The Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Frequently Asked Questions
Travel Tips from List Members
A travel agent who is also a SCD expert
One great way to take a vacation is to rent a house,
Staying in a beach or mountain house where you can still shop and do your own
cooking would make for a nice holiday, Some Bed & Breakfast's will accommodate you if you call and discuss your requirements
well in advance. Call several months before the trip to
find out exactly where you will stay. Inquire about the
menus. It has been my experience that most places are willing to make something special if
advised in advance.
Foods that do not Need Cooking
2 .Make sure that you can tolerate these easy to digest foods that do not need any cooking before taking a trip:
Choose avocados or bananas that aren't ripe
yet; they will ripen up as you travel.
Canned sardines (plain)
(Double check to make sure that all ingredients are legal)
Tropicana OJ without calcium
Welch's without calcium
Cheddar Cheese or other allowed cheeses for those who tolerate dairy)
Foods that last a long time:
Make squash chips They will keep in airtight containers and
will last up to a week (put a paper towel
on bottom of container to absorb any oil).
Nuts, dried fruits, and Larabars are all very advanced
foods, and if might bring a regression if you are not ready to tolerate tem.
Foods that You can Cook without a Kitchen:
Make hard boiled eggs in a coffee maker
Use some recipes that do not need any cooked foods
If you have access to electricity, bring a blender, small bottles of Welch's grape juice
or Dole pineapple juice that don't necessarily need to
be kept refrigerated, and combine with bananas and/or
avocados, and ice, for smoothies. They
will help fill you up if you don't have too many
other solid foods to eat.
Traveling by Car
How to pack the food
A soft sided cooler isn't as effective as a hardsided cooler but it's lightweight. You can also plug it into you car's cigarette lighter. An optional 110V adapter is available to plug it into an outlet. That way you can take it from the car to a hotel room without worrying about the food spoiling overnight.
Auto coolers are not refrigerators. They will keep cold things cold, with help. You need to add ice cubes in a plastic bag or blue chill blocks to help maintain the cold temperatures.
Koolatron 12V Travel Cooler is an example of a travel cooler.
Recommended cooking equipments to take on trip
Hand held blender or your blender if there is space in the car
Aroma Oven (makes delicious food in half the time)
Knife for peeling
Traveling by Airplane
As far as air travel, it will make things much
easier if you have a letter from a doctor that
states you are on a medical diet. This will
help get you through airport security with
all your food.
have drinks or things like yogurt, jello, nut butters,
or other things they consider "liquid" or "gel-like" you will need
to have a letter from your doctor stating your child
is on a special medical diet. I had a letter from the
pediatric GI as well as our naturopath. I was carrying
things like cashew butter, cans of tuna (weird, but they
really acted strange about the cans of tuna in Orlando)
and mostly homemade baked goods. Taking food with
you is normally OK- but if you want to bring the other
liquid or gel-type foods, you need to have the letter
to show security. You can request that your bag be hand
inspected if you don't want to put it through x-ray.
We were going for a week, so I was carrying a lot of food-
but we had no problem with anything we brought after
showing the letter.
Ice packs or gel packs can also be subject to scrutiny. I took along
acidophilus and was going
to tell them the ice packs were for medication, but with my medical
letter, they did not even question the ice packs.
How to pack the food
You might want to use insulated bags. Your super market might sell very inexpensive ones.
Recipes to cook ahead
Recommended cooking equipments to take on trip
Hand held blender
Knife for peeling
If you are staying for more than a few days, you might want to go
to Goodwill or other charity store and buy some kitchen equipments to use
during the trip. This might include an electric frying pan.
These items are very cheap and are more economical than restaurants.
Wash well to avoid cross contamination.
- I used a small plastic cooler (a bit larger than the size of a
six-pack of sodas, and a bit taller.)
- I put homemade yogurt into small yogurt containers (which I kept from
store-bought commercial yogurt.)
- I filled a large zip-lock bag with ice cubes and placed it in the
bottom of the cooler.
- I stacked the yogurt containers on top of the ice.
- I placed a zip-lock bag containing SCD muffins on top of the yogurt
containers, then closed the cooler
I traveled this summer by car for a week. I made a large batch of
yogurt before my trip, packed it in plastic tubs and kept it in a cooler
in the trunk for the duration of the trip. I also bought a stock of
DCCC to take along in case I couldn't find any on the way. When I
travel by plane I pack my yogurt in an insulated carry on bag. When I
arrive at the destination, I put it in the fridge, most hotel rooms
have bar fridges. I had no problem with spoilage. Hope this helps.
SCD and Restaurants
Staying with Relatives or Friends
Advice and Recipes
Tips for traveling with children
Technique to keep kids calm during plane.
Use a portable DVD player to entertain them during the flight
You can request disability seating
in advance and help through the airport.
Help for People with Serious Medical Issues
The airlines can provide you with extra help if you are traveling and have medical problems. Suneeti posted her experience which may help others in a similar situation.
Advice for Getting Help
Email from Transportation Security Officers (TSOs)
Passengers are allowed to travel with food through the security
checkpoint. The only security restrictions on bringing food in carry-on
baggage apply to foods that are composed of liquids, gels, or aerosols.
These foods are subject to the 3-1-1 rule.
Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) work hard to maintain the
expensive equipment used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags.
Because spilled food can damage security equipment and other passengers'
belongings, there are necessary restrictions on what you can and cannot
bring with you through the checkpoint.
All food must go through the x-ray machine. To save yourself time, do
not bring food to the security checkpoint unless it is securely wrapped
or in a spill-proof container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are
okay, but half-eaten fruits must be properly wrapped.
When traveling with food, the following tips may be helpful:
Passengers are allowed to bring special food items and liquids for
necessary for medical conditions. Passengers are not limited in the
amount or volume of these items they may bring in their carry-on
baggage. However, if these items exceed 3 ounces or are not contained in
a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, the passenger must declare the items
to one of our TSO's at the checkpoint for further inspection. Guidelines
have been provided to all airports that should allow the TSO to clear
a.. Single serving packages of condiments are allowed, but must fit
inside your single, clear, resealable, quart-size plastic bag.
b.. Spreadable items that are the consistency of peanut butter
(including dips and cheese spreads) would need to fit inside your
quart-size plastic bag. Hard cheese and other solid foods do not need to
be in your quart-size bag,
c.. Solid foods that have been frozen must be securely wrapped.
d.. Gel packs are not allowed to refrigerate food, only medication.
e.. Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the
security checkpoint must be discarded unless they are in a 3-ounce or
smaller container and fit comfortably in your one quart, resealable
f.. After clearing security, travelers may bring beverages and other
items purchased in the secured area on-board aircraft.
g.. Passengers are allowed to travel with pies, cakes, and other bakery
products through security checkpoints. However, doing so may require
random additional screening prior to boarding.
Please visit our website at www.tsa.gov for additional information about
TSA. We continue to add new information and encourage you to check the
website frequently for updated information.
We hope this information is helpful.
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"We must never forget that what the patient takes beyond his ability to digest does harm."
Dr. Samuel Gee
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