Our son is a diet veteran, with over five years of eating strict SCD and mentoring people new to the diet. He knows that this diet granted him freedom from pain and from medications. However, while the diet led to wellness, the diet also created some dependencies that we cannot ignore.
Restricted diets are difficult. Raising teens is not for the faint at heart. Add a medical condition that causes the need for a restricted diet, and you are stuck in an endless struggle to juggle and balance these three challenges.
Can it be done? ...continue reading "Teens and diets"
Maintaining SCD (or other restricted diets) can be done away from home.
Sleep away summer camps are the highlight of every summer, and our son loves them. CCFA Camp Oasis is his favorite every year. He travels to camp with a week’s worth of SCD meals, all packed in large coolers for the long drive, and labeled meticulously so the wonderful kitchen staff knows exactly what to serve him each day. We start preparing a month before camp, cooking large amounts of food, freezing single portions, labeling everything, and printing a detailed menu guide.
Here are the menus for food we sent to summer camp in the past few years:
Traveling while maintaining a restricted diet can be a challenge. Planning ahead and keeping a running list of essential items helps. Here is our master checklist for travel, Gut Harmony Ultimate Travel List. You can print it out, adapt it to the kind of travel you plan, and check items off as you pack.
Happy Travels...Bon Voyage!
We set a 504 plan at school to accommodate the diet and to help support your child's specific needs. IBD is a recognized medical disability which entitles a child to accommodations that can be implemented in school. ...continue reading "SCD At School"
Use prepared, “ready to use” staples as long as you are sure there are no additives: frozen veggies, deboned no-skin chicken breast, etc.
Have some legal cans of chicken, tuna and salmon- for emergency as well as for a quick meal at the end of a long busy day. ...continue reading "SCD Kitchen Tips and Shortcuts"