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It’s downright scary to completely rearrange the way you think about food, and what you consider healthy – especially when what you’re asked to do seems to fly in the face of what you’ve always been told. Whether you’ve been a vegetarian, a consumer of the Standard American Diet (SAD), or even someone who has tried, really tried to eat healthy, you’re going to be making changes. Making the changes, giving up foods you may enjoy, or which are part of your culture, isn’t easy. You may worry that people will think you are strange for going on such a restrictive diet. Especially threatening is making all these changes if you are physically, mentally, and emotionally fragile because of the condition of your health or that of a loved one. You may have been told by a physician whose opinion you respect that “Diet has nothing to do with Crohn’s, colitis, etc.” or “If this doesn’t work, the only option is surgery.” You may not appear to have physical symptoms of malabsorption, but the connection between the brain and the bowel has been well documented, and is fully explained in Chapter 7 of Breaking the Vicious
read it then. oats. Waiting at the doctor’s office? Read BTVC instead of those tattered magazines. Page 43 (61) of BTVC gives the details. If you are. make it a point to pick up the book and read any time the person you’re assisting is dealing with a problem. Yet you do not have to wait until you have read Breaking the Vicious Cycle to start the diet. triticale. wheat. I recommend reading it from cover to cover. Making changes that will ultimately give you more time and more energy. Waiting to pick the kids up from school? Read while you wait. make your new mantra not “I’m too sick” or “I don’t have time” but “Where there’s a will. like many people who come to SCD.Cycle. well. spending hours of time in the necessary. then set yourself ten or fifteen minutes to read a couple of times a day. including. etc. Starting the diet is amazingly easy. rye.” This is part of what taking charge of your own health is all about. there’s a way. but are the spouse or parent of someone who has this problem. but the basics are: Any cereal grain is strictly and absolutely forbidden. buckwheat. corn. why not use some of that time to learn how you’re going to stop spending all that time there? And if you aren’t a person who spends hours in the necessary each day. You might even consider keeping your copy of BTVC by the toilet. If you have to stand in line at the grocery store. In short. millet. Carry Breaking the Vicious Cycle with you. When you receive your copy of Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Malabsorption may also be a major factor in both extreme underweight and extreme overweight. If you’re not a heavy-duty reader like I am (I finished my first read-through in under two hours). (BTVC p49 / 72). This means none in . but not limited to. rice.
as yogurt. rinsed. Bread. Dried white (navy) beans. processed vegetables are forbidden. lentils. or fresh frozen. and pinto beans. and then cooked until tender in fresh water. and both dried and fresh lima beans are permitted. toast. properly prepared yogurt. soybeans. macaroni. and certain vegetables are also forbidden. Be sure to peel and seed these at the beginning of the . p 53-54 / p 103) These must be prepared according to the directions in the Gourmet Section of BTVC: specifically. also called yogurt cheese. and do better with “dripped” or “drained” yogurt. mung beans. garbanzo beans. Some people find even yogurt which has been fermented for 24 hours difficult to digest. Milk must be properly fermented. they must be soaked for at least eight hours. treated with lactaid drops. Use fresh. Small amounts of heavy cream. or as cheese made with rennet or other enzymes. is absolutely forbidden if made with grain. Carbohydrates (starches and sugars) other than those found in fruits. any form. Liquid milk is forbidden. bean sprouts. and kept in the refrigerator for 24 hours after treatment may be used in coffee or tea. but are not limited to chick peas. etc. Most beans (legumes) are forbidden. Illegal legumes include. etc. They often have unlisted sugar or starch. cake. All legumes other than the ones mentioned above are illegal. Commercial canned. (BTVC. split peas. faba beans. honey. drained (throw away the soak water).
In the early stages of the diet. with no illegal additives. is permitted. queasy stomach. if you eat them too early in the diet. and cooked. is permitted. all fruits should be peeled. and keep you sick! Be aware that fruits and raw vegetables have laxative qualities. Read labels carefully. which are sugar alcohols. All sweeteners except saccharin and filtered honey are forbidden. diet. Products containing these are allowed to call themselves “sugar free” because alcohol sugars are indigestible by human beings. like gas. Everyone is different. Most canned fruits are illegal. so if active diarrhea is your reason for coming to the SCD. seeded. with no illegal additives. Canning your own vegetables. as an example. These same raw fruits and vegetables can also cause other forms of gastric upset. Constipation and diarrhea are two ends of the same type of digestive disorder. Cooked carrots. etc. and only use those packed in their own juice with no added sweeteners. Ironically. Fresh or fresh frozen are preferred. these must be used with caution until normal function resumes. But the bad bugs in your gut will have a marvelous time dining on them. Canning your own fruits. raw fruits and vegetables can also cause problems at the other end of the spectrum. are usually well tolerated by most . Be especially wary of any products labeled “sugar-free” – even those without illegal aspartame will often have mannitol and sorbitol.
it may very well take months. and you have eliminated the foods which made you sick in the first place. I. it is often a case of two steps forward and one step back.breakingtheviciouscycle. one reason they are included on the introductory diet. In any healing situation. Even legal foods can be a problem if you eat them too soon.people.pecanbread. or eat too much of them. It has taken you quite a few years to become ill. SCD is now a recognized biomedical treatment for . The Pecan Bread web site at: www. or even years to heal from all the damage that has been done to your system. Yet I could eat both cooked and raw broccoli and cauliflower (both notorious for giving people trouble) with impunity.info which has additional information. pictorial how-tos. Don’t give up! You are giving your body the nutrition it needs. Additional Resources include: Elaine Gottschall’s authorized web site at www. and an excellent legal / illegal list.com which is focused primarily on children and SCD. didn’t tolerate carrots at all – they simply came through completely undigested. on the other hand.
html#bey ond which gives lists of foods in the order which many people find it easiest to introduce. and you may find you tolerate some well-cooked stage 2 fruits or vegetables before you handle the stage 1s. Of particular help to new SCDers is the chart at http://www.com/ . of course.com/new/scdfoods1. Raman Prasad’s SCD Recipe web site and blog at www.com Beth’s blog http://bethsblog.com/bethsblog/2008/01/turtl e-soup-pos.typepad.blogspot.scdrecipe. Everyone is different.children with autism.html Dietary Adventures of Jilluck http://scdadventures.pecanbread.