Query: Already very restricted, is this diet for me?

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Lanie Smith

30 Dec, 2011 09:13 PM

Dr Rosedale

I'm a woman in my thirties. I have trouble digesting sucrose and lactose.
Its quite an acute sensitivity. I have very distinct reactions even with
small amounts. Since I cut out sucrose and lactose very strictly out of my
diet my health and quality of life have improved tremendously.

Saying that I still have struggled with my health. Its not perfect by any
means. Recently a natural health practitioner indicated that I have some
kind of problem with my pancreas and suggested your diet.

I have quite a lot of reserve about cutting even more out of my diet. It
may seem I'm actually a perfect candidate for the diet since I'm already on
a low carb diet but I do have a few questions.

Some things I can't eat much of because of high levels of sucrose are nuts,
fruit, beans and some veg. So I'm already quite restricted. Examples of
portions of some things: 3 Brazil nuts, 10 blueberries, half a can of Lima
beans or 2 spears of asparagus at perhaps 5 portions a day.

Being that I am restricted already and am quite familiar with starvation
anxiety, my main question is... can this diet work for me?

Will I get enough calories?
Will I be able to east conveniently on busy days?
Can it be tailored to my personal needs so I don't miss out on nutrition?
Will I be able to sustain it during pregnancy since we want to start a

Hope my situation and questions interest you. I'd like to improve my health
but I need more reassurance before I can take to such an enormous leap in


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fiona on 02 Jan, 2012 08:49 PM

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    Thank you for your email. Nuts and asparagus have extremely little sugars, especially sucrose so there should not be an issue in your taking them. You mentioned a pancreas problem? would this be related to diabetes and insulin? As far as getting your nutrients, it is probably the most nutrient dense diet out there. Also the perfect foundation for feeding your unborn child as it will truly help set their health for your future. As far as being convenient on busy days, this is all really in your perception. For me, on the program for almost 4 years, I plan a head. Always have nuts in my purse, and when I travel i might make some almond cookies which are filling and have the perfect amount of protein and good fats. If I am stuck with nothing at hand, then getting a sandwich and eating the inside and leaving the bread, or have been known to eat the top off the pizza. So, it is up to you really, as it is very doable, and you feel great long term.

    Best of health.

  2. 2 Posted by Lanie Smith on 03 Jan, 2012 08:37 AM

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    Dear Fiona

    I appreciate your quick response especially over the festive season.

    I have a little bit of an unusual situation but its very real. If eat any
    lactose and sucrose it really does lower the quality of my life. I have
    discovered over a long period of trial and error that if I eat even very
    small amounts it does make me feel pretty ill for a few days after.

    I could eat a maximum of 15 almonds in one day. 15 almonds is about 1 g of
    sucrose which is my daily limit. In other words once I've eaten those
    almonds i would run the risk of not feeling well if i followed them with a
    strawberry or a spear of asparagus for example. Its quite a challenge to
    eat in a balanced way.

    As for eating the top of a pizza i don't eat any lactose (dairy) at all. So
    that limits my options further.

    So I guess my next question is... is there a dietician available on your
    staff who could look more closely at my restrictions and suggest an eating
    plan that would work for me or a least give me some ideas? I'm very open to
    trying the Rosedale diet but i need a bit more information. I can provide a
    chart with the amount of sucrose in foods.

    Thanks :)

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fiona on 03 Jan, 2012 10:16 AM

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    It is good you understand and listen to your body and its boundaries. Kat James might be able to help direct you, she knows the Rosedale Diet very well. http://informedbeauty.com/ I was not aware of sucrose in some of the foods we mentioned, if you can share your list would be great.

    Keep us posted.

    Best of Health.

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