“The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has helped millions of people who suffer from various forms of bowel disease and other ailments to vastly improve their quality of life. It is a diet intended for those suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea. It has also been effective in the treatment of autism. “
From Elaine Gottschall ~ Author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle
By nature, the SCD is squeaky clean, packed with nutrients and has much in common with other popular modern diets (i.e. paleo, Whole 30, low-carb, etc)! Even those that do not need SCD for healing agree that it is the preferred way to eat. Not only does the diet WORK, but the meals are exciting, gorgeous and delicious too!
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The Right Mindset
- The SCD diet was created to give your body a break from the inflammatory foods we traditionally eat. Eliminating these SCD ‘illegal’ foods gives your body a chance to heal. However, the SCD diet is NOT meant to be followed forever! It is recommended for a minimum of 2 years and then you begin to slowly add back in food to see which ones your body will tolerate.
- The healing, the diet and this lifestyle is an ongoing JOURNEY. There is no end point. Our bodies will change and there may be setbacks. It’s OK! We have re-started the diet from the beginning a couple times just to calm our bellies down.
- SCD meals are versatle, colorful exciting and, most importantly, make you feel great! Yes, there are restrictions. But the benefits WAY outweigh the drawbacks. You are not destined to a life of boring tasteless food!
The Right Websites
Because Paleo, Whole 30 and other clean eating diets are so popular right now, there are many food blogs and other websites that specialize in clean recipes- too many to list here! These are just a few that I use regularly.
An online store with ALL SCD legal products. We make almost all of our own food at home but in a pinch, I know these products are legal and delicious. Plus, they deliver!
A go-to website for delicious, gorgeous SCD legal recipes. Carmen’s story is similar to ours, so I feel great cooking and sharing her inflammation fighting meals!
Another food blog with yummy recipes. Not all are SCD legal and because it is a vegetarian site, we often add chicken, turkey or fish to many of these recipes. I especially love Kate’s salads and dressings!
These ladies focus on clean, whole foods in general. Their recipes are not all SCD legal, but a couple of my all-time favorite creations were inspired by these Dietitians.
The Right Books
Keep a hardcopy cookbook or two on hand. Many of the recipes I’ve found in these books have become my go-to meals! Here are a few of the best paleo, whole food or SCD cookbooks.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall- A MUST READ- no exceptions! It is the official book about the diet, and it has so much wonderful information that is easy to read even if you’re not a doctor or scientist! It gives you step by step instructions to introduce the diet and then how to progress with it. There are even some of Elaine’s tried and true recipes included.
A Taste of Wellness– A cookbook dedicated exclusively to SCD recipes. I especially love the yummy baked goods recipes in this book!
Against All Grain– The gorgeous cookbook that features grain-free, dairy-free, super clean recipes. I know if I use one of Danielle Walker’s recipes, it is sure to be delicious! The cookbook is not solely SCD, but Danielle does indicate the recipes that are SCD legal.
Practical Paleo– Considered the “Paleo Bible”, this book includes guides, information, meal plans AND recipes. Not all, but most of the recipes are SCD legal. It is organized well with beautiful photos and easy to follow recipes.
Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet– Author, Erica Kerwien, creator of the blog Comfy Belly, is a talented chef and recipe creator. Her meals are always some of my favorites! As the title suggests, the recipes in this book are all SCD legal.