SCD Meal & Snack Ideas (March 2018)

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I figured I would condense a few meal ideas into one entry. Some of these are simply links to the recipes I used while others are recipes I created myself. I don’t often measure when I cook and I had not intended to post most of these as recipes, but, at the very least, you can be inspired by the ideas. Enjoy!

Veggie Soup

  • Distilled Water, about a gallon
  • Garlic sauteed in olive oil
  • Peas, spinach, and celery
  • Green cabbage, half a head just used for flavor
    • I added shrimp, chicken, or cod as I ate it over the course of the week

Pan Seared Shrimp and String Beans

  • Sauteed with butter, honey, and cumin

Mixed Mushroom Omelette

  • Portabella, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms sauteed in olive oil
  • The eggs were beaten with yogurt added and DCCC

Green Smoothie 1

  • Fresh spinach
  • Raw pecans
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Yogurt
  • 50/50 grape juice and water
  • Ground ginger
  • Basil
  • Collagen

Green Smoothie 2

  • Cooked spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Ground ginger
  • 50/50 grape juice and water
  • 2 dates
  • Collagen

Baked Pork Loin and Zucchini

  • Pork loin rubbed with sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper in olive oil
  • Zucchini in olive oil, salt, and pepper

Fried Meatballs

  • 1lb of ground beef with seasonings, 1 egg, and DCCC added
  • Fried in canola oil with garlic cloves

Sauteed Chicken and String Beans

  • Chicken breast sauteed in olive oil, seasonings, and honey
  • String beans in olive oil and salt

Mussels in Red Sauce

  • Frozen mussel meats
  • Pomi tomatoes
  • Seasonings: onion powder, basil, and oregano

Coconut Flour Mug Cake

Paleo Coconut Cake

London Broil and Peas

  • Slice and pan seared London broil
  • Steamed peas

Glen’s Chocolate Sauce

Chicken, Rutabaga, and Spinach

  • Cubed chicken breast
  • Cubed rutabaga (faux potatoes)
  • Steamed spinach

Monster Muffins

This is my SCD Monster Cookie tweak. I wanted something with a bit more substance for Christmas Eve and I do love Monster Cookies, so I felt that this was a natural progression. Enjoy! Leave a comment with your thoughts and/or any adjustments if you try them.

Monster Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 6.5 tbsp honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups nut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line a muffin pan.
  3. Mix ingredients in the order listed. (I actually mix each new ingredient in with a spatula until well incorporated).
  4. Drop into the muffin cups filling most of the way and bake for 35 minutes. Note that these will mostly hold the shape that you drop them, so pat them down if you want something a bit prettier.


Credit: MyUCandMe.com

Eggless Baked Meatballs

I really needed protein to help with a little mini-flare (super mild) and was craving some authentic fried meatballs. I also didn’t want to introduce eggs again while flaring as I am a tad reactive to them (higher end of the LEAP scale). I decided to try it with banana and it worked great! I’ll be making this recipe using turkey for Thanksgiving and will post the recipe after the holiday. I decided to lightly fry the tops and bottoms of the meatballs to get that wonderful crisp before baking. I wasn’t sure how well my body would handle a totally fried meatball. All in all a wonderful treat.

Eggless Baked Meatballs

  • Servings: 12 to 15
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 lbs ground meat (beef used here)
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dry curd cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup pecan flour (or any nut flour)
  • 1 mashed banana (instead of an egg)
  • optional: 1 tbsp spice of choice (turmeric used here)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Hand mix all ingredients until well incorporated.
  3. Form balls – taking into consideration that larger means longer cook time.
  4. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet or use muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on size. Check internal temperature to ensure doneness.
  6. ***I pan fried mine very lightly in olive oil to get the crust on the meatballs before placing into the oven. This can easily be used for a meatloaf.

Nutty Banana Breakfast Bars

I felt like creating something original today. I think it could still be better, but it definitely hit the spot. Right now I am not sure I can have honey, so I’ve been playing around with baking using fruit as the only sweetener. Hopefully, if my love affair with honey must come to an end, I will tolerate dates instead. A girl needs something! Anyway, if you decide to try these, please comment on how you adjusted them or how you think they might be best improved. Enjoy!

Nutty Banana Breakfast Bars

  • Servings: ~12 Bars
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecan flour (any nut flour besides coconut)
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk, large
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (+ some to grease pan)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 2 bananas, ripe
  • 5 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut, shredded & unsweetened

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
  2. Combine flour, nuts, baking soda, ginger, and salt in a food processor. Pulse untill well blended.
  3. Add lemon juice, vanilla, egg, oil, nut butter, bananas, and milk. Pulse until smooth like a batter.
  4. Add the shredded coconut and pulse lightly to mix in.
  5. Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned and the edges have pulled away from the sides.

Banana Coconut Pecan Cookies (3 Ingredients)

I made these cookies because I am still on the LEAP program and I am limited as to what ingredients I can use to create things. I haven’t had a baked good in a while and I made chocolate chip cookies for some guests later. I want to enjoy a snack as well, so I gave these a shot as well as a banana peanut butter cookie that I found here (sweetener omitted). Both of these cookies are decent when you have not had a baked good in a bit, but they pair better with milk or tea or coffee.

Banana Coconut Pecan Cookies

  • Servings: 10 to 14 Cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1.5c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3tbsp pecan or other nut flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet. I used avocado oil as I cannot have butter yet. (spread with a paper towel).
  2. Pulse the banana and coconut in food processor until well blended but not smooth.
  3. Add pecan flour and pulse until mixture looks more like a dough.
  4. Make 2 to 2.5 inch disks by pressing about a tbsp of dough onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 mins. Let cool and enjoy.

LEAP Diet Phase 3 & Nicotine (NRT 2 mos)

***I moved recently, so I apologize for my absence!***

On 8/20/17 I started my LEAP/MRT program. I am about to wrap up phase 2 and enter phase 3. I feel pretty awesome despite how tough it can be to hold off on beloved foods. I am keeping a few notes about questionable foods (raspberries, mustard, and beets) that I am unsure if the response was from external allergens or the food itself. I will retest those again later. I don’t care too much for any of them that I need them right now, anyway.

So, as I enter phase 3, I wanted to say that I would do this program again without a second thought. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it requires discipline and endurance. But, there is a real improvement and that’s all that matters to me.

Here’s what I can have beginning on 9/16/17:

  • Coconut 1.6 (9/16)
  • Turmeric 1.6 (9/17)
  • Garlic 1.4 (9/18)
  • Lemon 1.5 (9/19)
  • Salmon 1.7 (9/20)
  • Cashew 1.4 (9/21)
  • Walnut 1.6 (9/22)
  • Orange 1.6 (9/23)
  • Eggplant 1.5 (9/24)
  • Basil 1.4 (9/25)
  • Honeydew 1.4 (9/26)
  • Celery 1.4 (9/27)
  • Cabbage 1.6 (9/28)
  • Beef 1.7 (9/29)

I actually ordered these beginning with my favorites because last phase I did it based on level. It was terrible waiting to get to peanuts (I will eat an entire container of PB in a day if no one stops me).

Below are some of the foods/meals I had while on phase 2. You can check them all out on my instagram account.


Well, how about that nicotine experiment? Today marks 63 days (or, 2 months) using nicotine replacement therapy. On 10/5 I will have a procedure (flex sig) to determine how I am doing in terms of clinical healing. I am so nervous. I’ve also not told my GI just yet, so let’s keep this between us – haha!

Regarding how I feel in general? There are times I have forgotten to take my meds and had to circle back, terrified. Forgetting the canasa isn’t so much of a big deal, lately. However, forgetting the lialda and the GERD meds scares me. I’ve actually forgotten those both on 2 occasions now and simply took 2 lialda later in the day (too close to my next dose to take a full dose). Maybe it means I will be ready to be on the maintenance dose of lialda (2) instead of the 4 pills?!

Anyway, all that above just means that I feel great. I have forgotten that I have this terrible disease because on most days I feel wonderful. Of course, I still suffer from some secondary symptoms which I can’t totally fault UC for. I am wondering if some are related to the meds. For instance, I have severe dry eye in my right eye mostly. I have to use drops in the morning just to open them without feeling like I am ripping off my eyelid from my eyeball. They get a little red, also. My hair and skin are dryer than normal and I have an itch (that I attribute to the dryness). I do still suffer from occasional fatigue and body aches, but I am able to be active and actually get a real workout in (I’m a lifter). This is great considering I was in the hospital nearly 2.5 months ago wondering if I was dying (dramatic fall).

I’m still vaping, but I have arrived at a solid love for the 6mg dose. In my research, it’s estimated that my old preferred brand of smokes deliver about 2mg per smoke, with about a 90% absorption rate. If I use the vape like I would a cigarette, then at 6mg, I would estimate my absorption at about 1.8 to 2.5mg per 10 minute session. Unfortunately, you have to vape longer and harder than when smoking a real cigarette, but I am simply trying to mimic what I would have smoked in my previous life before the emergence of UC. I want to mention that I’ve been using 100% VG Organic Juice from ECBlendFlavors.com. Totally reasonable prices and I’ve had no issue with their juice. Check them out if you vape.

On my 5-day nicotine update post, I made a little plan. I want to revisit that now that I am 2 months into my experiment.

  1. Come completely off of prednisone successfully (22nd) b
  2. Get my LEAP/MRT food sensitivity testing (26th) b
  3. Stay on mesalamine (4.8gm oral + rectal) b
  4. Stay on the Specific Carbohydrate diet on a fanatic level b
  5. Combine my LEAP/MRT results with SCD b
  6. Gradually reduce my oral mesalamine dosage in approximately 6 months*
    • Reducing 1 pill every month* UPDATE: Maintenance level is 2 pills
  7. Gradually reduce frequency of rectal mesalamine*
    • Every other day, every two days, etc*
  8. Gradually reduce nicotine dosage* UPDATE: This is after about 5 years
      • 18mg at the highest level, dropping by 3mg each month or so* UPDATE:
        I’m digging the 6mg

     

  9. See if I can maintain remission solely on the Specific Carbohydrate diet and LEAP/MRT results*
  10. Redo the LEAP/MRT blood work as needed
    • Our bodies change every so many years

That’s all for now, folks. Thanks for reading. I’ll be in touch more now that I have gotten myself situated at the new place!


LEAP Diet Phase 2

After struggling through phase 1 with only 2 proteins and 2 veggies (I ate a lot of bananas and pecans), I must say that it was well worth it. I have literally no bloating when I’m done a meal and I’ve lost about 3 to 4 lbs and can finally fit into a bridesmaid dress I need to wear in a month.

The first 3 to 6 days are brutal on phase 1. I actually felt worse for 4 days. On the 5th day everything changed. I felt absolutely wonderful for the first time. I’m not proud of this, but I forgot to take my meds because I felt so much like my old self!

I’m now 3 days into phase 2 and I’ve introduced clams and mushrooms. I’m preparing scallops and broiled cod tonight with fresh ginger and mushroom spinach. Tomorrow I will have some pickled beets!

I seriously feel wonderful. I hope this continues. Here’s the remaining list of phase 2 items I’ll be introducing over the next 15 days:

  • Shrimp
  • Lentils
  • Broccoli
  • Green peas
  • Canteloupe
  • Pear
  • Raspberry
  • Olive
  • Pistachio
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanut
  • Paprika
  • Mustard
  • Oregano

So many favorites coming back into my diet. Hoping they will get to stay!

Until next time, here’s some food I’ve been eating on the LEAP program: