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Who We Are - Fellow digestive sufferers who love this diet.

History of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

A Dietary Approach to Treating Some Gut Disorders

Basic Theory of the SCD Diet

Videos - Meet Elaine on YouTube and other videos of interest.

Cookbooks and Websites - SCD recipes, SCD blogs, sources of SCD supplies, etc.

Success Stories - In Our Own Words

In The SCD Kitchen

Beginner's Corner

  • Before I Plunge In - Questions About SCD
  • Getting Started
  • The Basic Principles
  • Cooked Peeled and Seeded
  • What is the Most Important Thing?
  • Read The Labels
  • Everyone Is Different
  • Fanatical Adherence
  • SCD Recipe Books
  • Digestive Healing Takes Time
  • How Much Time?
  • The SCD Kitchen
  • Going About Your Day
  • Some Basic Cooking Tips
  • Making Your Refrigerator Larger
  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
  • Common Beginner Mistakes
  • The Good News About the SCD Diet
  • If You Are Here Because of Your Child's Problem

Getting Started - Intro protocol

Keeping a Food and Event Log

Beverages - Other Then Tea

  • Soda
  • Juices
  • Electrolyte Drinks
  • Smoothies
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic Beverages


  • Permitted Teas
  • What BTVC Says
  • What to Look for When Choosing a Tea
  • Decaffeinated Tea
  • Herbal Teas

Sports Drinks

  • E-lyte and ELETE
  • Make Your Own Electrolytic Drink


  • Overview of the Process
  • Yogurt Makers
  • Yogurt Starters
  • How to Make Yogurt
  • Yogurt Temperature Control
  • Dripping and Draining
  • Using the Whey
  • Goat Milk Yogurt
  • Almond Milk Yogurt
  • Coconut Milk Yogurt

SCD Baking

  • Nut Breads
  • Nut Bread Crackers
  • Permissible Flours
  • Nut Butter Breads
  • Baking Soda
  • Icing

SCD Cooking Boot Camp

  • Cooking for the Rest of Us
  • I Don't Feel Up to Making Yogurt Yet
  • No Time to Shop - Need Milk
  • Emergency Bread - Quick Pan Bread
  • No Drip Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich
  • The Quick Gourmet SCD Breakfast
  • Quick Vegetables
  • Use a Crock Pot
  • Stews - A New Dish Everyday
  • Roasting
  • Quick Lunch for the Week

Favorite Food Preparation Equipment

  • Blenders
  • Choppers/Grinders
  • Double Boilers and Steamers
  • Dehydrators
  • Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  • Electric Yogurt Makers

Foods of Special Interest on SCD

Living Your Life on SCD

Working - SCD at the Office

  • Lunch and snacks
  • The Dinner Meeting
  • All Day Business Conference

Restaurants, Meetings & Family Gatherings

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Meetings
  • The Super Bowl Party
  • Family Gatherings
  • The Holidays

Travel - Travel on SCD Means Being Away from Your Kitchen

  • At the Movies
  • At a Motel or Hotel
  • The Easiest Vacation Travel
  • Attending an Overnight Conference
  • Day Trips
  • Travel By Car
  • Overnight Travel
  • Travel By Plane
  • Attending an Out of Town Family Gathering by Plane
  • Going to a Wedding or a Formal Family Event

The SCD Athlete

  • Exercise During the Early Months
  • Getting Back into Athletic Activity
  • Preparation and Training
  • Staying Hydrated
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Sports Energy Bars
  • Marathons
  • Biking and Skiing
  • Day Hiking
  • Overnight Back Packing

SCD Emergency Kit - Maintaining SCD in disaster situations

  • Preparation - Physical Items to Have On Hand:Fuel, Drinking Water, Water for Bathing and Flushing, Communication, Light, Cooking, Preserving Frozen or Refrigerated Food
  • Specific Useful Items: Battery Operated Fans and Light
  • SCD Food Possibilities in an Emergency
  • The Winter Storm - Lack of Heat, Car Exhaust
  • Generators

Knowing Your Body and Helping it Heal

Probiotics - Populating a Healthy Gut

  • What are Probiotics?
  • Why are Probiotics Beneficial?
  • What Types of Probiotics are Allowed on SCD?
  • Probiotics from Yogurt
  • Taking Probiotics as Supplements

Flare Ups - Trouble Shooting Your Problems

  • What is a Flare Up?
  • Why am I Having a Flare Up?
  • Die-Off
  • Epsom Salt Baths
  • Patience, Persistence and Perseverance
  • Beyond SCD

Emotions - The Ups and Downs of Digestive Problems

The Scoop on Poop

  • The Bristol Stool Scale
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloody Stools
  • Squatting

Medical Procedures and Hospital Stays

  • Stool Tests
  • Antibiotics
  • Colonoscopys
  • Hospital Stays

The Science Corner


  • About Candida Albicans
  • Causes of Candida Overgrowth
  • Common Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
  • Eliminating Candida Overgrowth
  • Elaine Gottschall's View on Fruit and Candida
  • Suggested Phases for Candida Elimination
  • Food Rankings: Sugar Content of Common SCD Fruits
  • Food Rankings: Carbohydrate Content of Common SCD Vegetables & Legumes
  • Anti-Fungal Supplements
  • Additional Resources

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

The Microbiome - The Digestive System is Now the New Frontier

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