cycle. When I got out of the hospital I started the diet. Eliminating the food that was making my life a living hell. It’s been a over two weeks everything is fine. But I have one question… My question is that because I love coffee I no longer use regular cream or milk for my coffee is still okay to use lactose free cream or should that be eliminated as well.? Thank you guys here at SCD DIET for all your help you guys are lifesavers sorry to have bore you guys with my history.

Mariel Heiss July 25, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Hi Baban – thanks for reaching out and congrats on your success thus far with SCD 🙂

Elaine says cream is illegal because it contains lactose http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/detail/cream/

Its hard to say if lactose-free cream is 100% free of lactose

Cream might be something you’re able to reintroduce later on after some healing has occurred. In the meantime, you might try coconut cream in your coffee as a substitute.

papai July 20, 2016 at 10:59 pm

i have recenty diagnosed with celiac disease…doctor advised me to take glutene free diet….IS SCD DIET IS BETTTER FOR ME than GFD

Mariel Heiss July 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Hi thanks for reaching out 🙂

We suggest taking the time to read this article as a good starting place: http://scdlifestyle.com/2016/01/celiac-disease-101/

Mary July 18, 2016 at 11:02 am

Hi ! I was diagnosed with moderate CD about 5 weeks ago. The Dr. wanted to put me on Remicade right away but I refused. I only had symptoms last summer and they were mild. The reason they found the CD was because I was admitted in november for tachycardia (heart rate >130 bpm) and then the blood test revealed elevated CRP levels… so after many many scans they found inflammation in the last 25 cm of my ileum and ulcers 🙁

So I started the SCD diet 4 weeks ago. Since I don’t usually have alot of GI symptoms (slight diffuse abdominal pain) so it was tricky for me to know how fast to advance in the diet. I just monitored my heart rate and my degree of fatigue. But just after the 1st week on the diet, my heart rate dropped from 120 to 65-70 bpm! My energy was back up and I was feeling great. My CRP levels 4 weeks later were in the normal. My fecal calprotectin is in the grey zone (174), but I don’t have an initial value to compare it to.
I did the intro diet for 2 days then slowly started adding in phase 1 and phase 2 foods. I introduced raw fruit during phase 2 because I felt like I could tolerate it. I don’t have any raw veggies (except juice) or whole nuts or beans/lentils.
However, about a week ago I started Jinni’S Wild Oregano oil protocol and my heart rate is back up to 100 and I feel fatigued. I don’t know if I’m Herxing (die off) from the wild oregano or the diet itself. Also, I read in a SCD cookbook that raspberries should be introduced at least 3 months into the diet. has anyone else heard of that?.. I’ve been eating so many blueberries, blackberries and raspberries lately since it’s summer. They don’t hurt me… but then again my heart rate is back up! What do you guys think it could be? I had a food journal the first 2 weeks then just forgot to fill it in.
But honnestly, I eat pretty much the same foods daily : eggs, chicken, meat, cooked : buttersquash, bok choy, onions, asparagus,tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, spinach, basil, peppers. Bone broth, jello. And i have raw fruits. The only food that I know bothers me a bit are the peppers so I barely have any of those unless I overcook them. The veggies listed above were introduced gradually and did not affect me nor my heart rate in the begining of the diet…

Anyways, right now I stopped the wild oregano and the strong probiotic doses. I’ll wait another 4-5 days to see if my heart rate drops and my energy increases. In the mean time I am juicing green veggies to help detox and drinking plenty of water and increasing my OmegaGenics dose (1 capsule twice daily) to help decreasing the inflammation which is probably causing my increased heart rate.

Thanks :_

Mariel Heiss July 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Hi mary – thanks so much for reaching out to us (and sharing your amazing story so far!!)

Congratulations on all your improvements so far. Since nothing has changed in your diet, its more likely the new supplements are causing the die-off reaction. It is normal to have die-off symptoms for about a week.

This article has a lot of useful info on die off: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/5-die-off-myths-everyone-needs-to-know-about/

I hope this helps!

Maureen February 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

Hi Mariel,
Please see my above reply to Mary. It appears she has salicylate poisoning, as do I, and as a nutritionist I now can recognize this dangerous situation since learning and reading much about it in the fall. I just read Steve’s article about phenols and sals, and found it helpful and glad to learn more about phenols. I just want to mention to you what I told Mary about how common it probably is today…and how dangerous and debilitating it is too so that SCDLifestyle can be very aware of it, especially since the diet has lots of sals foods.
Thanks for all the great work you guys do! I have recommended you many times to people
Maureen McGovern, DT

Maureen February 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

Hi Mary,
I had to reply because your symptoms sound very much like salicylate poisoning. I know because I finally figured out what the h*ll was making me sicker and sicker the last 10 years. The more I followed the Mediterranean diet and upped my fruits and berries and nuts and coffee and teas and coconut oil and wine and beer and honey and spices…THE SICKER I GOT. Salicylates a.k.a. salicylic acid a.k.a. aspirin are naturally occuring pesticides/toxins/poisons in many plants, especially from around the equator and organic ones! This is actually a very common problem that ically no one knows about because sals are present in most processed foods and personal care products because it is a natural preservative! And if you’re taking aspirin daily, look out! The 4 main symptoms of aspirin overdose are tacchycardia, hyperthermia, hyperventilation, and hearing loss. BUT chronic poisoning, like most of us have, are many many symptoms, including Afib and other heart symptoms, ulcers and many gut problems, brain fog, memory loss, dementia, aggression, depression, anger, tension, mood swings, weight gain, no energy, headaches. You name it…YOU’RE POISONED!!! I have found alot of relief since avoiding the sals, but it’s not easy to do since they are practically in.all foods and personal care products! Also, of course, it’s going to take a long time for the body to heal. I’ve already cured all my heart symptoms in a few months…including terrible AFib…and have seen other terrible symptoms go away like overheating and terrible mood problems. I recommend the website http://www.salicylatesensitivity.com. for lots of important info. I will even give you my email address if you’d like. I am a nutritionist, who loves the SCD diet, but would be glad to help you (no charge) all I can.

Susan July 9, 2016 at 5:10 am

A warning should go out to let people know if you have Adrenal Fatigue and a lot of people with leaky gut *have* Adrenal Fatigue you shouldn’t follow this diet. If you have Adrenal Fatigue, following this diet will make you much worse.

If you are not familiar with Adrenal Fatigue but believe you have leaky gut, I advise you to read about AF to see if you might have it.

Adrenal Fatigue can easily cause Candida & LG. It did mine! Only when I treat AF as well as Candida & LG do I have wonderful results. But before I realized I had Adrenal Fatigue I tried everything on my Candida and Leaky Gut. I never made *any* progress.

When you have Adrenal Fatigue you become low in serotonin. A huge percentage of serotonin is stored in the gut. I also read that serrotonin has antifungal properties! That alone makes a person susceptible to candida! And candida causes leaky gut.

Not only that, but with Adrenal Fatigue the body becomes dehydrated on a cellular level. Dehydration is an open invitation to candida!

When I realized I had Candida & LG I asked my doctor about it. He told me a body has to have something wrong for it to develope C & LG. And he was right.

I hope this helps people bc I went 6 years working on my C & LG with no results and a lot of disheartening frustration not to mention a lighter wallet.

Mariel Heiss July 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Hey Susan – thanks for taking the time to comment! We’re so glad to hear you have found the solution to your problems. You’re absolutely right that if underlying problems like adrenal fatigue are not addressed, true healing can’t occur.

Have you read this before? http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/07/reasons-adrenal-program-isnt-working/

LARRY June 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm


I never shop for myself- till now. The first meat I bought – was chicken slices.
I though I was doing good. NOPE. Bad sibo symptoms in one hour!. Then read the
label- oops lots of additives.


Next shop trip, I went to the MAIN MEAT counter. { like big pieces of uncut ham,, etc }.

HUH? reading the labels – they had as many additives –
and about the same ones — as the processed / lunch meat section!



Mariel Heiss June 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

Hi Larry – I’m sorry you’re struggling! If you don’t have a lot of experience shopping for food or cooking the diet can seem a little overwhelming. When Steve and Jordan started they were just two college guys who had NO experience in the kitchen.

They figured everything out and broke it down as simply as possible in our eBook here: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Chapter 5 is all about meat – what kind to buy, where to get it, and how to cook it!

Hank May 25, 2016 at 12:43 am


Diagnosed with UC a year ago, still have symptoms with bleeding. Doc says I’m allergic to the 5-asas and I’m not responding to cortenema.

Been looking at diets last couple days as I’m convinced the disease can be handled and managed with a proper diet and lifestyle. However, during a flare would you recommend this diet? Typically it’s advised to adhere to a low residue diet during flares, but easily digestible carbs are obviously off limits with this diet.

I feel at a loss.

Mariel Heiss May 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Hi Hank -thanks for reaching out. YEs, we have seen SCD help many people with UC – even those who start when they’re in a flare.

You can read some success stories here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/specific-carbohydrate-diet-success-stories/

Crystal May 21, 2016 at 10:49 am

Hi, I have SIBO, functional dyspepsia, and cystic acne. I know I want to eliminate grains, sweetners (cane sugar, maple syrup, agave, artificial sweetners, etc.), and dairy (except for eggs and organic unsalted butter maybe) from my diet, and I have started eliminating foods high in FODMAPS from my diet already. I’ve had 1 round of treatment for my SIBO (7 days of Flagyl), but idk if it was successful; and my motility specialist warned me SIBO is often a life-long struggle that requires diet interventions for symptom management. I keep food journals and can tell coffee – even weak coffee – really jupmtarts my cystic acne breakouts. Until recently I was not able to have most vegetables or fruits because last year I had developed borderline delayed gastric emptying due to being over-Rx’d antibiotics for throat infections. My gastric emptying rate is now back to normal. I’mI’m very glad I found your website, and I did order a paperback version of Breaking The Vicious Cycle already. In the meantime though when I click on the links to the quick start guide here I don’t see a button or url on that page that downloads or re-directs me to the guide. Any help you could offer would be appreciated because I would love more information about the intro phase to the SCD.

Mariel Heiss May 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Hi Crystal! Thanks for reaching out. You can get the free quick start guide by entering your name and email here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

If you’re still having trouble, email us at [email protected]

Dean May 9, 2016 at 3:31 am

hi all,
i have suffered Ulcerative colitis for over 20 yrs diagnosed when i was 24, but right now i really need to gain some control over it.
i have bought the SCD book and i am just starting to read it. my doctors have always said that diet has no effect on UC, flare ups have always just been something that comes along when they like? i usually have flare ups that last around 18 months, then i’m symptom free for a year, sometimes two. of course ‘symptom free’ for me is only using the toilet 5 – 10 times a day flitting between diarrhea and constipation? but they always come back, usually worse each time.
i’m a typical bloke, i like red meat, bread, booze etc so this will be a huge life change for me, but i feel so ill right now, sluggish, old, bloated etc. i’ve been taking immunosupressants (azathioprine) for over 15 yrs, countless courses of steroids and trips to hospital, and i push so much stuff up my back side i can barely sit down most of the time. (sorry to be crass).
there has to be a better way.

Mariel Heiss May 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Hi Dean – it seems kind of silly to us to think that what you eat would have no effect on your digestion process and a disease like UC and we’re glad you agree. It’s like saying what soaps and lotions you use would have no effect on eczema. Sure – your eczema might not be CAUSED by what lotion you’re using, but if you switch from a scented lotion to pure coconut oil, your eczema still might improve.

There’s no way for us to know if you’ll improve on SCD – but we’ve seen this diet help so many people! You can get started here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Subramanian May 3, 2016 at 7:17 am

I am from India and since last 2-3 years have been suffering with Crohns disease. Recently I have purchased Elaines book on SCD. I am a pure vegan and till date have been having Rice and Gluten breads with veggies. I can see in the book that Elaine has suggested to eat fish, chicken, egg apart from apple cider, and apple mash for the first few weeks. My query is, is this SCD diet specifically for people residing in western countries and not for Asian origins. Does weather also play a role with the diet. Since in India and specifically where I live its very hot and humid, so would the food I take as per SCD create issues because of the hot/humid weather. What are the alternatives I can try. I have frequent bouts of bloating and gaseous motions and pain all throughout my body which I feel is the side effect of Crohns. Does anyone feel like this.
Please suggest

Mariel Heiss May 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for reaching out! SCD has helped people all over the world. That being said – it isn’t designed for vegans. This podcast might help you come up with some vegetarian alternatives, though: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/08/vegetarians-tips-for-improving-gut-health/

Ainara April 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

I was diagnosed with celiac disease some months ago and I’ve been on a gluten-free (and lactose-free) diet since then. I feel much better. However, as I still have many symptoms consistent with leaky gut/SIBO, I’ve started an SCD diet. But I’m really concerned about losing (more) weight. I’ve always been skinny and I cannot afford losing even a pound!
Any Ideas?
By the way, any of you has experienced tinnitus and hearing loss problems? Did they improve with the diet?

Mariel Heiss April 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Hi Ainara!

Thanks for reaching out. The most important thing is to make sure you’re eating enough – tracking your calories can really help with that.

If you have some time, you can also listen to Steve and Jordan talk about losing weight on the diet and how to stop it in one of our old podcasts (around the 31 minute mark).

Here’s the link: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/10/the-scd-lifestyle-solution-podcast-3-how-we-survived-the-intro-diet/

Also, here’s two articles Steve wrote about the SCD Diet, calories, and losing weight:



Cillian Gavin March 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Hi.i have Crohns and for the past 2 months my symptoms have been the worst they ever have. 5+very loose stool. Cramps that last 24 hours. Low energy and drive. Have you come across anyone with simillar problems. I am very tempted to start the diet

Mariel Heiss March 14, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Hi Cillian – SCD has helped SO many people with Crohn’s recover!! You can read about them here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/specific-carbohydrate-diet-success-stories/

Jonathan March 5, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Hey Guys,

Dealing with really bad acid reflux for years. As a professional singer, it’s gotten to the point where it’s burning my vocal chords and I’m having trouble singing. Very anxious to do this. I’ve already read the book and ready to start. I have one question, though. In Elaine’s book I see that she talks about using Vitamins, in your quick start guide I didn’t see anything about using those. Should I be using Vitamins for the intro, in phase 1 or at all? Thanks!


Mariel Heiss March 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Hi Jonathan – the vitamins and supplements we recommend can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/

If you have any other questions, email us anytime at [email protected]

Vegan Girl March 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Uh Oh, I meant to say EXCEMA not Excess 🙂

Vegan Girl March 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm

So…I found your site, and I have terrible excess that just showed up about a year ago. I had done a juice fast, and also had to take antibiotics. I’ve been trying to do a canadensis helping diet, and have taken away more foods to combine with this SCD program. I think I have leaky gut. I bought aLive Food Plant Enzyme Supplement, but just got home and realized that many of the items are from fermented brown rice. Should I take this back, or go ahead with it?

Mariel Heiss March 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Hi – we aren’t familiar with this particular supplement, but it doesn’t sound like one we’d recommend. This is a great vegetarian digestive enzyme you might want to check out: http://scdlifestyle.com/2016/02/solving-leaky-gut-success-story-one-supplement-tweak/

Catherine February 15, 2016 at 12:09 am

I’m curious as to why potatoes are illegal on the SCD diet?

Mariel Heiss February 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Hi Catherine – on SCD all complex carbohydrates are NOT allowed. You can learn more here: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/p/beginners-guide/

Hanneke February 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm

I have done the SCD diet for 2 years about 10-12 years ago. Nice to see that there is so much more information on that now.

I have UC and during the time that I did the diet my colitis actually got worse. Until I found out that I really don’t do well with nuts and legumes. I actually do very well eating white rice as well as any potatoes. So for me I had to change things up but still I am very happy I kept the diet very strict for a long time. It has taught me a lot about diet and what works for me. The yogurt is awesome!

After 10 years now I can say that I have my colitis mostly under control, if I have a flare up it is usually very mild and I can generally pinpoint it towards stress. It has taken me a lot of time and trial and error though. I write this not to critique the SCD diet because I know if works for many. But more to emphasize that every person is different and has their own issues. Personally I think it’s more a jump off point from which you can figure out what works for you.

Colitis is not easy though. Lots of challenges. Lots of good vibes wishes to all of you!

Mariel Heiss February 11, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Thank you for sharing your story!! Glad to hear you have found what works for you 🙂

Sue January 31, 2016 at 12:55 am

Hey Steve,
Just finished listening to the Heal Your Gut Summit. I have Hashimotos and want to address leaky gut as well as constant bloating and gas w/ the SCD diet. I was going to get Thorne GI Encaps to help heal lining but checked SCD list and all ingredients, (slippery elm, marshmallow and aloe) are illegal, any thoughts? Thanks much!

Mariel Heiss February 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Hi Sue – thanks for reaching out!

You’re right that those ingredients are not strictly SCD-legal and this wouldn’t be our first suggestion.

I encourage you to check out the supplements we DO recommend here, and please read the comments for more suggestion and info, too 🙂 http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/

Navneet January 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

I have IBS-D and This is so Disappointing ! NO Flour Allowed?! I am from India and I HAVE to eat Roti! Because of Hashimoto I can not eat Wheat/any Glutan Roti, No Sugar, No Dairy and its ALready so Frustrating, I was advised to eat Palio Roti means golden flax seeds flour(illegal), coconut milk(illegal), tapioca flour(illegal), or millet flour(iligle) roti or chick pea flour(illegal) roti . For bread i was adviced to make coconut flour bread which is again illegal as ALL flours r Illegal. THEN WHAT DO I EAT ?!! I am SICK of eating rice and Quinoa!!

Mariel Heiss January 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Hi Naveneet – I feel your frustration and I empathize! I remember starting on SCD and being completely overwhelmed but what I couldn’t eat. It is better to focus on what you CAN eat and how you WILL feel – you can start by eating the intro diet foods, and you will feel a lot better really quickly. During the Intro diet and phases you will eat a lot of meat and broth and plenty of fruits and veggies. after you’ve done a lot of healing, you can start introducing some SCD illegal foods like flax seeds or tapioca flour and see how you react to them.

This is the best way to start: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Alastair January 22, 2016 at 1:20 am

One of my main problems is incomplete bowel emptying (spending 30 minutes or more in the toilet and using a lot of toilet paper is not uncommon). I went off all gluten products for over seven weeks a few years ago, but it did nothing.

Do you think that your program could help me?

Mariel Heiss January 23, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Hi Alastair – thanks for reaching out.

Incomplete bowel emptying is a sign of constipation, and SCD helps a lot of people with constipation(like Steve!)

We suggest starting by addressing your diet with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Also, please read the following article on constipation, as it can be very helpful on your journey: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Georgann January 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm

I am reading so many things about eggs. Some say eat the whole egg, some say only the egg yolks, some say only the egg white. PLEASE help me and tell me the correct answer. I eat hard boiled 2 hard boiled egg yolks right now, but it doesn’t seem to fill me up enough. PLEASE email me the correct answer. I would be so very grateful.

Mariel Heiss January 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Hi Georgann – unfortunately there isn’t ONE answer that is right for everyone.

We recommend following the intro diet of SCD without eggs (read more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/)

After that you can introduce them – either whole, or the yolk first and then the white (if you’re more sensitive).

Adrianne January 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

I have a lot of questions but I will start with the milk question, are almond or any nut milks permitted? I have Gastoparesis and have had increased issues since being on PPIs for months. I honestly know and understand what acidosis can do to the body (3rd year kinesiology student) so I don’t buy the treatment being given. I have used various diets to help my IBS and GP to include the FODMAP. The results were typically short lived. I noticed komboucha does help my symptoms. Perhaps the most telling is that when I have re wine with dinner it helps some of the time, white wines do not. I recognize that red wines have lots of acid in them and even tannins. Also, what about apple cider vinegar on this diet?
Next, I’m a distance runner so I NEED carbs and calories. GP has presented a real fight in this issue. Most bread type carbs are what I’m told to eat however I LOVE my fruits and veggies. Honestly I feel sicker now on an almost exclusive grain carb diet than I did before. I am GF and have been so I don’t eat wheat. I have given up corn as of about 4 years ago as well. The only grains I agree to eat are quinoa and rice. I do like sweet potatoes and they provide a hefty dose of glycogen for my long runs, please advise on that one.
The biggest issue right now is nutrients. My hair and nails are dry and chip regularly. I suffer from dizzy spells because of the lack of nutrients. Lately I’ve noticed an increase in chest pains which I can’t help but think is a result in the increase of acidosis in my body as it moves further from it’s alkalinity.
I feel the sickest I ever have and I have multiple ultra marathons to complete. Advice is appreciated.

Mariel Heiss January 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Hi Adrienne – thanks so much for commenting.

Almond and nut milks are permitted on SCD. ACV is allowed, too.

You’ll get your carbs from starchy veggies during the early phases of SCD – later on you will be able to try introducing some starches. This article explains more: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/03/starch-evil-or-golden/

Based on what you’ve written here, we would advise you give distance running a break and focus on healing your gut. You can check out several studies that link distance running to increased gut issues. Any sort of intense exercise puts the body into a state of inflammation – we recommend you focus on gentle exercise only while you get your body healed on SCD – once you’re feeling better you can re-introduce the more intense sports you love.

Here’s how to get started: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

If you have more questions, you can email us at [email protected]

Nicole January 11, 2016 at 5:44 am

Hi everyone, I’ve started the SCD diet and slowly re-introducing dairy into my diet with the SCD yogurt. I’m taking a large tablespoon at a time twice a day, but struggling with that amount. Dairy has always given me acid reflux, and sadly, the SCD yogurt seems to be doing the same which really surprised me, as so many people have said they can tolerate the SCD yoghurt. I don’t have a dairy allergy. Any advise appreciated.

Mariel Heiss January 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm

@Nicole – how long have you been on SCD? we wouldn’t recommend trying the yogurt until at least 30 days in. If you’re having a reaction now, just eliminate it and try again in a few more weeks. Also, if this is your first batch, you may need to tweak your technique to be certain you’re getting an adequate ferment. Are you using a yogurt maker??

Hope this helps!

Susan Boyce January 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm

It seems to me that I remember a prepared food diet that you offer. Perhaps I was looking at something else. I would like a list of all of the options that you offer besides the book and tape. Thank you

Mariel Heiss January 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Hi Susan! If you mean pre-cooked food that is delivered to you – sorry, no we don’t offer any kind of service like that.

We do offer meal plans (recipes and a schedule of when to eat what) but you do the cooking yourself 🙂

Here’s the link to the meal plans: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

You can find all of our products at the top of the webpage under the tab “Products”

Toni December 30, 2015 at 12:18 am

I have struggled for years with stomach pains, food allergies, hormone problems etc. I had lost faith in the medical profession many years ago with these issues. When they could not find the reasons behind my symptoms, they would tell me I was depressed and should take anti depressants. This I refused and found some relief and quality of life through natural medicine, which gave back some quality of life, but did not solve the issues. After being hospitalized on several occasions I discovered that I had become allergic to egg after having an IgG test. Over the following years I have slowly removed other things from my diet. I have seen a doctor again since who diagnosed me with Pyroluria. I am also an undermethylator, with high copper. My 8 year old son has the same condition. The treatment for this is being hindered by my malabsorption problems and he has suggested that I look into this scd diet. I do have some concerns looking at the introduction diet, as it contains a lot of egg. (Which I cannot eat) Can someone tell me what else I could eat in place of the egg?

Mariel Heiss December 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Hi Toni, thanks for commenting 🙂

It is actually very easy to follow SCD without eggs, and for Tough Cases we recommend that you do start the diet without eggs.

You can read more about eggs and other SCD-legal “problem-foods” here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/

Our Tough Case Meal plans lay out exactly what to eat every single day when you’re avoiding the four horsemen. You can learn more about them here: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

Hope this helps!

joe December 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm

I’ve been looking for a good info about leaky gut and you have provided me with a lot of info.

I’m 74 and followed a veggie diet for 40+ years and a vegan on for the past 5. I am at a loss what I am going to leave out as then it seems that I would vanish ha ha.

Can you suggest something to help me out? Tks.

Mariel Heiss December 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Hi Joe – thanks for commenting!

Unfortunately, we don’t have any vegetarian or vegan options for our Solving Leaky Gut program. Our research has shown to heal a damaged gut, animal proteins are necessary.

We do recommend you check out these two podcasts though for Steve and Jordan’s tips for vegetarians!


P.S. We totally understand that food choice are often for personal or moral reasons and we completely respect that – we just don’t base our healing plans around a vegetarian diet. Thanks for your understanding!

Beth December 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm

How did some of you celiacs get tested for it. I am a follower of Jaqui Karr and she says don’t do a biopsy.. I have lost weight steadily over the past 18 months.

Currently I am having my doctors office fill out a insurance form to get the celiac genetic test. But, I am confused about that as well. It seems it can only rule it in. I have already had that, I think, from blood tests 3-4 yrs ago.

I had some alleles for celiac but at the time no clinical symptoms to back it up. UGH!! So FRUSTRATING!

I am having die-off symptoms right now from starting GAPS the intro part. Just eating boiled meat and carrots w garlic and salt-a little 1/2 tsp sauerkraut juice mixed in. Small amt of raw honey w butter last night. Some chamomile tea yesterday and today. Yesterday, I drank a few glasses of Pacific organic bone broth w collagen powder. I cut that out today. Lots of water.

This afternoon I took 2 specially formulated enzymes for kidney support from a new chiro dr. i saw a couple times last month. It stopped the hot flashes.

Appreciate any advice or comment, feeling weak and afraid.

Mariel Heiss December 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hi Beth – I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this hard time with your health. All of us at SCD Lifestyle have been there and we know how it is to feel weak and afraid.

Whether or not you have Celiac disease – Steve and Jordan don’t recommend you eat gluten or other grains. Their research shows these foods are inherently harmful to the gut. You know your body best and know when you feel best, and what you’re eating at that time!

I hope you’re feeling a lot better soon – let us know if we can support you in any way.

Chelsea December 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

Hello! I just purchased BTVC and am confused by some of the rules of the “intro diet.” What is avoided in the intro diet that is added later? Also, the book mentions trying homemade coconut or almond milk after 3 months, why is that? Is there a resource for how/when certain foods should be reintroduced on the SCD? Thank you for all that you do!!

Mariel Heiss December 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hi Chelsea – we agree BTVC is confusing! Yes there are VERY specific rules for reintroducing foods, and if you don’t follow them, you likely won’t have success on the diet.

Our eBook coaches you through the diet and is easy enough for total novices! You can start with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Tanesha October 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

Hi Jordan, I am very interested in your story. I was diagnosed with Celiacs in my early 20’s and struggle daily with diet and digestion. I am almost 26 and my husband and I are thinking of having children. I worry almost daily that I could have an underline cancer or something worse than the initial disease and fear going to the doctors for finding anymore more. I want to be a healthy, happy person who has a full life ahead of them. For the most part I eat a Gluten Free Diet, but am known to cheat a little if we are out to eat. Until recently I have almost ignored the long term effects, which may have me in worse shape than I thought. But like you, I got the live Gluten Free and you will be fine from the doctors. My diagnosis was only to be “moderately allergic”
I have added a Probiotic to my vitamin regimen, but still suffer from bloating, constipation, irritability and the most scary abdominal pain. I feel I may be below the “surviving” but am ready to “THRIVE”.

Mariel Heiss October 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Hi Tanesha – we’re so glad you reached out to us!

Just going gluten free is not enough if you’re still having symptoms and have damage from years of eating gluten as a Celiac.

The good news is that you can get better.

We’re here to support you along the way! Never hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] for advice 🙂

Tom October 9, 2015 at 9:17 am

So I am new to the site and have ulcerative colitis (left sided). So I’ve been on SCD for about 3 weeks now and I can’t eat anything besides broth, meat, and eggs. I have tried to introduce a ripe banana and within an hour or two, I get bloody diarrhea. I have tried squash and I get the same result. My energy level is completely depleted and I am still diuretic every morning. I made SCD yogurt and thought that was the culprit so I cut it out (even though I never had a problem when I ate it). This is day 2 of cutting out the dairy. I am at a loss and quite frustrated at this point. Obviously losing weight because of the D and don’t know what other foods to try. I am eating about 10 eggs a day with varieties of meat (chicken, ground beef predominately). Any help would be appreciated.

Mariel Heiss October 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Hi Tom – we’re so sorry to hear you’re struggling.

Eggs can be a definite trigger food – read more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/

Steve and Jordan’s approach to SCD is very successful because of it’s intro diet and then careful phasing in of foods.

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

I hope this helps you get to feeling much better.

Sarah September 11, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I’m still trying to get an understanding for this diet, so far, I’ve seen (but most importantly, felt) good results from it. I’m a little confused about salad dressings, though. On the original site, it said vinegar was illegal, but when I look-up SCD recipes, people are using vinegar (balsamic, apples cider…). So, how do I find out if this is SCD legal/illegal? Thanks!

Mariel Heiss September 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

Hi Sarah – vinegar is legal on SCD (check this out for more info – http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/detail/vinegar/) Just be aware of illegal additives in the vinegar you choose.

http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info is a great resource for all legal/illegal foods.

drcjw September 10, 2015 at 12:08 am

Hi. Found your informative website tonight. Thank you.

I’m 59 female and always had no GI problems. Quit red meat and pork in 1974 and basically follow a healthy low fat clean diet and very little dairy. Recently after starting curcumin supplements, I developed what my MD says is IBD and not uncommon in older adults (based on my symptom report, but not the curcumin since he is not open to that).

Initial symptoms were gas, bloating and constipation then tarry small stools and close to diarrhea at times.

I’ve seen some improvement with Benefiber which he recommended, but seems constipation bouts occur after quinoa. Some say its good, your site says to avoid. High fiber grains are supposedly good, but even my traditional MD says to avoid most of them now.

Any feedback especially about curcumin? I took it to for its anti-inflammatory effects.


Mariel Heiss September 10, 2015 at 11:37 am

Hi, thanks so much for commenting!

We do recommend curcumin, but you should know it is high in salicylates and those can be a problem for some people. You might be interested in this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/04/phenols-and-salicylates-what-they-are-and-why-it-matters/

The SCD diet takes salicylate levels into account when reintroducing foods – you can see it in our eBook and free quick start guide.

SCD has helped so many people with IBD – we’d love to see it help you toO! If you have any questions, you can always email us at [email protected]

Brandon September 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

Why no curry powders? What if we grind our own spices?

Mariel Heiss September 4, 2015 at 11:50 am

Hi Brandon – most spice powders and blends have added ingredients and anti-caking agents that are illegal and can cause reactions.

Blending your own spice mixtures of self-ground spices is a great option! We do recommend waiting until you’re a little farther into the diet to begin adding spices, as some people can be sensitive to them (wait until you’re feeling good, introducing foods, and have symptoms have improved). When you do add them, add spices one at a time and follow the three-day rule (introduce them like you would any other new food!) Once all the sites in a blend have been successfully introduced, you can use the blend 🙂

Hope this helps!

Tony September 2, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Doctors in the UK are rubbish. I suffer with chronic back pain, chronic constipation, pains in all joints, chronic back pain, total loss of libido, depression, insomnia….the list is endless. I have private medical insurance and my doctors have exhausted all possibilities. I’ve been seen by many doctors, endicronologists and urologists but to no avail. I’ve had MRI scans on my pituitary gland, brain, spine, neck and they still can’t find nothing. Thyroid, hormones, cortisol levels, minerals, testosterone and countless other checks have been performed but to no avail. So the idiots have diagnosed me with yes you guessed it Fibromyalgia. A useless tag for patients they can’t help. I’ve tried all sorts of diets but nothing seems to work. The only thing that helps is very high strain probiotics like VSL3, Rosea Rhodiola, liquid Sam-E, sublingual DHEA, sublingual vitamin D, vitamin B complex, liquid ionic zinc, liquid ionic magnesium. To be honest the list of supplements I need to function is endless. If anyone on here can help me it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading this post.

Mariel Heiss September 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Hi Tony, thanks for reaching out to us. I’m so sorry you’re struggling still after trying so many different things.

It sounds like you’re on the right track, but could use some personalized support.

Our recommended practitioners can help people all over the world. You can learn more about them here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

I hope this information helps you.

norm patterson August 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

Bone broth seems to cause heart burn and stomach distress. I found one reference after much research that said the glucosamine in the broth may be feeding the bacteria in the small intestine. I don’t get heart burn with any other food. Does anybody know about this as I would like to continue healthy bone broth.

Mariel Heiss August 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

Hi Norm, thanks for asking. Some people (especially those with SIBO) may react to the GAGs in bone broth (glycosaminoglycans) as they can feed bacteria. Dr. Allison Siebecker discusses this in her SIBO Masterclass for our Solving Leaky Gut program. For those with severe SIBO, it may be a wise idea to wait to add in bone broth until SIBO is treated. Dr. Siebecker has a lot of suggestions for SIBO at her website siboinfo.com

You can also check out this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sibo-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth/

You can also learn about how to access her Masterclass by visiting solvingleakygut.com

If you have any more questions about this, please let us know.You can always email us at [email protected]

We believe bone broth is an incredible healing tool for the majority of people – but we also don’t recommend you eat anything that makes you feel bad.

norm patterson August 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Mariel. Strange that the gags affect sibo more than simple sugars etc. Interstingly, I take 500 mg of glucosamine 3 x daily for yrs and have never had heartburn although I suffer from continual bloating. However, if I take gluco contents out of capsule and consume with food, instant heartburn. The capsule bypasses small intestine and goes right to large bowel so no doubt there is bacteria in the small intestine. So it appears that I have sibo on top of candida which is probably common.

Anyway, I did want to mention that I have made my own sauerkraut and yogurt which I eat everyday. I think that the sauerkraut probably has helped keep the heartburn away although I suffer from many of the other symptoms.

I would do the diets if I were much younger or suffering much worse.

I am in constant huge belly bloat that I have come to accept as just being there. I probably had sibo for many yrs but never knew it til bone broth.

Mariel Heiss August 31, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Hi Norm, I’m sorry to hear that you’re still having symptoms of SIBO.

I recommend Dr. Siebecker’s site siboinfo.com as well as this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sibo-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth/

If you ever have questions or need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us either here or at [email protected]

Hope you’re feeling better soon 🙂

MaryAnn August 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

The scd diet has helped me so much for the last two years — then I ate a cup of chia last month that was only soaked 1:1 in coconut milk (there was no marking on the bag about how chia inflate to 27 times their size). It made a thick bar that I thought was convinced from all the press would be healthy. I could barely eat for the next three days, and I can’t get my digestion back to where it was a month later. I am still bloated (though getting better every day), soft pencil stools and incomplete evacuation, feel full. I have no pain but I was in such a good place and didn’t know that chia was illegal and that it needed to be taken in a very small quantity and left to expand so much. It took at least a week to get the residue off the pot, and I’m afraid I have that stuff in me, too.
Has anyone had this experience and what can I do to move things along and get back on track? I’m terrified that I have created a blockage and the doctor dismisses me and just says, Get a colonoscopy, which I feel would set me back even more as the prep is illegal.

Mariel Heiss August 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

Hi MaryAnn, thanks so much for reaching out. I’m sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with chia 🙁 That sounds like it was very scary. We recommend you follow the intro diet for a few days until your symptoms clear up, drink plenty of water and get a lot of rest. The only way to know how you react to a food is to test to it out, and unfortunately this sometimes results in bad reactions and flare-ups. It sounds like you’re improving every day, and that’s great! If your symptoms worsen or if you’re getting worse, we recommend you go back to your doctor right away!

I hope this helps and that you’re feeling much better soon.

Adrienne July 31, 2015 at 11:34 am

Hi, I’m having issues with the SCD diet and I’m looking at the 4 reasons I can be having issues. I have two questions:

Fruits and the possibility of FM: Steve refers to eating minimal fruits when he did the intro diet. What constitutes minimal fruits per day? one serving; two per day?

What are the most offensive fruits to eat? eg: bananas, etc? Thanks, Adrienne

Mariel Heiss August 3, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Hi Adrienne, thanks for commenting. Everyone is unique in how much and what types of fruit they can tolerate, and the only way to find out is through self-experimentation. We recommend you start with one serving of a cooked, peeled, pureed fruit like pears or apples. Slowly increase the servicing size as you gauge for a reaction. Increase up to 1.5 cups over three days, beginning with 1/2 cup the first day. If you on’t have a reaction to the increased amount over three days, you can try introducing another new fruit. The phasing charts in the free quick start guide (http://scdlifestylebook.com/free.php?_ga=1.264708239.180204042.1433519852?_ga=1.264708239.180204042.1433519852) will help you decide what to introduce next – we recommend you follow the intro diet as closely as possible!

Bobbi July 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm

I’m going into week 3 on the SCD program. I’m in phase I, but I am learning about what I can and cannot eat because I get indigestion (only symptom I have since starting, but did not have previously). I am learning to love my pureed veggies, and the homemade pear sauce with a bit of cinnamon is absolutely delicious! It all takes time to prepare and think ahead, but so far I feel so much better with my intestines. Can’t say that I have been experiencing any IBS symptoms now, and I really like that! I used to suffer with constipation and would take extra magnesium, but I don’t take the magnesium any longer.

Wish I had started sooner, but at least I started now. It’s not too easy to ease into, but since eating Paleo for a year, it makes it much easier. Thanks you guys!

Mariel Heiss July 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Hey Bobbi! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂 I know other people who are just starting out appreciate reading about your experiences

Anne July 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

I have been doing FODMAP diet as recommended by a dietition but I am not really finding much relief. a few years ago I tried SCD when I was really very unwell but was so unwell that I found it hard to follow and eating was something I wasn’t interested in at the time. any pointers on how I can do this diet for someone who is time poor and how to avoid eating foods that is easy to grab then trying to prepare meals. what do others do.

Mariel Heiss July 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hi Anne, thanks so much for commenting. The best place to start with SCD is our free quick start guide, which you can download here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ From there, we recommend our eBook. It’s full of first-hand advice from Steve and Jordan on how to prep food, plan ahead, and transition to SCD easily. You can learn more about the eBook here:http://scdlifestylebook.com SCD does take time and planning at first, but the book includes a lot of tips on how to cut down on time preparing foods and even tips for traveling.

Adrienne July 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I have one question regarding decaf coffee. If you buy organic water processed, would that be ok? Thanks for helping me walk down my journey.

Mariel Heiss July 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Hi Adrienne, decaf coffee is illegal on SCD because of additives added when the coffee is decaffeinated. Regular coffee and tea (unflavored) are allowed from day 1! I hope this information helps 🙂

Adrienne July 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hi, I’m just about to start the SCD into diet. Can I use bone broth instead of chicken?


Mariel Heiss July 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Hi Adrienne, thanks for reaching out to us. Yes, you can. Here is our recipe: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/02/how-to-make-nourishing-beef-bone-broth-to-heal-your-gut/

Adrienne July 7, 2015 at 1:13 pm

I have two questions. 1. I’m about to begin the intro. diet and have ordered your book. However, your introductory pages don’t mention if you can drink tea or not during the intro phase and the various phases. I drink lots of liquids aside from water and would like some suggestions. 2. How soon after you eat something that’s not right for you would you feel poorly? I’ve been eating honey as a sweetener in my tea for the last few weeks but only recently developed terrible headaches and I’m not sure what it is. Thanks for your help. Adrienne

Mariel Heiss July 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Hi Adrienne! Thanks for commenting. Decaf coffee is not allowed due to the additives. However, all regular coffees and teas that don’t have additives like sugar or natural flavors are allowed from Day 1. It can be hard sometimes to tell if a food you’re eating is causing a problem, but honey can be problematic for many people. We recommend you read this article for more information on how honey can cause issues on SCD: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/09/the-ultimate-digestive-troubleshooting-guide/

Kathy July 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

I’m confused by some of the instructions in your book. For example, you list the fruits and vegetables for each phase in lighter to darker colors to signify which foods are lower in phenols. For Phase 1 you have the summer squash as the lowest. Then for your sample week 1 diet you introduce butternut squash first, which is higher in phenols. You also mention we should concentrate on the vegetables first, adding fruits last. Yet the very first food on Phase 1 you added since the Intro Diet was pear sauce, a fruit. Then you add apple sauce before another vegetable, spinach, finally zucchini. You skipped the lowest phenol vegetable and you are adding fruits before vegetables. I’m trying to understand your process but then your sample menus don’t follow your own instructions. I understand this is meant to be a guideline, but the very first 5 new items don’t follow your rules at all. This is a very complicated process and I was hoping for better direction from you since you are charging for it and constantly recommending I buy more of your information. Can someone please explain this to me?

Mariel Heiss July 7, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Hey Kathy, thanks for taking the time to comment. Summer squash isn’t always available year-round, so butternut squash is another good, low-phenol substitute, and thats why we use it in the meal plans. Some people focus too much on adding fruit and neglect vegetables. We recommend you balance adding in fruits and vegetables. Since there are no fruits in the intro phase, it’s okay to add pear sauce as the first food in Phase 1. If you would rather add a different food, like summer squash if its available or butternut squash as your first introduction, the phase charts give you the flexibility to do that. You don’t necessarily have to introduce all the vegetables in a phase before introducing fruits. I hope this information helps to clarify things, Kathy! Anytime you have questions about the program, please email us at [email protected] and we would be happy to answer them for you 🙂

Bobbi July 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Hi, do other experience nausea? I started the intro a week ago Sunday and am feeling better finally. I started taking SCD Compliant probiotics a few days ago and got a good multivitamin with no excipients. But I do have nausea it seems every other day. At least the indigestion has gone away without grape juice. I’m getting the hang of this and so hope it works for me. I’ve lost 8.5 pounds in a week, so that’s a good thing cause I want to lose 20 pounds total.
Also, I got me a yogurt maker and was going to make some SCD yogurt, but I’m not sure if I have to wait for a while or not. And my son makes sauerkraft, and I read I can start out with one tablespoon, but again, I’m not sure when I can start to try it. The whole reason I finally started this program is because I tried drinking Kefer for all the good probiotics, but my intestines were at WAR. I think this is really doing the trick, and really, really appreciate all the help!! So Mariel, thank you again, in advance 🙂

Mariel Heiss July 6, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Hi Bobbi 🙂 Thanks for commenting. Your dedication and enthusiasm are great.
We don’t recommend introducing yogurt and other fermented foods like sauerkraut until you’re a little farther into the diet (two or three weeks). These are powerful healing foods, but in our experience people do better waiting a little while to introduce them. Introduce yogurt and other fermented foods very slowly. You can read more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/08/scd-legal-yogurt-is-the-difference-maker-dont-eat-it-at-your-own-risk/

Here’s our sauerkraut recipe, too: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/02/how-to-make-sauerkraut-the-fast-and-easy-way/

Suzy July 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm


I’ve been struggling with my CD for 10 years now (I’m 25 years old now) and I’m having a constant battle with my doctor about my narrowing/stricture in my large intestine. Every time I talk to him about seeing a dietitian about it he laughs at me. His only solution is to remove almost 50% of my large intestine. I have read about the procedure and the large amount of complications scares me. I cry myself to sleep and some mornings I just want to stay in bed and dissolve when I think about me having this condition and not being able to live a normal life and be a good mom who isn’t in bed or running to the toilette 1000 times a day.

MY QUESTION is: is there a possibility that the amount of scars and swelling in my intestine can reduce by going on the SCD?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Mariel Heiss July 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Hi Suzy! Thanks so much for reaching out to us. We can’t make any promises about will happen if you follow SCD but we have seen many people with Crohn’s Disease see great results. Here are a few examples:

Bobbi June 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Hi, so I started the intro diet on Sunday. Last night (Monday) I had awful indigestion, which I rarely ever have. So today I will eat smaller meals and more of them to see if it helps. And I must be a late starter because only today I am nauseous and my insides are not very happy with me right now and I’m half way through day 3. If this is the case, does that mean the die-off will take longer and I should feel better after day 4 or 5? Gee, I hope so!

Mariel Heiss June 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Hi Bobbi. You may be experiencing die-off. The only way to make it through die-off is to wait it out and continue following the diet. Here is some more information about die-off: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/5-die-off-myths-everyone-needs-to-know-about/
However, you may need to supplement with HCL betaine and digestive enzymes. You can learn more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Bobbi Miller June 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Besides grape juice and water, in the intro diet, what else can we drink? Any weak coffee or tea? Peppermint tea?

Mariel Heiss June 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Hi Bobbi – Decaf coffee is not allowed due to the additives. However, all regular coffees and teas that don’t have additives like sugar or natural flavors are allowed from Day 1.

Also, check out minute 12:12 of this podcast for “The Great Coffee Experiment: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/01/the-scd-lifestyle-solution-podcast-13-be-an-scd-scientist-and-test-your-healing/

Here is a link explaining the ins and outs of tea: http://breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/detail/tea/

Bobbi Miller June 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Why isn’t melatonin allowed? How will I sleep? I’ve been using it for years, along with Ativan. I’ve never been a sleeper and plan to start this program on Sunday.

Mariel Heiss June 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Hi Bobbi. The most common reason a supplement like melatonin is illegal is because of binding and filling ingredients used in manufacturing the supplement. If you’re taking a supplement that you feel is beneficial to your health, you can continue to use it. Just be aware that if you’re not progressing as you would like, it may be a problem. If you follow this link you can learn more (and where to buy melatonin without any fillers that can be a problem for SCD): http://www.pecanbread.com/p/tanya/melatonin.html

Rayca June 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Not down with this at all. I mean, yea, tubers and grains can effect people differently. If you’re pre-diabetic, not so good, if you’re a bodybuilder, you’d better eat up or you’ll collapse. But, the difference between foods of the same category? Garbanzo vs navy? Not going for it. I can’t think of a single worse thing to eat than dairy. But “SCD” yogurt? Meat gets a bad rap too, but to think that it’s OK not to mention it should be limited, but oh wait, I guess if it’s grass fed?!? you won’t get any potential disease. No offense but it just makes me giggle.

Mariel Heiss June 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Hey Rayca – thanks for your comment. You voice a lot of common concerns about SCD. SCD is based on the idea that we digest different carbs based on their chemical structure. On SCD, you are only allowed to eat monosaccharide carbs and thats why some beans are allowed and others aren’t. SCD-legal diary isn’t just what you can buy in the grocery store- SCD-legal yogurt is homemade and slowly fermented to eliminate nearly all of the milk sugar and create an easily-digested, probiotic-rich food. Finally, we believe that the nutrition found in animal products is crucial for good health, and meat is the foundation of the diet. If you don’t understand the science behind the rules, they can seem arbitrary, but they’re based on lots of research and the success of thousands of people following the diet.

Evelyn June 25, 2015 at 2:14 am

how can I do this diet while maintaining high brain and physical output of my work?.. I am paleo for many years (gluten free), but still need some carbs to sustain my energy (and just fruit or maybe beans don’t do the trick, they leave me craving for more)

Mariel Heiss June 26, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Hi Evelyn, thanks for reaching out to us. In the early into-diet phase, most of your carbs will come from cooked and pureed veggies like carrots. Later on you can add in more fruit, beans, and more vegetables (especially legal root vegetables) to get quick energy. You also should know that you should never go hungry on the SCD diet, and you should eat as much and as often as you need to of legal foods. This podcast, around the 9 minute mark – dresses your question as well: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/04/the-top-5-scd-myths-busted-podcast-20/

Ben June 24, 2015 at 3:58 pm

I have been diagnosed with chrones in the stomach as well as the intestines. I used to have colitis.
Recently i have the symptoms of CVS. Most people have never heard of that. You can look it up here :


My question is – Everyone is telling me to stay away from raw fruit and veg, yet you encourage it ! Please explain.
Thank you

Mariel Heiss June 25, 2015 at 9:29 pm

Hi Ben! I’m sorry you’re going through a hard time with Chrohn’s and CVS. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet does allow a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, but especially in the early stages, they are cooked. This is because cooked foods are much easier to digest. Once you have healed some you can reintroduce raw foods. Our eBook coaches you through exactly how to prepare SCD-legal fruits and vegetables, and how and when to introduce new and raw foods. If you’ve already seen the free quick start guide, its the best next step: http://scdlifestylebook.com

Debby June 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Hi, I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS in 2009. I tried the standard interferon drugs but they made me too sick to function, so I have been going the natural route since 2011 and have been doing pretty well. I am on a very restrictive diet (primarily paleo – no gluten, dairy, no sugar or processed foods and very little gluten free grains) – now, due to a blood test, my ND says I can’t eat potatoes (including sweet), so if I restrict the food I consume any more, I will only be eating squash! But I’m still missing something as my digestion really sucks to put it bluntly – gas, bloating, burping, pain, stomach ulcers – no matter what I eat – I have tried digestive enzymes, Betaine Hydrochloride with Pepsin, probiotics – they all make my digestion worse. Anything with L-glutamine (including bone broth) gives me an instant throbbing headache. So my question is, is there anything else that can be done with SCD? Thanks!

Erica June 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

In reading about the scd, I think it makes a lot of sense, but I have a couple of concerns. I am fairly certain I have a candida infection in my stomach right now, and if I were to follow the foods to avoid list from the scd diet and candida diet I would basically be eating no carbs (which is not healthy) as I could have no grains based on the scd, and no fruits/beans etc. based on candida diet. What should I do, focus on candida first to get it cleared up and then focus here afterward? candida supposedly can clear up after several months, but obviously I’m stuck with celiac for life. I’m at a loss, but I’m so tired and confused. Any advice?

Brent Kovacs June 23, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Hi Erica, thanks for reaching out! I recommend checking out Steve’s video on the Candida diet here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/02/3-anti-candida-diet-problems/

Denise June 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

I have been looking at the information and it seems like this might help me but most of the information seems to be talking to celiacs who still have stomach problems. I am celiac but weirdly never had stomach issues (which is why I was misdiagnosed for over a decade) and still don’t. No constipation and no diarrhea. However, going gluten free caused a 30 pound weight gain and that was NOT from processed gf food. I can not lose weight no matter now ‘healthy’ I eat, basically I am the same if I go weeks and weeks with a ‘perfect’ diet or weeks and weeks eating junk. It just does not budge. I also have horrible bloating on top of the weight that comes and goes in my stomach and hands and feet. I also still struggle with fatigue and depression, although nowhere close to where I was before going gf.

Basically I’m asking if this will still work for me with my problems.

Cindi June 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

My name is Cindi and I’ve been a life long sufferer of IBS. Due to ‘healthy’ eating (nothing processed, GF, all local, natural, organic foods) I manage my symptoms. They are not nearly as bad as most of the cases I read here, but they are bad enough for me. I have days my belly gets so hard and bloats up like a balloon – like I’m 4 months pregnant (I usually walk around with the top button of my pants open anyway), If I’m lucky I have a stool every other day, I’m tired-tired-tired despite 9 hrs of sleep, only natural foods and regular exercise and I get severe cramps a few times a month (it used to be daily). I’ve tried Paleo, The Whole 30, The Plan, Atkins – you name it, but although most work for a short period, on the long run my problems come back with a vengeance. I knew about SCD – but I’ve never tried it because looking at the food, I get very nervous. I am not a lover of chicken soup, meat in the morning, pureed vegetables and jelly … all the staples it seems on SCD. It reminds me of a diet I had in the 70s when I was a kid and I’m not looking forward to go back, but I’ve come to a point in my life I need to give it a go and tomorrow is (SC)D-day …. Chicken soup and pureed carrots are in the fridge, today I’m going to make the beef patties and the gelatin (any tips on portioning the gelatin? how many servings does 1 batch make?) and since I react to egg yolks, I’ll get my egg whites ready to go. I try to be excited, but I’m just dreading it right now … I pray the SCD is going to help me on the long run and I’m sure I’ll be checking in for support every now and then.

Mariel Heiss June 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Hi Cindi – thanks for reaching out! Support is one of the most important aspects of being successful on the SCD Diet, and we can provide that! If you haven’t already, check out the SCD Facebook group for more support. Remember that the intro diet only lasts a few days and soon you will be eating a wide variety of foods (and feeling much better!). Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments, on Facebook, or at [email protected].
The gelatin is meant to be a healing snack in between the main staple foods and there is no quantity limit on it.

Christine Overberg May 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

I would like to cancel my SCD Lifestyle package and master classes, etc.
I was just billed the second part .
I absolutely have not had time to even look at the information and will not have time,
so I would just like to stop at this point and have my money back.
Can you help me with this? What more info do you need?
My last invoice # 14605 May 27.
thank you
Christine Overberg
972 239-1148 home/office phone

Lori Jo Berg May 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Hi Christine, we did receive your email request and will be assisting you via [email protected], so look for an email from us soon.

Rooz May 30, 2015 at 6:53 am

Where do you get your carbohydrate in this diet?? I’m super skinny and I work out 4 times a week which makes me feel really tired if I don’t get enough calories. I can’t live without rice and quinoa! If I follow this diet I have to stop working out and will lose A LOT OF weight which would make me look like an anorexic ( I already look like one! I’m 187cm and weigh only 67kg !).

Lori Jo Berg May 31, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Hi Rooz, while there are ways to maintain weight on the SCD diet, your body may be begging you to back off on the working out until you can regain some of your health back. We understand this is probably a big part of your life, but it is just something to consider. You are correct that grains are illegal on the SCD diet- please read more here as I think this article will help you: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/08/5-easy-ways-to-add-calories-to-the-scd-diet/


If you have some time, listen to Steve and Jordan talk about losing weight on the diet and how to stop it in one of our old podcasts (around the 31 minute mark).

Here’s the link: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/10/the-scd-lifestyle-solution-podcast-3-how-we-survived-the-intro-diet/

Darlene May 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm

I have been diagnosed with Ulcerated Pan Colitis, IBS and food allergies. It seems like my food allergies/sensitivities list is increasing. I don’t know what to do. I eat a lot of bread and rice. When I eat veggies and fruit I have many BMs which then cause rear issues and gas. I also have problems eating beans. I don’t know what to do. If I don’t eat rice my BM’S are very loose and frequent. Doctors recommend medicine (which cause me major, major problems). Does it take a while for your body to get used to eating fruits and veggies? I have been living like this for (4) years now. I am at the end of my rope and I do not know what to do. Also, when my gut has issues my emotional state is in a bad state, I cry have negative thoughts and I also lose my temper in one second. I am so desperate. Will this diet help? What should I expect to happen and how long will it take before I see any improvement? I may have a leaky gut what do I do for this? Any assistance anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Lori Jo Berg May 31, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Hi Darlene, thanks for reaching out to us and I am sorry to hear you are going through a rough time right now. There is certainly hope and we have seen this diet work for many people in your same shoes. Please start with the Free quick start guide, as this is a great first step in the right direction: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ Please feel free to email us at [email protected], as we would be happy to assist you further on this journey back to health.

Rudra May 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

I have bunch of questions: (1) What are specific SCD Diet options for Lacto-Vegetarian ( No meat, Eggs, sea food etc. ) persons to make sure one gets enough of protein, fiber and vitamins from SCD diet? (2) There is a general note on “spices” on SCD diet as being legal. But what about specific speices like, Turmeric powder, Cumin seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Coriander seeds , coriander powder, Mustard seeds. These spices are freely used in Indian dishes and considered very healthy. (3) Lastly, Moong (Mung) beans are illegal and Mung dal ( split mung) is legal? Why? Both are considered as most healthy food for vegetarians and is a very good source of protein. If could answer each of these questions, it will be very useful for me and many others like me who are of Indian origin and are strict vegetarians. Thank you!

Lori Jo Berg May 26, 2015 at 12:10 am

Hi Rudra, Here’s three things 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:


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)


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


suzanne May 24, 2015 at 3:07 pm

question, im taking metformin, levothyroxine, vitamin D and vitamin C are these safe for me to take ?

Lori Jo Berg May 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Hi Suzanne, this really depends upon many factors. We always suggest taking the more natural approach first before turning to medications. It is important you continue to take what your doctor has prescribed and it would also be a good idea to look inot other approaches for your situation. We suggest by addressing your diet and you can read more about the SCD diet here: http://scdlifestyle.com/about-the-scd-diet/

Angie Carlton May 21, 2015 at 9:10 am

I have been reading your stories all morning and they sound a lot like my life. I have had a IBS-D issues for about 8 years now, 6 with no diagnosis. I still have yet to find any good doctors in my area that have any knowledge base on this disease or really how to treat it. I am at my wits end. It is not uncommon for me to go 3-6 days without eating any solid foods. I have been hospitalized more times than I care to remember. I have been given steroid injections and medication, but nothing has helped. I also have Bi-Polar Disorder, and yes I am up and down with the disease, not much middle ground for me. I know that my mental health effects my body’ health, and my stress levels run really high. I also have a husband that believes this is all in my head. Although my stomach swells to a point I look pregnant all the time! I kind of stumbled onto this site by accident. After reading many stories here, I feel there is hope. I going to try this diet, as I have nothing to lose at this point. I am a bit worried, however, as I am a picky person unfortunately, and if I don’t like the taste of something, I get physically sick. I have noticed several foods on the list that I know I do not like and cannot eat. Any advise for a picky pallet and sensitive stomach when dealing with foods that are exactly good to me? Thank you in advance for any and all advise.

Lori Jo Berg May 26, 2015 at 12:09 am

Hi Angie, thanks for reaching out. One of our main goals for reach of those who do the SCD diet is to understand that it is all about building a custom diet that works for you. Wit that being said, for the intro diet you can substitute zucchini for the carrots if this suits you better. Secondly, you may also consider some functional medicine testing as it sounds like you could have some underlying issues that need to be addressed as well. If you are in need of one, you can go here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/ You can also email us at [email protected] if you need further assistance.

Gi May 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

I have gastroparesis which is delayed stomach emptying/poor motility. I developed it after having my gallbladder removed. I’ve always had IBS symptoms and have tried other diets and removing dairy and gluten from my diet. The recommended diet for gastroparesis is low fiber, low fat – crackers, milkshakes and jello are recommended. Of course I eat as healthy as I can but often have to resort to toast and such and really have to limit vegetables and proteins as they are harder to digest. Have you had any clients with gastroparesis and have they been able to handle the diet? I plan on starting in two weeks. Additionally I have been diagnosed with chronic Lyme which makes things worse.


Lori Jo Berg May 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Hi Gi, the SCD has helped many in your same shoes. However, it sounds like you may benefit form some additional assistance and if you are in need of a practitioner, please go here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Elizabeth May 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm

I was diagnosed with S.I.B.O. (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) by my Naturopath doctor after a breath test specific to detecting methane in the breath. I was put on a FODMAP diet which is more specific than even the SCD/Gaps diet. I find it incredibly hard to find any recipes that have all ingredients I can eat. Most have at least 1 or 2 ingredients I cannot have. I cannot eat cauliflower, more than 3 broccoli florets, 10 string beans, no legumes or beans whatsoever, no onions or garlic, nothing fermented… and the list goes on. I have found that Paleo recipes are the easiest to tweak to fit my diet, but the searching is exhausting! I also have to feed my husband and 2 kids and make them a separate meal. Do you have any leads or links to sites that are specific to the strict fodmap diet? I have been on it over six months and at that point I started to go off diet a little. Then a bit more, and for a couple of weeks I was ok, but it caught up to me and caused my symptoms to return. I also suffer from constipation and have my whole life so most of these SCD diets are for the opposite problem making it very confusing to figure out what to do. Any help would be appreciated!

Lori Jo Berg May 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

Hi Elizabeth, This podcast from Dr. Siebecker, hosted by Steve, is very informative and can also help: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/09/dr-siebecker-explains-the-art-and-science-of-the-fodmap-diet-podcast-45/

ANNE HARRIS May 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm


Lori Jo Berg May 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

Hi Anne, The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Jane April 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

So many of the vegetables and fruits you allow on SCD contain FODMAPs. The principle of SCD sounds good but the FODMAPS would kill me. I already eat paleo/low-carb/low-histamine/low-FODMAP so I’m not sure what, if anything, SCD would add to that combination. The good news is that my symptoms are pretty well controlled with what I’m doing, but my gut doesn’t seem to be actually healing. I can’t add anything back in without consequences.

Lori Jo Berg April 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Hi Jane, the SCD diet can be adapted to a low FODMAP diet, as it will just take some tweaking on your part. Here are 2 articles that can help: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/09/dr-siebecker-explains-the-art-and-science-of-the-fodmap-diet-podcast-45/

Also, this one here –> http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/09/fodmap-diet-a-fad-diet-or-helpful-for-everyone/

Jennifer April 14, 2015 at 11:38 am

I have been reading up on SCD. Yogurt needs to be fermented for 24 hours? Can I not just buy organic real goats milk yogurt and add lactase to make sure I am not going to have any undesirable effects from the lactose?

Lori Jo Berg April 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Hi Jennifer, we do suggest making your own per diretions in the eBook, as this process is most optimal for inoculating the gut with healthy bacteria.

Robbieann April 7, 2015 at 11:34 am

HI, I thought the benefits of fresh ground flax seed 1-2 Tbsp per day were supposed to be great for you, but if I understand correctly this list says “NO” to flax seed. Any thoughts on Flax seed?

Lori Jo Berg April 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

Hi Robbie, thanks for reaching out. Some can tolerate flax and some cannot. We suggest omitting anything that has the potential of altering gut function in the beginning, and you can then test it out on your own as you begin to heal.

Kelcey April 2, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Hi all-

I’m posting because you seem to have a lot of experience in dealing with the symptoms I’m dealing with. I’ve mostly been told by everyone that I just have IBS, but the symptoms I have are so non-stop and debilitating that I can’t deal with it anymore. I know I need to make a change in my diet, but I HATE cooking and I am so bad at it and I’m concerned I’m not going to follow it right. I’m in my early twenties, single, and want to be able to date freely and go out with friends and eat out like other normal 20 year-olds. Is this still possible? Or am I stuck to salads or homemade cooking every night? I don’t know how you guys give up bread 🙁

Lori Jo Berg April 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Hi Kelcey, the SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Marybelle Beigh March 19, 2015 at 2:24 am

Hi! I’ve suffered from an initial Ischemic Colitis attack about 3 years ago, and since then there are certain foods that trigger colitis attacks – severe bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhea/soft stool… corn, garlic, and hot peppers seem to be the primary instigators.
… also have wheat, milk, soy, alcohol, and sugar intolerances causing a variety of GI, sinus, and skin problems… would like to try this SCD plan… am curious about why the hot peppers and garlic are such severe problems. Please advise… Thanks

Lori Jo Berg March 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Hi Marybelle, any time you have an impaired gut you are going to find food sensitivities. You will see that after being on the SCD diet, your gut will begin to heal and these sensitivities will decrease.

doventin March 5, 2015 at 6:31 am

So why are fruits allowed but table sugar isn’t? Fruits contain glucose (absorbed to the bloodstream right away), fructose and sucrose (need to be metabolized first). Table sugar is simply sucrose. What’s the difference?

Is dextrose (pure glucose) allowed?

Lori Jo Berg March 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Hi, thanks for reaching out! This is from the breaking the viciou cycle website, which explains it nicely:

” The simpler the structure of the carbohydrate, the more easily the body digests and absorbs it. Monosaccharides (single molecules of glucose, fructose, or galactose) require no splitting by digestive enzymes in order to be absorbed by the body. These are the sugars we rely on in the diet. They include those found in fruits, honey, some vegetables, and in yoghurt.

Double sugar molecules (disaccharides: lactose, sucrose, maltose and isomaltose) and starches (polysaccharides) are primarily avoided on the diet. Some starches have been shown to be tolerated, particularly those in the legume family (dried beans, lentils and split peas only). However, they must be soaked for 10-12 hours prior to cooking, and the water discarded since it will contain other sugars which are indigestible, but which are removed in the soaking process. Small amounts of legumes may only be added to the diet after about three months. The starches in all grains, corn, and potatoes must be strictly avoided. Corn syrup is also excluded since it contains a mixture of ‘short-chain’ starches.

darryl February 27, 2015 at 5:29 am


I was diagnosed with non specific colitis or mild proctitis almost 6 years back. I was in ling remission but had some flare ups in between when i had spicy food or milk products. Lately i am having severe diarrhea and blood in mucus almost 3 times a day. I have noticed that it started since i started having milk and dark chocolates. Even measacol tablets and not or great help. I have read on some post that we should never stop taking the tablets even in remission since the inflammation still exists in the lower tissues and is possible to go in remission forever if you allow the intestines to heal permanently.

Lori Jo Berg March 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Hi Darryl, it is our hope that you can eventually get off of these medications by healing the root of the problem. Inflammation only still exists if you are feeding it, or causing it. Milk and sugar will certainly cause more inflammation in the body, so it makes sense that it caused your symptoms to return. We suggest staying on the diet and also incorporating supplements to your plan: http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/ Also, please consult with your physician about any changes or alterations to your medication.

nancy February 24, 2015 at 9:18 pm

What do u suggest for severe stomach gas?

Lori Jo Berg February 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Hi Nancy, The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Yvonne February 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

I’ve been reading more about fiber causing constipation and it seems the same thought process is expressed here as well. So I’m curious as to why so many high fiber foods are on the list?

Lori Jo Berg February 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

Hi Yvonne, thanks for reaching out! It is not so much that high fiber foods cause the constipation as it is they may contribute to the issue that is already there due to other things like dysbiosis, gut infection, etc. Each person on the SCD diet must figure out what works for them and we call this building our own safe food zone. If you know those foods don’t sit well with you, then you can avoid them or simply eat them is small amounts infrequently.

Judy February 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hi Jordan and Steve

I recently started the SCD diet and was wondering when I can introduce caffeine in my diet. Is it after all the phases or can it be introduced earlier? There is no mention of caffeine in the book, I found on the website that weak coffee may be consumed, I would like to know when in the diet that would be.

If anyone else could let me know it would be greatly appreciated.

Lori Jo Berg February 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

Hi Judy, thanks for reaching out!
Decaf coffee is not allowed due to the additives. However, all regular coffees and teas that don’t have additives like sugar or natural flavors are allowed from Day 1.
Also, check out minute 12:12 of this podcast for “The Great Coffee Experiment: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/01/the-scd-lifestyle-solution-podcast-13-be-an-scd-scientist-and-test-your-healing/
Here is a link explaining the ins and outs of tea: http://breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/detail/tea/

Christi February 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

I have been recovering from leaky gut for over a year now. I had the ALCAT food sensitivity test done and would like to know your opinion on food sensitivity tests. It has been accurate in that when I have tried to reintroduce moderate inflammatory foods, I get inflammation and digestive issues. I eat Paleo, take digestive enzymes and probiotics. Thank you so much for all you do…you both are inspirations to me

Lori Jo Berg February 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

Hi Christi, great question! There is not a gold standard for food sensitivity testing and it is just as effective to start an elimination type diet and let your body decide what it can and can’t handle. We suggest a diet like the SCD diet or Leaky gut diet to help you remove all allergenic foods and then retest foods one by one. You can read more about the Leaky gut diet here: solvingleakygut.com

Kerry February 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm


This site is a mine of information, and I’ve learnt a lot about SCD here, a big ‘Thank you’ to you guys. I thought I’d post as a lot of people here have IBD, but you don’t have so many people who are in the ‘grey area’. I’ve suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for years which led to inflammation in my spine, shoulders and hip areas. The pain was awful and the doctors were scratching their heads; in fact they suggested it was all in mine! Until I saw an excellent osteopath who told me it was coming from my stomach. As I had a hunch it was the case I’d already started eliminating foods. To my surprise I was following the SCD diet, only I kept making mistakes and couldn’t work out why (fresh bananas not black spotted etc). This site has helped me to understand why it works. Again Thank you!!

Lori Jo Berg February 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Hi Kerry, thanks for reaching out! We are so glad we could help you along the way. Are you currently following the SCD diet?

Leslie February 7, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Is Stevia allowed on this diet? I need to avoid sugar, as it was killing me, and replaced the Welches Grape juice with Goji Berri Powder (1 tlb) and added a few drops of dark stevia and then mixed it in the gelatin. I hope these are legal! Please let me know ASAP Thanks!!:)

Lori Jo Berg February 10, 2015 at 11:57 am

Hi Lelsie, thanks for reaching out! The only sweetener we recommend on the SCD diet is honey.

Tina February 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Hi Jordan, saw your interview on well.org – great info! I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 15 years ago and after listening to the interviews from you and the other experts I finally understand what’s going on! I’m just curious – why are legumes excluded from the diet? Some of the items in the excluded list I am assuming are safe – maybe I shouldn’t be? Is it detailed somewhere on the site? Thanks !

Lori Jo Berg February 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Hi Tina, thanks for reaching out! YOu can find a complete list of what is legal and illegal here: breakingtheviciouscycle.info Legumes contain hard to digest starches that can feed unwanted bacteria with in the gut, furthering the process of dysbiosis.

Randy Schwartz February 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Sorbitol is not SCD legal. Apples are SCD legal. Apples have Sorbitol in them. What gives??

Lori Jo Berg March 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Hi Randy, thanks for reaching out! “Sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol are all sugar alcohols and are not SCD™ legal. They fall under the category of indigestible carbs and sugars, and so allow companies to label things ‘sugar free’, even though they are providing nutrition to the bacteria that live in your digestive tract.” (From the Breaking the vicious cycle website)

Kiki February 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

HI there,
I am really interested in this and looking at the book to understand more about “tweeting” for each individual. my question is this. i have developed Interstitial Cystitis along side IBS like symptoms when i eat grains / sugar (having already been gluten free for 14 years). so i’m on a much more restricted diet than what is outlined as i react to a plethora of foods that are ok on this diet (i.e. some veg, nearly all fruit, most dairy etc). can you go through the stages and see healing on a more paired down basis, as needed for individual sensitivities? i would like to heal my stomach, in hope that the bladder may follow…

Lori Jo Berg February 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

HI Kiki, thanks for reaching out! Yes, we encourage each person to tweak the diet as needed and to build their own custom safe food zone.

Kristina February 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

Thanks, can you tweak right form the intro stage? some of those foods are off what i can tolerate list, but obviously i need to eat 😉 does the book give alternatives?

Lori Jo Berg February 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hi Kristina, thanks for reaching out! You can try zucchini instead of carrots, beef instead of chicken, and you do not have to consume the grape juice, as the gelatin can be eaten plain.

Christine January 23, 2015 at 10:11 am


I was on SCD about 8 years ago after my Dr. suggested I have my colon removed. The 9 months I was on it were the best I’ve felt since I was 15 (and I kept my colon). I felt so good I began “cheating.” I was dating and I felt that it was hard to explain to my boyfriend. Fast forward 8 years, marriage to boyfriend, grad school, job I commute to, baby, home ownership, and many junk food binges… I’m feeling pretty bad again. I’ve tried to get back on SCD several times over the years but can’t seem to stick to it. I think I’ve become addicted to sugar. I’m about to try again. I’ve been off all meds for about 5 years and I don’t want to have to get back on them (they don’t do me much good). Any advice for sugar addicts or people who are starting again?

Brent Kovacs January 25, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Hi Christine,

Thanks for reaching out and sharing all of this with us and the community! We’ve had success with using L-Glutamine free-form powder to help stave off sugar cravings like the one found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/

Tracee January 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Hi, this my first foray into the world of gut-healing diets. I have severe hormonal issues and my doctor suggested the GAPS diet because several other patients had great success balancing their hormonal (and other) issues with it. While researching GAPS, I ran across the SCD. Obviously both of them work to heal the gut, but I’m trying to understand the difference between the two…or if one would be better than the other. Any thoughts or suggestions. Thanks!

Lori Jo Berg January 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Hi Tracee, thanks for reaching out. Great question and both approaches are wonderful! The fact that you are already eating this way tells me that you have the dedication and ability to fix your health.

This program is different because we believe diet to be only one piece of healing your gut and fixing your problems. In addition to a great diet, you need proven high quality supplements, simple but effective lifestyle habits, and elimination of any hidden root causes that are keeping you sick.

This course is different because it’s put together under one program with easy steps for you to incorporate into your daily life. If you were only asking about the diet portion, our Solving Leaky Gut Rebuild diet is actually built upon Paleo Autoimmune and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet principles… with some key tweaks. In other words, we believe our Rebuild diet to be more effective than Paleo Autoimmune or SCD for acute symptom relief of people suffering from leaky gut. By combining these diets in a short rebuild phase we are seeing the fastest turn around in health in the 5 years since we started helping people with their diets.

After the short intro phase we graduate you up to the Solving Leaky Gut Living Diet which allows you to create a completely custom diet that works for you, including any and all foods that you can properly digest and make sense for your lifestyle.

Christina January 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

Hello, I am 25 weeks pregnant and last week was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I would really like to manage the symptoms naturally. I was told to be careful changing my diet to quickly because of detoxing and that could be harmful to the baby. Any advice on what I should do? I have the Breaking the Vicious Cycle book and would really like to do the SCD but I am so nervous about how all of this is going to effect baby.

Lori Jo Berg January 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Hi Christina, thanks for reaching out. We do not know exactly how the detoxing process affects pregnant and nursing mothers, so we do suggest taking any dietary changes very slow and waiting to do the full SCD diet until you have had the baby and done nursing.

Simon December 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Im interested in your diet.

Why is honey on the DO list and agave nectar on the DONT? Both are a similar mix of fructose and glucose.


Lori Jo Berg January 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Hi Simon, thanks for reaching out! This is from breaking the vicious cycle website: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/knowledge_base/detail/honey/

“Elaine writes: Honey is legal because, as the book states, it contains only single sugars (monosaccharides) which do not need microvilli enzymes (see diagrams on pages 22 and 23) in order for the two sugars of which it is composed to be absorbed into your bloodstream. The two sugars are already in the absorbable form. However, sucrose and lactose, etc. need action of the microvilli enzymes and in people with IBD and other illnesses, research shows that these enzymes are not active.”

Sindavidd December 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hello Steve and Jordan
I notice that I start having difficult breathing after eating most of the time and that make me think stomach and lung or food and breathing relates to each other. Do you think SCDiet will correct this problem? Any experience ? Thanks

Lori Jo Berg December 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Hi Sindavidd, thanks for reaching out! It is hard to say what is going on in your situation, but changing your diet and healing the gut can only help.

Victoria December 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Just found this site and was amazed at it. This is the way I have been eating for about two years now and did not know there was a name or a website for it. The only difference is I cannot eat green leafy veggies, no turnip greens, kale, spinach, etc. I can eat hard cheese and butter, but no milk or soft cheese or sour cream. And white potatoes do not seem to have any effect on me whatsoever. I usually will have one a week, one rice serving a week, one sweet potato a week, the rest of the time it’s mostly meat, veggies and fruit. I haven’t had bread in over two years, but I do make a mean biscuit with almond flour.

I am going to recommend this site to several of my friends who have gastroparesis. One in particular has lost a lot of weight and cannot eat. Maybe this will be what she needs.

Thank you for this site. It is good to know I’m not the only one out here eating this “strange” diet (as I have been told).

Cate December 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I’ve been eating paleo/primal for a couple of years now, and had flu/bronchitis back in March, which led to antibiotics, which led to my GI system suddenly being sensitive to just about everything, so I’m trying the SCD diet to see if that will help correct it. I’m on day 3 of the intro phase, and my only symptom seems to be a headache every day (possibly a combination of the die off and caffeine withdrawal). I assume I shouldn’t take ibuprofen or anything, correct? Is there anything else I can do for the headaches? Could it be the lack of fat in the intro phase?

Lori Jo Berg December 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Hi Cate, thanks for reaching out. We do encourage you to continue on the diet while trying not to take any NSAIDS, as they could make your GI symptoms worse. Perhaps some essential oils, plenty of water and rest will help your headaches, as well as natural creams such as icy hot or arnica.

Stella December 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

is turmeric allowed?

Lori Jo Berg December 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Hi Stella, thanks for reaching out! For a complete list of what is legal and illegal, please go here: breakingtheviciouscycle.info

lisa December 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm

About to start this diet after xmas .I am wondering what do you use instead of the beef in the intro part of the diet.I am a vegetarian eat fish and chicken .
Love so advice thanks heaps.

Lori Jo Berg December 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

Hi Lisa, thank you for reaching out! Yes, you can use chicken instead of beef for the Intro diet.

Elmarie December 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hi, I have been suffering from fibromyalgia for 15 years and been in excruciating pain ever since. Im also HLA-B27+. Ive tried every treatment in the book. Now my new endocrinologist is thinking I could have leaky gut syndrome. I will be sending a urine sample to Denmark on Friday 18 Des for hyperpermeability test. Any similar cases with a good outcome?

Lori Jo Berg December 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Hi Elmarie, thank you for reaching out! Inflammation is the basis of all disease, and this can manifest it’s self as many symptoms including pain. We have seen many people with chronic pain experience relief from simply healing their gut and decreasing systemic inflammation.

Lisa Giroux December 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hi, My 10 year old daughter has SIBO with constipation. She has already been treated with Rifaximin. She has been on the FODMAP diet for a month and has another breath test in 3 days. If she is put on another round of antibiotics should I wait to do the intro diet for SCD? I’m not sure if we are supposed to draw out the bacteria during antibiotic treatment. Also, is it still recommended for people with SIBO to have homemade yogurt? I’m not sure if she should have additional bacteria introduced to her system although she is currently on probiotics and miralax daily. The last question I have is her gi doc wants to put her on Celexa to help with abdominal pain, but I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with that. Any and all advice is welcome. I really appreciate everything you put on the web – I can’t begin to tell you how helpful it has been!!!

Lori Jo Berg December 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Hi Lisa, thank you for reaching out! First off, antibiotics are known to kill not only harmful bacteria, but the good ones as well. It will not hurt to heal the gut during this time and reinoculate the gut with healthy bacteria, but it can only help. We suggest giving your gut some time to heal before introducing the yogurt and simply see how your body reacts to it and decide based upon the outcome. It is our goal for our followers to be medication free, although sometimes this may not be possible for each person and their unique situation. It is best to have a conversation with your doctor about this and discuss the options available.

Patricia December 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

If symptom free, is it wiser to try to start adding rice or corn to diet? This would allow me to use rice flour or corn meal.

Lori Jo Berg December 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hi Patricia, thank you for reaching out! We do not really suggest either corn or rice, as both are inflammatory and hard on the digestive tract. However, if you are going to choose to reintroduce one, go ahead and start with rice and see how you do.

Alex December 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hi there!

Thanks so much for this amazing website and all the resources.

I have downloaded book and am planning to begin SCD diet right after Xmas.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s last year and while I do have a stricture & inflammation I have been pretty asymptomatic. I have loose stools and occasional diarrhea but that is all. Most days I only have 1 bowel movement.

So here is my question- In doing the SCD diet how will I know when I am improving?
Will it just be measured by my stools?

Hope this question makes sense. My GI wants to put me on medication and I want to make every effort to heal w/o medication.


Lori Jo Berg December 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hi Alex, thank you for reaching out! Yes, you will monitor your poop as well as energy levels and any other symptoms you may have had (rash, pain, etc).

Shanavas December 14, 2014 at 3:36 am

I’m 40 years old, and for the past few months I’ve been experiencing digestive issues bloating,constipation and hard stool. I have a bowel movement every two days, but sometimes I don’t get complete relief. My symptoms seem to occur after my food. I also exercise 5 days a week. I’m in the best shape of my life, but I hate feeling like this. I am diabetic and taking metformin, aspirin and perindopril. 5 years back they diagnosis as h pylory infection and treated. Now they did colonoscopy, everything normal in the result. They prescribed some antibiotics. Still I have the same problem of bloating and pain.

Lori Jo Berg December 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hi Shanavas, thank you for reaching out! We suggest getting on a multi faceted approach to attack this issue. Our Solving leaky gut Program can do just that and we encourage you to take a look at it, as it has a program just for constipation as well. link:Solvingleakygut.com

Yasmine December 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Jordan and Steve
I want to begin by saying that you have a great website
I have been on the diet for 4 weeks now. Cooked really well and mixed in Vitamix, I am stuck on carrot and chicken and olive oil – tried the lamb but on the third and fourth day had diarrhea. Banana even cooked – no good- Forget about honey no good. Not sure whether the diet is for me or not. I have strictures (2 severe and 1 moderate) and perhaps this is one of the problem. Started LDN a couple of days ago- I know Jordan used LDN for a year.
I begin to get discouraged, fearing that nothing will work.
Could you give me any advice?
Does that happen when people get stuck at the introduction stage?
Which food do you think I can almost safely introduce next?
When will LDN expect to take effect?

Lori Jo Berg December 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Hi yasmine, thank you for reaching out1 It is hard to say when the meds will take effect, but we encourage you to stick with the diet, as it may take some tweaking and more work on your part to out figure out your own safe food zone. This article will help as well: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/03/what-to-do-when-the-scd-diet-isnt-working/

Tammy December 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Thank you for all the helpful information. I am having trouble finding the dry curd cottage cheese. Do you have any suggestions. My Whole Foods and other grocery stores do not carry. Someone suggested famers cheese but I noticed that it has sugar in it. Would you agree that the farmers cheese would not be on the SCD?
Thank you

Lori Jo Berg December 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

Hi Tammy, thank you for reaching out! The only dairy we suggest while on the SCD diet is the home made yogurt. From here, you can test out other forms of dairy and see how you do with them, but dry curds are not necessary to the SCD diet.

Barbara November 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

My son was diagnosed with uc in 2010, he was highly allergic to Asacol and Pentasa, his GI was pressuring us to have surgery, instead we started him on scd diet, it was a slow process but he gradually got better and has now been in remission for 19mnths until two weeks ago when for no reason he started a severe flare and this time the intro diet didnt work, his inflamation levels was 52, he is in a lot of pain. His GP started him on Prednisone on Monday with not much effect. Has anyone else had this experience on the scd diet and what advise does any one have. He is in his final year at school and hopes to go to university next year. It is so dissapointing after him being well for so long, we dread having to go back to his GI as he never agreed with the diet, he is also on ldn but no other meds.

Lori Jo Berg December 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Hi Barbara, thank you for reaching out! We have seen this happen to other’s and while it may not be able to be explained fully, it is best to get back on the SCD diet and calm the inflammation. If he did stray from his custom safe food zone, it is best he sticks close to this as well as his body may not be able to handle anything else.

Deli November 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Hi there, and thanks for the useful website!
The reason why I have started praticing the SCD (or else, a GAPS-ish one), is 5 months ago I got very annoying Tinnitus, accompanied by anxiety and waking up at 3am at night. At first I though I got these due to my pregnancies and breastfeeding my kids (for a total of the last 6 years) – being quite thin, I thought I am exhausted and mineral-vitamin-depleted. However, on noticing I also had some gut issues (bloating at night, frequent diarrhea, frequent urinating, etc), it dawned on me that the underlying problem is in my guts. Now, my question is: focusing mainly on proteins , am I not risking losing too much weight? I have lost 2-3 kilos already for the last one month. I am eating lots of free-roaming chick broths and soups, eggs (one or two a day), beef broths, chicken meat, an apple and a pear a day, some lettuce with some soaked almonds in it every day, brown rice and some kinoa, boiled carrot and celery and pumpkin. More or less , this is my diet. As supps I take digestive enxymes, vitamin B complex, GABA and Spirulina. Oh, I also drink lots of green and ginger teas. I eat some sesame, olive and pumpkin seed oils. My protein cravings have been down by this one month, but I still feel protein hunger at times. What may this be due to? My sleep is much better though! One month of good sleep has been fantastic for me! Twice for the last month though, I did get some anxiety attacks (short-lived) and some Tinnitus, esp. round Full Moon. Anyways, could you advise whether my broth and protein diet will make me lose too much weight , or it will be fine? thank you in advance! P.S. I was given too many antibiotics as a child, which made me have bad teeth as early as I was 3. At the minute I have 12 root canals and very bad teeth. I have removed all amalgam and nickel crowns and am retreating my teeth. As far as I remember, I have suffered fatigue all my life. I also get rapid heart beat, which started in my 20-s. (now I am 36). This is why I suspect a serious Candida overgrowth in my intestines , and possibly some parasites 🙁

Lori Jo Berg December 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

Hi Deli, thank you for reaching out! It is hard to say, as many factors can go into weight loss. We suggest finding a diet that works for you and where calories are not restricted, as calories provide energy that is needed to heal.

rosaline November 26, 2014 at 12:11 am

I have a two question.
1.dose scd diet work to asian?? (Im korean. crohn’ s disease)
2. when starts scd yogurt after scd intro? (im have not diarrhea)

Lori Jo Berg November 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

HI Rosaline, thank you for reaching out. We have had great success with this diet for all types people. Secondly, many will start the yogurt when there symptoms begin to subside and they feel they can test out a new food.

rika November 18, 2014 at 6:31 am

Thanks for all you advise and help here!
I’ve started the scd intro diet since yesterday (after years of weakness, sickness and heavy dysbiose in my gut) I woke up feeling weak and nauseous as expected but what worries me is that I have very low blood sugar (52) Is this a normal reaction and can this be dangerous? I have never had any known blood sugar problems in the past.
Thanks a lot for any help/advise!!

Lori Jo Berg November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Hi Rika, thank you for reaching out! While your body is going through many changes, the goal is certainly not to be hypoglycemic. Remember that calories are not restricted on the diet, so please eat as much as you need to. Secondly, we suggest you are in contact with a practitioner, as this is always a good idea. And lastly, try consuming some of the grape gelatin to help raise the blood sugar.

Stephanie November 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I just listened to the information from Dr. O’Bryan about supplements you need along with the diet to solve leaky gut. One of them is colostrum – is it bovine colostrum? If so, how can you take it and be dairy free too? Especially if you tested with a strong sensitivity to dairy?

Lori Jo Berg November 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Hi Stephanie, thank you for reaching out! Here is what DR. Tom has to say regarding this topic:

“That’s a really good question. And the answer is maybe. A clinical decision
has to be made, all right Mrs. Patient, you’ve got a lot of information here, the test show us all
these elevated antibodies or other markers of inflammation. We want to calm it all down. Nothing calms down the genes of information faster than colostrum. We were designed to respond to colostrum. So this is a judgment call because we also see you have a dairy sensitivity, but I’m going to recommend that we make a clinical decision here that for two months you’re going to take the colostrum and the PRP sprays. Because we want to turn on the genes, we want to activate the genes for less inflammation more healthy vibrant genetic function. So if we can take these products and you don’t have a reaction to them at all except it keeps your antibodies elevated to dairy, you know, you’ve had elevated antibodies to dairy probably, we’ve just discovered it, but you might of had them for years already so a couple more months isn’t going to matter. And if we can turn on the genes for healthier function I’d much prefer doing that. Now, if you start to take the colostrum and you have a reaction, a little gut pain, a little bloating, a little diarrhea, just stop and say okay we tried but we can’t do it. Or you do the PRPs sprays if you have any type of those reactions, just stop. But if you don’t have a noticeable reaction for a couple of months, clinically I found that it helps with the long-term healing so much more to use these products, for a limited length of time. Once again you don’t want to take things that you’re allergic to or that your immune system is fighting. But clinically it helps in the big picture as long as you don’t have any reactions to taking them to take them for one month to two months.”

Stephanie November 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Thanks – but what are the PRPs sprays? And is there a particular brand or type of colostrum you would recommend?

Lori Jo Berg November 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hi Stephanie, thanks for reaching out! We recommend the Numedica brand and PRP is also a form of the bovine colostrum that helps support the immune among many other benefits.

Rhonda October 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Every time I try to go on this diet I get so weak and shaky. I have issues with low blood sugar. When I eat my standard diet (which includes soda 🙁 I feel fine (as far as blood sugar goes) . As soon as I cut out all sugars and soda then I deal with symptoms. The only allowed sweetner is honey and I seem to get allergy response to honey (stuffy nose). Any suggestions?

Lori Jo Berg October 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hi Rhonda, thank you for reaching out! Your body is probably going through a sugar with drawl and this is where the grape gelatin can be helpful. We urger you to continue on the diet, as your body is working hard to adapt to stable glucose level.

diana October 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

Wht can be done for a high cortisol level?

Lori Jo Berg October 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Hi Diana, thank you for reaching out! High cortisol levels are also a sign of adrenal fatigue, as your levels may spike before they level out and continue to operate at a low level. Please get your cortisol levels checked, as this is imperative to healing your adrenal glands: http://www.directlabs.com/scdlifestyle/OrderTests/tabid/28099/language/en-US/Default.aspx

joann October 18, 2014 at 9:12 am

I enjoyed you Steve on Wellness Family Summit. You mentioned about Betaine HCL and that you had a huge article on your site but I can’t find it. Can you please send me the link? Thank you!

Lori Jo Berg October 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi Joann, thank you for reaching out today! Here are a few articles on HCL-
About low stomach acid:http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/
How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with:http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Kristen September 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Hi! I am following a paleo diet right now but want to possibly switch to SCD after more research and feeling some of the changes out after doing this for about 30 days..
Question for all you fine folks is….about 7 years ago I eliminated beef and pork from my diet after my doc said my IBS was flaring up, and doing an elimination I thought these two were triggers. Now I think there were so many things causing havoc there is no way I could have made an actual elimination decision properly back then.
Before I reintroduce beef (grass fed) back I want to provide my body with some digestive enzymes. Any recommendations? I have been so heavy on grains and rice for so many years I feel like I need to give my gut some healthy oomph.
Thanks !!

Brent Kovacs October 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Hi Kristen,

Thanks for reaching out! Watch this video, where Jordan explains the ins and out of digestive enzymes and which ones we recommend: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Rebecca Umeseaka September 27, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hello my name is Rebecca,
I have been having increased gut issues for nearly a year and stomach problems most of my life. I have constant cramping, gas and bloating after eating and trouble swallowing because my neck is being constricted and I am constantly choked with mucus in my throat. Moreover, I avoid dairy and gluten and take digestive enzymes with meals, but I am still struggling with all grains and have a hard time digesting meats and forced to eat soft foods due to a trouble swallowing. I am supposed to get a video swallow test from my G.I doctor but I am scared about that.

Need help to get started on this diet, don’t want to do unnecessary tests, if I can help it! Thanks!

Lori Jo Berg September 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hi Rebecca, thank you for reaching out! It sounds like you may also need to test your HCL levels. Please read more here:
About low stomach acid:http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with:http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Lynn Wallace September 27, 2014 at 1:03 am

I had a stool test and bacteria and parasites found in my intestines.
I have no pain. Only loose stools.
My doctor changed my hormone pills and put me on your diet and now is feeding me an immune boost through IV. Since all of this I feel fatigued ,weak ,dizzy lack of energy ,hard to sleep., not focused .Is this normal to have these side effects .? She also took me off of all of my super foods and natural immune boosting products that was keeping my energy up.
What’s your thoughts on all this.

Lori Jo Berg September 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hi Lynne, thank you for reaching out! First off, we suggest finding a practitioner that you trust yoru health with. Secondly, an anti-inflammatory diet like paleo, SCD, or GAPS is a must in order for you to heal. You can read more about the SCD diet here: scdlifestyle.com Lastly, you will need to attack the root causes (parasites, bacteria) of your symptoms. IF you are in need of a practitioner, please go here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Jean September 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

After surgery involving the large bowel and being diagnosed with SIBO, I was given this diet. I went on antibiotics for two weeks, was retested and SIBO still there. I had already lost 12 lbs before going on the diet. On this diet I lost another 14 lbs. I called a SIBO doctor specialist in Oregon and asked about this because her website said for those who are too thin or lose too much weight the diet needs to be modified – but it didn’t say how. I asked the person who fields calls and questions at their office. She said in these cases, the doctor will add in white rice to help with weight gain. Anyone else have a similar experience with SIBO and weight loss.

Laura Hernandez September 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hello- I know for sure I have leaky gut and I need to start GAPS or SCD soon. I just recently had some allergy testing done with my Dr. and it turns out I’m allergic to wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, almonds, and pineapple. Would it be best for me to do SCD since GAPS allows almonds, dairy, and eggs in the intro phases? Obviously I need to heal before I can eat those items so maybe SCD would be better?

Brent Kovacs September 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hi Laura,

We suggest starting SCD from the intro diet on as a tough case. Our eBook can help you get started right away.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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/

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

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/

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!

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!

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.


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 =)

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.

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.

Mathieu August 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

Thank you very much

Rest assured your help is very much appreciated.

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.


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/

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

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.

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!

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.

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?

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.

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?

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/

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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/

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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!)
Just cut out bread today to see if my eczema clears up! 🙂

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


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

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.

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?

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

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.

Hope April 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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!!

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.

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.

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?

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”? =/

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.

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.

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!

Jana March 6, 2014 at 11:35 am


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!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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!

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!!

Linda May 31, 2017 at 9:52 am

Try googling xiphoid process. Basically same symptoms as you and came across this. Something I never heard of before but pretty sure I have this going on.

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!


Nicole February 8, 2014 at 11:33 am


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?


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,


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?

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!

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

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


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)

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

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!

Nancy Enis January 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

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

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.

Elizabeth Reinbold January 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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?

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!

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..

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!

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.

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.

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

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?

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. 🙂

Steven Wright November 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Right away

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!!

Jennie November 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Guess I asked too much…..

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!

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!

Ally September 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

What vitamins should I be taking for leaky gut?

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

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:)

Susan Wheeler September 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Why is curry on the no no list?

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 🙂

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?

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!

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!!

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.

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!!

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?

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Josh July 19, 2013 at 9:45 am


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?

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.


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

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.

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.

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 🙁

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.

Cait July 7, 2013 at 2:41 am

Is almond milk illegal?

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.



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.

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

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. 🙂

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

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?

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!


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 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??



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.

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?

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.

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?

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,

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?

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.

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.

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

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


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!

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!

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.

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


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.


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.

Carolina April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

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???

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?

julie April 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm


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…

Poppy March 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

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

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?

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.

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.

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?

Steven Wright March 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Annelin March 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm


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

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.

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 !



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.

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?


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.

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?

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.

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/

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!

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

Connie August 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Why are you still eating bread and corn chips? Corn chips are almost 100% GMO. Have you tested for corn allergy? Crackers, cereal, bread = gummy gluten; and most especially corn chips fill my entire sinuses and throat with gummy mucus so bad I can’t sleep for choking on it. Don’t touch this fried poison.

Gail March 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Meant to say ‘omitting some ‘problem’ food’

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.

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.

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.



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!

Sabine February 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

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!

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/

Natalie February 25, 2013 at 1:49 am

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

Ekaette Igbo February 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm


So which are the allowed carbohydrates?

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

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.

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!

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?

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:


In good health,


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.

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


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.

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?

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.

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?

Jordan Reasoner January 31, 2013 at 3:28 am
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 🙂

Jordan Reasoner January 31, 2013 at 3:37 am
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?

Jordan Reasoner January 31, 2013 at 3:38 am

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



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.

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?

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 [email protected]

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

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?

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.

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.

Sundari December 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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,

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.

navbir December 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

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

Steven Wright December 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm
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.

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?

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/


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.

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?

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.

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.

Darby November 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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

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. ??

Marie Sylvén November 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

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?

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.


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?

Jordan Reasoner November 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Sounds like classic low stomach acid. Please read this:



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?

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.


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?

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.


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?

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,


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.

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.
Dave Morgan

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:


In good health,


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?

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

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:


In good health,


Paul Fesetch November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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

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

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:


In good health,


gigi October 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm


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

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.

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.

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:


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


I think that will explain everything,


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,


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.

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.

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.


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!

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!

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,


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.

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,


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 😉



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…”

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.

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:


In good health,


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.

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:


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

In good health,


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.

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.

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.

James November 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Steven Wright October 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!!

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!!

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?

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?

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

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?

Suhani August 30, 2012 at 3:01 am

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


Jordan Reasoner August 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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


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

In good health,


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.

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:


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)


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


I hope that helps you.


Nicola September 2, 2012 at 2:45 am

Thanks will check them out 🙂

Debi February 1, 2016 at 7:58 am

Hi Nicola

I have Celiac disease and have major symptom’s which the doctors put down to being “blocked” and “depression”, absolute joke. Constant pain in my right hand side for over two years, numb feet and legs, hairs fallen out of my lower legs, lost a stone in 4 weeks, being sick 3-4 times a day and now I have over 400 blotches over my body. I went gluten free yesterday, as I am sick and tired of waiting for doctors to help. I have found out that yeast, which is in gluten free breads, is a definite no no for celiacs – so avoid it. Milk apparently is also a no no, yet that is the only thing I am eating right now, it stopped me being sick, it saved me too be honest. The doctors online have said any diet is for an individual and wont be the same for all, but having us eat gluten free and not inform us of the yeast problem is not good at all. This diet sounds like a “caveman” diet, which is how I first described what I could eat, so Ill have a look at this.

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!

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,


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.

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 [email protected] and let us know. I think it would help a lot of people.

Talk soon,


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?

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.

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?

Steven Wright August 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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

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?

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:


In good health,


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.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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……..

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.

MamaMack April 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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

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 🙁

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 …..

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?

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

cucuxungu April 26, 2015 at 9:17 am

I had an adverse reaction to raisins too. I had detox reactions when I eliminated wheat (headaches, nausea, tiredness), but I already know that I may also experience some elimination of toxins reactions in my body when I tweak with the SCD diet, and am looking forward to short term toxicity discomfort due to toxin elimination from my body rather than long term toxicity discomfort due to not doing my body good by eating the foods that cause my body to react negatively.

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!!!!!!!! 🙂

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ann June 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

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

Jordan Reasoner June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Ramona July 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

I’m not absolutely sure, but in the one place where you talk about eliminating starches, etc., you say “complex carbohydrates” don’t you mean “simple carbohydrates”?

Lori Jo Berg July 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

I Ramona – the SCD diet eliminates all complex carbohydrates as these are the ones with the greatest potential to feed the pathogenic bacterial in the gut. Simple carbs are easier to break down and don’t pose the same threat.

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 [email protected] … 🙂

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

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.

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?


Steven Wright November 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

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

Kat Morley May 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Hi Philippa,

Check out the SIBO diet, all the intolerances you have mentioned are top of the list for a SIBO problem.

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.

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!

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.

Georgette March 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Kathy totally agree with you, preparing for retirement and my Dr is running tests all lean toward Crohn’s Disease. I am also lactose intolerant, esophaghitis from acid reflux, and hiatal hernia. I have a copy of the book somewhere have to find it again. My question is how to you decipher if the seeds are organic? Is there a special label to look for to know it is free of GMO?

Lori Jo Berg March 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

HI Georgette, there are 2 labels you can look for here: 1 is USDA organic and the other is NON GMO Project Verified. Hope this helps!

cucuxungu April 26, 2015 at 9:02 am

Kathy, I think you are 105% right! I have on my own been researching and using myself as a guinea pig to see why I felt total discomfort with pasta, breads, milk… I started eliminating cow milk in college and felt better, but still had discomfort. Removed meat for a good while and felt great! I started eating organically grown vegetables and meats from farms nearby. Felt incredible!!! Fast forward to now which I eliminated wheat completely, not just gluten free foods and read “Wheat Belly Cookbook” book online (Issuu.com) which talked about the genetic modification of wheat after WWII and how (genetically/chemically speaking) and why it was done! With the elimination of wheat, a hip pain and visible swelling I had for 3 years was gone in a week in a half (that conventional medicine/ doctors had not cured!). My bloated belly went down. Facia acne was gone. I also saw less hairs falling into the shower drain after my showers. Gassiness completely stopped, and I still am researching and testing on myself. Sugar is next. I came upon this sight because I was eating organic raising with no sulfur or anything in them and became super gassy! (Other fruits like apples, pears and bananas do not bother me.) I read that I may have an over abundance of bacteria in my lower intestine which is not letting me absorb fructose (this bacteria eats the sugar and produces gas, hence I eliminate it) which brought me to this website. I am going to go on less sugar from fruit for 1 month to kill the excess bacteria and then reintroduce natural sugar slowly into my diet. By paying attention to how your body responds to food and making changes based on how your system responds, is not only beneficial , but in the long run, I believe, you will live a healthy and long life.

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!

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.

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?

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.

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

Alison January 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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

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?

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.

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

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?

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!

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,


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

Amanda March 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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?


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

Hali LaFountain April 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

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!!

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.

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.

Ali May 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

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

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.

Kirsty January 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Hi Helen
Have your doctors ever suggested you have achalasia ?

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.

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.

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.

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,


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.

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.


Wendy August 17, 2015 at 5:54 am

I make my own kefir from pastures jersey cows, allegedly a2 certified. My kefir ferments for over a week, resulting in carbonated kefir. And, I eat the Irish butter sold at Costco. Can I eat these?
Also, per the no- grain list: does the SCD diet totally eliminate gluten free breads? Thanks.

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.

Valentin April 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

Kat Morley May 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

Hi Graciela, It sounds like SIBO (Small intestine bacterial overgrowth) to me. I’m having the same problems with bloating & brain fog, food allergies & candida overgrowth too. Every diet I’ve looked at Paleo, Gaps, SIBO, Candida all give conflicting information so I just have to eat the things which don’t make me feel ill and that’s just natural proteins & some veg. No pulses, pseudo grains, nuts, diary, grains, sugar. Rhubarb, lemons & limes seem to be ok as they are very low sugar. Some highly fermentable foods cause me real gas & bloating problems such as onions, cabbage, coconut kefir, kombucha, inulin & probiotics. Magnesium supplements also seem to make my candida over-run. Insomnia is a problem too. I’ve done 4 months on the candida diet which made me very sick but I’m feeling much better now and a bit more tolerant to fruit. My continuing symptoms definitely seem to now tie in to SIBO so I’m going to try that diet next. Maybe focus on the candida first too?

Lori Jo Berg May 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

HI Kat, thanks for reaching out. We suggest a combination of all the diets you mentioned, as it is all about building a custom diet that works specifically for you and your condition. Just a quick note, it would be a great idea to add in some supplements as well, as diet is a great start but only part of it. If you feel you need help in this area, these practitioners here are great: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/ Sounds like you are on the right path thus far, keep up the good work.

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.

sharyn March 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

what about stevia or xylitol?

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

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.

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!

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

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.)

Melker Zirk March 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

What about lactose-free products?

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.

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:



Lizzy November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm


My 6 months on it in 2007 didn’t work (ZERO cheating, last month of it I actually return to intro diet for Whole Last Month)

But now I’m re-visiting SCD, after reading of TOO HOT YOGURT MAKERS.

MAYBE my yogurt maker (individual cups) was running TOO HOT & TOO COLD, depending on the location of each little cup!

Sarah November 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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.

Margaret August 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Hi, I have been on the Scd diet for 6 weeks. I got worse to begin with but the turning point was 10 days ago when I made Scd Yoghurt. I am now symptom free! The Yoghurt is easy to make and tastes great with a banana mashed into it.

Mariel Heiss August 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Margaret – thats is so awesome to hear! Sometimes people feel a little worse before they feel better, but yogurt can be the difference-maker!

You are an inspiration to all of us today! 🙂

Here’s some info on why the yogurt made you feel great: http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/08/scd-legal-yogurt-is-the-difference-maker-dont-eat-it-at-your-own-risk/

Eric Hissom November 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Margaret: If you don’t mind, could you tell me what your symptoms were? I’ve just started the diet, finished 4 days on the intro, heading into Phase 1. I’ve had 2 good days, and 2 bad, with today (day 4) being the worst. Obviously, I’m at the very beginning, must give it a chance, and look forward to making the yogurt. My IBS is constipation predominant, though there’s been plenty of diarrhea too.

Mick Hamblen February 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

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

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.


Jeannie May 18, 2015 at 10:20 am

I’m confused. Everything I have read says just the opposite–low heat for coconut oil, olive oil for medium heat, and peanut oil for high heat.

Lori Jo Berg May 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Hi Jeanie, this can also depend upon what type of Olive oil you are using, for example. Olive oil can come in pure, virgin and extra virgin forms and therefore each can handle a different temperature. Coconut oil is largely made up of saturated fat and therefore the hydrogen bonds do not break (go rancid_ when exposed to medium high heat.

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.

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?

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:



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?

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/

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.

Dana August 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

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

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.



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!


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.

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 🙂


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.

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.

Dan November 13, 2017 at 3:20 am

Just to jump in here with some personal experience, but I have Ulcerative Colitis and live in Taiwan. I had previously cut out all gluten (wheat/rye/barley) thinking that was what was giving me issues, and it did slightly help, but to replace the gluten I was eating bucket-loads of Rice. I live in Taiwan, so it was sticky-rice products for breakfast (which are especially hard to digest) + Rice with lunch and dinner. Then rice-based snacks. It was a ton of rice. I wasn’t improving, finally following this diet (I’ve only been on it for about a month) I’ve cleared up tremendously.

i’ve cut out rice, milk, potatoes/sweet potatoes and added sugar, and within a week noticed that the dry/red skin around my eyes and on my hands was clearing up. After about 2 weeks my other colitis symptoms started to improve.

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.

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.

tricia May 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm

If you read the book breaking the vicious cycle it outlines the reasons why all grains and seeds are illegal. It’s all about food chemistry and how easily foods are absorbed in the stomach as opposed to travelling into the intestines in order to be fully digested. All the illegal foods are illegal because their molecular structure makes them more difficult to digest and thus they travel into the intestines where they provide food for the bad bacteria. You really need to read the book to get a full appreciation for the complex chemistry involved. But that’s the basic science behind how the diet works to heal your gut. It starves the bad bacteria by limiting what goes undigested into your intestinal system.

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

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,


Bobbi Miller June 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

What is the 24-hour hormone/cortisol test? Does a doctor do it?

Mariel Heiss June 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Hi Bobbi, a doctor can order the test or you can order it yourself by following this link http://www.directlabs.com/scdlifestyle/OrderTests/tabid/28099/language/en-US/Default.aspx

You can learn more about the test by reading this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/10/why-cortisol-is-good-for-you/

You may want to consider working with a practitioner who can give you one-on-one support. Here’s a link to help you with that: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Andy August 13, 2017 at 8:33 am

Hi..SCD recommends lentils for vegetarians which I am so please explain what does lentils include …Like there are many Indian dals like yellow, green moong Dal, toor Dal, chana dals.. are all these okay. Also if I buy commercial regular milk rather than raw milk and then make yogurt out of it is it okay

Kelsey May 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Can this diet be acceptable for vegetarians or vegans? I suffer from chronic constipation and am at my wits end trying to solve my digestive issues (bloating, gas, burping after meals, pain in the upper stomach, low abdominal pressure/discomfort) but I’ve been vegetarian for so long I’m still not comfortable eating meat. Will this diet still be effective for me?

Mariel Heiss May 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Hi Kelsey – thanks for reaching out.

SCD wasn’t designed for vegetarians or vegans – but we do have some suggestions for you:

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


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)


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


4) Check out this podcast: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/08/vegetarians-tips-for-improving-gut-health/

Bonnie May 14, 2016 at 10:14 pm

Vegans absolutely can thrive on this diet. It saved my health and I’m a committed vegan of 26?years.

Mariel Heiss May 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Hi Bonnie, thanks so much for sharing! We’d love to know more about how you made it work for you! You can email us at [email protected]

Andrew March 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Hi Bonnie,

Any tips you can share? I am vegan and am looking into transitioning over to this as a result of UC. Thank you in advance.

Char October 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Have you been checked for SIBO? There’s a simple breath test you can do to diagnose it. I was just diagnosed with the methane-predominant type and my primary symptoms were bloating, burping, and pain.
The SCD diet is helpful for SIBO and other digestive problems.
Good luck!

Debra December 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Kelsey, I have been suffering from chronic constipation for years and have have discovered that I am suffering from SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth), you can find this out by having a breath test. If you do the SCD diet should be of help to you.

Kimberly June 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Just dx with colitis waiting on biopsy for suspected Chron’s. I want to try this before meds. I am allergic to honey (severe). Are there any alternatives for sweeteners?

Mariel Heiss July 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

Hi Kimberly – thanks for reaching out! Honeys the only SCD-legal sweetener we recommend but you could also try using maple syrup or some stevia (neither or these are SCD-legal, but we see people do well with them)

Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Saccharin is legal (sweet and low), although the necta sweet tabs are much better. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00125VW8Q/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ASEVS99O6FS73

Tina February 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Please, please do not use Sweet n Low or any other artificial sweetener. Ever. They are man made chemicals that have solid evidence proving they are detrimental to your health in every way. Do a quick Google search about what these artificial sweeteners actually are and do to your brain and gut. I also believe with it being man made it would not fall into the “Legal” category.

Karen September 24, 2016 at 5:59 am

Hi, can I drink raw milk?

Mariel Heiss September 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Hi karen – fluid milk isn’t allowed on SCD, but you can definitely use the raw milk to make SCD-legal yogurt. Here’s a recipe: http://scdlifestyle.com/2011/08/easy-scd-yogurt-–-directions-for-scd-legal-goat-milk-yogurt/

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

bk February 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Let me get this straight….

Your Gastro-intestinal doctor doesn’t believe in diet? Isn’t diet the reason for the existence of your gastro-intestinal system? He likes pills that only damage the gut further?

Sounds like a quack to me, I would straight up fire that GI “Doctor”!!

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.

zeeshan February 16, 2015 at 5:37 am

can u tell me the name of doctor , i am suffering from ulcertaive colitis too

Lori Jo Berg February 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hi Zeehan, thanks for reaching out! Please go here to find a doctor to help you with your UC: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Ray Fox March 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

I can not recommend this enough, I started the diet, saw positive results then had an appointment with a GI who did not even recognise the impact of food on the intestines. I cancelled my endoscope tests and stuck to the new way of living shall we say. I am 38 with natural high blood pressure so they say. Well I lost 3 stone, lost all intestinal issues lost the need for taking any meds and even better also lost my natural hypertension. The world needs to stop eating all this processed rubbish which only benefits their governments. You have nothing to loose except your ill health. God bless Elaine Gotshall.

Trina Box September 5, 2015 at 12:33 am

Ray I agree with you whole heartedly! The consumer diet is death in a processed bag! I just stumbled onto this web page tonight and with a new dx of Celiac Disease I cannot wait to get started on the SCD diet.

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!

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…

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.

Shawn August 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm

A couple year’s later…but I just had to comment on this! I’ve been waking up for years at 3am and treated everything: sex hormones, adrenals, tried all the supplements, etc. I recently found out that I have the MTHFR mutation, so your comment made me realize there is a whole area I have not considered yet. Thanks!!

Michelle CH. September 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

What test exactly do you recommend to test for the MTHR mutation? Thank you so much for any help on this.

Mariel Heiss September 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Hi Michelle – Steve and Jordan don’t recommend a specific test for this.

We recommend you consult one of our recommended practitioners for more info on this mutation and testing for it.

Learn more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

tjdinak November 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

I’m interested too…even if the SCD folks don’t recommend a test…Shawn and Jen obviously know what tests they were given.

Matt January 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Your doctor can order a blood test, it’s fairly simple. I was able to get it done via Labcorp. Alternatively, if you do the genetic testing through 23andme, you will be able to see if you have the MTHFR genetic mutation

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.

Marla November 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Progesterone helped my 3 a.m. wake up. I have bowel endometriosis and my GYN prescribed it after he took a mass of endo and my left ovary and fallopian tube.

sue September 3, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Maybe look into getting rid of the wifi router and cordless landline
These both emit high levels of microwave radiation 24/7
They are known to stop the body producing melatonin at night .
Melatonin is what keeps you asleep

Jasprr May 22, 2016 at 9:08 am

Hi another cause of sleep problems is sleeping with any kind of light on. The room must be completely black no candles or nite lite, this affects melatonin.

M October 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

If IBS is not the only cause of the insomnia, then supplements can help. I have had chronic sleep issues for most of my life. Various things have helped be get to sleep and go back to sleep easily. I take a cocktail of melatonin (2mg), tryptophan (500mg), magnesium (400mg) and GABA (500mg), and a Valerian formula (with hops, chamomile). Also, Omega-3 fish oil is really great to reduce cortisol levels which helps with sleep. (5-htp raises cortisol)

Article from the Mood Cure book: Eliminating Top Causes of Insomnia: Neurotransmitter Deficiency and corisol excess: https://www.moodcure.com/pdfs/Townsend-Letter-NNTI%20article.docx.pdf

An exciting new finding has changed my sleep profoundly is adding 3 to 4 mg of the amino acid GLYCINE. Google “Glycine for sleep”. Studies show that glycine helps you sleep deeper. I feel myself sinking into the bed more, do not wake up as frequently and wake up refreshed when I add this in.

Jennifer January 31, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Sorry, I don’t have a reply for Ellen, but I do have a question for Jordan, and I can see no other way to ask it
I have a connective tissue disorder, and a horrible gut. I know I can’t eat onions, garlic, or much of anything containing fructan or fructose. Frankly, my gut is only happy at near starvation. Symptoms include chronic constipation (I do have BM every day, but never full evacuation); I bloat very badly; I burp; I get stomachs aches; chronic fatigue (and chronic pain- but that’s because all my joints are damaged due to my faulty connective tissue). Plenty of connective tissue in the gut, too, which is probably why I have the symptoms. Anywho…. much of what’s listed as legal in the SCD doesn’t work for me, but strangely, lactose is not a problem. Looking for input

Lori Jo Berg February 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Hi Jennifer – it sounds like you need some stool testing at this point! We’e recommend the following: Test 1: The BioHealth #401H GI Pathogen Screen: https://www.directlabs.com/scdlifestyle/OrderTests/tabid/28099/language/en-US/Default.aspx

(NOTE: This can be found by selecting Specialty Labs under Find Tests)

This test uses advanced staining and antigen techniques to recover pathogens from 3 stool samples, taken each day for three days. I like the fact that this test uses samples taken over multiple days… and not only that, but it uses state of the art technology to look for pathogens that could be missed.

Test 2: The Doctor’s Data Parasitology x3: https://www.directlabs.com/scdlifestyle/OrderTests/tabid/28099/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Update: We’ve updated our recommendations for stool testing. The Metametrix #2105 is actually no longer available and many other reasons have led us to change our recommendation for the second test to the Doctor’s Data Parasitology x3 stool test.

This article goes into detail on why we suggest 2 stool tests instead of one:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/04/6-gut-infection-case-studies-why-you-should-get-stool-testing-done-asap/ Please let us know what questions you have regarding your next steps:)

Lori Jo Berg August 14, 2017 at 5:38 pm

HI Andy – we recommend the highest quality you can get! If you can only find regular store bought milk, you can test it out and see how you do.

Mariel Heiss September 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Trina – we’re so glad you found SCD 🙂 welcome to the community!

Anytime you need support, please reach out here in the comments, over on Facebook, or at [email protected]

Mariel Heiss November 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Hi Tj – you can definitely be tested (and even find tests you can order yourself) the question is, what do you do with the information you get from the test? A test is only as good as the solutions the results can provide. Unless you’re working with a skilled practitioner who knows what to do with the information from a MTHFR mutation test, the test is a waste of money. If you think you could have the mutation and it may be impacting your health, definitely find a doctor or practitioner who is familiar with the test and mutation to help you find answers.

Lori Jo Berg November 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for sharing, Dan! So glad to hear you’re on the right path now:)

Mariel Heiss August 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Hi Wendy, thanks for commenting!

Your kefir sounds pretty incredible. You can try introducing it when you would SCD-legal yogurt (Here’s more info on that – http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/08/scd-legal-yogurt-is-the-difference-maker-dont-eat-it-at-your-own-risk/)

Butter is allowed on SCD as long as you tolerate dairy well.

No commercial gluten-free breads are recommended. However, if you tolerate nuts, there are many SCD recipes that make bread outs of nut and other non-grain flours.

You can find a complete list of legal/illegal ingredients here for comparing to recipes you find: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info