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We're a vegetarian family living in West Yorkshire, UK and I have been cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since my son was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2006. This diet prevented all sorts of complications which go hand in hand with this terrible disease and it probably saved his life. I am so grateful to have found it. If you want to know more about this wonderful diet, please visit the Breaking the Vicious Cycle website. The book about the diet is available on Amazon just click on this link - Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet

Since I started cooking grain and refined sugar free recipes for my son, we have all changed the way we eat. Our dietary requirements are all different. Apart from my son who is on a vegetarian version of the SCD, we eat a vegetarian or vegan, gluten free diet. Most of my recipes are suitable for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet but occasionally I will post a gluten free recipe which isn't.

To avoid confusion, I have put abbreviations next to each recipe :
  • GF means the recipe is gluten free
  • SCD means the recipe is also suitable for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

On the right of the blog you will also see that I have further categorised my recipes into :
  • Dairy Free
  • SCD
  • Vegan

If you would like to find recipes which fit into one of these categories, just click on the link. 

I hope you will enjoy the recipes here, please leave me a comment or you can join me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter ! 

Thank you for so much for visiting!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Vicky
    V glad to have found your blog (via wheat-free meat-free) as have recently introduced a wheat and dairy free diet as my daughter has ME/CFS. I've also just put the pieces together that 2 of my mum's siblings have Crohn's. My husband and son both seem to be better off wheat and dairy too (asthma -son skin- husband) so I'm very hopeful. Haven't gone completely gluten free yet .... Thanks for your wonderful recipes. I will make the lemon and blueberry cake this weekend.

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    1. Hi Annie

      How lovely of you to get in touch! I'm so sorry to hear your daughter is suffering from ME, such a difficult illness to cope with, hopefully a change in diet will help her to pull through.

      We also have tried to discover a family history of Crohn's Disease but there just possibly seems to be a relative on my husband's side who might have had it. My husband though seems to be the only one of us who can eat wheat even though he eats the same as us now, in the main.

      I really hope the change in diet is helpful to all of you.

      Best wishes

      Vicky x

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  2. hi vicky!
    i have been reading about the scd on and off for a while now, but have dismissed it because i am a veggie and do not want to eat meat. my hubby is now having problems and although they can find nothing wrong (thankfully!) we are both convinced a change of diet would do him a lot of good. i have been gluten free for a year now and milk free for more than 6 months and my poor little tummy has been much happier :) so my question is this, how can you do the scd as a veggie??

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    1. Hi!

      Well, my son does the diet and has done for years now and he is vegetarian. I follow a gluten free diet as does my daughter. I think generally vegetarian diets tend to be carb heavy, would you agree? Once we abandoned the bread, pasta, rice and potatoes we all started to feel much better! We've also cut right back on dairy too. I think you just need to be prepared to be a bit creative with food and find the time to cook every day, that's the hard part! In the main we all follow the SCD but once a week the rest of us may have rice or potatoes.

      My son, because he had Crohn's Disease, is still very choosy about the food he eats and really has quite a limited diet though I think that's possibly one of the reasons why he stays well.

      Do you eat eggs? My son relies on these for his protein (he doesn't eat dairy now). I think vegan SCD would be very difficult.

      All I can suggest is you give it a go, please let me know how you go on. Most of the recipes here are suitable for the SCD so they will start you off and there's lots of other blogs (some down the right hand side of my page) which also offer some very delicious SCD legal recipes.

      Good luck!!

      Vicky

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  3. hi vicky,
    i kept forgetting to come back and read your response, sorry! thank you for the encouragement. we are not sure what is wrong with mark's digestion, the doc hasn't come up with anything concrete yet, so we are sort of trying out things. he does have a lot of signs of candida, so he's given up sugar and wheat, which have been huge for him, but he still has the symptoms. anyway, we will keep at it and thank you for the recipes :)
    all the best,
    joolz x

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    1. Hi Joolz! I hope he starts to feel better soon. Has Mark had a scan? Sometimes it takes a few weeks before you can notice any improvement and some people feel worse before they start to feel better.

      Take care

      Vicky

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  4. he's is due a colonoscopy in the near future, we are waiting for a date. how did you start the scd? cos it's all meat! and there is so much emphasis on the intro diet. mark does eat fish, but i don't. any advice on how to do that??

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    1. Hi Joolz! My son didn't really start with an intro diet he just cut out all illegal foods. He did eat a lot of the yogurt after a few weeks though, that really helps!

      It depends on how vegetables and fruit are tolerated, my son had no problems with them. He didn't eat the almond flour baked goods for a few weeks though.

      I think the change of diet is sometimes enough to start the healing, but everyone is different. Good luck!

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  5. hi vicky, mark has looked into the diet a bit more and is slowly cutting out carbs, he is now gluten free. he is also becoming much more mindful of what and how much he eats. he used to be able to eat loads and was pleased with himself because he never put on weight. but we think that as a result of eating too much he has an overgrowth of bacteria in his gut and that's causing the problems. he is starting to feel a few small benefits, which is good for him to stay motivated. i'm off to make your chocolate and hazelnut cookies now, for me, not mark, cos he's sugar free ;)

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    1. Hi! I hope it all works for him!

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    1. Thank you so much Emma, how lovely!

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