My partner has got to have a special diet, and I am at a loss what to do!
He is so bored with rice and potatoes.
He can't eat, soy, dairy, eggs, yeast, and can have wheat only on occasions, meat and all sea food is restricted to just once or twice a week..I have no idea what to cook him any more!!!
We do eat rice pasta and some cheese stuff called Daiya cheese, it is made with pea protein I think?
It has to be a low purine diet Thanks for any help u can give..
Might be worth asking this on the special diets board as well as here.
I would recommend playing around with ingredients you can use. Making various soups to change up flavour combos, also making sauces and pesto's to liven up the rice dishes. Barley could perhaps be an ingredient to play with too.
I wish I could help you out more here!
The Mayo Clinic recommends the following menu plan for gout sufferers:
Whole-grain, unsweetened cereal with skim or low-fat milk, topped with fresh fruit
Whole-wheat toast with trans-free margarine
100 percent fruit juice
Lean meat, poultry or fish (2 to 3 ounces) sandwich on whole-wheat bread, with lettuce, tomato and low-fat spread
Carrot and celery sticks, side salad or vegetable soup
Fresh fruit, such as apple, orange or pear
Skim or low-fat milk
Baked or roasted chicken (2 to 3 ounces)
Baked potato with low-fat sour cream
Green salad with tomatoes and low-fat dressing
Fresh fruit, such as berries or melon
Nonalcoholic beverage, such as water or tea
The entire article is here:
Personally, I think the recommendation upthread of consulting w a registered/accredited Dietitian is the best suggestion... Good Luck w everything!
there are more modern, recent takes on dealing with gout. the mayo clinic is mired in old news and so is much of conventional western medicine. these are the people still touting grains and low-fat to diabetics.
please consider other alternatives:
There's a lot of info about purines on-line. Look at the low and moderate purine foods, it's not that bad, just stay away from the high purine stuff, certain fish species, beer etc. Also, taking ibuprophen helps the flair ups.
How about looking into vegan Indian recipes (obviously avoiding any soy in the ingredient lists).
That would provide lots of flavor/nutrition while meeting most of his dietary needs. Also, possibly vegetarian Mediterranean foods, specifically things like stuffed grape leaves, veggie spreads made from eggplant and/or roasted peppers...
Sorry to hear of your partner's dietary troubles! Some great ideas here. I just wanted to say that if you tend to think of a meal as protein + starch, then that may be stumping you when meal planning. I do tend to think like that. Recently we had guests who are vegetarian, highly diabetic and on a gluten free diet currently. Once I stopped thinking of protein + starch, I came up with a very workable menu:
Quinoa salad with plenty of veggies (diced cucumber, roasted corn, halved cherry tomatoes) and a citrus dressing
Pinto bean soup
Golden sauteed eggplant rounds with a tomato chutney and little dollops of greek yogurt.
Fresh fruit for dessert if anyone wanted.
We were all so full from this veggie and grain rich meal, no one, including kids, wanted dessert.
Thank you sweetTooth :-)
I love your idea, yes I do the same thing, I think of a meal the same way you do, and the menu you described sounds delicious.
I have never cooked eggplant before but I googled it and found a recipe I can easily adjust and do for him. For the yogurt instead of Greek, I can always use coconut yogurt.
Do you have access to green (unripe) papayas where you are?
This recipe for spicy green papaya soup is awesome - and papaya is wonderful for a multitude of things, as well as reducing inflammation (the green papaya tastes nothing like the ripe papaya, it has very little flavour of its own)
I should add, from experience, that the coconut milk / cream you use can make a big difference. My favourites are Aroy-D, Chaokoh, and Kara. Make sure it's not the sweetened kind - those are for desserts.
Maybe google some vegan recipes as well (as long as they're also wheat free)
You could perhaps make some smoothies that are not dairy or soy based, using fruits in season as long as you do not have a restriction on acidic foods. My Dad was on a restricted protein diet, it can be complex, but we did manage, you really need to get some guidance on this issue. Soups can be filling, with a little protein to extend it.
You may need to do some tracking of foods to figure out what causes flare-ups for him. The list of purine-heavy foods is crazy-wide-ranging. My dude has problems with the Big Bad G, too, and one of his triggers, believe it or not, are those nice healthy legumes. Especially lentils, black-eyed peas, and garbanzos. Go figure. It seems to be different for every sufferer. It makes it VERY HARD to figure out how to circumvent flare ups! Good luck with everything, I'm off to explore some of the links provided here, too.
the internet can be the devil for info overload.
a word of caution about focusing on grains and legumes: they create inflammation in many and extended insulin elevations in most, causing further problems down the line. ex post facto, gout being an issue of inflammation...
for some, their issues with dairy and eggs are an intolerance to the krap nutritional profile from intensively, commercially farmed products. the garbage feed wreaks havoc with the animals. he may do fine with pastured/grass-fed.