The Doug Kaufmann Phase One Diet calls for eliminating sugar, grains, bread, pistachios and peanuts from your eating plan. Kaufmann's theory is that these foods feed fungus living in your body. Eliminating them will starve the fungus because the fungus needs sugars derived from carbohydrates to thrive. In the human-fungal relationship, according to the theory, people always lose out, and a person infected with fungus actually craves foods that satisfy the fungus rather than the person.
Who is Doug Kaufmann?
Doug Kaufmann is the star of the show "Know the Cause," shown on DirecTV and DISH channels. His theories are purported to be based on both science and religion.
Don't Feed the Fungus
The Phase One Diet focuses on foods that will not feed the fungus in your body. These include eggs, nuts minus pistachios and peanuts, green apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons, limes, avocados, vegetables except for mushrooms, corn and potatoes, plain yogurt, butter, carrot juice, water and herbal teas. Stevia is allowed as a sweetener.
In the diet, people eat meat that is not contaminated with antibiotics. Dieters avoid farm-raised fish in favor of wild-caught fish, eat free-range chicken and choose grass-fed beef.
What to Avoid
Dieters will also avoid simple sugars including white sugar, sucrose, glucose, fructose, honey, molasses, maltose, corn syrup and most especially high-fructose corn syrup. Dieters also eliminate all grains, all yeast, mushrooms, legumes, potatoes, trans fat, and corn and peanut oils. Coffee, non-herbal teas and diet soda are banned.
Lasts Two Weeks
Kaufmann recommends following this phase-one diet for two weeks to starve any fungus in the body. People can then opt to move on to a more relaxed second phase diet, but people who have the willpower to remain on a strict, low-carb eating plan can stick with phase one indefinitely.
Low Carb Diets
This diet is similar to other low-carb eating plans. Cornerstones of such diets include focusing on good fats and low-glycemic index fruits and vegetables. Good fats include canola and olive oils as well as flax seeds, fish, macadamias, sesames, pumpkin seeds, avocados walnuts and their oils. Buy oils with labels that read "organic" and "100 percent expeller-pressed." Low glycemic fruits include apples, cherries and grapefruit. Most vegetables have a low glycemic index, but potatoes are on the higher end.