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Food Criteria


Okay, this is the section where I am going to describe why exactly this is going to be difficult. You know, besides the whole ‘don’t eat meat or animal products.’

I am not cooking or eating alone. I am not here alone. My wonderful, amazing, best friend, and beautiful wife is also in the process of changing her dietary consumption. I don’t want to go into too many details, but she is essentially not eating wheat, rice, or sugar. So when you combine that with no animal products, it makes for an interesting grocery shopping experience.

As I have been learning, just because something is listed as vegan, it does not mean it is healthy. Same for organic. Heck, even organic is not vegan, and vegan is not organic, and both can be totally not healthy for you!

I should point out that I am lazy by nature, and don’t want to prepare 2 separate meals. Again, the point is to live my life as close as possible to my current life, but without animal product to consume.

So what I need to find is products that are organic or vegan, and also sugar and gluten-free. You can imagine the troubles I have found meeting all these criteria. But I hope this spells out the difficulties I am encountering.


Below is a list of ideal foods, based on my first trip to the Natruopath, as detailed on the post called “Frank Visits the Naturopath”:

  • Aduki Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Fava Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Great Northern Beans
  • Green Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Mung Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Pink Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Beans
  • White Beans
  • Vegetable Juices
  • Water (distilled)
  • Water (pure, bottled)
  • Almonds
  • Filberts
  • Hickory Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Amaranth
  • Kamut
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt
  • Triticale
  • Arugula
  • Beet Greens
  • Cilantro
  • Collard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (bibb)
  • Letture (loose leaf)
  • Lettuce (iceberg)
  • Lettuce (romaine)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radicchio
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts (alfalfa)
  • Sprouts (bean)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprout
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Daikon
  • Garlic
  • Ginger Root
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Mushroom (all varieties)
  • Okra
  • Olive (all varieties)
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Pepper (bell, all colours)
  • Pepper (hot, all colours)
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Shallot
  • Tomato
  • Water Chestnut
  • Agar
  • Dulse
  • Irish Moss
  • Kelp
  • Laver
  • Wakame
  • Boysenberries
  • Casaba Melon
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Elderberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Kumquat
  • Lemons
  • Papaya
  • Prunes
  • Almond Oil
  • Black Currant Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Flax Oil
  • Hemp Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Cayenne
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Dill Weed
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Parsley
  • Pepper (ground black)
  • Peppermint
  • Salt (iodized)
  • Salt (low sodium)
  • Salt (sea salt, unrefined)
  • Turmeric

And there you have it. There are lots of other foods that fall under Neutral, but the list is what I am suppose to focus on eating, along with B12 suppliments. Fun times!

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