Dear god changing diets can cost a fortune.

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Lucky777
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
SO, as I mentioned in another thread, I am going to start messing around with my diet and add some stuff and take away other things - this was more or less to see if I could even sustain on the limited food options.

And low and behold, a bag of Almond flour costs 14$. I can tell you, I can not afford to do the SCD diet pure and simple. That's just crazy. In fact, all of the food I bought today cost a fortune. I figured, I will still buy and try the stuff, but I will not be purchasing a bag of almond flour every two weeks.

I switched to Soy Milk a while ago, since I am not a big fan of lactose (or rather my guts are not). I really want to try the SCD yogurt, so I will look into finding a cheap yogurt maker.

In the mean time, I picked up a 2 dozen Activia cups (I REALLY love yogurt) so we'll see if that has any effect. That is something I can try solidly for 2 weeks and see if there is any difference. Also added Pomegranate juice to my fridges arsenal, and some new decaf teas (big tea fan, and this CHai is awesome).

SO, we'll see what happens. I am not hoping for much, but I can hope that at the very least I can bring myself back down to 3-4 times a day and limited gas.

But geez, so expensive to change a diet.
Sean - 31

UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (2 am 2 pm)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium
Remicade consult scheduled
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Starting some probiotics and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change.


mh53mike
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually I am reaping big time savings changing my diet. No more alcohol, soda, junk food, eating out, fatty foods, sugars or deserts...i stick to a strict diet through out the week and maybe will give myself a treat day on the weekend. Anyways for me alone i could spend 100 dollars a week in the store. Now maybe 50 bucks.
26y old male med disharge veteran
 
Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004
Current daily treatment:
1000mg sup asacol
2400mg oral asacol
40mg prednisone
75mg azathioprine
20mg Nexum
 
Still 4-5 bloody, mucus bowel movents a day! Blah...


dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/3/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the almond flour is super expensive. If you are going to stick with the SCD, buying in bulk is the way to go. But if it works... Then the money you save on meds could pay for those diet changes.
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pb4
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   Posted 9/3/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
No pain, no gain as they say...hard to put a price on your health too, but I am wondering why you'd go through a bag in 2 weeks? I don't do the SCD diet specifically, rather, I've just simply altered my diet cutting all the junk out and eating healthy, I've never even purchased a bag of almond flour, but then again, like I said I don't do the SCD specifically, just eating healthy and it's actually cheaper in many ways, fast-foods are really expensive (where I live in Canada anyways) and processed foods are too, it's cheaper for me to buy a bag of apples than a bag of chips.

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Gigi1227
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   Posted 9/4/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, slow here - what is the SCD diet? Since diagnosised 8/25/08 I only eat talipia, catfish, chicken, shrimp (once a week), tuna, the uncolas diet of course, white bread, eggs, and veggies (overcooked and mushy) I buy in bulk so costs aren't too bad. But it is unfortunate that to truly eat healthy it does cost an arm and a leg.

Guess I am doing the right thing - slowly getting better - still in "minor" pain still mucus and D

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men8ifr
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   Posted 9/4/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
SCD is the specif ic carbohydrate diet - no carbohydrates or grains, very difficult to stick to but has a lot of followers.

Lucky - just do the diet without almond flour- I do mostly and only use it to make a cinnamon flop which I mix the flour 50/50 with shredded coconut. Eating no bread or potatoes takes some getting used to but may be worth it if it helps you. Learn how to make the yoghurt I find it's very nice as a treat to avoid anything sugary but also think it helps in larger quantities. I use an electric oven and make 6 pints at a time and store the rest in the fridge for upto 5 days no problem this makes it easy to make lots of it and cuts down on the time involved (it takes ages to boil milk from the fridge!)
Ian

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1 Pentasa Suppository / day
Fish oil 3/day (omega 3 only)
Multivitamin and mineral 1/day
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Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD
Turmeric 3/day
Currently in no mans land between flare and remission


princesa
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   Posted 9/4/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't buy small bags of almond flour at places like Wild Oats or Whole Foods... it's highway robbery. Buy it in bulk online. I use Nutty Guys and order several one pound bags for about half what you'd pay in the store. I keep one or two in the fridge for immediate use and put the rest in the freezer. No worries.
 
 
And you don't need to spend money on a yogurt maker unless you just want the convenience. I made perfect SCD yogurt with just the heat from my oven light. Instructions at the bottom of this page:
 


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Post Edited (princesa) : 9/4/2008 9:52:28 AM (GMT-6)


Peety
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   Posted 9/4/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Gluten-free stuff is also expensive, but I'm glad it exists. I'm saving money by not eating out so much, since that isn't as fun anymore (I'm off gluten/wheat, tomato, cheese, soy, and a few other foods based on food sensitivity testing). But I do not enjoy cooking!
I tried Greek yogurt, it has the consistency of sour cream and I like it a lot better than the thin, brand-name stuff. I know it has more protein, and expect it has the natural probiotics too, anyone know?
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
 


Peety
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   Posted 9/4/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
BTW, my naturopath says it is healthier for your gut not to eat the same food but once every four days. He had a chart done for me on different combinations, but I haven't been able to stick to it. So I just follow the four-day rule.
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
 


elliekate
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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I've been on SCD for 6 months and I've never even tried almond flour yet. I don't even eat the  yogurt because I don't tolerate dairy products of any kind (except for eggs). In fact,  I didn't follow the introductory diet at all.  When I was just starting with a bad flare, all I ate was meat, eggs, bananas, and cooked vegetables. Currently, I eat only meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. Don't let the introductory diet discourage you. Just follow the basic premise of the diet - no starches or lactose of any kind! Activia is illegal on the diet. You don't have to spend a lot of money on the diet and you don't have to eat everything on the legal list, like dry curd cheese, which I was never able to find.

 

EKW


kim123
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   Posted 9/4/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Gigi-I'd watch the diet uncola's...really "diet" anything. The artificial sugars can be responsible for a lot of ill-wanted symptoms, especially those with IBS, or IBD, like UC. I also never did the SCD, but got well again eliminating sugar, grains, yeast for awhile; I now eat those foods again, except yeast, in moderation. Never any artificial sugar. I really have to read all labels as yeast and artificial sugar are disguised/hidden in many foods.

Lucky777
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   Posted 9/4/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder why Activia would be illegal - but then my question would become, "How illegal?"

I figure, there should be nothing wrong with eating one cup of activia yogurt a day, especially if I was following the rest of the diet fairly closely.
Sean - 31

UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (2 am 2 pm)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium
Remicade consult scheduled
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Starting some probiotics and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change.


mh53mike
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 9/4/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yogurt doesnt sit well with me at all...alot of people misread into it and think it does nothing but help, but really if your not careful i think it can worsen things. It has alot of sugar in it! unles u get absolutly plain stuff.
26y old male med disharge veteran
 
Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004
Current daily treatment:
1000mg sup asacol
2400mg oral asacol
40mg prednisone
75mg azathioprine
20mg Nexum
 
Still 4-5 bloody, mucus bowel movents a day! Blah...


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/4/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucky, I'm not doing SCD and I have crohns not UC, but I LOVE activia and I really think it helps me. I know it is high in sugar but if I have 1 per day and way less sugar the rest of the day I'm fine. Others will say it is just the probiotics and take them in pill form but I personally have had better luck w/ yogurt form.

I also wanted to offer you support on the cost of food issue. I need to move to where some of these other members live. For me, natural foods, fresh foods, healthy foods, ORGANIC foods, are WAY more expensive. And that is even in the regular grocery store, not whole foods which is so high priced. I could buy 8 huge bags of chips for the cost of one bag of apples. I could buy 4 cans of carrots for the price of one bag of fresh carrots. It is insane.

Yet my husband and I are trying to eat healthy on a budget. We know you can't put a price on health but money doesn't grow on trees. If you aint got it, you aint got it. We are living on his income and my student loans and have a mortgage and car payment and the usual utilities. No cable, minimal luxaries. So its not like our priorities are out of whack.

We find that it is worth spending more for hormone free beef and chicken, local veggies, etc. But still buy the boxed crackers and sandwich meat for our lunches.

And talking about unhealthy vs. healthy, compare the price of a sugar loaded cereal with some kashi cereal. Make sure you check the unit price since Kashi boxes are so small. Way more money to eat healthy.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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