What can you eat on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?
One of the topics I covered in my presentation at the 2019 Nutrition Symposium at Seattle Children’s Hospital was the misperception that SCD is a diet deprived of joy and lacking in nutrients. This is a common concern amongst GI doctors and perspective diet users, who have a hard time imagining “what the heck is there left to eat” after removing all grains and after limiting the allowed selection of most other food groups.
To help demonstrate my talking points I included collages of SCD foods that were all prepared by the parents of SCD Families in my presentation. When looking at the exquisite colorful variety of the foods we make for our families those concerns are replaced with amazement.
Three passionate professionals that are also parents utilizing diet to treat children with Crohn’s Disease, together with Dr. David Suskind of Seattle Children’s Hospital, created the “Nutritional Therapy for IBD” exhibit. This exhibit's first inauguration was held at the NASPGHAN 2018 conference (North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).
A strong body of research supports the idea that a vegetable centered diet is key to wellness. Meals based on plant foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Add reasonable amounts of good protein sources, like pastured eggs, sea food, some organic meats, top with healthy unprocessed fats, and you have achieved the optimal diet according to the latest leaders in nutritional research .
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A steady stream of books about diet therapies and healthy eating has been reshaping the way many people eat in the past few years. These books, published by popular doctors and bio-hackers, all teach eating principles that are very similar to the SCD. Some of these ‘new’ diets focus on disease management, and some focus on health maintenance and disease prevention.
If you already eat based upon the principles of SCD, GAPS, AIP Paleo, Whole 30, or any comparable variant, you are way ahead of the curve. However, if you want to sharpen your tools and improve your diet even more, you owe it to yourself to keep up with the current research and accumulated data.
SCD yogurt samples are between 2 to 30 times more potent than most commercial yogurt
Most SCD users consider the 24 hour yogurt a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, whether it is dairy or nut based yogurt. As a matter of fact, some users find that increasing yogurt consumption helps their body when it needs to calm a flare or nurse a cold. However, yogurt is not always necessary for diet success.
I know many people diagnosed with IBD that healed and sustained long-term wellness without using any kind of yogurt. Some of them used capsules of SCD legal probiotics, while others just practiced the diet without adding probiotics, and did very well.
Often, the path to wellness is not only tough on the body and mind, it is also financially challenging. Families that are working hard to manage medical conditions such as IBD, face grueling schedules of medical appointments, and need to invest more time in food preparations for diet therapies. Parents miss many workdays, sometimes even changing their jobs, in order to care for their ailing child. Many find the medical and food expenses simply overwhelming. ...continue reading "Overwhelmed by the financial cost of IBD"
The book Nutrition In Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease was written by Dr. David Suskind, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During the past year this book was distributed to the medical community. Following strong supportive feedback, it is now broadly available for purchase online at mybookorders.com or with Amazon.
A few years ago I shared this presentation with the GI team at SCH about the success we had in using SCD to manage our son’s Crohn’s.
On a sunny April day in Seattle a new milestone in the science of “diet as medicine” was reached, as Seattle Children's Hospital held its 7th Nutrition Symposium: Nutrition in Immune Balance: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
The gut mucosa hosts the body’s largest population of immune cells.This amazing animation, Immunology in the Gut Mucosa, was produced by Nature Immunology in collaboration with Arkitek Studios and helps unravel the complexities of mucosal immunology in health and disease.