Friday, 6 March 2009

My special diet

Here's an in-depth look at the special diet my doctor has put me on. The following foods are not allowed:

· Rye
· Wheat (so, pasta isn't allowed, unless it's wheat-free or buckwheat pasta)
· Wuppertaler (whatever that is)
· Cow's milk (sugarless soy milk is allowed)
· Cheese.
· Butter
· Bacon
· Ham
· Apple
· Grape
· Grapefruit
· Orange
· Pineapple
· Cantaloupe/Rock Melon
· Dried fruit
· Peanut
· Sugar
· Honey
· Chocolate
· Carob
· Aspartane
· Beer
· Coffee
· Tea (except green tea)
· Tap water (I'm getting spring water delivered to my home)
· Mushroom
· Tomato
· Potato
· Yeast
· Bread
· Vegemite
· Peppermint (I had to find an organic herbal toothpaste)
· Benz. acid
· Margarine
· Salicylate
· All other additives and preservatives
· Canned food (unless it's fruit with no added juice or sugar).

Sugar is in more or less everything. Juice, cereal, sauces... everything. Food that doesn't contain sugar usually contains wheat, which I'm not allowed to eat either (even soy sauce contains wheat). Basically, I can't eat any processed food. What's left is vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, meat and white rice. It's what my doctor calls a "Stone Age" diet.

Also, there are limits on how I can prepare my food. I have to eat about 50% of my food raw (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc). The only cooking methods allowed are steaming, roasting or grilling. I can lightly fry veggies if I'm desperate. But I can't use oil unless it's coconut oil or olive oil. And I can't eat salt, unless it's seasalt. I have to eat as much organic food as possible, and only lean meat.

Basically, it's a detox diet. But even with all the dietary restrictions advised by my doctor, there's still quite a lot to eat. I can eat all meat (beef, chicken, fish, lamb, kangaroo), nuts (except peanuts), and there's a big range of vegetables available. There's no shortage of food here!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So your diet is GFDF (gluten free, dairy free) and it also avoids some of the foods that have higher fructose levels such as apples.

Fructose is important if you have a condition known as 'fructose malabsorption' which can be tested via a hydrogen breath test.
Pears also are high in fructose as is fruit juice, coconut cream/milk, dried fruits, corn syrup and some sauces.
Interestingly wheat, onion, spring onion and asparagus are also high in fructan (short chain fructose) which need to be avoided if fructose malabsorption is a problem.
I wonder if this is why your doc recommends this approach?
Pineapple isn't high in fructose though..maybe it's just high in sugar generally.