This diet has been used to good effect by a naturopath and by a homeopathic doctor in the treatment of a variety of conditions where malfunction of the liver is suspected. Its purpose is to avoid those foods which the liver finds it difficult to process. Time limit: one month. Then have 'forbidden' foods twice weekly.
Foods to avoid
- Meat, fowl
- Refined bread and cereals
- Sugar, foods containing sugar, syrup, treacle, honey
- Cow's and goat's milk and products e.g. cheese
- Tomatoes, citrus fruit, bananas, avocados
- Nuts (except almonds)
- Coffee, cocoa, alcohol, 2 cups of tea only a day
- Fried food
Foods to be eaten in unlimited quantities
- Fish (white preferred, limited tinned fish with oil washed off), pulses - beans, peas and lentils
- Tofu - a soya milk product also known as bean curd, available from Chinese food shops
- Wholemeal bread, unsweetened whole-grain cereals and wholegrains - brown rice, wholewheat pasta
- Molasses, unsweetened jams (refrigerate after opening), Marmite
- Soya milks
- Vegetables, pineapples, grapes, melons, suitable fruits tinned in natural juice
- Almonds, sunflower and sesame seeds
- Grain coffees, herb teas, suitable unsweetened fruit juice, rooibosch and maté teas
- Carob powder
- Food can be sautéed using cold-pressed margarine or oil or vegetable butter
Berries (strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, etc.) and apricots, peaches, sultanas, raisins and dates can be eaten twice a week in unlimited quantities. Less than 1/8 teaspoon salt can be taken daily.
Suggested menu plan *
- Uncooked breakfast: muesli or breakfast cereal and soya milk or some suitable fruit juice. Wholemeal toast and suitable margarine or spread.
- Cooked breakfast: mushrooms on toast or white fish. Porridge and soya milk.
- Main meal: white fish/pulse dish/textured vegetable protein. TVP is available from health food shops - two meals weekly only. Wholemeal pasta/brown rice/potatoes. Fresh vegetables, some uncooked if possible i.e. as a side salad with the meal.
- Desserts: suitable fruits, with or without wholemeal pastry or crumble. Desserts based on soya milk. Brown rice puddings with soya milk.
- Smaller meals: wholemeal sandwiches with a suitable filling i.e. Marmite, pear/apple spread, tahini spread, lentil or bean spread. Salad. Suitable fresh or stewed fruit. Home-made soup and wholemeal bread.
* These menu plans were originally conceived for Western tastes, please use the general diet guidelines to prepare menu plans appropriate to your own taste.