scd diet and veggies

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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having some issues lately with foods making me go. I have heard about all the different diets people have tried and am looking into them. I was looking at the scd diet and it seems like it is heavy on veggies. The only thing is I can't eat veggies. I am in agony right now from eating a salad this afternoon. I was wondering if anyone is on the diet or any other known diets who can't eat veggies? Is there enough other foods to eat, or is their a diet I am missing. Any help would be great.

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   Posted 8/2/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
With SCD, you don't eat a food if it bothers you. Someday you may be able to tolerate veggies, but in the mean time, you can just avoid them. That being said, have you tried eating them well cooked and pureed? Does fruit bother you too?

I don't eat a lot of veggies myself, and find plenty to eat. All fresh/frozen meats are fine so long as there hasn't been anything added (like natural flavors, broth, etc.). Canned fish is okay so long as it's packed in either water or oil (be careful to avoid if it has soy, broth, etc.). Nut butters (and later flours and whole nuts) are high calorie. Stay away from peanut butter initially, because it's harder to digest. Several kinds of beans and lentils are okay, but you may not be able to tolerate them at first (some people do though). Eggs, butter, gelatin, most cheeses, most oils, and SCD yogurt are all okay. Honey and saccharine are the legal sweeteners. Hmmm...I think I hit most things there ;-).

The official website is at . Definitely read the book before starting (your library may have it). The main message board is at

SCD can be high protein, low protein, high fat, low fat, high carb, low carb, high fiber, or low fiber. It's very customizable for whatever your personal situation is. If you have any more questions, just ask :-)
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 8/2/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing SCD right now and it does seem to be helping. It's hard because I spent 5 years as a vegetarian while I was in remission so I'm used to eating a lot of fresh veggies and no meat. No I'm doing pretty much the opposite until I can reintroduce veggies.

If you're having problems with veggies, the best thing to do is cook them to death and you might not have as many problems. I'm just starting out so I'm eating (a lot) of carrots boiled for like 2-3 hours. They don't hurt because they're pretty much mush...

I just started introducing butternut squash (skin it, remove the seeds and bake for like 45 minutes at 350).

It's just do the intro diet and introduce things one at a time. But just cook the veggies really, really, really well or else it's definately not going to be comfortable later on...
Diagnosed 2002 at 18. Remission for about 7 years. Getting back into the swing of things at 26.

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Attempting SCD...fingers crossed!

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   Posted 8/2/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Spooky can correct me if I am wrong, but I think you have to start the diet from square one and slowly work your way up to veggies etc. I personally follow a low residue diet and the only way I can eat some veggies is for them to be cooked to mush. Some of us just can't tolerate too much fiber, and I am one of them. Good luck with whatever diet you choose.
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   Posted 8/2/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am doing SCD and it is working for me. I started too fast and am now taking it slow. I also make stock from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This tastes great and is highly nutritious.
Was on Kapidex, and Pentasa, multi Vit, Vit D. Started on Predisone and my legs started paining with loss of control. Doc stopped all meds until I can figure out was is happening with my legs. Off meds for 2 weeks and have returned about 75% to normal.

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   Posted 8/2/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom recently bought a vitamix, and that thing is amazing at turning fruit and veggies into mush that's as smooth as pudding. My dad has crohn's too, and has a tiny stricture, and hasn't eaten much in the way of produce for a long time. With the vitamix, he's now eating applesauce, broccoli soup (looks like avocado once it's obliterated), and cauliflower soup. Expensive little device, but it's awesome!
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 8/2/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Below is the link to the introductory SCD diet. On the official SCD web site it says, "At the beginning of the program, when symptoms such as diarrhea and cramping are severe, the following basic diet should be followed for about five days. In other cases, one or two days on this basic diet is sufficient."
After that, you could introduce COOKED veggies but NOT salad - raw vegies are not a good idea until your symptoms improve dramatically.
The intro diet was posted on the official SCD website so beginners could get started right away, while waiting for the book to arrive or while reading the book. Because SCD has a lot of rules, you need to read the book (it's not that long).
Vegies are a very important part of anybody's diet, so it is not a good idea to skip them.  Like tooth said, just cook vegies to death.  You can start introducing the ones the diet says are OK - look at the legal/illegal list on the web site and in the book.
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