DOCTOR REQUEST – PLEASE RESPOND

Do you take your child to see a GI Doctor in Atlanta, GA, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – GI Care For Kids??? EVEN IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT GO TO THIS DOCTOR PLEASE TAKE TIME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS 4-9. I WILL PUT THE INFORMATION TOGETHER AND POST A SUMMARY. I THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT FOR OTHER MOMS!!! THANKS!

Dr. Cohen, is my son’s GI Doctor at GI Care For Kids in Atlanta, GA. He started the SCD Diet test study Justin started 3 years ago when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s. His research nurse, Angela, called me yesterday and said he is asking for us to put together a list of children that attend their practice and are on the diet. I added the other questions just to summarize some results for other moms as encouragement.

PLEASE respond by emailing me at scddiet4kids@gmail.com with the answers to the following IF your child sees a doctor at GI Care For Kids AND is/or was on the SCD Diet. I think email would be better for privacy reasons instead of commenting here. All emails need to be to me by Monday, September 8. Thank you!

1. Child First & Last Name
2. Parents Name
3. GI Doctor Name
4. Child’s Age
5. Estimated time on SCD Diet (example – 3 years, February, 2011 – present)
6. Does your child follow the diet strictly or do they cheat or is it off and on? (example – follows diet most of the time, cheats socially)
7. How is your child doing on the diet? (example – Justin is medication free and symptom free on the diet)
8. Where did you hear about the SCD Diet? (example – My son’s doctor was doing a test study when he was diagnosed and we were offered medication or trying the study.)
9. Anything else you would like to share. (example – The diet is challenging and hard to get my son to stick to it strictly. AND/OR The diet has been a blessing and great alternative to medication. I am thankful our doctor gave it to us as an option!)

Thank you for responding! This should be interesting! If anyone is interested in reading the test study results from our doctor in Atlanta on the SCD Diet, email me and let me know and I will forward it to you.

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Breakfast???

Back to school is a busy, busy, busy time of year! It doesn’t get any easier with breakfasts and school lunches. Sometimes I get burned out! Getting up and fixing four different lunches AND different breakfasts every morning has me worn out before I hardly get started! Lol! How do you cope!?! PLEASE do share!!!! It’s the start of week 4 of school for us here in Atlanta and I’m already planning a “play sick” day! 😉 Lol! Not really! But it’s nice to think about it! With my luck as soon as I “play sick” I will be sick! No Lol!!!

This morning I fixed Justin some bacon. And I sent him out the door with some oj. I’m eating my “faux oatmeal” this morning. Have you tried it? I added some of Wellbee’s (Digestive Wellness) SCD Granola on top. Yumm!!! Some fruit would be good, too!

Want to remind you of our SCD cereal. Be sure to search for recipes or look under breakfasts. And when all else fails I keep frozen SCD waffles in the freezer! And a smoothie is always a quick go to! The options for smoothies are endless! My favorite with smoothies is adding some avocado to add some calories. I bought a big bag from Sam’s and cut them up and froze them to throw in a smoothie!

Your homework this week moms – Email us (scddiet4kids@gmail.com) or comment with your school lunch AND breakfast ideas! Pretty please!!!

Cracker Tips Anyone?

I’m been craving crackers! I have asked before if anyone had a good cracker recipe, but never heard from anyone. I tried a recipe Digestive Wellness sent me after I asked in an order I placed a long time ago. I will post the trip soon. They were easy and tasted good but I was wanting more of a crispy cracker. Does anyone have any cracker tips? Do you think I should put them in the dehydrator after they cool?

My SCD Experience

For the moms that have been following my blog for a while know that I started the SCD Diet with my 13 year old son 4 months ago. I tried starting it with him 3 years ago, but didn’t make it through the first two weeks of withdrawals! I started the diet with him this time so he wouldn’t feel alone and I could understand more what he was going through because now that he’s a teenager he’s cheating and wanting to stop. He’s been healthy and felt great the past 3 years onthe diet and he doesn’t remember how bad he felt when he was sick.

I also thought with me doing this blog that it would be good to try the diet and be able to share with the parents here exactly how I feel and what I experience since children, especially younger ones, probably don’t realize it or can’t express exactly how the diet is working. I’m going to explain in detail my experience. For some it may be TMI, but after having a son with intestinal issues all his life, talking about this comes freely. And I want to let you know how I think SCD works.

My SCD Experience:
I have always, as long as I can remember, had trouble with constipation. I was lucky to go twice a week. I had noticed over time that cokes/diet cokes were a big cause of this. I did have a colonoscopy about 9 years ago and everything was perfect. About two years ago I started having really bad issues. I was bleeding when I went to the bathroom most of the time. I started having severe pain majority of the time when I went to the bathroom. At times the pain would be so bad I would gag and feel like I was going to throw up and actually be sweating. (Sorry, TMI!) I started self medicating myself with Milk of Magnesia and stool softeners every night. If I missed one night of medicine I would bleed and have pain. I have not had health insurance in over three years since my husband was laid off, so I wasn’t able to go to the doctor concerned about having a pre-existing condition for one day when I do get insurance again. I finally decided it was cheaper for me to try the SCD Diet with my son than to get insurance. I thought I would try it AND I thought it would be good for my son.

I started the diet with him 4 months ago. It has been good for Justin and he has enjoyed rubbing in my face when other family members are eating things that I am no longer able to eat. The diet has also been great for me! I actually stopped taking my Milk of Magnesia the day I started the SCD. I had a very hard and long first 3-4 weeks. My withdrawal time was longer than I expected and I felt fluish about the whole 3rd week. After I got over the withdrawals I have felt wonderful! I can tell a huge difference eating healthier! I must confess to everyone I am overweight and didn’t eat healthy before. I would grab whatever to eat. I didn’t want to spend the money on myself to eat healthy. I was not willing to spend the extra time cooking or fixing healthy foods for myself. I have not bled or had the pain since on the SCD, AS LONG AS I have stayed on it. Yes, I have cheated some. I ate some birthday cake (Italian Cream Cake) for my birthday. I had a taco salad a few weeks ago. I tried to eat a gluten free pizza. Please note these have not been close together. And except for the birthday cake, they were all due to someone pushing me to give in. Last night my daughter and I were here at home by ourselves and it was her last night before school started. She wanted to order chinese. I ate one spoonful of rice with my meat and I did give in and eat a vegetable eggroll. I also ate about 1/2 cup of ice cream. (It was girl’s night! I had to participate!) The first half of my day today I have been hurting! I had tears when I went to the bathroom. I have also experienced this when I ate the taco salad and the cake before. When I eat the gluten free pizza I crash afterwards. I feel terrible!

I have learned since Justin has been on the diet that wheat and grains are the worst thing to eat for your intestines. The first food I let Justin try after having been on the diet for a year was rice. A couple of days after he ate the rice he had blisters on his bottom so bad that he was home from school for a week because he could not sit down and spent the whole week laying on his stomach on the couch. I do not, or have not been diagnosed with Crohn’s or any disease and I can tell a huge help in how I feel every day! And I find it crazy that with me not actually having a diagnosis that I can tell when I cheat on the diet. I feel bad and I have pain when going to the bathroom. I have not had any bleeding since on the diet.

I hope by sharing my experience with you, that this will help motivate you to help your child stay on the SCD Diet and possibly help you understand what might be going on with your child when they eat something that is not on the diet. For a few days after I cheat I feel the swelling and pain on my insides. I can only imagine how the young children that actually have intestinal problems feel. 😦

Thank you for reading and I hope this was too TMI!

Back To School Breakfast

So I reposted my waffle recipe yesterday. I highly recommend taking half a day and making a bunch of batches of these and freezing them. I was worried since some of you didn’t remember that recipe that some of you might be getting forgetful like me and I might remind you (as well as myself) of some good breakfast ideas. And PLEASE share with us by commenting below other breakfast ideas! I LOVE when someone shares new ideas! I could use some myself!!!

Faux-Oatmeal
I really like this! I think it is quick and easy!
https://scddiet4kids.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/faux-oatmeal-yummy/

Almond Flour Waffles
Here’s this recipe again for anyone searching for “Breakfasts” and come across this blog.
https://scddiet4kids.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/almond-flour-waffles/

OMG! I’ve got started looking for some good breakfast ideas and there are so many! I will give you the names and you can enter them on the “Search” section on the left column. Yumm!!

English Muffins -Has anyone tried these? I haven’t yet, but want to! They look yummy!
Bacon Pancakes – I haven’t tried these either. But these look like they would be interesting for the kids!
Banana Bread – A favorite of mine! A good idea to make and freeze when the bananas are almost ready to throw out.
Banana Mug Muffin – A quick go to breakfast for Mom and easy for a kid to make too!
Breakfast Cookies – I think these are another recipe that would be good to make and freeze when you are tired and want a quick breakfast or extra option to offer the kids when they don’t want what you are offering! 🙂 You know what I’m talking about! lol
Biscuits – You could freeze these, too! Add some butter or jelly or honey! Or make a sausage patty and add egg or cheese. I’ve been craving jelly and biscuits lately.
Cereal – Justin and I loved this so much the first time I made it that we made ourselves sick on it! Lol It’s great for a snack or for breakfast. Justin eats is with almond milk or coconut milk or dry.

SO many good things! Be sure to look under just the “Recipe-Breakfast” section for even more good ideas! These are only a hand full of our favorites. I need a bigger freezer!

Back To School!

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Getting ready for “Back To School” at our house! Tripled the batch of waffles and put them in the freezer for a quick breakfast. Have a big batch of chicken legs grilled and in the freezer for lunches. And I have bought a ham and sliced it ready for lunches in the freezer.
What are you doing to help MOM be prepared for “Back To School”? Please share!