Mmmm cocoa

So after 2 years on SCD I have been slowly (very slowly) adding foods in one at a time. I added sweet potato with no problems at all. I have it maybe once every two weeks now. It’s a nice change from just squashes as a carb with dinner.

The second thing I added in was cocoa powder. I decided I really wanted some chocolate back in my life! Chocolate has been my absolute favorite food since I was little. I never liked the expensive chocolate either, I actually liked those Christmas cheap chocolates wrapped in foil. I would eat a Mars bar every day in high school (yeah, no wonder I was so sick!)

So far all I have tried is some pure organic cocoa powder on my SCD Truffles (see Desserts & Snacks) and have had no symptoms. It`s not a lot but it tastes good and at least I have something chocolaty to look forward too.

I`m not sure if I will start posting non-legal recipes. I probably won`t because I always hated seeing things I couldn`t eat. But some recipes may have an optional non-legal ingredient I guess.

Update (March 15, 2010): Don’t overdo cocoa! I learned that one night while awake at 3am. I had a bit too much chocolate that day and had quite a bit after dinner. Seems the caffeine content is quite high in raw unsweetened cocoa powder. I’m doing ok with cocoa in my diet, but only having it mid-morning as a snack and in small amounts. I have still only added sweet potato and cocoa, since I’m not really craving anything else. Isn’t that weird, everyone who starts SCD can’t wait to get off it and eat some ‘normal’ food, but by the time you get to that point, you don’t care for it anymore! Now all I want is scallops, garlic, lamb stew, asparagus, and olives.


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. They look so good but I am starting SCD today so I have a long way to go. Great job on staying SCD for two years! You are reaping the benefits now for being to good for so long! YEAH!! I hope I am there in two years too! I have CD too so my end goal is the same as yours is and was! Can't wait to look at your archives!

  2. Hi Stacy!
    Hope by now you've started on SCD and are reaping the benefits. Beginning can be tough and finding a new routine, new comfort foods etc can be a challenge. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

    For early SCDers: Don't overdo the nuts! It can be hard to control how much you eat of them, so if necessary just go without nuts at all for a few months.

  3. Thanks so much for linking to my page! I've been on a bit of a hiatus, but hope to be back soon.

    Thanks, too, for showing that one can sometimes reintroduce non-SCD foods after sufficient time. My daughter has been on the diet for two years and we are successfully integrating a few non-SCD foods to help her gain weight. I appreciate that you are conscientious about both your own diet and what information you share with others who may just be beginning.

  4. That's great you're able to reintroduce some foods to her. Mind if I ask which ones have worked well? I don't know what else I will introduce since at this point I'm quite happy with the diet. But I like experimenting too so we'll see!

  5. I look forward to NOT having cravings anymore. I do expect that we too will start to add some things back in, but along the same lines as you – cocoa and sweet potatoes, lentils and such healthy type foods. We are so satisfied with GAPS and how we feel that we know our lives are changed for good!

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