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Food priorities

I'm working on prioritizing different food types to try and work into my brain and rearrange my diet. This list of foods is compiled solely out of foods that should help me make up for malnutrition issues created by gluten intolerance (emphasized for the gluten intolerant in the audience).

These foods are the primary sources of the vitamins, minerals and nutrition types which gluten intolerant people tend to lack. Namely: carbohydrates, iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K. These foods are all gluten free. They are prioritized first for their significance in planning a gluten free diet (foods that will help the most), and second by the general likelihood of my obtaining/eating them. The exception to this is that eggs, dairy and soy are often problematic foods when you accidentally ingest gluten, and should be avoided in these cases (they otherwise present no problems if you successfully remove gluten from your diet).

Items are listed by main headings (vegetables, fish, meat, etc.); foods listed after the colons are foods that fall in this category and are especially helpful. These foods have also been prioritized based on how helpful they are (and/or my likelihood to have them). In the case of fish, salmon and tuna are high in Omega-3, which is good for the brain. I've prioritized them this way because gluten intolerance can sometimes wreak havoc on the brain, namely after prolonged exposure to gluten -- such as by not being aware of your gluten intolerance, or that there was gluten in your food.

There are other stipulations on some of these things, such as how meats are often filled with wheat germ to make them weigh more so they can be sold for more; also, conveyor belts are often powdered with wheat flour to keep meats from sticking to each other. Rice is fine on its own, but check to see if your rice has an ingredients list; many common rices are seasoned and often have gluten added. Always be careful and try to be sure you are buying gluten free meats, rices, and other products that shouldn't normally contain gluten.

Leaf Vegetables: spinach, turnip greens, beans and peas (especially: chickpeas, black-eyed pea)
Eggs caution

Fish: salmon, tuna, eel, mackerel
Meat: shellfish, liver

soy caution
shiitake mushrooms
dairy (parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese) caution
fish liver oil

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nutritionist. This information has been compiled from personal research and experience. Be sure and mind your own conditions and see a nutritionist if possible.


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Oct. 5th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
At a glance, ou seem fairly heavey on the straches here--what abt some other veggies that are not hard to acquire:

Tomatoes, winter squashes, broccoli, cauliflaur, carrots, etc. will help your vitamin intake, and you can make a number of fantastic veggie soups from them.

Oct. 5th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
Broccoli tends to be categorized under "green leafy vegetables," even if that seems odd. The rest aren't especially helpful. Fine, just not especially helpful, and the point of this list is to compile those things which are especially helpful.
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Beg to differ here--they are quite helpful as sourcdes of vitamin A, C (you should add fruits), lycopene, etc.

what yo have up there is very heavy starch, as I said, and a good diet is a balanced diet--as a nutritionist would tell you. Just because those elements are helpful, doesnt mean you should exclude the others, unless they are deemed specifically harmful to your condition.
Heck, there's variety if nothing else.

Oct. 5th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
You're making strange assumptions.. the only thing I'm excluding from my diet is gluten.
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Okay, it's pretty clear here that you haven't paid attention to my post. These are foods which I may or may not already be getting that will help make up for nutritional deficiencies that I am experiencing as a result of gluten intolerance. This is not the whole of my diet; it hasn't been, and it won't be. That would be silly.

I listed the primary nutritional factors which gluten intolerant people tend to be deficient in (I excluded lipids because that's too broad and general and can lead to problems). Nowhere in that list are vitamins A, C, or lycopene. I'm not deficient in those, at least, not particularly.

Those are all fine things to help with an average persons diet -- they have nothing to do with being gluten intolerant.
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, I did read your post, and I read it as you were placing an emphasis on these foods to an exclusion of others, probably due to your qualifier of "solely" and the fact that you weren't writing about your whole diet--which you did not mention that this was not a complete list.

This list of foods is compiled solely out of foods that should help me make up for malnutrition issues created by gluten intolerance (emphasized for the gluten intolerant in the audience).

As you are looking to increase nutrition, I pointed out what you did not include in the list.
That's all.

Oct. 5th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
What I meant by "compiled solely out of foods" (etc.) was that this is not a complete diet but merely a list of foods which help make up for gluten-intolerance related malnutrition.
Oct. 5th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting the list! I've been wondering what to bring to OS for you to eat, and now I know.
Oct. 5th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
(^*^); Sure.. this isn't all of what I can eat, but it is good things that will make up for what I'm lacking, mya.
Oct. 9th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
I almost forgot. *Woozles your icon!*
Oct. 9th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
ehehee.. (^*^)
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