SCD Patient Resources

Diet-Specific Informational Sources

Websites, Support Groups, and Books dedicated to Nutritional Therapy

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Websites

NiMBAL

NiMBAL (Nutrition in Immune Balance) defines its mission as "Helping patients, families, and healthcare providers integrate dietary therapy as treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease." NiMBAL is founded by David L. Suskind, MD, of Seattle Children’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. While NiMBAL discusses the specifics of SCD and EEN, much of the content is relevant to all types of nutritional therapy and is a valuable resource regardless of diet of choice. The website covers a wide array of general nutritional therapy topics including basic IBD information, healthy eating guidelines, food philosophies, how to determine when nutritional therapy is right for you, managing stress, guidelines for followups with the medical team, meal planning, holidays and events, eating outside the house, problems related to diet, and kitchen/food/safety tips.

NiMBAL Highlights:
NiMBAL: SCD Food Table: A list of the allowed and restricted foods. This table includes an Explanation column with additional information about the food item and a NiMBAL Research column with facts from research on the food item.
NiMBAL: SCD Recipes: A nice catalog of recipes compliant with SCD.
Professor Nimbal Comic: This comic book explains IBD, pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies, and the microbiome to kids via an entertaining comic adventure that is free to download. Hard copies can also be purchased.
NiMBAL: Determining if SCD Is Right for You: This page offers advice for determining if SCD is right for you, when it may not work, and when it may be best used in conjunction with traditional medical therapy. While it specifically mentions SCD, the advice on this page is relevant to most nutritional therapies.

PRODUCE Study Website

The PRODUCE study, which stands for Personalized Research on Diet in Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, will compare the effectiveness of a strict Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) versus a modified SCD in reducing symptoms and inflammation in people with IBD. The organizers of this study prepared many resources for participants that are helpful in understanding the basics of the diet.

The study documentation includes specific guidelines for implementing modified SCD, including which foods are added, and how much of these added foods are allowed.

PRODUCE Study Website Highlights:
PRODUCE Study Materials for Enrolled Participants: On this page, you will find PDFs intended for enrolled participants, but that are useful for anyone implementing SCD or mSCD. Documents include the following: meal plans, FAQs, guide to reading food labels, instructions for making SCD yogurt, managing social activities, SCD brands, SCD snacks, SCD resources, SCD summaries (brief and detailed), recommended food stages for the study, SCD supplements, recipe links, and weight loss prevention.

Pecanbread Website

Pecanbread is a site dedicated to SCD with a particular focus on using SCD for Autism. Pecanbread is known for creating the stages of SCD. These stages are not a part of the official diet and are not required, but they can be helpful for those who have active disease and symptoms when starting the diet.

NASPGHAN: Help & Hope for Children with Digestive Disorders

North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN) website for kids with GI issues.

NASPGHAN: Help & Hope for Children with Digestive Disorders Highlights:
NASPGHAN: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Downloadable/printable PDF overview of the SCD.
NASPGHAN: IBD Resources: Audio Podcast Series: Three podcast episodes hosted by Lindsey Albenberg, DO, with dietitians Kim Braly and Nyla Williamson on Nutrition, EEN, and SCD

Gut Harmony

Blog focusing on nutritional therapy, including but not limited to teen Crohn's, SCD, and beyond. While SCD is specifically mentioned, most of the posts apply to all types of nutritional therapy.

Gut Harmony Highlights:
Gut Harmony: Raising Iron Levels While Practicing SCD: Oral iron supplements are not recommended on SCD. This post provides alternative methods to supplement iron.
Gut Harmony: Cooking Together for Wellness – Chefs, Doctors, and Young Patients: An example of a cooking program for patients on a therapeutic diet.
Gut Harmony: Marilyn's SCD "Chocolate" Cake Recipe: This is one of the most popular SCD recipes. Since cocoa powder is not allowed on SCD, "chocolate" recipes have to get creative. This recipes simulates chocolate cake/brownies using dates, pecan flour, and cocoa butter.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle Website

Official website for the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, complete with official food lists and knowledge base cultivated from the original BTVC listserv.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle Website Highlights:
BTVC: Online Food List: Official list of the included and excluded foods for SCD.
BTVC: Food List PDF: The official list of included and excluded foods for SCD in downloadable/printable PDF format.
BTVC: Knowledge Base: Information from the original BTVC listserv on all topics SCD, including subjects not addressed by the book.

Nutrition 4 IBD

Excerpt From Website: Nutrition Advice for the IBD Community: Medically curated information on how to live your best life with inflammatory bowel disease through diet and better understanding of your treatment options.

Nutrition 4 IBD Highlights:
Symptom Diary: Instructions for and an example of a Symptom Diary for tracking IBD symptoms
Food Log: Instructions for keeping a food log with examples.
The Combined Approach for IBD Treatment: Treatment of IBD via a combined approach: nutrition, emotional support, medications, and surgery.
Top 5 Tricks for Managing Nutrition During a Flare: How to use nutrition to manage a flare
Tips and Tricks for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Tips for following SCD from a senior dietetics student at Auburn University who has Crohn's disease and uses diet along with meds to manage her IBD.

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Support Groups

Internet support groups are meant to provide support for lifestyle changes involved with adopting a therapeutic diet. They are not intended for medical advice. Never alter your medical management plan without discussing with your medical team.

SCD Families

A closed group that is exclusively intended for parents of children and teens with IBD that are using SCD as a therapeutic diet. Covers dietary therapies for pediatric IBD and related autoimmune conditions.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle. SCD Community.

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Our community is for the followers, caregivers and supporters. We follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ as specified by Dr Sidney Haas in his book, "Management of Celiac Disease", and by researcher, Elaine Gottschall in her book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet"

Instant Pot Recipes for SCD - Specific Carbohydrate Diet InstaPot

Excerpt from Product Marketing: This is a group to exchange cooking tips and recipes for the Instant Pot ( InstaPot ) who follow the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet). If you are looking for a general SCD group, we do not recommend this one.

SCD Group

Excerpt from Product Marketing: This group is here to support those who would like to follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as per the rules laid out in Elaine Gottschall's book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle; Intestinal Health Through Diet"

SCD + Beyond

Excerpt from Product Marketing: SCD + Beyond is a group dedicated to helping people find health and healing through the SCD lifestyle and beyond. We are open to questions, ideas, encouragement, and discussions. Feel free to ask questions and share ideas! Just please let us know what is SCD and what is not, so that we can all help each other heal, no matter what stage we are at in our journey! (This group is for those in sustained remission who are interested in reintroducing foods normally not allowed on strict SCD).

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Books

Links to books available for purchase are provided for convenience. NTforIBD does not participate in any affiliate programs and does not benefit financially from any purchases. The use of local libraries is encouraged as a first option.

NIMBAL Therapy
David L. Suskind, MD

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Nutrition in Immune Balance (NIMBAL) therapy is a standardized method to incorporate dietary therapy into the current medical paradigm. With friendly, practical advice, tips, and recipes, this groundbreaking book supports IBD patients, families and healthcare providers alike who want to pursue dietary interventions.

NTforIBD Note: The nutritional therapy discussed in this book is SCD, but the approaches and information apply equally to other therapeutic diets.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet
Elaine Gottschall, BA, MSc

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Provides information on the relationship between food and such disorders as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and celiac disease, and offers a collection of recipes following the principles of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Recipes Galore!

Find recipes that are compliant with many therapeutic diets. Note that while some sources focus on specific diets, because of similarities among therapeutic diets, often such recipes can be used for multiple diets. Some sources provide generally healthy diets ideal for those with dietary restrictions but are not guaranteed to be compatible with any specific diet. Be sure to understand the rules of your diet and double check all recipes for compliance.

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Cookbooks

Some cookbooks target specific therapeutic diets and others are more general, focusing on recipes that often work for those with dietary restrictions. Because of the similarities between diets, cookbooks targeting one diet often contain recipes that work for others. We recommend visiting your local library if possible before purchase. We do not participate in any affiliate programs and do not benefit financially from any purchases.

Eat Well Feel Well
SCD
Kendall Conrad

Excerpt from Product Marketing: In Eat Well, Feel Well, Conrad shares more than 150 recipes for quick and easy dishes for casual meals and elegant dinner parties alike. The appetizers and starters range from updated classics like Curried Deviled Eggs with Mango-Currant Chutney to such enticing, exotic fare as Thai Beef Salad with Papaya and Toasted Coconut and Egyptian Red Lentil Soup. Main course ideas include everything from Whole Roasted Red Snapper Stuffed with Fennel and Citrus and Ground Beef Chili with Navy Beans to kid-pleasers such as a simple Cheese Soufflé and Honey-Garlic Chicken Drummettes. Dozens of recipes for snacks, desserts, breakfast dishes, and beverages will help you integrate the SCD way of eating into your family’s lifestyle with ease, grace, and creativity.

Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
SCD
Erica Kerwien

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, 2nd Edition, provides over 125 belly-friendly recipes with added nutritional information, updated photos, brand new recipes, as well as fan favorite treats, including Persian chicken, falafel, banana bread, almond toffee brownies, and more! Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, 2nd Edition, also serves up tips for eating smart, healthy, and even indulgently despite a sensitive stomach―all brought to you by popular Comfy Belly blogger Erica Kerwien. As a mom caring for a son with Crohn’s, she has firsthand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t for both taste and digestion.

A Taste of Wellness
SCD
Rochel Weiss

Excerpt from Product Marketing: A Taste of Wellness is a fabulous cookbook that not only looks terrific, and tastes terrific, but actually helps you feel terrific! The baked goods are nut-flour based and all of the recipes are free of gluten, grain, refined sugar, yeast, and lactose. A Taste of Wellness is a unique cookbook, with mouthwatering photographs and is a fabulous companion for those embarking on any type of gluten free, grain free or low carb diet, or just anyone that enjoys eating healthy food.

Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
SCD
Raman Prasad

Excerpt from Product Marketing: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free dietary regimen intended for those suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (both forms of IBD), celiac disease, IBS, cystic fibrosis, and autism. For those suffering from gastrointestinal illnesses, this book offers a method for easing symptoms and pain, and ultimately regaining health. Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet(TM) includes a diverse and delicious collection of 150 SCD-friendly recipes and more than 80 dairy-free recipes.

Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple
Danielle Walker

Excerpt from Product Marketing: With recipes that make cooking for the grain-free family both easy and enjoyable, Meals Made Simple answers the age-old question: “What’s for dinner?” Danielle Walker takes the guesswork out of meal planning with eight weeks’ worth of dinner ideas, complete with full shopping lists and recipes for using up leftovers. Whether we’re moms, students, or business owners, at the end of the day we all want fresh, home-cooked meals that are easy to prepare. And we want lots of variety.

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Recipes on the Web

Some sites and blogs target specific therapeutic diets and others are more general, focusing on recipes that often work for those with dietary restrictions. Because of the similarities between diets, sites targeting one diet often contain recipes that work for others or that can be easily adapted.

SCD*Recipe Website
SCD

Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

A Life of Happenstance Blog
SCD

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Whether you’re on a restricted diet because of an illness or just striving to eat healthier so you can be the best you, I hope you enjoy the recipes I share! They come from a place of love and with the hope that I can help others get excited about eating healthy food that tastes delicious!

NoMoreCrohns
SCD

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Our goal is to give great HOPE to people suffering with digestive illnesses by sharing how I gained my health back through diet. Please join me and my Mom as we share my story, the diet, recipes, menu plans, and encouragement.

Against All Grain Blog
Danielle Walker

Excerpt from Product Marketing: A self-trained chef, Danielle is the new face of grain-free and gluten-free cooking, tempting foodies of all stripes with her innovative, accessible recipes for delicious, vibrant Paleo food. Paying homage to the dishes she loved from her pre-Paleo life, she has ingeniously recreated all of her favorites without grains, gluten or dairy. Omitting grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar doesn't correlate with omitting taste in these recipes. Easy-to-follow instructions are complemented by mouthwatering photos that seem to burst off the page with flavor. Danielle's recipes are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and exhilarated, rather than deprived.

Comfy Belly Blog
Erica Kerwien

Excerpt from Product Marketing: You’ll find recipes for digestive health and clean eating. My recipes are some combination of grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-fee, sugar-free, and low-sugar and low-carb.

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Video Recipe Tutorials

Maddie's Banana Cake with Dr. David Suskind and Maddie
David L. Suskind, MD

Food on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) can be SC-Delicious! Seattle Children's gastroenterologist Dr. David Suskind steps into the kitchen with patient Maddie to learn her recipes for SCD-compliant banana cake. Learn how to make this tasty treat at home!

Avi's Cheesy Crackers and Dip with Dr. David Suskind and Avi
David L. Suskind, MD

Food on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) can be SC-Delicious! Seattle Children's gastroenterologist Dr. David Suskind steps into the kitchen with patient Avi to learn his recipes for SCD-compliant cheesy crackers and cauliflower tahini dip. Learn how to make this tasty snack at home!

Products and Services

We do not endorse any specific company or service, but merely provide links to businesses that may be helpful. We do not receive anything in exchange for listing businesses and services.

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Compliant Food Companies

The following food companies may sell some products that are compliant with certain therapeutic diets. Always check ingredients before purchasing.

Wellbee's

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Wellbee's is your one-stop SCD Store, committed to providing an outstanding selection of SCD approved foods. We know from experience that if you are to stick to a healthy diet, it sure better taste delicious. We source the very best SCD ingredients and supplies, and also make our own line of baked goods that are overflowing with taste, quality, and healthfulness. Being on a healthy diet has never been this easy!

Liberated Specialty Foods

Excerpt from Product Marketing: Liberated® Specialty Foods provides convenient food options that service diets like Keto, Paleo, Kosher, SCD™, GAPS™, GMO Free, gluten and grain free, diabetic lactose free and more, we help remove obstacles by focusing on people’s desire for normalcy without worry or compromise. This is the heart of Liberated. ~ Liberated food. ~ Liberated people.

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Services

Kim Braly Nutrition
Kim Braly, RDN, CNSC

My mission is to provide you with accessible evidence-based nutrition therapy, counseling, and resources that are personal and effective. I specialize in forward-thinking diet therapies for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. I devoted my career to helping others overcome their gastrointestinal issues and want to share my unique experiences and expertise with you. A happy and healthy gut is the cornerstone to one’s well-being.

Over the past six years I worked with pediatric patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital to improve their gut health. The gastrointestinal nutrition-related issues I saw ranged from food allergies to complex motility disorders, tube feeding, and chronic disease. I established the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nutrition program with a multidisciplinary team and ultimately specialized as an IBD dietitian. I realized the tremendous role that nutrition plays in disease management through years of experience implementing and researching diet as therapy. Currently, I am the dietitian expert in a national multi-centered, multidisciplinary team investigating the relationship between the specific carbohydrate diet and IBD. Seeing the impact of food on our physical well-being continually amazes me. While working with me, you will have an advocate, educator and coach. Through our team efforts, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to improve your quality of life.

Learn More: Presentations by Experts and Other Resources

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Presentations

Listen to the Experts Share their Wisdom.

Exclusive Enteral Nutrition and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
Dale Young Lee, MD, MSCE

Dr. Dale Lee, Director of the Seattle Children's Celiac Program, discusses Exclusive Enteral Nutrition and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) at Seattle Children's. NTforIBD comment: Even though the title of the presentation refers to SCD and EEN, Dr Lee also discusses the Crohn's Disease Exclusion Diet (CDED), the Semi-Vegetarian Diet (SVD), and CD-TREAT, along with homemade EEN smoothies. In the Q&A at the end, he discusses different ways to transition from EEN to a therapeutic diet.

Advances in the Use of Nutrition for Therapy in Pediatric Crohn's Disease
David L. Suskind, MD

In this presentation from the Pediatric Track at the 2017 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference, Dr. David Suskind discusses the latest advances in the use of nutrition for therapy in pediatric Crohn's disease.

Dr. David Suskind - Rainin IBD Researcher
David L. Suskind, MD

Dr. David Suskind researches the specific carbohydrate diet, a low-side effect IBD treatment that has the potential to normalize labs, transform the fecal microbiome and put patients into clinical remission. Our Rainin IBD website showcases our research grantees and the progress they are making.

Fecal Microbial Transformation: Diet as Therapy in IBD
David L. Suskind, MD

Dr. David Suskind, discusses Exclusive Enteral Nutrition and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) at Seattle Children's.

Diet in IBD: From the Microbiome and Beyond
David Suskind, MD
Dr. James Lewis Discusses Exciting New Study Option for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE

Dr. James Lewis, a leading expert on inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), who was joined by patient Andrea Meyer, to discuss these conditions that affect 3.1 million Americans, spoke with Michelle Tompkins about the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to discuss the conditions, treatments and a new study that could help many people.

Does the SCD Diet Help for Crohn's & Colitis?
James George, MD

Listen to Dr. George's speech by one of Wellbees' seminars about his experience with patients that follow the SCD Diet.

NASPGHAN: Episode 3: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Lindsey Albenberg, DO; Kim Braly, RD, CD, CNSC

Lindsey Albenberg and dietitian Kim Braly discuss the use of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in pediatric patients with IBD.

Against the Grain: Raman Prasad - Specific Carbohydrate Diet for 20 Years
Raman Prasad, Samir Kakodkar, MD

Guest: Raman Prasad

Against the Grain: IBD, Diet, and Medical Therapy - The Middle Path
Samir Kakodkar, MD

Guest: Samir Kakodkar, MD

Against the Grain: Rapid Response to Diet for Colitis
Stephanie Colo Manning, Samir Kakodkar, MD

Guest: Stephanie Colo Manning

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Brochures and Downloads

Diet Therapy Trial for Patients with Ulcerative Colitis: Recruitment Info
SCD, MD

Information on a study to find out if dietary intervention by either the Mediterranean Diet or Specific Carbohydrate Diet will help improve UC symptoms - from Massachusetts General Hospital