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.