cello: There are few things I don't agree with SCD. The use of ripe banana and honey is one of them. Every yeast book that I read has its own recommendation and recipe, with or without an explanation. For an example, one will say it is ok to use Stevia where SCD is concerned about its nature and affect on children. But, Elaine approves for kids who can not tolerate honey. One book will say you can grow yeast on a single drop of Stevia, and others will not recommend any use of honey or Stevia. One will say "No beans" but SCD will have lists of beans you can eat (after soaking, and not at intro stage.) And the list goes on: apples, avocado, corn, tofu, mushroom, rice, potato... However, SCD is unique, and it works on its own philosophy: Simply, “No polysaccharide.” The banana controversy was hot on other web board, along with ‘which tomato juice?’
Many kids who get on the SCD have badly damaged gut with various diagnoses and conditions. Many can not tolerate disaccharide (mainly the lactose) or monosaccharide—like my kids. I started with a long list of fruits that they couldn’t eat. The only dairy we ate at first was the SCD yogurt, and I had to use egg substitute.
My guess of SCD approving a use of honey is the recipes are mostly for kids, and honey is monosaccharide, just as in fruits and veggies. Other yeast/Candida diet (mostly written for the woman) will not recommend any use of honey at their first stage, and some will say “No fruits” until you can move on to the next stage of healing.
I have a lot of beekeepers here where I can get raw honey. Unfortunately, the only sugar my kids could eat w/o flaring up was corn syrup, which is not permitted on SCD. Until my kids’ eczema were cleared, and had good BM everyday, I only gave them fruits that were low in sugar, and only in the morning. I baked only on an occasion with ripe pare (bake it or put them in a blender for cookies and cake.) When I made the SCD pancake, I used freshly yellow banana, before it is too ripe; and avoided feeding them twice or two days in a row.
In my opinion, the less sugar intake at the beginning of the healing stage (that is until the BM is regulated with good quality) will give you a better success rate, although, it is difficult with children who were already eating a lot of sugar. This is another reason why the intro stages are important factor in SCD. I also believe doing the SCD intro stage before you get on any anti-Candida diet will give you a better success rate. If you are an adult, not expecting or BFing, I would consider a mild detox, too.
You can add baked and peeled fruits at first after the intro, but I think you will have a better success with less sugar intake, more green veggies less meat and organic. I have to say the catalyst was the SCD yogurt and finding a skilled use of the enzyme. But, here’s a kick: I don’t believe we could have had this success unless I did all that in combo, plus more: I took most of the synthetic material out of our life that were potentially putting extra load on their immune system. For an example, we took the carpet off, and installed air cleaner in our previous house. If you need a new drape, get silk or cotton curtain. If you need to paint your wall, use low or no VOC paint, like “Harmony.” If you need a new bed, look into organic cotton or wool Futon. Avoid using chemical cleaner: There are tons of natural recipes on web to clean whatever. Change your tooth brush every month, and wash your teeth first thing in the morning, and before you go to bed. I use toothpaste with tea tree in it for myself and DD5. My son doesn’t like the taste of it. Wash toys often, sunbathe things you can’t wash, and vacuum stuffed animals and pillows. The vacuum called Boss with HEPA filter is what I have, and love it. And, get a lot of house plant, especially in the winter. Oh, ear candling is another good practice on your kids.
Another charm of SCD is the menu can be easily incorporated with the concept of Food Combining Chart. You will destroy the alkaline balance if you eat too much protein, especially red meat. It is easy to over eat protein on SCD, and you must avoid becoming too acidic. The body that is high on acid level hosts the yeast and bad bacteria the best. SCD now approves fermented foods which I am so glad. I always used various herbs with SCD when we are sick. (However, its use was very specific and limited.) The SCD doesn’t mention the benefit of bone broth or hot soup. “Nourishing Traditions” and “Eating of Garden” (or maybe the cook book “Bone”?) will explain about the benefits of bone broth. Another thing that SCD don’t mention is the benefit of green juice. The new web site speaks a little under the anti-Candida remedy, but I think they were suggesting it to add raw garlic in your diet. I make my veg juice with garlic and ginger. I always add the pineapple core on the kids. They won’t drink the garlic or ginger.
When I first found the Healing the Gut tribe, many were on SCD. I took a long break from the tribe since I knew what I wanted to run with it, and it was time to focus on the cooking. Then, we got off the SCD for two months last summer due to construction, packing, cleaning, moving, selling the house, etc, etc. It took two months to go back to the point where the kids could not eat eggs or any fruits, and the weight loss was obvious. That was when I started to make SCD yogurt like a mad scientist (but in my new kitchen
) It has been about 7mo. since we got back on the SCD. The kids are eczema free with good, daily BM. My DD5 can eat all the flair up foods in rotation. My DS3 is still sensitive with some of the foods high in sugar. We still do not eat coconut flakes and honey.
Now I am fermenting veggies, ready to order Kefier grain for grass fed organic milk (if any one has an advice on how to choose a grain, please let me know), Natto (fermented soy beans), sea vegetables, etc, etc.
I’m so sorry this got so LONG! It is so hard to explain something a little bit.
Isn’t it time for us to have our own Healing the Gut Tribe Conference? I would love to meet all and hear your stories. And, I’m sure everybody would love to hear the whole story of JaneS. Too bad that Goodpapa is no longer with the power of probiotic.
Thanks for reading!