Foods you can have – a checklist:

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There are lots of foods you can eat on the Budwig Diet

Fresh, wholesome, traditionally-grown foods that are naturally full of essential vitamins and minerals are the basis for the foods you can eat. Lightly cooked with spices and herbs but without fats/oils or sugar, you can create your own meals. This obviously isn’t the complete list but you can see the sort of thing that is permitted. The good foods you must eat are as important as the damaging foods you must avoid.  Eat the good foods below freely but sensibly; don’t binge on any one; try to have plenty of variety and use the herbs,  spices and other seasoning you are allowed to make food you enjoy.

List of foods you can eat on the Budwig Diet

These are some of the foods you select from to make your meals. Really this list is to give you the idea of the sort of things you can eat.

  • Amaranth
  • Barley whole grain
  • Beansprouts
  • Black tea (on occasions)
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Champagne 1 glass per day
  • Cheese,  Dr Johanna Budwig specifically recommended certain cheeses including the following: Brie, Camembert, Edam, Emmental, goat cheese, Gouda, Jarlsburg. These cheeses are known to be good sources of a protective vitamin, K2.    Choose cheeses from naturally grass fed herds. You are allowed about 50 g /day, suggested for breakfast or lunch.
  • Coconut oil (extra virgin cold-pressed organic) used with linseed oil to make oleolux.
  • Cold-pressed linseed oil (also called flax seed oil)
  • Fruit
  • Green Tea – any amount
  • Herbs preferably fresh
  • Honey (raw)
  • Millet
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Nuts
  • Pickles (fermented only)
  • Potatoes
  • Pulses (peas, beans, dried and fresh
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Quinoa
  • Root veg
  • Rice
  • Sauerkraut
  • Sauerkraut juice
  • Spices
  • Sour pickles: these are other ”lacto” vegetable pickles made in a similar style to sauerkraut.
  • Soya – fermented pastes and other products
  • Soy sauce (traditionally fermented only)
  • Sprouted grains
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Black tea – on occasions but this isn’t the traditional British cuppa. It is meant to be drunk without milk or sugar though a little honey is permitted for sweetening drinks
  • Vegetables, naturally grown, preferably home grown or organic but failing that, the best you can find.  Choose anything that grows, have a wide variety, choose from  roots, leaves, stems, shoots and fruits. Eat raw vegetables as salads or simply cooked – Dr Budwig mentions boiling but steaming is fine too, microwaving she doesn’t mention but since she talks of preserving the energy of fats and foods it’s probably a personal thing whether you use a microwave oven – just in case there’s anything in its nickname of “Devil’s Hotplate”!
  • Vegetable stock
  • Whole grains, this means the whole brown version of wheat, oats, spelt, barley, rye, rice and can be cooked into breads, risottos, salads, etc. However there is increason gevidence of harm daone by grains. We advise reading Loren Cordain’s “Wheat: Humanity’s Double Edged Sword” to give you background to this.
  • Wholemeal bread – a little
  • Yeast flakes; this is nutritional yeast, very tasty, a bit like cheese and nothing like the yeast tablets sold as a supplement. Some varieties are rich in vitamin B12 which is useful on this diet.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" – Hippocrates