STEP 1: The Kaufmann I Diet

STEP 1: The Kaufmann I Diet

This document contains 3 Sections:

SECTION A: is the link to the Kaufmann I Diet Quick Reference Guide which gives you a list of Foods Allowed and Foods Excluded on the Kaufmann I diet

SECTION B: is General Information about the Kaufmann I Diet

SECTION C: is Frequently Asked Questions starting the Kaufmann I Diet


SECTION A: Kaufmann I Diet Quick Reference Guide

Click on the link below. You will be taken to a Google document of Foods Allowed and Foods Excludedthat everyone should be able to access, regardless of what phone or computer type you use. This can be printed out for your refrigerator door and can also be saved to your phone for access when grocery shopping.

Click on this link: Foods Allowed and Not Allowed List


SECTION B: General Information about the Kaufmann I Diet (taken from Know The Cause)

Our FB group and our website support the science that Breast Implant Illness is caused by systemic fungal overload.

Scientific articles and other information can be found:

  1. In our Files of the FB group that you can join and access here.

  2. On our website that you can access here.

Step #1 of our 4-Step protocol focuses on the Kaufmann 1 Diet created by Doug Kaufmann at Know the Cause.

Introduction to the Kaufman I Diet

The Kaufmann 1 diet is a diet that is low in mycotoxins (fungi/mold) so we can starve the fungi in our body.

Fungi and yeasts can become parasitic organisms on and inside our body, causing health problems that can be difficult to diagnose. Often and unknowingly, we feed these parasitic fungi via our diet.

Fungi crave sugar, and if you have a fungal infection, their cravings often become your cravings. Sugar does not simply come in the form of candy, soda and other obvious “junk foods”; the carbohydrates from beans, grains, potatoes, corn and corn products, certain fruits, breads, pasta, alcohol and other staples of the standard American diet are just as effective at feeding a parasitic fungal organism.

When beginning the Kaufmann Diet, some might experience an exacerbation of symptoms, initially, and some might experience flu-like symptoms or other intense discomfort.

This reaction is known as a Herxheimer reaction, and it could be the result of fungal die-off. As fungi begin to die and their poisonous byproducts begin flushing out of your system, it can cause discomfort, symptoms of being sick or an initial worsening of existing problems.

This is temporary, and somewhat ironically, it may be a good sign that you’ve taken the first step towards better health––ridding your body of a health-destroying, parasitic organism.

Still for others, results may not be so quick or so dramatic, especially if you have been eating a “healthy” or “clean” diet and have already eliminated some of the offending foods. For those whose results come more slowly, please give the diet time to work.

Your health problems likely did not develop overnight, and any solution will not likely resolve your problems overnight, either.


SECTION C: Frequently asked questions for the Kaufmann 1 Diet

1. I’m new, where do I start with the diet?

First, take a deep breath :-) Initially, this may seem overwhelming. Once you work the changes into your every day life, it does get easier. Some tips on how to start.

  • Take a look at the list and go through your fridge/freezer/pantry and read labels for ingredients on the “excluded” list. It might be helpful to tag those foods with masking tape or a sticky, so you know those are foods to avoid & replace with something from the approved list, or those can be foods for other household members not on the diet.

  • Replace excluded items with approved foods as you run out. This can help with the transition so you don’t feel like you had to give up everything at once, which can be overwhelming.

  • Start cold turkey and toss all the excluded items from their kitchen (this is usually cost prohibitive).

Remember whatever method you come up with, is yourmethod. Everyone has what works for them. :-) The ultimate goal is to be completely on the Kaufmann 1 Diet to get the best benefit for healing. The sooner you can get there, the better for your health.

2. Is the Kaufmann 1 Diet intended to be low carb, keto, paleo (or any other diet out there.)

  • No, the intent of the diet is to eat foods low in mycotoxins (fungi/mold.) The items on the list have been thoroughly researched and are tried and true to help ladies become healthy.

  • However, you can CHOOSE to use the foods on the Kaufmann 1 Dietto fit in a low carb, keto or paleo, etc diet if those plans are already working for you. The important thing is to use the diet sheet as your base to choose foods from, then adjust to fit the diet you would like to follow.

3. Keto?

  • In general, keto is not a good diet for those of you with BII. In the beginning the switch from burning sugar to ketones is very hard on the adrenals.

  • Many of you already have very compromised adrenals. Even the keto literature admits that it causes depletion of magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium. About half of you are severely depleted in magnesium and potassium already. Some to the point of having heart palps and diagnosed with A-fib. This can be very dangerous as these minerals need to be in ratio with one another for good health.

  • Balancing Minerals are KEY to the state of health. The other problem with extremely low-carb diets are the fact that they can cause gut-dysbiosis overtime.

4. Coffee?

  • If you are working with Dawn and your HTMA has indicated low adrenal function please remember that any sort of stimulant would be a HUGE "no no.”

  • Adrenals will not repair even with the best of support when they are stimulated in any way. This includes coffee. Coffee is now on the “Foods Excluded” side of the protocol just to make sure it is clear. For those of you who love your coffee, there is a decaf Bulletproof and the good news is that once adrenals are repaired you can go back to have a cup or two a day of regular coffee.

5. Why is Bulletproof coffee the only approved brand?

  • Coffee beans develop mold due to storage methods and manufacturing processing. The Bulletproof process is designed to test for mycotoxin levels in batches of coffee beans. This helps to produce Bulletproof coffee beans that have lower levels of mycotoxins compared to regular coffee.

6. Help! Why am I loosing (too much) weight OR Why can’t I gain weight?

The initial weight loss can be a typical response as a person comes off of a high sugar/carbohydrate diet. It could also be simply the body being less inflamed since most of the excluded foods are high inflammatory foods which cause us to hold onto weight. Your weight will eventually stabilize on the diet.


  • Make sure you're eating enough *calories* to maintain/gain weight.

  • Try eating more frequently and having multiple high caloric snacks.

  • Check out the recipes section in the Files of the FB group and the website to see if there are new things you can work in to help round out your daily meals.

  • There are plenty of recipes for yummy “legal” desserts/treats. Add these into you diet for extra calories.

  • Kaufmann I diet is NOT a low carb diet and you can get plenty of carbs from the allowed fruits/vegetables, grains and desserts.

7. I cheated, now what? OR Can I occasionally eat from Kaufmann 2?

  • If you have cheated do two things…don’t be too hard on yourself and get back on track immediately! Don’t allow one cheat meal to snowball into several more meals.

  • You can eat from the Kaufmann 2 options as an alternative to cheating but know until you are fully healed, it “may” set you back a bit. It is better to cheat to Kaufmann 2 than to cheat with a regular diet.

8. Why am I having a reaction to food X? OR What do I do, if food X is causing me issues?

  • As you start to eat foods lower in mycotoxins, the fungi in your body will start to die off and can give you reactions. There are different levels of die off reactions that can be any (or all) of the following. Gas, bloating, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach upset or flu like symptoms.

  • Avoid or moderate the foods you’re having issues with until you’re further along with healing.

  • If you already have allergies to certain food groups, please follow your doctors advice on avoiding those foods.

  • A food diary can go a long way in identifying the root cause of reactions to foods.

9. I’m bored with the diet options, what should I do? OR I can only eat x# of items from the list due to my allergies, what should I do? OR I’m vegan, what can I eat?

  • There are many recipes in the Files section of the FB page, on our website and also at Know the Cause. Try something new!

  • For your regular recipes try to add in 1 new food items to change it up a bit.

  • As you heal, you may find you can tolerate more foods you were previously allergic to. Please continue to follow your doctors advice as to when it will be safe for you to add those foods back.

  • There is history in the group of several ladies with severe allergies and autoimmune issues around foods that are healing! Be patient. You will heal too!

  • Most all recipes can be altered to omit meat if you are vegan.

10. I’m the only one in my family following the Kaufmann 1 Diet, how can I adapt and not break the bank?

Depending on where you are with your current diet, most recipes can be adjusted to fit without altering for your family.

Some examples are:

  • When cooking meats/fish/vegetables, set aside a portion for you before you add sauce or other non approved items for your family.

  • Stick to smaller servings of meats and load up on vegetables which are not expensive.

  • Stick to simpler meals. A protein and a vegetable can be satisfiying for the entire family. If desired, add a baked potatoes or rice (not expensive) to make the meal more palatable to the family.

  • Junk food may be cheaper, but in the long term will cost you and your family much more in terms of health.

11. Restaurant/Fast food…how do I navigate that?

Eating out risks foods being cooked with ingredients that are not approved, so it’s up to you to choose what is best for your situation.

Below are some tips from the ladies in our FB group:

  • When eating out, try to choose items where the food is separate. Like a meat choice, with a side of vegetables. You can double the serving of vegetables if you get two sides.

  • Salad with a meat or fish topping is always a good pick. Just ask for no cheese (and whatever else might not be approved.) Omit the dressing, or use salsa.

  • Ask for extra lemon wedges to squeeze onto the salad as most of the dressing choices are not Kaufmann 1 friendly.

  • Take your own home made dressing in a small container in your purse.

  • Order a chicken sandwich or burger without the bun. Ask for a lettuce wrap instead.

  • Order fajitas without the tortillas.

  • Remember eating out is a social event that can help you to feel mentally better as you are healing. However, it is not an invitation to out right cheat. Choose the BEST options you can and don’t stress too much if the food is not exactly what you would eat at home.

12. When can I move to Kaufmann II?

We suggest staying on Kaufmann I until you are feeling well and have elimination of ALL symptoms. For some, this may take time, so be patient.

  • When you are ready to move to Kaufmann II, we recommend introducing only 1 new food at a time so if you have a reaction, you will know what food caused it.

  • If you do well on the new food for a week, then introduce another new food, etc.

  • If at any time you notice you do not feel as well when eating Kaufmann II foods, then stop and go back to Kaufmann I.

  • Kaufmann II foods are listed with Kaufmann I foods at Know the Cause. Go to

13. What type of water should I drink?

The 4-Step protocol is set up to be as easy to follow as possible. Since everyone has different sources of water, and what the water in their area is composed of, we can’t specify exactly what type of water to drink.

  • In general, we recommend regular filtered water.

  • This can be from your tap, your refrigerator or bottled water.

  • Many like the Berkey gravity filter. This is not a recommendation, but rather just sharing what some ladies have stated they prefer.

  • Avoid alkaline water. Alkaline water will make you sick over the long term. Many ladies with Biotoxin Illness from breast implants have compromised guts. Alkaline water can make this worse and we have seen this happen with ladies in our group.

  • More information on the alkaline water topic can be found in our FB group.

14. Is there a list of recommended foods that I can safely purchase while on Kaufmann I?

15. Where can I find Kaufmann I recipes?

Recipes can be found in several places. Please ask in the group if you need help to locate them.

  • In the FB group--under Files, look for Kaufmann I Recipes

  • On our website--under the Recipe tab.

  • At Know the Cause--under the Recipe tab

16. What do I do about cravings?

Cravings are very real when changing your diet. Just know that after about 2 weeks, the cravings will lessen and for most go away completely.

  • To help you through the rough patch, we have a document in our Files titled Cravings which you can access by clicking this link.

You CAN do this! Stay strong!

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