Going off SCD yogurt :(

Sigh.. one of the best things about the SCD/GAPS diet has been that I can enjoy such a wonderful treat. From sinfully creamy yogurt made from half n’ half, to tart and tangy dripped goat yogurt, oh my goodness it has been nice. It’s the one thing I always missed if I traveled away from home, and I always made sure I had a batch waiting for me upon return. SCD yogurt has never caused me an upset stomach. SCD yogurt has helped me manage a sore throat during a cold. You might ask why I would give this up when already on such a restricted diet?

Well, as much as it doesn’t cause immediate digestive problems, it does seem to be causing some symptoms. I tend to have pale stool if I eat too much yogurt, especially cow yogurt. This indicates that maybe when I’m eating it, for some reason my liver and pancreas aren’t pumping out the necessary enzymes and bile. I also have had some very mild pain/discomfort over the liver area. I had it checked out by ultrasound and blood tests, and there are no problems, but I definitely don’t want to continue it. This is not a good situation to be in when trying to make sure the body can get rid of all toxins. In the case of endometriosis, you want the liver to be able to efficiently and properly handle estrogen.

I also seem to have a nagging post nasal drip. I often feel mucus in my throat and it’s quite uncomfortable. My left tonsil has been a bit red and swollen for months now and it just won’t go away. Dairy can be mucus promoting, so in an overly-mucused body, I think it’s a good idea to try going without.

I have also gone without nuts lately as I found that I just was not tolerating them. They definitely caused digestive symptoms! I find since stopping the nuts, I can eat tons of veggies, something I have never been able to do. So I’m enjoying many new types of dishes and vegetables lately. I also found I tolerate coconut very well, so I have started baking with coconut.

When I first started SCD I was actually not eating nuts or dairy. So really, I have done this before. Shouldn’t be too hard! If only I had kept it up back then. I did gain a lot of healing in the first few months on the diet.

So my diet would look something like the following: (all organic, pastured etc)

Meat/eggs: beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, goat, llama
Veggies: squash, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cooked greens, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes
Fruit: apples, berries, lemons, papayas, pears, bananas, grapes, oranges, mango, pineapple
“Dry goods”: coconut flour muffins, small amount of soaked nuts infrequently

Today was my last day having yogurt, I finished up my last batch and won’t make anymore for a while.

Update (March 2010): I reintroduced cow milk yogurt with no problems a couple months ago. I am now using NON-homogenized whole organic cow’s milk and doing just fine. I eat 1 or 2 cups per day. I try not to go over 2 cups per day as I think it’s not good to have too much of one thing. I am waiting on a cow-share dairy program to start up soon in my area and will be getting raw milk from that. I hope to make some raw milk yogurt fermented 24 hours from it.


I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since January 2008 to recover from Celiac disease. As part of the diet, I don't eat grains, sugar or potatoes and prepare all my meals from scratch.


  1. You can try making GAPS yogurt with nut/seed milk instead of dairy.

    And seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin…) are usually better tolerated/less allergenic than nuts.

    Anyway, without yogurt, make sure to get plenty of foods with gut friendly bacteria…

  2. I will be taking a probiotic every day. I also eat sauerkraut and fermented salsa daily. So hopefully I'll be ok with that.

    I'm actually enjoying not having to make yogurt, so I don't mind a break from it. Maybe I'll try nut milk yogurt later on. Thanks!

  3. Hello, I am thrilled to find another SCD blog. I have three daughters on this diet and at times trying to come up with something that looks worth eating can be a challenge. For anybody, never mind a 4,7,and 9 year olds.

    Have you ever read about the other side of the story about raw milk. If not you owe it to your health to look into it and maybe you may not have to give up SCD yogurt. http://www.realmilk.com/rawmilkoverview.html

    This is only one of the articles about milk. There are many others. I definitely don't know it all, this is only a suggestion. You know your body best.

    Best wishes,

  4. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for your comment. I have actually reintroduced yogurt in smaller amounts. I think it was good to go off it, just so I could re-test how I do with it. And now I know that yogurt is definitely a healing food for me!

    Unfortunately I cannot get raw milk where I live (unless I owned a cow on my own property, not gonna happen!). Even cow-share programs are not available here.

    I guess I should post another update, things have been going well.

  5. There is a 24 hour fermented COMMERCIAL yogurt. It is made by whitemountainfoods.com.
    Is it good for SCD, Celiac, Colitis, Crohn, Leaky gut,
    IBD, IBS
    multiple food allergies, intolerance?

  6. @scdq The White Mountain Foods yogurt is 24 hour fermented, but it does include a strain of bacteria not usually recommended on SCD, B. Bifidum. I recommend starting with the SCD homemade yogurt.

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  8. Glad to know it’s just the yogurt! I had 6 muller half and halves yesterday and my poo was pretty pale today. Googled about it and read about bile etc.. had me bit worried. But decided to google about it with yogurt at the end and led me here.. thank god! 🙂

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