November 3, 2017 at 2:03 am #5890Karen WeidauerParticipant
How can I balance a vegan diet for gout?
November 3, 2017 at 9:58 pm #5891Gout FoodieParticipant
Is vegan new to you? Do you mean macronutrient balance?
Are you considering strictly vegan or mostly vegan? Do you intend to use some mock meats or are you going whole food plant-based?
So much good advice at https://nutritionfacts.org
I personally eliminated most fish and meat from my diet when I was diagnosed with gout. After an initial painful period, which I think is the body flushing the uric acid, I have been pain-free. (I DO take allopurinol too).
Because I was using medical marijuana for the pain the first few months, I also ate a fair amount vegan junk food. Pizzas, cookies etc. Still, I felt lots better and no gout.
Later, moving to mostly whole foods, most of the time. I feel fantastic and losing weight without really trying and all the bloodwork is headed in the right direction.
November 4, 2017 at 4:46 am #5892Keith TaylorKeymaster
My approach is to balance your diet for health first. Then tweak your healthy diet to make it more gout-friendly inline with a comprehensive gout management plan. So, there is no quick way to make a Vegan diet gout friendly.
Having said that, I’m acutely aware of the need to present easy-to-follow gout-friendly eating plans. Hence my project to develop good gout foundation diets. But, as yet, I have not included veganism in that list.
My main reason is that I am completely uninspired by vegan diets. Everyone talks about cutting out all animal products. But nobody seems to be interested in how you replace the essential nutrients lost by those food choices. I find that frustrating, as I’m genuinely interested. However, no vegan so far has ever explained the benefits in a way that excites me. So, I’ll probably do more in future. But I’m currently focused on Mediterranean eating styles.
Interestingly, I’ve just read 9 points to a Mediterranean vegan diet. At first glance, those points seem relevant to gout health. But, I’ll have to study them in more detail.
So my question to Karen is: Can you inspire me to find a vegan diet exciting? ❓ Because Mediterranean eating has huge science-based health benefits. But mainly, it provides recipes that I’d love to eat. Maybe you could share some inspiring vegan recipes. Then I can say if they are gout-friendly. Or, how they can be made more gout friendly. Hopefully, you can explain why you find veganism so attractive.
As far as nutrition-so-called-facts is concerned, I find it a celebration of style over substance. There might be something useful in there somewhere. But I won’t waste my time looking. The first gout video I watched is appalling! I was tempted to do a point-by-point review. But, I don’t think it deserves any energy spent on it. Having said that, if anyone finds anything of value on there which isn’t on my website, please let me know.
By the way, Rhys, how can you be “mostly vegan?” Surely, you are either vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore?
November 4, 2017 at 6:52 am #5898Gout FoodieParticipant
I eat vegan meals all but once or twice a week. Or 1 or 2 out of 21 meals. Even then I have not been having lots of meat. If I go for sushi for instance ill orter a few with fish and maybe veggie tempura or nattomaki.
I’ll be starting video series and blog called neovegetarian. Launching in Feb.
Vegan can be inspiring and tasty. But if i told myself I’d never eat certain things . . Ever. . . Id just shoot myself now.
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