For the SCD dieters…… I have a sweet tooth…..

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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/10/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone, i hope you're all happy and well...

 

For all of you following the SCD, I am just curious how you tackle your sweet tooth? Do you just do a lot of cooking and make legal banana breads/carrot cake etc?

 

I am trying to stick to this diet, eating a lot of protein, fresh fruit and veg etc…. making the yoghurt…… but I find my biggest weakness is that I crave sugar and when I fall off the wagon its sugar-related (biscuits and sweets). I don’t miss bread at all but the sweet things I miss a lot!

 

I was honey-drowned carrots last night in a desperate bid! I have started putting saccharin in my tea but too much of it upsets my stomach as all artificial sweeteners do….

 

I live alone and work full time and hence I don’t do a lot of cooking, so the ready-made sugar foods tempt me. I wouldn’t freeze a lot because my freezer is small and I don’t have a microwave….

 

Any tips?


spookyh
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a huge sweet tooth! Initially, I sated it with honey, fruit juice, and gelatin. Now, I just do a lot of baking.

I have yogurt with honey everyday, and often have frozen yogurt (which is absolutely superb when using dripped 1/2 & 1/2 yogurt with the recipe at http://nomorecrohns.com/Documents/VanillaIceCream.pdf).

I limit myself to 1 nut butter brownie a day, and you can have different tasting varieties depending on which nut you use (pecan butter is a little more dessertish) and whether you add anything like carrots, applesauce, etc.

I use the pumpkin pie recipe from the BTVC book, and sub butternut squash to make a really good pie filling (haven't made a crust yet).

The cheesecake (with dry curd cottage cheese) is pretty tasty.

I've made blueberry muffins with almond flour, which I think are on par with regular muffins.

You could make meringues. I've only made them once, because it took such a long time to get them to dry out. I need to try them again though. When I made them, it was around Christmas so I used peppermint flavoring instead of vanilla. It made them taste like a candycane!

Lemon curd is pretty good, just like lemon pie.

Cherry caflouti is really really good. The recipe is at http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/06/5-dish-cherry-clafouti-grain-dairy-and-gluten-free.html

Stretch Island Fruit Leather works in a pinch. The legal flavors are grape, raspberry, and apricot.

There's a candy that everyone has been raving about on one of the sites I visit. It uses coconut oil. I'll post it when I relocate it.

EDIT: Like you, I don't miss bread or anything. Just sweets yeah!
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Keeper
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
It is a problem - I use honey as a sweetener for tea and I make (well, my wife makes, for me) a SCD legal coconut macaroon cookie that I have every day. I have also taken to using toasted almonds (I roast and salt the raw bulk ones - the tins are just too expensive) as a desert. I am toying with the idea of honey-roasting them, but that is still in the planning stages - I would have to play around with that to get the roasting/honey coating right. Otherwise, I just adopt a policy of reading the ingredient lists on snacks. That is usually enough to stop me from buying them. The bakery and commercial ready-made foods are just so bad for me. A lot of it is the fat and some of it is the sugar and some of it is just the wheat. If I have been really good for a long enough time, I can get away with one (or two) pieces of chocolate (the 70% coco stuff is my poison - milk chocolate is just not worth the trouble).

spookyh
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
This come from Jessica at the Pecanbread group:

I found a quick, easy, candy recipe online...you may have heard of it.

Coconut Bark...many variations online. Tastes like chocolate! So yummy....

Here's my version:

1 c. melted coconut oil (melt just until liquid)
2 tbsp. almond butter
honey to taste

pour mixture over parchment-lined baking tray

freeze until hard (10 min. or so)

Break into pieces

EAT!

FWI: Coconut oil is a potent anti-fungal so proceed cautiously to avoid extreme die-off.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Spooky! I think I’m going to have to get into cooking more, I think that’s really the only answer……. If only there were a SCD supermarket or bakery! That would be the answer! I live in Australia so I haven’t heard of those sweets you speak of, the fruit leather ones….
What do you use as a sweetener with the meringues? They would be good for me because I could make a heap and store them in the cupboard….
I haven’t eaten bread for years so I don’t miss that at all but my stupid sweet tooth is sabotaging my SCD!

ivy6
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you have, Phoebe. They're the home-made, real, version of roll-ups. I'd be willing to bet lots of kids at your school had them in their lunch boxes when you were little :-).

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spookyh
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   Posted 9/10/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never been a cook. But SCD is sure forcing me into it! I'm kind of getting used to it, since I like to eat the food. I visit a bunch of SCD food blogs to get ideas. People have really made some tasty looking foods that I hope to try sometime!

There are some SCD bakeries I know of, but they're all in North America. It would probably be a small fortune to have it shipped to you. You can find things like the fruit leathers, as well as baked goods at: http://www.digestivewellness.com/ . The other 2 are http://www.scdbakery.com/ and http://www.jgourmet.ca/ .

I used honey for the meringues, hence the drying problem. Stevia is a grey area SCD wise. If you can find it without any additives (sugar alcohols, etc), it might be okay. However, it won't necessarily agree with everyone. I plan on trying the meringues with stevia sometime, but haven't been brave enough yet.

How long have you been SCD? You may find that your sweet tooth lets up with time. I don't think mine is quite (maybe just a smidgen) as bad as it used to be. For instance, I now use half the honey in my yogurt that I used to.
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Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/10/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been ‘easing myself into’ the diet for a while now, by incorporating lots and lots of legal foods, eating honey instead of spreads, home made yoghurt, lots of eggs etc but I need to cut back on store bought mayonnaise, chutney etc because they are all illegal. When I see my parents I am much better and more strict (down to the least skerrick of food) because they are always watching what I eat. Even at easter I went without chocolate (very hard) while everyone else got to eat as much as they liked.

I need to be stricter though, because after readying the book, I can see how beneficial this diet will be, but only with ‘fanatical adherence’. – that’s the part I find hard, how strict it has to be.

I find I eat a lot of chicken, ham, tuna etc now…. and lots of fresh produce, but those sweet things are still my weakness so I must get into cooking and buying nut butters/flours etc…

I’ll have to look for the fruit leather things they sound great! Have you seen them at coles, Ivy?

ivy6
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   Posted 9/10/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I tend to avoid that stuff - supermarket processed foods tend to be full of additives, which make me feel ill, so I tend to make most things myself.

It's fairly easy to make, if I remember rightly. My Mum even made them at one point. From memory, you boil the fruit down until it's rich and syrupy, and then pour it onto waxed paper to set it.

I reckon your parents might know someone who makes it. Think of someone you know who is fairly self-sufficient, who has a big veg garden and an orchard. You'll probably find they've made fruit leathers at some point.

If you can't think of anybody, try looking through the organic shops and markets. Make sure you ask them what's in the leathers, though, as a lot of people might add sugar to it.

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ivy6
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   Posted 9/10/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   

*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/10/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
As soon as I saw the pic of the fruit leather I knew I’d had them before!! And the kids at my school did have them! I haven’t heard of anyone making them before but my parent’s neighbours probably have….. They have their own sheep, goats, cattle, (which they milk) - they make their own sausages, steaks and even their own cheese!! They never go to the shops, except for spices and flour!

I will be trying this one day when I feel cook-ish….. Recipe sounds a little hard to perfect but hopefully it’s relatively easy…. I wonder which fruit I should use? Could you use dried apricots?

ivy6
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   Posted 9/10/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I worry about the additives in dried apricots. Remember, they're a concentrated fruit already, and if you boil them up and concentrate them still further, you might get some sort of additive overload.

I'm having a fog day so can't remember the name of the stuff - it's been implicated in asthma and behavioural disorders and a few other nasties.
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spookyh
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
The Stretch Island Fruit Leathers all seem to use pear puree as the base. So if you added some apricot puree to it, and perhaps a little lemon juice to keep it from discoloring (if that bothers you, it may not), that would probably do the trick. If you don't have a dehydrator, there are ways of using your oven. Put it on the lowest temp, and if that is still too warm, crack the door open.

I'll look to see if I have an "official" recipe for SCD fruit leathers. I'm sure there is one floating around :-).
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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   

I just love their name - fruit leathers, it's like fruit jerky....

I don't have a deydrator so i will try them in the oven, I'll have to do it on a weekend so I will be home, I get obsessive-compusive when it comes to the oven being on while I'm not at home (living-alone-syndrome).....

 

I think pears and apples would be nice! Or apples and strawberries, since they're so cheap here at the moment..... this sounds like such a great idea, and I don't mind if they go brown, its the taste that counts!


njmom
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Ivy, thanks for posting that link. I've made the recipe and the best fruit, I find, is fresh apricots - we substituted honey for the sugar in the recipe.

Post Edited (njmom) : 9/11/2009 7:41:34 AM (GMT-6)


njmom
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter eats Jennie's macaroons, which are sold at Whole Foods and can be ordered over the web. Just honey, unsweetened coconut, and egg whites. No synthetic color, no artificial flavor, and no chemical preservatives.

spookyh
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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a reminder that fruit leather is considered an advanced food. It's also high carb with all that concentrated fruit sugar. You don't want to overdo it and possibly mess up your healing.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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