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Specific Carbohydrate Diet - VS - GAPS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) - VS - GAPS? I sent my friend with IBS to a special doc and the doc recommended SCD. I am curious as to the difference between this and GAPS. I think the doc assigned SCD as my friend is SAD and perhaps not committed enough to diet to do GAPS? I could be completly wrong on that...

If anyone knows the main differences and/or has recommendations either way that would be great.

Also the below thread mentions in the comments SCD as a possible solution to brain FOG which raised my curiosity.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/104084/what-are-the-main-causes-of-brain-fog

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on March 11, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Wasn't she great - one of my highlights, actually! Hope to hear more from her

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on March 11, 2012
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It's also my understanding that GAPS holds out on dairy/casein longer, while the intro of SCD includes probiotic cheese. But most recipes for one will work for the other.

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Thanks JayJay!!!

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on March 11, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Thank you very much Eugenia!!!

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Thank you very much Eugenia!!! How important is the yogurt?

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Yes I did. She is amazing! I will go back over my notes...

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:43 AM

Did you hear Dr. Allison Siebecker's talk from the Paleo Summit? Seems very relevant...

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on March 11, 2012
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I do Paleo-ketogenic personally (with coconut oil, offal, fermented foods etc). I do this with an SCD tint though: I follow SCD's home-made lactose-free probiotic goat yogurt advice (although I will switch to goat kefir soon -- more potent), and I avoid most starches/sugars that might be allowed on Paleo. GAPS is an evolution of SCD, which has phases (allowing more foods as it goes along). It goes very strict in the first phase in order to heal the leaky gut as fast as possible. Also, GAPS talks about bone broths and fermented foods, more so than SCD. Other than that, SCD and GAPS are almost identical, and both are very similar to Paleo.

This protocol has cured my IBS-D of 10 years. With plain Paleo+yogurt (since Sept 2011) I had symptoms once a week only (down from 4-5 times per day on SAD), but when I switched to Paleo-ketogenic+yogurt 1.5 months ago, I have now zero symptoms (fewer sugars for SIBO to indulge in). This is my special regime: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/03/05/top-10-must-eat-paleo-foods/ and that's the generic form of what I follow: http://eugenia.queru.com/2011/10/20/how-to-make-free-healthcare-cheap/#update2 (obviously I don't eat honey when on keto).

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Thank you very much Eugenia!!! How important is the yogurt?

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on March 11, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Thank you very much Eugenia!!!

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on March 11, 2012
at 10:04 PM

It's also my understanding that GAPS holds out on dairy/casein longer, while the intro of SCD includes probiotic cheese. But most recipes for one will work for the other.

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My son is on SCD/GAPS (Eugenia explained the difference quite well). Tough with a 2 year old to do the slow reintro of foods and we may be relying a bit too heavily on fruit and honey, but his diapers (previously always runny) have improved greatly. He eats about 3 pieces of fruit 2 cups of yogurt and 1/2 pound of meat and 2-3 eggs as a normal day. The home made yogurt I feel really did the trick for him. We should have left the fruit out till the diarrhea completely was gone, but it still seems to have worked well up to this point.

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Thanks JayJay!!!

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