Is the book really needed for the SCD diet?

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   Posted 4/27/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I looked on the scd website and there is a pretty long list of foods that are legal and illegal. Is there any other information in the book worth reading? Or can I just avoid the foods on the illegal list....

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   Posted 4/27/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The book explains a lot of the rationale. It is helpful as a motivator to understand the chemistry and biology behind the treatment. There are also recipes that are helpful for trying to live on this diet. Having said that, if you believe you can eliminate these foods from your diet -- and it does mean eliminate. Not a whiff of the offending foods is allowed or they say the diet won't work -- it's your choice as to whether you need the book. The thing is though, it is almost impossible to eliminate these foods from a diet that contains any processed or commercially prepared foods. Wheat, corn, rice, fructose, and all the other sugars are in the ingrediant lists for just about every processed food. If you know where these things might be hidden in the ingrediant lists go for it, but they are pervasive and just because it doesn't say corn, doesn't mean there isn't a corn by-product in the ingrediants. This is not an easy job. Kudoos to you if you are willing to do the work necessary to go on the SCD diet.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 4/27/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought the book, it overwhelmed me, and I never tried the diet. I'd suggest that you take the book out of the library first, and if you want to do the diet, then buy it...just my thoughts
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics

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   Posted 4/27/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
yes goto the library and get the book..if u don't start it right, you will waste your time :)

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   Posted 4/27/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
belleenstein, that was *such* a great answer!!! Yes! It's a motivator and it explains the rationale. If you do not already know the rationale (*really* understand it), it's definitely worth the read!

We as a family, haven't found the diet to be all that difficult. Although we started with the Maker's Diet, we now incorporate SCD recipes, too. As someone here posted (possibly under the SCD Diet thread), if you think about it, we are ALL on a diet. We all have certain things we buy and eat routinely, and those things could vary greatly from our next-door neighbors! So one way is to simply look at this as just another way to eat.
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
with the on-line resource available for this diet, i'd have to say that technically no. however i like having the book. i can mark it up and it is always a handy reference - beats always having to turn on the computer or print out a bunch of pages. if you want to save a few bucks, try it using the on-line stuff, or as previously suggested check it out from the library and see if it is worth buying.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 4/28/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
While the book strictly speaking might not be absolutely necessary if you consult the websites and message boards, what IS necessary is to thoroughly understand what is legal and illegal to eat, how to implement the Intro diet (very different from the regular SCD), and how to make yogurt correctly. I believe you can get all of this info online if you know where to look. The book has all of this info plus lots of the science behind the diet.

Once you have advanced on the diet, I highly recommend the SCD cookbooks like Eat Well Feel Well, Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet, Lucy's SCD cookbook. They make following the diet a true pleasure.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease 11/05
SCD since 12/05
Asacol 12 x 400mg per day
fish oil, green tea extract, bee propolis, coconut oil, ginger

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