What is the SCD diet?

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Nutz
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   Posted 8/26/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
 I have been reading a lot about this SCD diet and don't know what it all entails.  Can someone please elaborate?
Nutz
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002.  Currently taking 6MP 50mg, Prednisone 30mg, Lialda 2 tabs/day, Colocort enemas, Canasa suppositories


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   Posted 8/26/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
SCD is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

You eat certain mono saccharides, and no complex or poly-carbs. Google it and one of the links to the SCD Beginners Guide / Elaine Gottschall should show up, and you can get more info and a list of legal and illegal foods on the websites.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


uc_man
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   Posted 8/26/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
CCFA: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Does It Work?
http://www.ccfa.org/about/news/scd
uc_man
25 yo
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in Spring 2003
Longest period of time without flareup: maybe half a year

Current Medications (as of 8/25/2009): 30 mg Prednisone (scheduled to taper down 10 mg weekly if symptoms improve), 50 mg Azathioprine (Imuran), Remicade (IV - had two doses (5 mg/kg), third coming up in a week), 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate (Iron - twice daily until blood test shows not anemic), 10mg Loratadine (generic for Claritin)

Current Supplements (as of 8/25/2009): Florastor probiotic (twice daily), 2x Os-Cal 500 + D, One a Day Men's Health Formula, Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement


LuckyLindy
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   Posted 8/26/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
SCD helped me a tiny bit, but when I cut out almost all carbs (<20 g per day), all my symptoms disappeared within a week. Basically I went on the Atkins diet ... low carb vegetables, eggs, meat, water, a few nuts here and there. No dairy, fruit, cereals, breads, snacks, alcohol, processed foods, beans, grains, etc.

It was very hard to stay on, but did wonders for me. My doctor didn't support the diet and convinced me to try 6 months of "traditional" treatment with a more normal diet. On a very low carb diet and 0 drugs I visited the bathroom 1-2 times per day over the course of years ... I was completely normal. Now I'm on Asacol and Entocort, eating a more balanced diet, and going 5-6X a day with urgency. Without the drugs I'm in 20-30X per day with blood, so the drugs make it better, but nothing like a very low carb diet.

The only problem is that it's VERY difficult to stay on an ultra low carb diet. Social events are the worst.
33 year old male
diagnosed severe pancolitis in 2004, unresponsive to all drugs
turned down recommendation to have j-pouch surgery
have been mostly symptom free since 2004 via diet modification (removed all carbs)


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/27/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I beleive we need carbohydrate. Our bodies go into ketosis with out carbs. Fruit is gods naturarl carbohydrate. With out carbs your body does not make enough glucose. however that is why or im hoping at the present that the raw food diet works. You do eat carbohydrate, but its simple carbohydrate. your body absorbs the carb before it hits the bowl. complex carbs sit in the bowl. So maybe thats why David Klien and Paul Nison are ok.

For me this is an experiement. Ive been doing it for 2 months. It does work but im strggling to stick to it as im not used to eating so much fruit yet.
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Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

princesa
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   Posted 8/27/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
The SCD doesn't eliminate all carbohydrates. It restricts certain types of carbohydrates.
 
For me personally, it was a good place to start experimenting with diet. And diet can be an excellent tool to help control and manage IBD. For those that find the SCD too restrictive, the book Listen to Your Gut offers different levels of restrictions, based on symptoms (as you heal, the recommended diet gets less and less restrictive). The book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut is another excellent source of information on what foods are generally well tolerated and what foods are often problematic. Keeping a food journal to track your symptoms as you experiment is very helpful.
 
That said, most doctors and official organizations like the CCFA aren't going to recommend or even tell patients about dietary approaches because diet can't be tested with controlled trials - and it doesn't make anyone any money. I'd also add that dietary changes are just one weapon in the battle against UC. Most folks need to look at ridding themselves of harmful bacteria/flora and rebuild good flora, take healing supplements, learn to manage stress, etc. In my experience, all of these things need to work together and it's a long process - but well worth it.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


ivy6
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   Posted 8/27/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
You might like to look at the dietary thread in my sig. Obviously the information is Crohn's focussed, but you might still find it helpful.

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princesa
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Well done, Ivy6. A lot of info, clearly organized.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


ivy6
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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you! I'm really glad you liked it :-).
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Nutz
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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, thank you guys so much for all of the responses.  I am not sure if the SCD will work for me cuz I am just coming off of a flare.  I actually just got discharged from the hospital today.  The only foods that I can tolerate are carbs- go figure.

Nutz
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002.  Currently taking 6MP 50mg, Prednisone 30mg, Lialda 2 tabs/day, Colocort enemas, Canasa suppositories

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