Friday, June 11, 2010

The Elimination Diet

One of the most interesting challenges I've had the opportunity to face include writing recipes for the following dietary restrictions:

1Elimination Diet…joy.
4Meats:Lamb (especially imported from New Zealand or Australia), Wild Game (deer, duck), Fresh Turkey (not ground, no basting, no preservatives, no additives)Beef, Pork, Chicken, Processed Meats, Lunch Meat, Cold Cuts, Hot Dogs, Sausage, etc.
5 Seafoods:Roughy, Halibut, Tuna, Wild Salmon, Crab, Lobster, Clam, ScallopsShrimp
6 Vegetables:sweet potatoes, yams, cabbage, carrots, squash (many varieties), asparagus, cauliflower, avocados, celery, garlic, okra, radishes, greens (beet, mustard, spinach, collards, etc.), cucumbers, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, kale, avocado, broccoli, parsnips, green peppers (not hot pepper or peppery spices), rutabaga, leek, zucchini, and turnips.Mushrooms, Onions, Corn, white potato, tomato, peas, beans and other legumes.
7 Fruits:Lemons, Limes, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapple, kiwi, papaya, mangos, melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, Crenshaw), cherries, apricots, pomegranates, mangos, coconuts, plums, persimmons, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, or loganberries. Eat only small servings of fruit.Apples, Bananas, Tomatoes, Orange, Grapefruit, and foods containing those citrus fruits
8 Dairy Products:None.Milk and dairy products entirely, including Cheese, Butter, Ice Cream, Margarine, Yogurt, Cream soups, Breads, Crackers, Cookies, Cakes, Candies, Luncheon Meats, and other manufactured or processed foods. Casein and lactalbumin are other names for milk protein.
9 Nuts:You can eat nuts, including filberts (hazel nuts), almonds, or pecans. Use fresh cracked or nuts still in the shell, not roasted, or otherwise treated.Peanuts
10 Oils/Vinegars:safflower oil, sunflower oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil and extra virgin olive oil. Use only cold pressed oils with no additives, purchased from a natural food source.Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil, Vinegar, Wine Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar
11 Condiments/Spices:Honey, Chopped nuts (of allowed types), ginger, garlic, cilantro, almond butter, and sesame butter are allowed.Cayenne, any kind of hot pepper
12 Egg Containing Foods:None.Eggs or any foods containing egg, including Custards, Cakes, Cookies, Ice Cream, Pies, Macaroni, Salad Dressings, Noodles, Pancake Mixes, and all other manufactured or processed foods.
13 Grain-Containing Foods:None.Wheat, Corn, Rye, Barley, Rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa, Amaranth, Milo and all grains and foods containing grains. This includes all commercial Breads, Cookies, Crackers, Cereals, Batters, Luncheon Meats, Pancake Mixes, Candies and a wide variety of other packaged and processed foods.
14 Legumes:None.Peanuts, Lentils, Beans and Peas of all kinds, including String Beans, Lima Beans, Soy Beans, Baked Beans, Green Peas, Field Peas, Black-Eyed Peas, and vegetable gums. Soy bean protein ("textured protein") is hidden in a variety of manufactured foods. Read labels carefully.
15 Coffee, tea & alcohol:Pure water, Carbonated water, unsweetened but with all natural fruit flavorAll coffee and tea products (including instant and caffeine free). Also avoid herbal teas and all alcoholic beverages. Beer, wine, hard alcohol.

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