About The No Food Diet

I started this blog during my journey to better health in order to keep track of recipes I’ve tried and which ones I’ve liked (or disliked!)  Since my diet has changed over the years, the recipes in this blog span the following main categories: vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free gluten-free, and/or anti-candida diet (ACD).  Hopefully if you are interested in any of these ways of living, you will find some inspiration, information and recipes in this blog.

When I started this blog, I was on a strict ACD.  In addition to the ACD, I was vegetarian and allergic to dairy, making me an almost-vegan.  I was also diagnosed as celiac (allergic to gluten).  After following this strict diet for about 5 months, I transitioned into a 100% raw diet.  It wasn’t a conscious choice – it just felt right for the healing my body needed.  I was 100% raw for about 9 months, feeling great and at the top of my game when I got pregnant.  This was a very joyous occasion but it was also very difficult physically.   I came down with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which is like an extreme version of all-day morning sickness and I was throwing up literally every 15 minutes and was too weak to get out of bed or stand up.  All I could handle eating was raw fruit, smoothies and plain boiled potatoes. The addition of potatoes — which I hadn’t eaten in over a year — was the end of my 100% raw journey, at least for a little while.  As I got my HG under control with my doctor, I gradually started eating more foods.  I would have liked to stay raw, but my body was asking for cooked food as well.  In typical pregnant fashion, I went through phases where all I wanted to eat was potatoes, or pickles, or eggs.  Right now, my diet is mostly focused on fruit, cooked vegetables, tofu, eggs, potatoes, brown rice, and GF pasta.  I still eat some raw vegetables but not nearly as much as I would like.  But again, none of this is a conscious decision — I am just eating what my body and my baby are asking for.

Since my diet seems to be constantly in flux in tune with the needs of my body, I consider the No Food Diet to have two phases:  Phase 1 is a highly-restrictive elimination-type diet.  I highly recommend a diet such as this if you are having health issues or gastrointestinal difficulties.  After you follow a diet like this for a while and you are feeling ok, you can start adding foods back in and seeing how your body reacts.  That’s what I did and now I am on what I consider to be the No Food Diet Phase 2, which is a maintenance diet for me.  It is the minimum restrictions that I feel are important for my body: no meat/poultry/fish, no dairy, no gluten, no processed sugar.  Those are the minimums.  I also strive for as much raw food and nutritious greens in my diet as well as eliminating processed and unnatural foods in general.

The No Food Diet Phase 2 is:

NO meat

NO poultry

NO fish

NO seafood

NO dairy

NO gluten (wheat, oats, spelt, barley, rye, etc.)

NO processed sugar

NO processed/artificial/unnatural ingredients

The No Food Diet Phase 1 is:

NO meat

NO poultry

NO fish

NO seafood

NO dairy

NO grains

NO sugar

NO fruit

NO alcohol

NO potatoes, carrots, beets…

NO processed/artificial/unnatural ingredients

You get the picture…

Now that’s not saying I don’t cheat once in a while 😉


7 responses to “About The No Food Diet

  1. Meg O'Morrow

    I’m trying to wrap my head around this… That’s a lot of nos!

  2. No Food Dietician

    Yeah, I know. But the more I cut out, the better I feel! It sounds crazy but it’s really been working for me.

  3. Fellow gluten free blogger,

    I’m staring a carnival blog as a one-stop shopping place for gluten free information. A blog carnival is like a magazine of articles that gets published on a schedule. Every 3 months (I hope it catches on so that we can do this more often – at least monthly), bloggers submit an article related to the GF lifestyle from their blog. The submission will be combined with all others onto 1 carnival page, which will include links to each participant’s article on their own blog (so you retain the rights to the post, and your trademarks stay intact). We can all take turns being the host blogger (if you are interested in hosting, let me know!). We hope that we can all learn from each other and introduce our readers to other gluten free sites out there.
    If you’d like to see a sample carnival, check out http://allergickid.blogspot.com/2009/06/living-with-food-allergies-blog.html.

    Joining the community of contributors is a great way to get more readers to your blog. It’s easy to do. Just follow the below link and fill in the quick form linking one of your best blog posts to the carnival page. Topic areas will include recipes, tips, research, advice/support, etc. Your post will be posted along with contributions from other GF bloggers.

    The deadline for the next carnival is July 25, 2009. Be sure to let your readers know about the first carnival. It’ll be posted on August 1st at http://thefoodallergycoach.blogspot.com/.

    Looking forward to reading your post,

  4. Dear Kim,
    I want to go on the alkaline diet that seems to be making so many people so darned healthy. I stumbled onto your website after I heard ‘something’ toward the end as Dr. Oz was saying he ‘soaks his walnuts’ – but didn’t hear why. I didn’t hear him if he said he dries them out –

    Yesterday I had soaked my walnuts just to see. They are fantastic if you just pluck them out of the water and eat them.

    I served mine with California dates – which may or may not be ‘allowed’ but we had company. I look forward to reading the rest of this site. Thanks. Nancy

    • No Food Dietician

      Thanks Nancy! Since I wrote my soaking walnuts post, I have actually had a lot more experience soaking nuts. They’re really good in recipes like pesto, sauces, crusts, pies, etc. It’s just the dehydrating part which is a little tough, but you only have to do if you want to store them. Now I have a dehydrator so it’s a little easier.

      As for eating walnuts and dates together, I know it’s not allowed under food combining principles, but it sure tastes good! I like them with organic apricots too.

      The alkaline diet looks great.. It is very similar to what I try to stick to. You could look into a raw food diet too. I highly recommend it!


  5. Simone Rister

    I’ve been doing some research on the raw food diet and really want to give it a try. There seem to be so many benefits and it makes sense to me. Very excited to find this blog and know that there are some great recipes out there. And I was thinking i’d have to live on celery and carrot sticks with hommus, pfft! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes, thanks for sharing.

  6. Jennifer

    Wow, your story sounds pretty much like mine. I have PCOS and several random symptoms (constant headaches, ravenous hunger, low energy, diarrhea, etc) despite changing my diet to gluten-free and vegan. Finally my nutritionist concurred with me that I should do an anti-candida diet. I’m starting tomorrow!

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