Specific Carbohydrate Diet

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I had heard much regarding SCD that help many CD sufferers.
Read some information on this diet. This diet is a homecook meal and I dont cook much.
What kind of specific carbohydrate that this diet are trying to eliminate?
The content of the book show it's acceptable with red meat in this diet. I thought red meat is not good for us?
I would like to try this SCD but now confused? Many food in this SCD was supposed to be bad for us.  
Beef and Broccoli, Chinese-Style
Beef Vindaloo
Bulgogi Wraps (Korean Marinated Beef)
Mom's Chili Beef
"Pasta-less" Lasagna
Moroccan Beef with Spices
Perfect London Roast
Ruma's Layered Pot Roast
Yunus's Kheema
Frikadellen (German Hamburgers)
Any one on this SCD can comment?

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/3/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what the SCD excludes, but there seems to be chili in the recipe list. You have to avoid beans and lentils because of the fibre in them. My reading on the subject of diet has lead me in the direction of avoiding foods that promote the formation of butyrate by the gut bacteria. That includes any sources of fibre except cellulose from vegetables because fibre is not digested by our system and the gut bacteria form butyrate from undigested fibre. The same is true of indigestible starches, so you should avoid Jerusalem artichoke, beans (again), potato starch, and so on. I have not seen a warning against beef - in fact the diet guide in the resources section http://www.healingwell.com/library/ibd/gray1.asp has ground beef in its shopping list. Having said that, each person has personal taboo items that others may tolerate. You will have to make your own list of foods to avoid. I have seen results from a Google search for "Low carb" and Crohn's that look like some people have had good results from that approach, but there are problem foods that are not always considered carbs. For example, nuts may be a problem - or not.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
use the search option on the top..this topic has been hundreds of posts over the years for you to learn from :)
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Artc...welcome to the forum! If you can get the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall, it will explain the entire concept. (I believe the book is available in several languages, too!) We started on the Maker's Diet which is similar in that it excludes all processed foods, flour, sugar, and certain--I think they're called--long chain carbs like rice and potatoes. The SCD also excludes milk and only allows specific hard, aged cheeses. Also, the home made yogurt is a key component. In phase I or the "intro diet", the diet is pretty restrictive, but later it really isn't too bad.

I eased into all this very gradually. I admit, it seemed quite overwhelming at first because I've never been one who loves to cook. But think "baby steps" and it is do-able.

Maybe you have already been there, but there is EXTENSIVE information online about this diet at: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/

There are quite a few folks here who do the SCD or something very, very close on their own. Hopefully more will come along and share their experiences. Though it may not be for everyone, I can say that for my son, the diet has worked.

Good luck to you!
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin, SCD legal yogurt, weaning off Asacol.
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 7/3/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
There are several SCD threads in the new meds thread.
Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.

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