It's crucial to follow the Intro Diet in the early stages of SCD. (Almond flour baked goods are NOT part of the intro diet. They are, however, delicious and nutritious. I also buy almond flour in bulk online for a very good price.) Your body cannot handle nuts, seeds, raw fruits or vegetables, or fatty/spicy foods right now.
Once your intestines have healed, you will be able to eat an amazing variety of foods. But the Intro diet is certainly tough. I did it while I was very sick and alarmingly underweight, so I know how challenging it can be. But it was worth it to me. Which is harder, changing the way I eat, or going to the bathroom 30 times a day while being weak, feverish, dizzy, and in constant pain? The choice was easy.
You can read about the intro diet here:
I'm the first to admit that transitioning from a standard American diet to the SCD is very challenging. And SCD is definitely more expensive. Sometimes I think how great it would be if I could get grocery subsidies from my health insurance company, seeing as how I'm saving them thousands of dollars a year (or whatever it is) by following this diet instead of being on Remicade or some other high-tech drug. I seriously empathize with people who start the diet with a limited budget or limited cooking interest.
I was interested in cooking long before SCD or Crohn's. I especially loved baking bread. Everyone thought it was so sad when I started SCD, like it was especially hard for me since I loved to cook. But now I realize that that is what saved me. Seeing the SCD as a creative culinary challenge actually got me interested in taking care of my health, and having fun while doing it.
One of these days I am going to start an SCD website. When I do, I promise I'll put the address in my signature :) One thing I want to write about is the Intro diet and how I eat and take care of myself when I'm not feeling so great.
These diets certainly may not be for everyone. I can't help but think, though, that everyone with Crohn's could probably benefit from eating homemade SCD yogurt (all those probiotics) and from reducing refined sugar and grains in their diet.
One more thing--I started SCD because, pre-SCD, everything I ate immediately made me sick. I was in pain and running to the bathroom after eating a cracker or a piece of toast. (This was the so-called BRAT diet my doctors had put me on.) Maybe others don't feel that way, like a regular diet is directly and immediately provoking their symptoms. But I did. I was desperate to find any foods that didn't cause me instant distress (since I was so weak and emaciated, I was extra-desperate). Once I started the Intro diet--which for me was mainly chicken broth, diluted apple cider, ripe bananas with SCD yogurt, and eventually pureed butternut squash and roast chicken--that direct food-provoked pain went away. That is how I became determined to stick with the diet. So if your "regular" diet isn't causing you that kind of pain, I can see why it would be harder to commit to the SCD.