Good luck Leah! If you decide to give the diet a try, don't worry, it's not as daunting as it may appear. I'm almost at 3 months, and it's really not that hard to stick to "legal" foods. The hardest part is that there is a lot more time put into preparing food, because most pre-made stuff has a bunch of junk in it. I wrote up the following for a friend of mine who was interested in the diet. You might find something useful in it too (warning, it's kinda long
You can eat the bulk of fruits and vegetables (just no corn or potatoes), meats (just no processed meats), most cheeses (no soft cheeses or mozzarella), homemade yogurt (fermented 24 hours to eliminate lactose), eggs, and honey as a your sweetener. Nut flours can be used to make breads and other baked goods. You can find a complete list of allowed foods here: http://www.austinscdfriends.citymax.com/articles/article/3691414/53672.htm. The main thing is that you have to cook almost everything, since most pre-made stuff is loaded with sugar and starch. You can get a lot more info at http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/.
I’m following the stages at http://www.pecanbread.com/. While the site is aimed heavily towards parents of autistic kids, the diet principles are mostly the same. The only real difference is that the autistic kids don’t usually tolerate dairy, so it’s not listed in the stages. I’m currently adding foods from stage 2. Here’s a direct link to the stages: http://www.pecanbread.com/new/scdfoods1.html#beyond.
I have a food dehydrator for making the yogurt, because we go through a lot of it. I eat a cup or two a day (with honey), and it’s used in a lot of recipes (and is the main ingredient when making ice cream!!!). The dehydrator I have holds up to 2 gallons worth.
A crockpot is great for the chicken soup. We put the whole chicken in, bones, skin, liver, the works. The liver disintegrates into the broth, so you can’t even taste it. The bones put a lot of nutrition into the broth too. Once it’s done, we strain everything out. Then I puree the carrots (can’t really taste them either) and add it back to the broth, as well as the chicken meat. My picky dad said it’s one of the best broths he’s eaten. It works well to freeze the broth and chicken into individual portions and pull out whenever I’m at a loss as to what to eat for supper. The cheesecake is pretty good, and tastes somewhat like a real cheesecake. If you don’t like dry curd cottage cheese, you can make it with dripped yogurt. I haven’t added nut flours to my diet yet, so I make a soufflé bread for things like hamburger buns. I just made some lemon curd a couple days ago, which is like a very very rich lemon pudding. Tonight I’m going to try making some meringue
cookies with peppermint in them.
There are many SCD recipes sites. I like the ones with pictures, so you can see how the dish is supposed to turn out. I’ve always been a dessert fan, so I hope I’ll be able to tolerate nut flours so I can make the cakes and
cookies. Here are some sites I like:
http://milkforthemorningcake.blogspot.com/ (all the recipes are listed on the right hand side. The ones that aren’t marked SCD are only gluten free)
http://www.nomorecrohns.blogspot.com/ (the blog has recipes the other site doesn’t have)
http://comfybelly.com/ (click on SCD in the category list on the left side of the page)
http://deliciouslygf.blogspot.com/ (I think all of the recipes are SCD)
http://bethsblog.typepad.com/bethsblog/turtle_soup_the_recipes/ (I’ve searched through her blog and found all the recipes, so you don’t actually need to buy the cookbook)
http://flog.cookingforceliacscolitiscrohnsandibs.com/category/recipes/ (the almond blueberry crumble looks delicious!)
And lastly, there are several helpful groups you can join at yahoo. Many of the moderators knew Elaine Gottschall personally, and have been on the diet for years. They are:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/BTVC-SCD/ (Marilyn and Mimi are especially knowledgeable)
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pecanbread/ (Sheila and Susan know their stuff here)