Since February, I have eaten a diet that is free of grains (except oatmeal), dairy, and sugar, and I feel great. My doctor has been suggesting this diet for her patients for over 30 years, and has seen magnificent results over and over again. Now, I am one of those success stories. I am helping her family with the text for an interactive web site so that people will be able to share favorite recipes, suggestions, and the stories of their experiences.
What can you eat? Just about anything that's fresh and tasty! Almost all vegetables are OK (potatoes and corn are very high in sugar, though), meats are OK, too (if you like them ~ I don't), and most fruits are alright too. Please see the suggestions below.
I've been assisting with the text for a web site about this health plan, so I just happen to have this already written up and ready to print. :) Here are excerpts from the notes I made when I started this plan:
Foods to avoid:
• Avoid consumption of high glycemic index carbs (no wheat, rye, potatoes, rice, or other starchy foods. Oats only for now).
• Avoid sugar.
• Eat vegetables. Fresh when possible, frozen when convenient.
• Eat a regular breakfast. Oats with coconut milk with soaked walnuts w/ cinnamon and a little stevia or honey (for sweetness, if desired). This can also serve as an evening snack.
• Eat several smaller meals a day rather than three big ones.
• Avoid animal fat, including dairy. Dairy feeds yeast (and is not appropriate for humans anyway).
Foods to Enjoy:
Fruits (avoid bananas), vegetables (avoid potatoes), meat, poultry (free range if possible), fish, oatmeal, nuts and seeds, pro-biotic yogurt, herbs, spices, water, tea, organic eggs. Concentrate on fresh veggies and fruits (eat frozen when fresh is not available). If you want to drink, have a half a glass of wine with your meal.
• Salad. Can also have a couple of Morning Star Farms sausage patties or links (look for wheat or gluten on label first!), a Veggie Burger, or organic vegetarian soup.
• Sautéed veggies with nuts or with a small piece of fish
• Tuna salad (or other fish salad) on a large bed of greens.
Note : Make salads with yogurt (with active cultures) or mustard and herbs.
• Veggie Burgers.
(I like Dr. Praeger’s Tex-Mex Burgers with salsa. Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are made with oats instead of wheat).
• Fruit, veggies, and nuts.
• Almost any vegan soup (My favorite is an organic Ginger Carrot Soup). Add a handful of nuts or veggies for texture if desired.
• Guacamole made with one large avocado and salsa with lemon juice and herbs, served on a bed of lettuce or as a dip for crudite.
• Apples slices with organic peanut (or other nut) butter.
Eat several smaller meals a day rather than three big ones.
Instead of using sugar to sweeten things, use stevia, maple syrup or honey.
Use olive oil or organic coconut oil instead of other oils.
Restaurant eating tips:
It’s easy to eat out if you know what to ask for. Most restaurants are glad to substitute a salad or vegetable for the starchy side dish.
* Italian: Order a salad topped with fish or meat instead of a pasta dish.
* Mexican: Skip the chips, tortillas, and beans (high in fat). If they don’t offer a salad, order fajitas and don’t eat the tortillas. (Chipotle’s salad prepared with no rice, beans, or dairy products, but with carnitas, salsa of choice, and a big ol’ scoop of guacamole is fabulous). If you are vegetarian or pescatarian, order the black beans in place of the meat.
* Chinese: Request no MSG! Order almost anything you want, but skip the rice. You’ll be surprised by how flavorful it is when there’s no rice to cut the flavors.
Keep an open mind, and expect to find something that will fit into the parameters of this plan. If all else fails, I’ve found that telling a server that I am on a medically supervised diet usually convinces them to make alterations or substitutions for me.