1. Food allergies; specifically- tree nuts and fish/seafood. I noticed many recipes use almond or other types of nut flours for the base. Is it even feasible for someone with these allergies to try this diet? Seems about 50% of the foods are gone right off the bat if one cannot eat nuts or fish/seafood.
2. All I see is yogurt this, yogurt that. Is everyone on the SCD really eating this much yogurt all the time?
3. I have been losing weight lately. Naturopath claims I will GAIN weight on this diet. Is this true?
4. What are some good resources for recipes/diet? I have the BTVC book already and the recipes are a "no-go" for the most part.
Thanks, I am so frustrated and confused right now. I have cut out so much of my diet already, and I'm so tired and in pain, I don't know if I have it in me to take on this diet right now.
Hi miguelblanco, I will attempt to take a stab at your questions. I see Margie11 answered the resources question. I will only add that I love the book "Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet" by Raman Prasad. There are several other SCD compliant cookbooks on the market, though!
Even with your nut and fish/seafood allergy you can do this diet! You may be a bit limited, but not terribly. Since you said you are in pain, possibly you should start with the intro diet? (pg. 69 in your book) It is very limited, but mentions fish only once (can you eat freshwater fish?) for which chicken can be substituted, and there are no nuts in the intro diet. If I understand correctly, the almond flour should only be used sparingly (if at all) until healing has happened. Maybe then you could introduce a tiny bit ever so slowly? If not, try sprouted grain flour or spelt flour as a substitute? (though not SCD legal) Just some thoughts....
Yes, we really eat that much yogurt! I make 2 liters every other day and can barely keep up--but all 4 family members eat it. I make sure my son eats at least one cup daily. He usually has it in a smoothie sweetened with honey. It's really very good!
As for gaining weight, I can only speak for my son. He was under weight and gained on this diet. He is a competitive swimmer, so calories are critical! He has simply learned that his carbs have to be very different from his team mates' carbs!
I hope this helps a tiny bit and I hope you feel better really soon!
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)