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Dietary Requirements (for Daniel Harris)

It's easy if I just say my diet is free from: red meat, gluten, dairy, yeast, mushroom, vinegar, cane sugar, soy, tomato, raw onion.

In short, I don't eat sandwiches nor pizza nor red meat nor cheese nor tomato. I don't have a vegetarian nor vegan diet but sometimes telling people that I do makes things easier. I'm not violently allergic to any foods. I am mildly uncomfortably allergic to tomato. And sensitive/intolerant enough to other foods listed to make me physically uncomfortable and distracted and unable to sleep well.

Though that sounds restrictive I'm basically good with foods that are fresh, freshly cooked and not too complicated. Salads (no vinaigrette nor tomato nor raw onion), vegetables (no stock cubes with yeast), grains (no wheat nor oats), beans and pulses are all fine. I also do fish and (preferably organic) chicken/duck/fowl.

IMPORTANT: I avoid all foods that are mouldy, fungusy, have mould or promote mould. I have a strong intolerance to milk/cheese, alcohol/fermented foods, balsamic vinegar/cider vinegar/any vinegar/soy sauce, cane sugars/sweet fruit/agave/xylitol/stevia, yeast/yeast extract/bread/mushrooms/mould/fungus, soya/tofu, wheat/wheat pasta/oats/gluten and nuts. I avoid preserved foods as they generally contain sugars/vinegar/mould. I have an uncomfortable mild allergy to tomato. I just don't like the taste of raw onion.

Contrary to popular belief, eating out is actually really easy for me when I have the freedom to choose from a full menu. I'm pretty happy with cuisine from most countries if prepared well. However, I can get into difficulty when meals are set. So if you are providing set meals/food then please read on.

Foods that are OK for me:

  • Fish and fowl including chicken and duck (organic please)
  • Prefer everything organic (better for me and the environment)
  • Salad and avocados - but no vinegar nor mayonnaise
  • Love sauerkraut!
  • Olive oil - sunflower/vegetable oils OK too
  • Avocados
  • Vegetables: all types good apart from mushrooms
  • Grains all good (except wheat and oats) including rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth
  • Beans (not 'baked beans' because they have sugar in) and pulses are all good
  • Roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds OK - other nuts/seeds OK in moderation
  • Miso occasionally OK
  • Coconut
  • Lemons and limes are OK
  • Blueberries and pomegranates OK in moderation – but try to avoid too much sweet fruit
  • Olives - if well cooked
  • Eggs OK
  • Fresh and freshly cooked produce
  • Mild fresh chilli is OK
  • Pure cacao OK (but not sweetened with anything)
  • Cooked onion OK

Foods I try to avoid:

  • All dairy: cheese, milk, and yogurt - but eggs OK
  • All red meats including beef, lamb and pork
  • Monosodium Glutamate and all other additives and preservatives
  • Vegetable bouillon powder (like Marigold) contains yeast
  • Yeast: bread and stock cubes
  • Fermented foods: soy sauce, pickled and preserved foods
  • Vinegar: cider, wine or balsamic
  • Most sweet fruit (fresh and dried) - blueberries and pomegranates OK in moderation – but lemons and limes are OK
  • All sugars (natural and refined) including honey, agave, xylitol, stevia, fruit sugar and chocolate - but pure 100% unsweetened cacao OK
  • All non-fermented soya products: tofu and soya milk - miso occasionally is OK
  • 'Hot' spiced foods - but mild fresh chilli is OK
  • Most refined and processed foods
  • Mushrooms
  • Raw onion
  • Tomatoes (mildly uncomfortably allergic)
  • Olives if not well cooked
  • Wheat and oats

Cooking methods I want to avoid:

  • Microwave
  • Deep fat frying

Thanks for reading!