I was going to ask some questions on a separate post, but this post seems to cover pretty much all the things I want to know.
First of all, I wanted to ask why someone WOULD start a SCD. I understand that people love it, but it's so not fun being on a restrictive diet, and besides the chemical intolerances it's just hard to stay consistant. We eat a whole foods diet based on Nourishing Traditions so while we don't eat a lot of carbs and grains, we do eat some (soaked and well cooked, as per the book). My kids don't have any symptoms that I'm super concerned about (no ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, excema, wheezing now that we've been off wheat and dairy, etc). I only have minor concerns with their digestion and am looking for ways to address them without (again!) completely upending the way we eat.
Here are my concerns. My DS (18 mos) doesn't digest well. By now his poop should be well digested and semi-solid and not super noxiously stinky, right? Well, it's not. Sometimes it's like newborn BF poop (but with more chunks in it)- yellow, smells like cheese, and runny. Sometimes it's more solid and brown, but super sticky like PB (not fun to try to get off a cloth diaper!) and with chunks in it and again, super stinky. And to add to this, my DD (3.5), who has been the best pooper pretty much her whole life (1x a day regularly, well formed, not usually stinky) has has some issues in the past few weeks. She had a stomach bug two weeks ago (puked about 4 times in two hours and felt crappy the rest of the day). Since then she hasn't exactly had diarrhea, but her pooping has been more frequent and runnier. It's also much more urgent, like when she says she has to go she has to go NOW or else...
I've been giving them probiotics and occasional yogurt (despite the dairy intolerance, they have little problem with yogurt every few days). And I had started giving DS some digestive enzymes, but then I noticed he wasn't eatting. You know, kids do that sometimes and he wasn't complaining, so I didn't think about it. Then one day I grabbed a piece of meat off his plate and it was DISGUSTING. I was like "no wonder you haven't been eating!" It was super bitter. The brand I bought is Solary Super Digestaway. It's so hard to pick- there are so many, and they all do different things. I picked this one because it seemed "well rounded" (it says it helps digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) and because, well, it was cheaper. I really should learn not to do that (buy the cheapest in these cases).
So, I need a suggestion for a digestive enzyme that doesn't taste. I need a better probiotic (what strains should I be looking for for an 18 month old and a 3.5 year old?).
Oh, and I wanted to know if there is any connection between wheat allergy and gluten intolerance. I know the two are very different, but can a wheat allergy develop into celiacs? Are there any studies connecting the two? Could my DS's digestion issues be signs of gluten intolerance? He's not showing any other symptoms of any sort of nutritive deficiencies. I may just have him tested to see if any of his nutrient levels are low.
So any guidance here would be appreciated, and it's good to see both sides of the SCD.