Kaufmann1 Diet link and - Frequently Asked Questions

July 16, 2019


 To see the list of Allowed Foods for the Kaufmann Phase 1 diet click here. 



Frequently asked questions for the Kaufmann1 diet


Q: “I’m new, where do I start with the Kaufman1 (Phase 1) 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.

  • Or, 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 your method. Everyone has what works for them. :-)


The ultimate goal is to be completely on the Phase 1 diet to get the best benefit for healing. The sooner you can get there, the better for your health.


Q: “Is the Phase 1 diet intended to be low carb, keto, Paleo (or any other diet out there)? “


No, the intent of Phase 1 diet is to eat foods low in mycotoxins (fungi).


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 Phase 1 diet to 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 Kaufmann 1 diet sheet as your base to choose foods from, then adjust to fit the diet you would like to follow.


“A note on 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 depeletion 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 with these minerals that 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. You can read more about that here.



“A note about Coffee”


If you are working with me 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 “No” side of the protocol just to make sure it is covered.


For those of you like me who love your coffee, there is a decaf Bulletproof and the good news is that once adrenals are repaired you can have a cup or two a day.


Q: “Why is Bullet proof coffee the only approved brand?”


Coffee beans develop mold due to 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 low levels of mycotoxins compared to regular coffee. You can read more about bulletproof coffee here. 


Q: “Help! I’m loosing too much weight” or “I can’t gain weight”


The initial weight loss change 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.


The reasons aren’t always one to one and depend on your situation and health.


Below are some tips on this topic:

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

  • Try eating more less/frequently and having multiple high caloric snacks (depending on which side of the concern you’re having)

  • Check out the recipes section and see if there are new things you can work in to help round out your daily meals

Before you ask, “Can I eat? ...”


First, check the ingredients against the phase 1 diet allowed foods list.


Downloading the document to your phone is a nice help to refer to when shopping.


The approved and excluded items are clearly listed in the columns by category.


If it’s not on the list, then it’s not approved.


Prepared foods


We don’t keep a list of approved brands or baked goods.


Manufactures change ingredients too often for us to maintain.


Please check the ingredients and verify it’s compliant.


If you find something that fits within the diet, please share it with the group as we’re always excited to expand our choices!


Q: “I cheated, now what?” or “Can I occasionally eat from Phase 2?”


Yes, you can eat from the Phase 2 options but know until you are healed, it may set you back a bit.