Processed Food and Lipoedema

Thousands of years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates concluded that good health was inextricably linked to the types of food humans consumed: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” But many modern processed foods contain large quantities of chemicals, salt and sugar that can set off major inflammation and pain in our bodies. The links between poor diet and many chronic illnesses are now well established.

Which Eating Plan? 

At Talk Lipoedema we feel it is important to find an eating plan that works best for you. Which ever plan you choose you have to remember that this is it for life. Many people with Lipoedema have had great success in losing weight, reducing pain and have gained an increased sense of well-being following these plans.

The one thing in common with all these eating plans is that they encourage you to eat foods that are as natural as possible and easy to digest.

The RAD (Rare Adipose Disorder) Diet

This diet was developed by Lipoedema expert Dr Karen L Herbst PHD MD, who is based in Arizona, USA. The diet is aimed at lowering inflammation in the bodies of people with Fat Disorders, of which Lipoedema is one. The principles are as follows:

  1.  Lower fat consumption as fats are absorbed directly into the lymphatics.
  2. Eat low glycaemic index foods to lower insulin levels - insulin makes fat grow.
  3. Eat lots of fresh vegetables that have enzymes that are absorbed into the lymphatics and in essence clear out the stagnant protein. 
  4. Lower your salt intake if you are able so you retain less water/fluid.
  5. Each time we eat we generate inflammation as the lymph system surrounds the gut.  Rest the gut by taking a day off and eating liquid type foods such as soups, stews (without meat or at least with pulled meats), smoothies, protein shakes, applesauce, juiced vegetables and fruits.
PROTEINS: White and Oily Fish,
Organic, Organic Free Range Eggs
Free Range Chicken, Seafood Grass Fed Organic Meat, Organic Free Range Game,Processed Meat, Bacon, Ham,,Salami, Sausages, Grain Fed Meat, Mass Reared Chicken, Factory Farmed Eggs, Wheat Protein.
VEGETABLES All Green Vegetables, Colourful Vegetables, Squashes,
Onions, Garlic, Mushrooms, Herbs
Sweet Potatoes Potatoes in all forms, Corn,,Canned Vegetables
FRUITS All Berried Fruit, Citrus, Fruits, Banana, Cherries, Avocado, Olives Melon, Kiwi, Grapes, Pineapple, Mango, Apple, Pears ,Plums, Peaches, Apricots Canned fruit, Dried Fruit
NUTS & SEEDS Unsalted Tree Nuts and Seeds, Brazil Nuts Roasted and Salted Nuts, Peanuts
OILS & FATS Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Nut Oils, Avocado Oil. Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Flaxseed Oil, Sesame Seeds Oil All Margarines, Hydrogenated Fats, Partially Hydrogenated Fats, Vegetable Oils e.g. (Sunflower, Rapeseed, Corn, Mixed Palm),All Fried Foods e.g. (chips, crisps)
GRAINS Gluten-Free Flours, Buckwheat, Millet, Chickpea, Rice (white and brown), Teff, Oats, Wild Rice, Corn Meal Wheat, Barley or Rye Products,e.g. (breads, pasta, noodles, pizza, biscuits, cakes, breakfast cereals), Couscous, Bulgar, Kamut
DAIRY Organic Butter or Ghee, Goat’s Milk, Cheese From Goats and Sheep Organic Grass Fed Cow’s Milk Cheese Low-Fat Plain and Flavoured, Yoghurts, Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk, Ice Cream
LEGUMES All Dried and Fresh Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Peas
SUGARS & SWEETENERS Refined Sugars-(all the ‘oses’ e.g. glucose, sucrose, maltose, dextrose). Artificial Sweeteners (Sorbitol, Aspartame, Splendid, Nutrasweet, Saccharin), Maple Syrup, Honey, Coconut Sugar, Agave Nectar, Stevia, Xylitol, Fruit Juices, Sugary Condiments, Energy Bars
DRINKS Green Tea, Herb And Fruit, Teas, Water, Naturally Decaffeinated Coffee And Tea Home-Made Smoothies, Caffeinated, Coffee and Tea, White Spirits, Red Wine Fruit Juice, Coloured Spirits and Liqueurs, Cider, Beers, White Wine, Sugary and Artificially Sweetened Drinks, Energy Drinks
OTHERS Coconut Milk, Fresh and Dried
Spices, Fresh and Dried Herbs, Fermented Foods, Non-Sugary Condiments
Dark chocolate,at 70%, Unsweetened Cocoa or Cacao, Soy products