Adding Foods to the SCD
The diet is called the SPECIFIC carb diet for a reason. There are specific types of food that simply aren’t legal because they can have poor affect on someone who suffers from IBD. However, if you keep a close eye on your health, you can slowly add in foods that aren’t technically allowed on the SCD if you’re doing well enough. For example, if you are having no symptoms for a few months on the most advanced stage of the base diet, you might try adding in cocoa. If all goes well there, you might try adding a higher starch food like rice or potatoes a number months later. I can’t stress how important it is to take the process of introducing new foods SLOWLY. There are certain foods that will be easy on some but hard on others. This process is very much an individual one. If a new food gives you trouble, stop consuming it right away and wait a few months to try it again when symptoms improve, or try adding a different food. The reactions people get from their bodies from adding new foods varies. Some people add in new foods with no problem, and some people simply can’t add in anything new no matter how many times they try. You really just have to be aware of your body and how you’re feeling. Now, this isn’t a recommendation. I don’t think adding in new foods is a good idea for everyone, because they have different affects on everyone. I also would strongly advise against EVER adding in refined sugars, gluten, or corn. Those really don’t mix well with the SCD or a person with IBD. I would stick to much more modest options that aren’t technically allowed on the SCD. It’s a lot like operating right on the line of the grey area.Just take this really slow, and don’t jump the gun. Be honest with yourself: Are you REALLY doing well enough to add in or continue to consume a new food? Lastly, its important to moderate your consumption of added foods. I wouldn’t have rice for lunch then potatoes for dinner, nor would I have cocoa 10 times a week. You get the idea. Introduce slowly and carefully. Don’t go from no rice to 7 bowls of rice a week. I’m just speaking from my experience, so this isn’t the be all end all, but being able to occasionally indulge in a new food can be very nice. Happy, and SAFE eating!