Q: I’m just starting the SCD, do you have any suggestions?
Yes, see this post.
Q: Do you happen to know an SCD-friendly doctor in my area?
Here’s a link that might help you out with that.
Q: Can I eat at restaurants while on the SCD?
Yes, but it is risky. See this post. If your body is anything like mine, it will let you know if you ate an illegal. I’d recommend that you choose carefully from the menu and don’t be shy about quizzing the wait-staff. I’ve never worked in the restaurant business, but I bet that most chain restaurants will not be able to tell you everything that is in their food. The ideal restaurant is a local one in which you can talk to the chef. I have called restaurants in their slow times to quiz them before I decide to give them a try. The smaller, better eateries also tend to have a more well informed wait-staff, making the process smoother.
Q: What does BTVC mean?
BTVC stands for “Breaking the Vicious Cycle”, the title of the specific carbohydrate diet book by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. Other acronyms include SCD for specific carbohydrate diet, CD for Crohn’s disease, and UC for ulcerative colitis.
Q: Do I have to choose between the SCD and conventional medicine?
No. They are not mutually exclusive and many people start the SCD while still on medication. A common goal is to reduce the dependance on medications or eliminate them entirely.
Q: I’m an athlete. Can I still do the SCD? What do I do about electrolyte drinks?
Q: Does this diet treat anything other than Crohn’s disease?
Yes. This diet is also used to treat ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic diarrhea and autism.
Q: What does SCD mean?
It stands for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Q: Does the diet have any side effects?
I noticed two side effects. In the first few days of the diet, there was a mild metallic taste in my mouth which went away. The other side effect I’ve noticed is that I lost my spare tire of 20 lbs without eating less.
Q: Do you have to limit your portions on this diet?
No. The intent of this diet is not to lose weight. However, you should not eat one food to the exclusion of others. Many report feeling hungry on the diet, especially in the beginning. This is completely normal and should fade with time. Just eat when you feel the need.
Q: Is this a miracle diet?
No. This is basically an elimination diet that requires some discipline, time and effort.
Q: Is this diet hard to follow?
Any change in habit is difficult and therefore no diet is easy. This diet is no different. The potential benefits are clear and compelling however, and the payoff absolutely liberating.
Q: Will my doctor support my decision to try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?
Maybe. When I spoke to my family doctor about my intent to start the SCD, he was open-minded, supportive and interested to see what happened. On the other hand, a Gastroenterologist I spoke with literally rolled his eyes. I’d like to hear your experience with your doctor. Let me know.
Q: Can I ask you a question?
Yes. Make a comment on any post or use the email link in the sidebar and I will answer as soon as I can.
Q: Where can I get more information?
Visit my resource page.
Q: What can you tell me about SCD yoghurt?
Q: Aren’t there more FAQ’s than this?