Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Diet Guidelines for Inflammatory Conditions

As we get older, sometimes our bodies do not react well to the foods we were once able to eat regularly. Has this happened to you? I have had discussions with many people who are suffering from various inflammatory ailments. The range includes everything from arthritis to IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My general practitioner recommended a homeopathic diet that is meant to ease inflammatory conditions. I have followed this diet for several weeks now and I can tell you that it works!!

Here is a copy of the guidelines:

MOHRDAR
Institute of Homeopathy and Integrated Medicine
3816 Twelfth Street
Riverside, CA. 92501
(951)781-4529 (951)781-8198 fax

INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS

Dietary Guidelines:

Eat a diet that is high in fiber and that is not tainted with chemicals, which stress the body. Maximize your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Make sure your diet includes cold-water fish such as salmon and halibut. The oils in these fish are beneficial to the joints (for patients with arthritis) and act as natural anti-inflammatories. Be sure to drink six to eight glasses of water daily.

Food to Include:

Fruits: unsweetened fresh, frozen, or water-packed. Lemon, lime, grapefruit

Starch: non-gluten grain: brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat

Bread/Cereal: any made from rice, buckwheat, millet, soy, tapioca, arrowroot, amaranth, quinoa

Meat: all fresh fish such as halibut, salmon, cod, sole, trout, wild game, chicken, turkey, lamb

Legumes: all dried beans, peas, lentils

Nuts and seeds: raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, sesame (tahini), sunflower, pumpkin, and nut butters made from these seeds

Dairy Products: milk substitutes such as rice milk, soy milk, ( I use soy milk and my favorite is the WestSoy low fat vanilla) nut milk, hazelnut milk, almond milk

Vegetables: raw, steamed, sauteed, juiced, or baked vegetables (except those specifically prohibited)

Fats: olive oil, flax seed oil, cold/expeller-pressed canola, safflower, sunflower, sesame, walnut, pumpkin, almond oil, dressings made from these oils

Beverages: 8 cups of filtered or distilled water per day, herbal tea

Spices: cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, turmeric

Sweeteners: brown rice syrup, fruit sweetener, blackstrap molasses, stevia

FOODS TO LIMIT

All nightshade family vegetables, including tomatoes, all potatoes (except yams and sweet potatoes), eggplant, red, green, and yellow bell peppers, dried fruit (sulfite free)

FOODS TO EXCLUDE

Fruit: oranges, tangerines, grapes, fruit drinks, ades

Starch: Wheat, corn, oats, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, and all gluten-containing products

Meat: Beef, port, cold cuts, frankfurters, sausage, canned meats, eggs, shellfish

Nuts: Peanuts, pistachios, peanut butter

Dairy: Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, non-dairy creamers

Fat: Margarine, butter, shortening, processed oils, salad dressing, spreads

Beverages: Soda pop, alcoholic beverages, coffee, teas, all caffeinated beverages

Spices: Cayenne pepper, paprika

Sweeteners: White or brown refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup

Source:

Lavelle, James, Allan Spreen, et al. Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. Avery Publishing: MY, 1999
www.metagenics.com

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I have been able to discover rice and soy substitutes for almost everything that I used to love to eat. Soy yogurts are really good. Soy ice cream (thought it tasted better than the "Rice Dream" kind) replaces regular ice cream and frozen yogurt. Rice chips replace all other kinds of chips. Just last night, I made spaghetti with brown rice pasta.

I use turkey or chicken substitutes for sausage, burgers, etc. Veggie burgers are good too.

I use Smart Balance spread on tapioca or rice bread. I use veggie slices instead of cheese on sandwiches. I usually use rice or tapioca bread slices, but I have found that multi-grain rolls don’t bother me if I just eat them occasionally.

If you happen to suffer from an inflammatory condition, I hope that this diet helps you, too.

4 comments:

MB said...

Christine;

I have been following a similar diet and it has helped tremendously. I do miss bread...and have found rice bread to be horrible! :) Any suggestions in the bread department?

Christinewjc said...

Hi MB,

Nice to see you back here! How are you and your beautiful daughter doing?

I know what you mean about the rice bread. I tried two kinds and I found them tasteless. One that I found in the refrigerated section of the store was too dense.

So far, I have found the tapioca bread as the best tasting. I know it sounds weird...tapioca bread? But it tastes better than rice and is less dense. Sometimes it falls apart in the toaster, so handle delicately. It is recommended that you refrigerate after opening.

The Ener G tapioca loaf is wheat free, gluten free, dairy free, Casein free, no saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, no cholesterol and no sugar. However, it tastes a bit sweeter than the rice bread. They even have a website - www.ener-g.com!

wag said...

A headache clinic nurse gave me a copy of the Mohrdar diet. And I bought the book, but I can't find the diet listed in there. I'm wondering about vinegar and other condiments. Are pickles okay? How about egg whites?
So far I've gone from 8 or 9 migraines a month to 3. (I'd like to have zero a month, but fewer is better than more.)

Oh, and I am looking for a more complete MOHRDAR diet. Thanks.

Christinewjc said...

Hi Wag,

I'm glad to hear that the diet has helped you have less migraine headaches!

I'm not exactly sure where pickles fit in. I would guess that since they are a vegetable that isn't a part of the "nightshade" type (which it is suggested that we limit), then I don't see why you could not eat them.

I found an Organic website that discusses avoiding some of the toxins in certain veggies and fruits.

I was told to cut out eggs. But I do have one egg with an additional egg white once in a while (I really missed eating eggs!). It is better to eat just egg whites - but I find them tasteless. Therefore, I eat one whole egg and add egg whites to it for an omelette.

The only MOHRDAR diet recommendations that I got were on an individual sheet of paper - the same diet I wrote about in this blog post.

Hope the additional link helps you! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Sincerely,
Christine