You may have noticed that I have not been publishing as many recipes lately. It’s simply because I have been cooking plenty of SCD food, but not that much new stuff. Sometimes it’s nice to stick with the old standbys when things get busy.
Anyway – I wanted to write this post because I get a lot of questions about whether certain foods are legal or illegal on SCD. It can be very confusing, especially when you are first starting out.
It can also be easy to forget that something is illegal, like pinto beans (I forgot this one at one point) or plantains (I eat these anyway, but that are NOT SCD legal).
|Ripe Banana – SCD Legal|
|Plantain – Not SCD Legal|
That leads me to my main point in this post:
It’s important to stay diligent on looking up what foods are okay to eat at what foods aren’t.
The list does not include every food there is (obviously), but as far as I have been able to tell it does not say anything is legal that isn’t.
I have been on this diet for 12 years and I still consult this list and look at my BTVC book all the time.
When I started this diet there were not many websites on the subject, so the book was the definitive source. Times have changed, and with all the websites (including this one!) that cover the diet and offer recipes, I have come to realize there are people embarking on the diet without reading the book.
I implore anyone who wants to try this diet to get the book and not rely on website information. I have seen too many recipes online (especially on Pinterest) labeled as SCD that have illegal ingredients.There are some foods that there is a lot of confusion over – that some assume are legal when they are not. The best source is the book, and then the official website as a resource. After that, all the blogs out there are great, but it’s good to have a solid background on the diet before looking at those (that includes this site – I have been known to make a mistake or two on legal/illegal confusion).
I love that people read this site, and enjoy the recipes. I’m glad to share my successful 12 years (and counting) on the diet, and I am happy to answer any questions people have about my experiences. I just wanted to give a shout out to the original source for SCD – the book by Elaine Gottschall.