Here are some helpful links and files for living on the diet or deciding to start the SCD.
A Decision Tool:
Measuring progress with the Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (CDAI):
From this post, referring to this tool. The CDAI is a tool that allows you to more objectively measure the severity of your disease and track it over time. It’s an excellent exercise and can really help you see what the SCD is doing for you.
The Bristol Stool Scale:
I find that charts are a great way to easily track and understand progress on the SCD. Of course you need to quantify your data as numbers in order to easily chart them. So how would you do this for your eliminations you ask? That’s a great question and here’s the answer: The Bristol Stool Scale a.k.a. the Meyers Scale.
Standard of Care:
From this post. What might you doctor see as the big picture? How do they conceive your treatment plan? The “Standard of Care” is probably a good starting point to gain insight into their process.
I compiled a master list of legal and illegal foods from the following sources: the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, the official website for the book, the UCLBS website, Wikipedia and directly from some food manufacturers. However, these cheat sheets should not be used in place of reading the BTVC book. They are meant as a convenience for people who have already read the book and are aware of the bigger picture.
Legal and illegal list in several formats:
Legals only list:
- Download a legals only shopping list in Microsoft Word (.doc).
Cooking Files and Links:
Smoke points of various oils and fats:
Can’t remember how many tsp in one Tbs or cups in a quart? Here are handy unit conversions:
How do I know my meat is done?
- Link to PDF: Minimum internal temperatures as recommended by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
General resources and reference:
- The Cook’s Thesaurus is a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions. Not an SCD specific site, but has lots of great information.
- Rouxbe cooking school. Some great free how-to videos plus paid lessons in cooking techniques. Not SCD specific.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle The official website for the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
Pecanbread.com An excellent resource focused on children using the SCD and children on the ASD in particular.
Pecanbread discussion group on Yahoo. A free membership gets you access to others like yourself and is moderated by great and knowledgeable peoples. Ask questions and get answers. Many of your questions have already been answered, so before you post a question, try using the search function to look through the group’s archive. This group focuses on children using the SCD and in particular, children on the ASD.
BTVC-SCD discussion group on Yahoo. Just like the Pecanbread discussion group, but without the pediatric focus.
SCDLifestyle.com Jordan and Steven produce a great blog, podcast and books to help get started and succeed on the SCD.
Ryan Jordan on Facebook. Ryan is a great source for news on Crohn’s and IBD.
SCDrecipe An excellent site featuring SCD recipes, news, a blog and great info.
Gut Harmony blog. Tali is doing some amazing work with GIs at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Check it out.
The Gottschall Autism Center “Early Treatment & Adult Employment for People with Autism” Simply wonderful.
GI ProHealth A resource for vitamins, enzymes, pill probiotics and more. If you cannot tolerate dairy, check this site out.
SCD Bakery When you don’t have time to bake your own.
Wellbee’s (formerly Digestive Wellness) “Home of the finest SCD legal foods!” Readymade foods, supplies, equipment, etc.
Back on Tract SCD legal baked goods and other SCD legal foods.
Duke’s Bakery A retail location for SCD legal baked goods by the people behind Back on Tract. Note that they also sell non-legal items. Located in Fall River, MA.
Nutty Bakery A mostly online SCD bakery located in New Castle, IN.
Natural Digestive Healing “Engaging the World with Natural Treatments for IBD” Matt Robinson writes comprehensive articles regarding natural treatments including the SCD. He offers a coaching service and is also unique as a resource for athletes on the SCD.
Lucy’s Kitchen Shop An excellent resource for products for those on the SCD.
The Food Rx Project is a “501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-driven organization committed to educating patients, healthcare providers, and the general public about the benefits of using diet, nutrition, Integrative Medicine, and a healthy lifestyle to treat chronic disease.” An excellent resource with some unique services. Be sure to check them out.
ihaveUC.com Adam is a vibrant, energetic dude who has built an impressive community for UC suffers. Be sure to check it out.
Crohnology “is a project with one ultimate goal: to build a patient-centered information sharing network for people with chronic medical conditions.” It is social site for connecting and sharing experiences and information. The founder Sean Ahrens, is using the SCD, but the site is not limited to non-Western medical treatments.
Penzeys Spices A spice retailer. I find their spices to be much better than what I can get at my local grocer, and at a better price.
Hughson Nut This is where I get my almond flour, directly from the grower. They have good prices and excellent customer service. I’ve found single pound bags of almond flour in my local supermarkets, but it’s very expensive compared to buying in bulk. Use that Google!
Breaking the Vicious Circle. Intestinal Health Through Diet The book that changed my life. A must read for anyone who wishes to follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Eat Well Feel Well An excellent gourmet cookbook made for the SCD. Also a good story about a mother treating her daughter.
Recipes for the Specifc Carbohydrate Diet Raman Prasad has hit a delicious sweet spot. He manages to combine simple to prepare dishes with cuisines as diverse as Italian and Indian. With plenty of mouth watering pictures and recipes no longer than a page, this cookbook should expand just about anyone’s palate. You just may forget you’re on a “diet.”
The Best Recipe By the editors of COOK’S ILLUSTRATED Magazine I find this to be one of the best all around reference cook books. It explains how they arrived at their best recipes and includes tons of helpful information about cookware, cuts of meat, etc., etc. This book is not an SCD cookbook.
herbs & spices the cook’s reference This is a beautiful, thorough, and informative book. It covers a wide range of spices from common to exotic. A good read. Not SCD-specific.
What’s Cooking Indian Though not an SCD cookbook, it features wonderful Indian cuisine that can be adapted. See my version of chicken khorma, for instance. Includes photos of finished dishes and dishes in progress.
What’s Cooking Thai Though not an SCD cookbook, it features wonderful Thai cuisine that can be adapted. Includes photos of finished dishes and dishes in progress.
Ball Blue Book of Preserving A concise, well illustrated, easy to follow primer for preserving foods through hot water bath and pressure canning. It also contains recipes that can be converted for the diet. Note that for canning fruits with a light syrup, a ratio of 7 parts water to 1 part honey works well. Not SCD-specific.