Hi there! I was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I had a flare up 1 month ago that sent me to the hospital, and another one 7 years before that. Other than that I am usually constipated or go normal to the bathroom. I was diagnosed with left-sided UC. Before the last flare up I ate everything and anything you can imagine and not have any problems. From my native Puertorican food to sushi to Indian cuisine. I could eat it all, and for being 5’1, 94 lbs girl I could pack it too! But when I was released from the hospital I researched and found out about the SCD diet. So, scared that I would have another flare up I have been following it since. However, I just ate a Godiva Dark chocolate bar with raspberry filling. What are the chances that this chocolate bar will cause another flare up?!

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Submitted by “Glenda the Hungry Munchkin” in the Colitis Venting Area

More information on this diet at the: SCD Diet Page

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8 thoughts on “Cheating on the SCD”

  1. Hey Glenda,
    Good luck with the SCD and getting your UC under control!

    I Can’t give you any recent firsthand advice on chocolate and flares since I’ve given it up about two years ago.

    I do miss it quite a bit, especially chocolate chip cookies, but the trade off of remission is well worth it I guess. Still miss it though…

    I would suggest to listen to your body, and if you feel that the chocolate disturbed your system, try to lay off it for a while.

    If you think that it didn’t do anything to your system, I would still lay off it for a while to make sure, and then potentially re-introduce it in SMALL SMALLL Amounts only if you must.

    Its a great idea to stick to the rules of SCD dieting very hard, especially when you are in the early days. I have learned my lesson twice now on that, and good lessons to learn I suppose.
    best of luck to you, and thanks for sharing your story.
    -Adam (i follow SCD for about 2 years now, and i’m medication free)

    1. Hi Adam,

      Just recently diagnosed with UC. Had the fortune of being friends with a UC sufferer for twenty years and she got me on the diet right away. No drugs yet, not feeling consistently good yet but am stable. Trying a cleanse in conjunction with the diet. Have you done one?

      I am pumped about controlling this thing and am so happy that I stumbled across yours and others Youtube videos. What a fantastic support group.


      1. HI Kristen,
        Whats up!
        Hey, I have not myself tried a cleanse. Sounds interesting though. let us know how that goes for you, and congrats on starting the diet! thats great:)
        I know it’s often tough for many people to start it, especially if you’ve never been on a diet before, and now are all of a sudden controlling what goes in…
        Keep it up, and keep us posted on how things go for you. Have a great day,

  2. Hey Glenda

    In my experience, it’s allll about quantity. When i am in remission I cheat all the time. I’m eating australian licorice right now! But I have found that certain things just don’t mesh with me…like pasta. I also tend to have symptoms if I cheat with “white foods” (bread, pizza, pasta, sugar, baked goods etc) in larger amounts or for several consecutive days. So it’s all about “within reason” for me.

    Good luck!

  3. I didn’t eat chocolate for the first year on SCD. In my second year, I ate a little for Christmas and birthday and from my third year onwards, I’ve allowed myself a single square of black chocolate per day. I usually have it after dinner as my special treat. It is organic and free trade, so it costs an arm and a leg, which is a disincentive to snacking.

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