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Pink Floyd,
There isn't an Ultimate healthy list, sorry. Since we are all "unique" or bodies will react differently to food. However, I'm not sure if I mentioned this but on one of the elmination diets I saw it was safe to consume: cod, trout, mackerel, pears, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, yams, celery, zucchini, carrots and peaches. =)

None of them are in violation of Low-carbing, Low-Lectin, Wheat-free, and Gluten Free diets, plus they are VERY low on the allergy/intolerance scale. If you want to try this diet, you would do this for a 7 day period and then slowly add in ONE food at a time for one week. If nothing bad happens, you can keep that food and add in something else following this same pattern. If you do react to that food, you can choose to eliminate it or limit your intake.

ABOUT LECTINS:
Also the Low-Lectin diet requires a min. of 2 weeks before you can add in possible "troublesome" foods. It requires that you stay away from (you can eat the foods above):

No grains (soy,wheat, barely, rice, corn, oats, etc)
No bananas
No Nightshades (tomatos, potatoes, egg plant, chilis, bell pepper)
No Legumes (beans, peanuts, soy)
No Starch (corn, potatoes, some veggis)

Eat Non-Starchy Vegetables
Eat Fruit
Eat Meat, chicken, fish, etc


ABOUT GLUTEN:
No matter what though, it seems like most people (at least those with problems) have trouble with the carbs that come from Wheat (but don't always know it). Some people have trouble with the Gluten that comes from Wheat, rye, barley and oats (some can eat oats). While others have trouble processing Corn Gluten (but less frequently). I eat oats and corn, but am staying away from the major forms of Gluten. I can't give you a testimony yet because I'm on an antibotic at the moment (darn ear infection), but I also had blood tests run to see if I do have Celiac Disease (won't know til next month).

ABOUT CARBS:
In terms of "low-carbing" the above diets are also low carbs, but they do utilize complex carbs. You can do a search on the web for a Glycemic Index which will tell you the # that each food will convert into a certain amount of glucose. You can base what you eat on your energy needs by following the chart. Personally the ones I've found aren't helpful (can't understand them) so you may want to look at one of those pocket-sized $5 carb counter booklets.


SUGGESTIONS:
Certan diets work for certain people. Some people are less sensitive and will only need to give up certain foods while others will need to give up entire food groups. So, while you can still eat meat, fish, poultry, fruits and veggis, when trying to give up foods, this should come into consideration:

individual foods (bananas, or nuts, or dairy).

give up ALL wheat,

give up ALL Glutens,

give up ALL Grains

give up ALL (bad) Lectins.


Unfortunately not all of these can be tested by blood work or skin tests, therefore if you really want to know if your acne & other health problems are due to an intolerance, you WILL have to faithfully try an elimination diet. You can test out one of the above diets, starting at the most restrictive (the lectins) or the least restrictive (individual foods) but it's best that you eliminate all sources for at least 2 weeks to see a change.

If you don't notice a change, you may have to go longer because your stomach lining or intestinal lining is damaged and this will take time to heal. This may be due to the "leaky gut syndrome" or Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance). Once it does heal, while maintaining the Low-Lectin or Gluten-Free diets people who couldn't eat dairy are once again able to do so.

[This message has been edited by SweetJade1 (edited 08-15-2002).]






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