People follow specialist diets in order to improve their health, often as part of coping with different health conditions. I have type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease and severe lactose intolerance, fybromyalgia, osteoarthritis, (newly diagnosed IBS), asthma, a painful hand disability and the stress that comes with coping with these conditions. I follow a plant-based vegan diet where I avoid gluten, dairy and other animal products, grains (apart from pseudo-grains) non-fermented soya, deadly-nightshade family plants, and refined sugar, which makes for a highly anti-inflammatory diet that helps me to be as well as I can be. From my BE WELL section of resources there are pages detailing each specialist diet, along with some further resources, as well as pages with information on elimination diets, fasting, weight loss and a glossary of terms.
The food I eat is highly anti-inflammatory and alkalising, avoids the substances in food my body cannot cope with and so reduces my inflammation and pain, greatly improving my quality of life. I have a complex array of health conditions and so have to avoid a wider range of foods than most. But I have found that doing so, over time, is not as difficult as it may seem and certainly not as restricted, in fact
in many ways I now enjoy more freedom than ever and have such an enhanced relationship with the food I eat.
I have fallen in love with this side of vegan cooking, pure wholesome low-processed and whole foods that everyone can enjoy, whatever their health needs ♥
DIFFERENT SPECIALIST DIETS
People with an autoimmune disease, osteoarthritics and other people with joint pain and inflammatory health conditions, such as fybromyalgia, should follow an anti-inflammatory diet for optimal health. This consists of a high proportion of alkaline forming foods such as fruit and vegetables and whole foods, avoiding acidic foods, and is the healthiest option for everyone, everyday.
Coeliacs must follow a coeliac diet. This means strictly avoiding gluten, but it is also advisable to avoid non-fermented soya, refined sugar and grains, and to eat a diet high in prebiotic and probiotic foods, and soaked and sprouted seeds, pseudo-grains, beans and pulses.
Type 2 diabetics are recommended to follow a diet low in carbohydrates, including sugars. Type 1 diabetes can also be easier to manage following such a diet. Having diabetes of either kind creates an acidic and damaging internal environment and so it is highly beneficial to follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
People may say that to be vegetarian or vegan is to follow a specialist diet, but I say, that it is to live in a responsible, compassionate, mindful way, which is optimal for everyone, whether for our health, or the impact we have on the world around us. To be simply vegetarian or vegan is not to be restricted in any way, the culinary landscape is vast, varied and wonderful. Simple food I find is best, but this does not mean boring, there is just so much choice!
keep it simple, eat a diet rich in whole foods, fruit and vegetables ♥
I have pages on the following specialist diets and food types to avoid for various health benefits, all of which I follow: an anti-inflammatory diet, a coeliac (celiac) diet, gluten-free (a discussion of whether to go gluten-free if not intolerant to gluten), avoiding deadly-nightshade family plants, a low-carb diet, lactose-free, what a plant-based diet involves, avoiding soya, and an elimination diet. Each page is a definition of what each diet involves, and also some resources for further research, which I have then collated on the resources page also.