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What is the safest most basic diet you could adhere to?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

With regards to gut health people suggest you eat only the safest foods that are least likely to cause irritation and allergic reactions.

But the only things I can think of as completely safe is egg yolks and liver which doesn't sound appetising to me!

What about white potatoes? People even say salmon is allergenic! It just seems that if it would be way too restrictive to have a completely safe diet and not maintainable, I know it's a personal thing but how the hell am I ever meant to know which foods to eat and which to not eat??

I am hoping to undergo a major overhaul this summer possibly starting with a 3 day water fast and then a strict candida style diet for a month or 2. I am seriously so sick of this terrible skin, uncomfortable gut and fatigue I just need to plunge in and get it sorted, I just need to know the right way to go about this.

Thanks

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

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on May 17, 2012
at 01:14 AM

I think meat is the most basic way to go. I would avoid fermented food even though everyone and their mom has jumped on the GAPS bandwagon. (For me, the GAPS diet is the equivalent of massive histamine/amine overload and would be the absolute worst starting point. Maybe that's just me, but I know that for any number of people a diet of ferments would be the furthest thing from "safe.") Beef and white rice might be the most basic in my book as well, though again you have to worry about specific protein allergies, potentially. However that's simple enough that you can narrow it down quickly.

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

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on May 17, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I would agree with this, and also say to get the freshest meat possible. Meat is generally the most innocuous food, although fermented meat can have histamine issues, and there is still the possibility of having specific meat protein allergies. However, you have to eat something and start somewhere. Chicken and pork have more histamine potential; beef might be safest unless there's a specific allergy.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Specifically fatty ruminant meat; beef, lamb, etc. Extra points for grass-fed, but don't get your panties in a bunch if it's CAFO.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Specifically fatty ruminant meat; beef, lamb, etc. Extra points for grass-fed, but don't get your panties in a bunch of it's CAFO.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 16, 2012
at 03:38 PM

No, but I do think this is the solution to HuntingBear's symptoms of "terrible skin, uncomfortable gut and fatigue."

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 16, 2012
at 02:54 PM

I don't understand the point of this answer. Just being snarky?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:08 PM

how about white rice and chicken breast? Those are pretty innocuous. Maybe some fiber to help...kimchi? Those three things repeated for a month wouldn't be bad. Tasty, filling, good breakdown of macros, etc. Fermented.

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:37 PM

If you try to address every possible food allergy or issue at once, you're right -- you will be on a diet that is far too restrictive and will negatively affect your health. It is more important to find out which foods YOU tolerate. Just because someone else says rice or fruit gave them a problem does not mean it will be a problematic food for you. And remember, if you have leaky gut, you may have reactions to foods you do not really have an intolerance to. You have to allow time for your gut to heal.

I think you should give yourself a while eating a version of these foods: egg yolks, organ meats, steamed carrots or squash, slow-cooked meats (like in crockpots), lots of bone broth, canned pumpkin, maybe some wilted greens. This is basically the diet I've been eating for the last few weeks (along with yams but some people feel they are best avoided -- I have no problems with them). You need a good source of probiotics. Water kefir is very unlikely to cause any sort of reaction -- there are trace amounts of sugar, but the high probiotic content is worth it.

It is important to make sure all your meat is slow-cooked (not fried) at this stage, if you have low stomach acid or leaky gut. I was still having lots of digestive issues when I was eating a lot of stir-fries. The slow-cooking helps break down the fibers of the meat so it is easier to digest.

Another thing I've found helpful is gelatin. I bought some grass-fed beef gelatin and use it to make paleo gelatin treats. A little coconut milk, some lemon juice, a tiny bit of sugar = delicious lemon custard. I also make a sugar-free version with brewed tea. At first I was eating a bowl every day, and it really did seem to help. After a few days, I noticed feelings of hunger in my stomach (which I hadn't felt for a long time).

If you focus too much on avoiding every food that anyone anywhere could possibly have an issue with, you will stress yourself out so much and probably deprive yourself of adequate nutrition as well. Avoid the major allergens for now (nuts, egg whites, nightshades), LISTEN to your body, make sure you're eating enough, try to avoid stress, and above all, BE PATIENT. I think it takes an average of three months before a paleo diet will clear your skin.

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on May 16, 2012
at 04:34 PM

What is the safest most basic diet you could adhere to?

Fatty meat. If that goes ok, start adding other foods. I'm not just saying this. I have done elimination diets.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on May 16, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Specifically fatty ruminant meat; beef, lamb, etc. Extra points for grass-fed, but don't get your panties in a bunch if it's CAFO.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on May 16, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Specifically fatty ruminant meat; beef, lamb, etc. Extra points for grass-fed, but don't get your panties in a bunch of it's CAFO.

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

(367)

on May 17, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I would agree with this, and also say to get the freshest meat possible. Meat is generally the most innocuous food, although fermented meat can have histamine issues, and there is still the possibility of having specific meat protein allergies. However, you have to eat something and start somewhere. Chicken and pork have more histamine potential; beef might be safest unless there's a specific allergy.

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:52 PM

If you believe in the GAPS diet, that is not only an elimination and detox, but its also a diet based on non-irritating gut foods. In my opinion, I'd say thats the healthiest diet as far as gut care.

Potatoes are a no no on that diet.

Consider checking out this site for GAPS: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/index.htm

There is a list of legal/illegal foods. I use that as my guide to what is considered safe (obviously after testing in my diet to make sure I'm tolerating it)

I actually am following the GAPS protocol with the Paleo guidelines, its pretty similar and easily adaptable.

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:20 PM

Meat as the core of the diet, especially fatty seafood like salmon, herring and sardines.

Well cooked greens such as chard, cabbage and spinach.

Berries.

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Eat some sugar .

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 16, 2012
at 02:54 PM

I don't understand the point of this answer. Just being snarky?

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on May 16, 2012
at 03:38 PM

No, but I do think this is the solution to HuntingBear's symptoms of "terrible skin, uncomfortable gut and fatigue."

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