Hi slpshtmike! Welcome to the forum!
I wish you much success if you decide to embark on the SCD! It has been a God send for us! My 18 yr. old son (I need to update my sig.) has followed it for over 2.5 yrs now. He is doing amazingly well!
If you are really interested in the SCD, please get a copy of the book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", if you don't already have it. It explains that there are *specific* carbs which you must avoid--grains are just one. These specific carbs are disaccharides, or double sugars.
Food for thought: The author of the book, Elaine Gottschall, was famous for her phrase "fanatical adherence", meaning that you cannot expect results if you don't follow the diet 100%. So I guess what I'm saying is, you really cannot "figure out if you can eat wheat" if you are truly going to do the SCD; it simply must be avoided. I hope that doesn't sound harsh...I don't mean for it to!
You will not necessarily feel gassy and bloated right away if you eat wheat or any "illegal" food on the SCD. Like everything else, each person's reaction is individual. Likewise, you do not always KNOW if a particular food is causing damage.
Probiotics are great, but also consider making your own home made yogurt (one cup has 800 billion beneficial bacteria!), as the book puts forth. Other fermented foods are great, too! Sally Fallon's book, "Nourishing Traditions", is an amazing, encyclopedic-style cookbook with a fascinating section on making your own fermented foods for their beneficial bacteria.
Lastly, there are many really great cookbooks and online resources for this diet. If you would like them, just ask! Also, maybe check the discussion threads in my signature for more thoughts on diet.
Hopefully spookyhurst will come along with more thoughts/advice. She explains things much better than I do! Best wishes to you!!!
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too. Med-free.
Threads discussing diet:http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=984588http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1533705http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&p=1&m=1262312