Dietary Requirements (for Daniel Harris)

It's easy if I just say my diet is: red meat free, gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, mushroom free, vinegar free, sugar free, fruit free, nut free, soy free.

In short, I don't eat sandwiches or pizza or red meat or cheese. I don't have a vegetarian or vegan diet but sometimes telling people that I do makes things easier. I'm not violently allergic to any foods - just sensitive/intolerant enough 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), vegetables (no stock cubes with yeast), grains (no wheat or 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, sugars/fruit/honey/agave/xylitol/stevia, yeast/yeast extract/bread/mushrooms/mould/fungus, soya/tofu/tempeh, wheat/wheat pasta/oats/gluten and nuts. I avoid preserved foods as they generally contain sugars/vinegar/mould.

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
  • 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
  • Freshly roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds OK - other nuts/seeds NOT OK
  • Miso occasionally OK
  • Coconut
  • Lemons and limes are OK
  • Olives - if well cooked
  • Eggs OK
  • Fresh and freshly cooked produce
  • Mild fresh chilli is OK
  • Pure cacao OK (but not sweetened with anything)

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
  • All fruit (fresh and dried) - 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
  • Nuts and seeds - but freshly roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds OK
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives if not well cooked
  • Wheat and oats

Cooking methods I want to avoid:

  • Microwave
  • Deep fat frying

Thanks for reading!