The growing “special diet” section in your local book shop is reassurance that you are a part of large and growing group of people whose digestive tracts are demanding that we reconsider our modern diet, medications, environmental toxins and stress levels. By offering a great selection of cook books, we endeavor to give families an idea of how fun and easy “special diets” can be.
Many dietary principles that help children with ADHD, asthma, allergies and autism also help individuals suffering from Coeliac, Colitis, Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Individuals dealing with metabolic and digestive disorders require special diets to avoid foods that trigger allergies or harm the digestive tract. There are a number of “elimination” diets that can help in this way. While elimination is sometimed necessary, in many instances certain foods can be reintroduced once the gastro intesinal tract has had time to heal.
In general we recommend an organic, fresh, wholefood diet with no/minimal refined flours and sugars and no processed foods, artificial additives, colourings or preservatives. And plenty of filtered water containing minerals is essential.
Below are descriptions for several terms you will come across in this page.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet
The basic SCD principle is restoration of gastro intestinal health through diet. We all know that individuals with Coeliac need to avoid gluten in their diet. What is less well-known is that the damaged digestive tract of many Coeliacs is sensitive to a range of carbohydrates. In fact, in the 1930s Drs. Sidney and Merrill Haas of New York, defined Coeliac as a sensitivity to a range of disaccharides and polysaccharides, not just gluten. Elaine Gotscall later termed this The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) which is effective for managing Coeliac, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and associated anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
The Haas’ also identified an imbalance in microbes in the digestive tract as being a part of Coeliac. Current research is revisiting this theory by looking into the idea that certain overgrowth in bacteria actually drive the expression of the Coeliac gene.
For more on the controversial history of Coeliac’s Disease and for SCD recipes, you can purchase Breaking The Vicious Cycle
For the biomedical perspective on Coeliac, Crohn’s, IBS and Colitis click here