I have been reading a lot about these diets and am thinking about incorporating them into my treatment along with the maintenance drugs. However, I am still a little confused and have a few questions that I was wondering if someone could answer. I am leaning a little more towards the Life Without Bread so I can still have a little carbs, but that is just my thought now.
1) I believe my triggers is fiber as I became award of my Crohn's disease when I was on a high-fiber diet and mainly stick to a low residue diet, however that has pretty much stopped working for me. Did other people think fiber was their trigger, and then once on the diet realize it was the dairy, sugar, carbs, etc instead?
2) I am a little scared to go on a diet that encourages eating vegetables and fruit when vegetables have been a problem for me. Do most people puree or cook the vegetable?
3) I am sure this is not a big factor, but my husband is severely allergic to nuts and so we can not have any nuts in the house, will this hinder my success on the diet if I can not eat nuts? In the past I have also not been able to eat very many nuts.
4) Have others found that once they get through the "cleansing" of the gut that they are then more torable of the high fiber foods they used to not be able to eat?
Thank you for your help!
The SCD does not totally eliminate carbs. It eliminates "specific" carbs.
I doubt if fiber, in and of itself, triggered your Crohn's; however, a high fiber diet is not a good idea when the bowels are inflamed. If you had an inflamed scrape on your arm, you wouldn't constantly scratch at it with a brillo pad. That would only irritate it more, possibly causing it to bleed. Same thing with eating a lot of roughage when your colon is inflamed.
A diet high in sugar is a known risk factor for IBD. I find I feel best when I eat a low carb diet, avoiding grains and dairy.
When you're flaring and are experimenting with either of these diets, you want to choose your fruits and veggies wisely and yes, you'd thoroughly cook or puree to aid digestion. Avoid raw fruits and veggies (although very ripe bananas and mashed avacado are okay), peel everything and avoid seeds. In my experience, the safest veggies are non-cruciferous: green beans, English peas, carrots, winter squashes. Applesauce and baked apples and pears are also easy on the gut.
Doing the SCD without nuts is going to be more difficult, but not impossible. That means you have to eliminate nuts as snacks and condiments, nut butters and, probably toughest of all, no almond flour baked goods.
Yes, once you're feeling better and symptoms are greatly reduced or you're in remission, you'll find you're able to tolerate a much wider variety of foods and can enjoy salads and other raw fruits and veggies.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.