The chances are that if you have inflammatory bowel disease, you are lactose intolerant so I know what you are thinking, how could eating yoghurt make me feel better? I know that for years before starting the SCD, me and dairy didn’t get along so well. I could tolerate small amounts but if I had cereal with milk for more than a few days in a row, I would begin to feel absolutely lousy. In fact, about 8 years ago I fully attribute my hospitalization after a huge Crohn’s flare to a creamy cake! When I first read the chapter in Elaine Gottschall’s book Breaking the Vicious Cycle I could never see myself actually eating yoghurt and feeling better and believe me my first few attempts were pretty disastrous. When Elaine advises to start eating the yoghurt slowly, as in 1/8th of a teaspoon to begin with, she means it. That’s because even if you are not lactose intolerant SCD yoghurt is a powerful probiotic and you need to allow your system to get used to it slowly. I tried making the yoghurt with cow’s milk a few times but eventually switched to goat’s milk which I seem to tolerate better. I still use a cow’s milk starter-which I give you the link for below, so I am not hugely sensitive to cow’s casein but I just feel better using goat’s milk. You can experiment until you find with best suits you.
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making your own yoghurt. It may seem like a mammoth task initially but you’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to it. It does require some work and patience but trust me: the creamy, delicious and healthy results far outweigh the effort.
What you will need:
I use this one from Lucy’s Kitchen shop. It comes freeze-dried so there is no problem ordering if you are outside of the states. This contains all three necessary bacteria to make Elaine’s probiotic yoghurt and importantly it does not contain bifidus. It does contain sucrose but this is digested with the lactose during the 24 hour fermentation period.
Two litres Goat’s milk
You will need a spirit thermometer or similar as it is very accurate for low liquid temperatures.
Heating pad- http://www.pecoservices.co.uk/te25bm-25-p.asp
I bought mine here and I would highly recommend it. I had some issues with achieving the 40°C temperature at the start and Adrian Cottrell was very helpful to me on email.