As quoted from scdlifestyle.com, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a group of foods which are grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free, soy-free and unprocessed. While removing many foods that are toxic and digestively harmful, the diet remains natural, extremely nourishing and representative of what our ancestors ate.
Anyone can benefit from SCD, but many turn to it for digestive support and to treat specific ailments (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, Celiac Disease, etc.). For more information and to see a list of “legal” and “illegal” foods, please visit www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info.
The Paleo lifestyle is based upon thousands of years of evolution and the notion of eating real, whole foods that our bodies were designed for. These foods were available to our early ancestors by way of hunting and gathering (meat, fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables). Through modernization, other forms of food became available for consumption, such as grains, dairy and processed foods, all of which are suboptimal forms of nutrition. The foods emphasized in the Paleo lifestyle provide the human body with long-lasting energy that also aid in burning fat.
The Paleo lifestyle emphasizes grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, wild-caught fish and seafood, nuts, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit. It does not allow for grains, legumes, soy, processed foods, refined sugars, dairy and alcohol. Granted, some people tweak this to their liking and may eat small amounts of dairy (if tolerable) like full-fat yogurt, grass-fed butter/ghee and other full-fat fermented dairy (heavy cream, hard cheeses, etc.). Additionally, some may occasionally consume alcohol, like a glass of wine or a NorCal margarita. Just remember, paleo is a template that is completely individual. My paleo is not your paleo.
For more facts and information about Paleo, I encourage you to visit Robb Wolf’s website.