Caleb has Crohn’s Disease and he is the inspiration behind Caleb’s Cooking Company. Now on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) diet for almost 2 years, we realized how little grain, gluten, dairy, sugar, preservative free food exists out there for kids, so we decided to create our own. We are not doctors, but we have seen the remarkable improvement in Caleb and other kids eating healthy foods like the food we sell. All of our food has no grains, glutens, (complex carbs – like potatoes and rice – which turn into sugar in the body, increasing inflammation), added sugars or preservatives. It’s also all organic and GMO free.

Our chef, Janalee Redmond, has Ulcerative Colitis herself and is on the SCD diet, so we go to great lengths to ensure that all of our food is easy to digest, good for gut and is strictly SCD. Chef Travis Bettinson, who created our recipes, works directly with Dr. David Susskind with Seattle Children’s Hospital, providing food for the new Produce Study, examining the effectiveness of the SCD diet on IBD.

The SCD Diet is a very specific diet, which is based on the theory that by eliminating most carbohydrates (primarily grains, starches, dairy, and sugars) and allowing only specific carbohydrates  that require minimal digestion, it can reduce inflammation and make digestion enjoyable for people with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. 

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is intended for those with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, Divertriculitis, Cystic Fibrosis, and chronic diarrhea. It has also been effective in the treatment of Autism. The foods on the diet are based on the chemical structure of the foods. Carbohydrates are classified by their molecular structure, simple vs. complex carbohydrates. The only carbohydrates allowed on the diet are monosaccharides or simple carbs, which are easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex carbohydrates (monosaccharides or polysaccharides) are not allowed because they are not easily digested and then feed bad bacteria in the gut, causing them to overgrow and increase inflammation. The diet works by starving out these bad bacteria.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ was clinically tested for over 50 years by Dr Haas and biochemist Elaine Gottschall with convincing results. 75% of those who adhere rigidly to the diet gain significant improvement.

The SCD Diet stands for Specific Carbohydrate Diet and it is based on the understanding that most inflammatory bowl diseases are as a result of an overgrowth and imbalance of intestinal microbial flora. By changing our diet, we can effect this intestinal flora, and bring it back into balance, healing our digestive tracts and restoring proper absorption. You can learn more about the SCD Diet on the Breaking the Vicious Cycle website.

The Paleo diet is based on the way that our “ancestors” ate, reverting back to the way our bodies were made to consume food (similar to cavemen and women).

The diets are very similar in that they both eliminate all complex carbohydrates, preservatives, sugar and focus on a diet filled with protein, vegetables, fruits and nuts. The biggest difference is that the SCD Diet allows some dairy and legumes and Paleo doesn’t.

We don’t use any gluten in our products. In fact, all of our food is prepared using only grain free ingredients. Right now, we aren’t even using any nuts.  But, with that said, we are not certified gluten free yet. Once we get off the ground, we can move to a facility that allows us to get the gluten free certification.

Yes.

We go to great lengths to ensure that all of our ingredients are SCD friendly. After all, Caleb is strictly on the SCD diet and will be eating all of them. Our chef Janalee is also on the SCD Diet, so we are particularly sensitive to this issue.

We use beans and peas in our ingredients, but we soak them for 24 hours prior to cooking to release phytic acids and aid in digestion. This is what Elaine Gottschall recommends in Breaking the Vicious Cycle. We make our own flour from the peas, which involves soaking the peas, then baking and grinding them. This process has and continues to be used for food used by Seattle Children’s Hospital for their studies on the effectiveness of the SCD diet on Inflammatory Bowl Disease.

Elaine Gottschall said the following about bean flour on the Breaking the Vicious Cycle Legal/Illegal List:

“Bean Flour: Do not use ready made flours made from beans or lentils as they probably weren’t soaked prior to grinding to bean flour”. 

This is why we soak our peas and beans for 24 hours and do not purchase “ready made flours”, and make our own from scratch.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms and Caleb’s Food does not contain any ingredients that contain GMO’s. We are working on getting our GMO Free Certification.

Absolutely and we encourage it.  So much of the food that kids eat today is filled with high fructose corn syrup, sugar and preservatives.  Our goal is to make the food that kids love to eat, but make it with whole, healthy ingredients. 

When I asked Caleb what foods he missed most, he told me pizza, chicken nuggets and enchiladas, so those are the first three products we’re selling. We plan to roll out a wide variety of kids food, everything from burritos to wraps, mac n cheese to ice cream. If you have ideas for products you or your family would like, please email us at info@calebscookingcompany.com. 

All of our ingredients are organic and we try to buy locally, sustainably grown products. We are not certified organic, but plan to become so over time.

Every product is different, but there are no grains, gluten, sugar, complex carbs (rice, potato) or preservatives in any of our foods. We will provide a dairy and non-dairy version for as many products as possible. One promise we make is that your child will be able to pronounce every ingredient and every ingredient comes directly from the earth.

We want the kids to get involved! There are too many kids out there who feel alone, like they’re the only ones with an inflammatory or autoimmune disease on a special diet. I believe the more we can bring them together to share their experiences and empower each other, the better. Caleb is taking lead on this and we’ve created Caleb’s Club just for kids. It’s a private club where kids can hang out, share funny videos, music etc.

Have your child join and get involved today. We are also looking for bloggers and videographers to help create content for other kids. If your child is interested, email me directly at cfrei@calebscookingcompany.com

Joining is easy. Just go to the Caleb’s Club page on the website and have your child register. Once they do, they can not only post cool content for others to see (like videos, music, images and more), but they can also see other kid’s posts, comment and like them, add friends and more. We want to create a vibrant community of children all hanging out and sharing experiences.

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We’re looking for children and parents interested in joining our community to write blogs, make videos, take pictures etc. to help tell the story of their journey. I believe the more we share our stories (especially the children), the more healing and empowerment will come. If you or your child would like to participate, please email me at cfrei@calebscookingcompany.com

We cook our food fresh to order and ship it frozen once a week (generally on Tuesdays, so that we don’t run into a weekend delivery). Deliveries are expected to arrive within 24-48 hours from the shipping date.

Shipping frozen food is expensive. We have done everything in our power to try to reduce costs as much as possible. We offer Ground and Express/Air shipping via UPS and Federal Express in an effort to provide the most cost effective means of shipping our food to you.

We believe once you taste our whole, healthy food, you’ll find the extra costs well worthwhile.

Orders shipped via FedEx or UPS will receive a tracking number after the order ships which will be emailed to you. Please let us know if you do not receive your package and we will help track it or send you a new delivery as a replacement.

We try to ship every Tuesday so that deliveries arrive before the weekends. If you place an order on a Wednesday, we will process your order, make your food fresh and then ship the following Tuesday. All orders are shipped and arrive within 24-24 hours. You will receive a tracking number via UPS or Fed Ex to track your order.

Our products don’t contain any nuts but they are produced in a facility that also processes nuts. With that said, our allergy-trained staff takes great care to avoid contamination. Our chef is on the SCD Diet and has IBD issues, so is very conscious of taking steps to ensure everything is scrubbed before and after use. We use only stainless steel tables and appliances and take all precautions possible. The only possibility would be airborne but my chef checks for anyone using nut flour and avoids producing at that time.

I want you to taste our food too 🙂

The problem is making the math work. Its very expensive to produce organic, whole healthy food and then try to ship it out frozen. I tried to put together a package of smaller portions (6 boxes for example) and couldn’t make the numbers work. We do have a refund policy that if you don’t like the food, or aren’t satisfied, you can get a full refund. So, live large and buy a case. I promise, you’ll like it and so will your body!