Cookbook Review: The SCD for Autism and ADHD, by Raman Prasad

Well, Raman Prasad has done it again. In collaboration with Pamela Ferro, R.N. and Nilou Moochhala, Prasad recently published a new cookbook filled with yummy and easy SCD compliant recipes.

To my knowledge, The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is the first 100% dairy-free SCD cookbook. This is a terrific guide for parent’s learning how to implement the SCD for their ADHD or autistic child. But, it is also a much needed resource for people, like me, who follow a dairy-free version of the SCD because of dairy allergy or intolerance.

My copy already marked with my favorite recipes!

My copy already marked with my favorite recipes!

The SCD for Autism and ADHD is so much more than a cookbook, though. Yes, you’ll learn how to make delicious desserts and treats such as blueberry pie and carrot soufflé, as well as Sunflower bread, Chinese-style stir fry Vegetables & Chicken, Turkey-Apple Patties, and Pam & Raman’s Pizza.

But, in addition to the many delicious recipes, The SCD for Autism and ADHD is an interesting and useful reference book that expands on what Elaine Gottschall began in her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.

The first third of The SCD for Autism and ADHD takes the reader, parent, new, or veteran SCDer into the why and how of gut health and illness. He helps the reader understand how the SCD-DF works and why it is worth the extra time and effort to follow the diet.

There is a section where Prasad answers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) such as: “Why doesn’t my doctor talk about diet,” or “My child is a picky eater. How can you expect me to serve vegetables and fruit?” Or, “What can I expect from the SCD-DF?”

He discusses other symptoms and issues that can be helped by the SCD such as diarrhea, constipation, anxiety, eczema, and GERD. Vitamins and probiotics that are helpful to healing and maintaining the gut are also discussed.

Prasad then moves on to how to embark on the SCD successfully. The importance of establishing a support network before you embark on the SCD is emphasized, as is the decision about when to start the diet and what to expect in the first weeks, as well as set-backs that might be experienced at different intervals and how to work through them. Prasad even provides a section about how to discuss this new diet plan with your child’s school and teachers - he provides a sample letter you can write and take to your child’s school when you meet with school faculty and administration.

The rest of the book is devoted to understanding how to cook and eat according to the SCD-DF. In addition to meal plans, Prasad includes a list of foods that are allowed and those that are not allowed on the diet, plus more than 200 pages of SCD-DF recipes.

Whether you are just beginning to think about starting the SCD, are a few months in, or are an SCD veteran like myself, I highly recommend The SCD for Autism and ADHD as a beneficial and inspirational addition to your culinary library.

*And remember, I can help guide you on your SCD journey. Just fill-out the form to contact me and I'll be in touch to set-up a time to chat. ~Elizabeth