Nilou Moochhala & Raman Prasad, The SCD for Autism & ADHD

This groundbreaking book serves as a comprehensive guide for the Dairy-Free version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD-DF). The original SCD (a grain-free, sugar-free, soy-free diet), introduced by Elaine Gottschall in Breaking the Vicious Cycle, has been further researched and developed into the SCD-DF, in order to help people with autism and ADHD.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the rate of autism diagnosis has now increased to 1 in 68 children. Most children (and adults) with autism or ADHD also suffer from digestive issues ranging from constipation and reflux to diarrhea and low vitamin/mineral levels. The behaviors that result from these discomforts are symptoms of underlying digestive issues that can be addressed through a change in diet, and therefore, gut microbiome. The SCD-DF can play a pivotal role in improving behavior, mood, cognition, and language.

The SCD for Autism and ADHD draws on over a decade of a nurse’s clinical experience with the SCD-DF written in collaboration with an established SCD author. The first part of the book explains the scientific research that supports the Dairy-Free Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and describes how conditions – from anxiety and eczema to reflux and motor coordination – are also tied to autism and ADHD. It guides families on how to start the SCD-DF: from building a support network and setting up the kitchen to shopping lists, meal plans, and what to expect on the first days of the diet.

The second part of this book contains over 150 SCD-DF recipes organized into categories such as Bakery, Breakfast, Snacks, Meats, Drinks, and Desserts; with child-friendly recipes ranging from Grandma’s Basic Pancakes and SCD Chicken Nuggets to Tater Tots and Lemon Vanilla Cake. This section also includes a sample transitional menu, weekly meal plans, and themed menu ideas.

Nilou Moochhala was introduced to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet at the same time that she met her partner, Raman Prasad. As the household adopted this challenging dietary regimen, she became familiar with how to design and create fun and flavorful recipes within the prescribed parameters of SCD. Through her studio, she assisted in the design and marketing of Prasad's SCD website and the non-fiction memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery. Moochhala is also co-author of Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and recipe contributor and tester for Adventures in the Family Kitchen. She created and developed over 125 of the 150 recipes for the Cookbook section of this book. Moochhala is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Yale School of Art.

Raman Prasad has followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)™ successfully for more than 16 years, which has resulted in a return to good health and a normal life. In 1998, inspired by his recovery and remission from ulcerative colitis, Prasad founded which includes hundreds of SCD recipes, news items, and other relevant information about this dietary protocol. Prasad is the author of the non-fiction memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery, that chronicles his life with crippling ulcerative colitis from ages 17 to 24, and how he was ultimately able to restore health through the SCD. Additionally, he has written two cookbooks: Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which contains a global repertoire of gluten-free and dairy-free SCD-inspired culinary delights, and Adventures in the Family Kitchen, which combines traditional Italian-American and Indian family recipes. He lives in the Boston metropolitan area with his wife, co-author Nilou Moochhala, and their one daughter. This is his fourth book about the SCD. Prasad is a graduate of Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Porter Square Books
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