The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is really not that restrictive (another SCD myth), there are hundreds of foods allowed on SCD and when combined can create hundreds of thousands of combination. Usually the limiting factor is one's experience or comfort level in the kitchen. Guided by a reader of our book and a bit of Googling I decided to take on the prickly artichoke. Prior to this I had never had a real artichoke (cooked from scratch) that I'm aware of. At first when Nia started telling me how to do it, I was thoroughly confused and all the steps seemed really unnecessary.