This is the 5th post in a series on how to customize the perfect diet for you. We have covered what meats to eat, and what fats to eat. We have covered a lot of information on what fruits and vegetables will be perfect for you, and this article is a continuation of fruit and vegetable information.
Vegetables and fruits are very healing. Many people can eat freely of the vegetable and fruit category (along with healthy fats and proteins of course). But there are some cases where certain fruits and vegetables can aggravate certain health conditions. Check out these categories to see if you recognize yourself.
Are Tannins a Problem for You?
Some individuals find out that they are sensitive to tannins because they have migraines, gastrointestinal issues, and/or joint pain when they consume certain foods. These foods include teas of all kinds, red wine, alcohol, alfalfa, chocolate and many herbal teas and spices. There is a post here about someone with a tannin sensitivity (the comments are interesting also). If you want to try a low tannin diet to see if your migraines or other symptoms decrease significantly than there is a list of foods to avoid here.
Safe fruits and vegetables to eat on a low tannin diet include: asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard greens, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, olives, parsley, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, squashes, zucchini, Cantaloupe, grapefruits, guava, honeydew melon, lemons, limes, oranges, green pears, pineapple, and watermelon.
Do You Have an Autoimmune Disease?
If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease you may need to try the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (Paleo AIP for short). Once you get to the point of developing autoimmunity some pretty serious health problems are there. The good news is that many see a reversal of symptoms with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.
Some examples of autoimmune diseases would be:
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (and other thyroid diseases)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Endometriosis (suspected)
- Lichen Planus
- Celiac sprue
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is a strict diet. Cheating will probably bring your symptoms back. But it isn’t necessarily a lifetime diet. It is strict when you first start the diet because it is designed to take all problem foods out. Then after a while you add a food back in and then you will know if you have a problem with that food. There is an excellent article on the paleo AIP here.
The Paleo AIP limits your vegetables some, but all fruits are allowed in moderation. Safe vegetables would include acorn squash, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, cucumber, fennel, garlic, greens, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsnips, plantain, pumpkin, radish, spaghetti squash, spinach, summer squash, sweet potato, turnip, and winter squash. There is a list that explains what foods you can eat and what foods to avoid here.
We are done with possible customizations for fruits and vegetables! I know that was alot of information, but I hope that it will help you pinpoint the diet that will be perfect for you. Most people will not need these customizations, and can eat all fruits and vegetables. But if you have some of the health conditions that were mentioned in this article, you might want to try the appropriate diet. You might be shocked what health problems disappear!
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.
This post was shared at Wellness Wednesday.