What is clean eating?
Clean eating is an approach to diet and healthy living that focuses on how the food got to your plate and what may have changed it along the way. The goal is to eat whole, unprocessed foods to get as much of the natural nutritional value as possible. This means consuming lots of raw fruits and veggies, sticking to whole grains, choosing lean meat, and skipping additives. Cooking food is still okay, though your method of cooking does matter. Avoid high-fat cooking methods, like deep frying or stewing in either animal or vegetable fats.
When choosing food, try to stick to fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and dried legumes, and farm-fresh eggs. Select whole grains, like steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, and whole wheat. Look for unprocessed, lean cut meats and hormone-free dairy. Stay away from artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives, or added sugars or fats. Look for pesticide-free organics, too, to avoid chemicals.
What foods should I avoid with gout?
Foods that are high in purines contribute to gout flare-ups, so you should minimize or avoid them in your diet when you have gout. More specifically, foods to avoid with gout include many kinds of meats, some seafood, alcohol, certain grains, and ever a few types of vegetables. Most kinds of meats have high purine levels and should be limited in your diet. Organ meats, like liver, kidney, and brain, are particularly detrimental, but beef, pork, lamb, veal, and even some poultry can contribute to a flare-up. Scallops, sardines, anchovies, oysters, lobster, crab, and even tuna and a few other types of fish are best avoided or sharply limited in your diet. Alcohol is best avoided altogether as well.
Even some healthy foods like whole grains and oats need to be eaten in moderation. A few vegetables, like asparagus, spinach, and cauliflower may be problematic if you over eat them. In general, your health team and Dr. Gerald Mauriello can help you plan out a proper gout diet to keep your feet comfortable and prevent damaging flare-ups. Contact our office in Belvidere and Hackettstown, NJ, by calling (908) 475-8750 or using our online request form.