I understand completely about how you were doing yesterday. I hate those kinds of days! I'm glad you were able to splurge for yourself. That does a person good sometimes. Can you shop at Costco? That list of your splurge foods sounds a lot like our Costco list last week.
Buying at Costco can make it a bit less of a splurge and something you can do more frequently.
Yes, a roasted chicken is a whole chicken cooked in the oven. We love ours, too, and have one about once a week.
I agree with Jane. Try the enzymes! We've had great success with them here. After going gluten free and then dairy free, we've discovered other foods that ds couldn't eat, and he kept losing more foods as time went on. Since starting enzymes, he hasn't lost a food. And I don't think it will be long before we're able to add some back in (we want to give his gut more time to heal first). We haven't tried Peptizyde yet, because it has papain in it and he has trouble with papayas, but we will try it eventually. Even if it doesn't allow you eat casien foods, it will probably help your gut heal.
Yes, I make my own nut butters. I just put them in the food processor and let it run. If too much gets up on the sides, I stop it, scrape it down, and let it run some more. You have to make a certain amount or it won't work, but you don't have to make too terribly much. And you'll know if you didn't put enough in, and you can add some nuts. And BTW, you can get pine nuts at Costco, too (otherwise we couldn't afford them).
For pancakes, I use the recipe for nut flour only I use the nut butter instead (same quantity). Someone (maybe Jane?) mentioned on another thread that her dc could handle the nut butter better than the nut flour. And honestly, it's easier. I don't have to worry about the nuts going too long in the food processor, and if I get distracted (me, never
) it doesn't matter. And then I can just add the eggs and other ingredients to the nut butter and whiz them, instead using another bowl. Last time I had to add some water to thin the batter out to make pancakes. Don't know why. Maybe I didn't let the nuts process long enough.
I thought of a couple other things we have. We have burgers (without the buns, of course). I carmelize onions for dh and me (ds doesn't like them). I do that by cutting the onion in half (down through the root end), and then I slice them very thinly. After the burgers have finished cooking (I cook them in skillets), I add some more coconut oil or ghee to the pan and add the onions, with just a little salt. I stir them, so they're all coated with the oil, and then let them sit (the pan's still at a pretty high temp.). Once most them are getting brown, I turn the temp down. I let them cook for awhile (maybe 10 min.?), stirring occasionally until they're all wilted and brown (but not crispy). They should be nice and soft and brown and sweet. We also eat the burgers with avocado and tomato and any other veggies we have.
Another is a recipe of my own. It's chili. And I didn't check to make sure it's SCD legal, but I think it is. I've changed it a bit to make it OK for ds to eat, but it's still yummy. It's a big batch. Oh, I just remembered you can't eat onions and garlic. I know coconut milk in chili sounds weird, but it's good (and you can't taste the coconut). I'll list them anyway, but you can leave them out (and you might want to try an enzyme that has amylase in it too, which might
allow you to eat those again). In fact, I'm going to take over for Jane here
an highly recommend that you check out this website: http://enzymestuff.com/conditionleakygut.htm
. I've linked to the leaky gut page, but she has a lot of info on enzymes. And the book Enzymes for Digestive Health and Nutritional Wealth by Karen DeFelice is wonderful, too (it has a lot of the info from the website, but also much more).Christie's Chili
2 lbs. ground meat (my favorite is buffalo)
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder (you could use more if you like it hot, but since ds eats this, I make mild)
black pepper, to taste
1 tsp. oregano
1 1/4 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
3 cups chopped tomatoes
1 roasted red pepper, chopped (this would probably be really good with Jane's
I cook the meat first, then add the onion and garlic and the spices. Saute for a few minutes, and then add the coconut milk and lemon juice, tomatoes and peppers. Let simmer until the tomatoes are cooked and falling apart a bit and the sauce starts to thicken (or is as thick as you'd like).
Hope you enjoy these ideas!