If you have followed me for a while you may have heard me say that when I first started on a grain-free diet I started on the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet. And while that diet was incredible for healing both my son and I, it was also a bit difficult at the time (2009) to find a lot of great recipes that we could eat. I had my main sources, Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness, and Sarah Smith of Nourished and Nurtured as well as a few others who were all amazing (and I still use them now), but other than them it was pretty lacking. That was one main reason that when I switched over to Paleo I was so excited because I am a foodie at heart and love variety and lots of it. I can be restricted in my diet for a while, but my desire to make and eat things that could potentially grace the pages of a food magazine always surface. The Paleo diet has tons of books now, blogs, and even magazines, so there really isn't much at all that I can't make and/or eat.
But unless you are willing to weed out the ingredients that you cannot eat, it is still hard to find the variety while being on strict GAPS or a third diet, the SCD (I explain more about that diet below). There are a few amazing Paleo recipe sharing websites out there but until now, people on GAPS and the SCD would have to use these Paleo sites with a bit of caution. However, now there is an option for "safe" recipes called SCDelish. This is a recipe sharing website created by Deb Lucas of An Aussie With Chron's and it is not only beautiful to look at (half the reason you look at a recipe sharing site), but it is chock full of recipes and information. Focused on the SCD community, it only features recipes that are SCD-legal and each recipe has been reviewed to make sure it has SCD-compliant ingredients (or options).
A bit of background on the SCD for those that don't know:
The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is very similar to both the GAPS diet and Paleo diets as in they all exclude grains and refined sugars but both the SCD and GAPS diet really speed up healing of the gut through their specific protocols and restrictions. These diets are amazing for healing those that suffer from physical distress like Chron's, ulcerative colitis, IBS, food allergies, autism, and the all encompassing "leaky gut". The GAPS diet in fact is based off of the SCD with just a few modifications. And because these diets are so similar, I have made our own app adhere to the "rules" for all of these diets so those on Paleo, GAPS and the SCD can benefit. Additionally, a lot of people start off on GAPS or SCD and switch to Paleo and vice versa depending on their needs for healing.
So since the GAPS diet is based off of the SCD diet, the SCDelish site is also suitable for those of you on that diet as well. And of course, most recipes will also fall within the Paleo/Primal realm and all will be gluten-free.
I encourage you to check it out and if you yourself have any recipes that could help others (whether you are a blogger or just a creative cook), to contribute those as well. Sites like these are really key in getting the word out that food can heal people - and in a fun, glamorous way. You don't need to be stuck eating the same three things day in and day out no matter what diet you are on!