Yipi and I are currently doing the GAPS diet in an attempt to counter dysbiosis and to heal our bodies. With that being said, we no longer ingest the majority of foods listed below and haven’t for quite some time (I will put an * beside what we do eat). You will need to contact each company before trying the products. A few notes:
- Corn does not have to be labeled and corn derivatives are widely used in the preparation, cleaning, manufacturing, processing and packaging of almost every food available today, including meats, dairy items, alternative food items, and even organic items.
- You should make sure you are as informed as possible when you contacting companies. The customer service people have no idea how individual products are made and what hidden ingredients are lurking in a manufacturing or packaging processes. Be prepared to explain calmly what you are attempting to avoid and how they can help you gather the necessary information to avoid illness. Some companies are not receptive to questions about their products. For those companies, you should either decide to guinea pig whatever it is you want to trial and risk a reaction or simply move on with your next selection.
- You should frequent your farmer’s market and talk to as many farmers as possible (some are receptive to questions, others….not so much). I have ONE safe farmer, they know my family and they look out for us. We are attempting our own garden again this year. I hope and pray that it goes well. Go here to learn how corn is included in the basic processing of meats.
- Eden Foods sells both canned and dry beans. We were eating these just find until August 2012 and our digestive systems finally completely failed us. To my knowledge, they are corn free. You will need to contact the company for yourself.
- KOL Foods - Lamb and Beef (AVAILABLE DURING PASSOVER ONLY). I have NOT contacted KOL Foods this year. Please see Delphi Forum: Avoiding Corn and this recent post from the Avoiding Corn forum
- *Private source of lamb and beef (and possibly duck): If you are in the SE and do not mind driving, email me for more information about these sources (email@example.com)
- Private source of chicken, eggs, goat and cow milk: If you are in the SE and do not mind driving, email me for more information about this source)
- *Meat/bone broth, lots of gut healing going on with the meat broth!
Baking / Cupboard / Snack Food
- Eden Organic has a few pastas that were safe for us when we were eating starches. Mung bean noodles and the kuzu pasta. Please call the company should you decide to trial these products.
- Tropical Traditions offers many coconut products that worked GREAT for us…until coconut decided it hated us. I am hoping to reintroduce coconut by the end of the year, but only time will tell. Products include coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut cream, and coconut flakes/shreds.
- Besan Flour / Chick pea / Garbanzo Bean Flour- Nirav
Baking Soda – Mountain Rose Herbs (Frontier baking soda has begun to have an odor)
- Organic Arrowroot Powder – Mountain Rose Herbs (not ingested, used for compounding medication if a filler is needed)
- Ultimate Superfoods offers cacao products that were company confirmed corn-free in 2011. That’s a long time ago…call the company. They offer cacao paste, powder, nibs and butter.
- Let’s Do…Organic has a tapioca flour that others seem to be able to use. I last tried it in 2010.
- *Natural Zing offers a range of products. I have only tried the Brazil nuts and figs. The figs did NOT help the dysbiosis and candida overgrowth one bit, however I don’t think it was a corn contamination issue. The Brazil nuts I allow myself to eat when I feel myself detoxing faster than my body can handle. As always, you should contact the company before trialing anything.
Spices / Herbs
- *Redmond’s Real Salt
- *Celtic Sea Salt
- *Organic Spices, Herbs, Other - Mountain Rose Herbs. People in the corn-free community have been have issues with MRH. Thread from Delphi Forum: Avoiding Corn and thread from Avoiding Corn. Considering we CANNOT consume any spice, or use the butters, or oils (can only use EVOO and we purchase it from Bariani) we have not noticed any issues. I currently only use a few organic, steam distilled essential oils, milk thistle seeds, dandelion root and leaves, baking soda, dead sea salt, and calendula hydrosol.
- Organic Spices and Herbs - Starwest-Botanicals (I only occasionally use this source)
- Traditional Medicinal Teas
- George’s Aloe Vera Juice – WE DO NOT CONSUME THIS. WE DO NOT USE IT AT ALL…WE CAN NOT HAVE ANYTHING IN THE LILY FAMILY. This might be corn-free and it might not be. I’m leaving it up here to dispel any confusion. We no longer use this.
- Cafe Cristina, Corn-free Coffee (The hubby drinks this)
- Homemade Coconut Milk
- We currently drink filtered water (filtered twice, we have a whole house filter and two Berkeys), milk thistle/dandelion tea and meat broth. That is it.
- Birds Eye - Broccoli. Birds Eye sells other single ingredient vegetables in their “Pure and Simple” line, however we cannot have them. Please bear in mind, corn is not only food we avoid.
Fresh Foods Straight from the Farm, Farmer’s Market, or my Garden
- Organically grown dark leafy greens (collard, mustard, kale)
- Organically grown kohlrabi and greens
- Organically grown bok and pak choi
- Organically grown napa cabbage and regular cabbage
- Organically grown turnips and greens
- Organically grown radishes and greens
- More foods should be available from your farmer. Really get to know your farmer and suggest that they install high tunnels for winter growing. Assure them that you will be a customer and convince others to buy from them in the winter. This will allow you to have produce all winter long, especially if you can’t grow your own.
- Also consider sprouting broccoli, radish, and other seeds during the winter months. A safe and cheap source of vegetables.
Medications: Our diphenhydramine and ibuprofen are compounded at a local pharmacy. The pharmacists does not us a filler/excipient for the ibuprofen. The filler/excipient for the diphenhydramine is arrowroot starch, which I provide.
We have implemented many changes to mitigate our allergic reactions to foods and chemicals. We have detox baths multiple times a day in an attempt to lower our overall toxic load. In these baths we use dead sea salt and baking soda with one drop of organic lavender EO. Afterwards we cover ourselves with tallow (rendered from safe fat – very easy) that has glutathione dissolved into it or olive oil and homemade magnesium oil spray. The glutathione is very important. You can read more about it here. I will be doing a blog post about it soon. The magnesium oil spray is made using filtered water and Ancient Minerals Flakes, following these instructions. Occasionally, if a rash is attempting to take over the Yipiyuk, I will spritz her with calendula hydrosol during her bath. We also do skin brushing to decrease our overall toxic load. Implementing these changes has made a world of difference for us. If we react to something now, our reactions last only a few short days, instead of the 2-3 weeks that was typical of a year ago. Healing is happening…we just need to be patient.