When you’ve successfully followed the Phase 1 Diet, you are ready for Phase 2! The Phase Two Diet by Doug Kaufmann of Know The Cause is the second tier of the Kaufmann Diet.
Phase Two allows you to experiment with some foods that were removed on Phase One by slowly adding in additional fruit, brown rice, wild rice, sweet potatoes and yams, to name a few. You can add beans, chickpeas, and other legumes, one-by-one, to see which ones you tolerate well. Honey and real maple syrup can be eaten in small amounts as well as oatmeal and quinoa. Doug also added organic wheat tortillas and homemade sourdough bread to the diet, in moderation, of course.
When is it Time to Transition to Phase 2?
You should stay on Phase One for about two weeks, or until your symptoms subside. Some people never go to Phase Two because they are comfortable and successful following Phase One. It’s your choice. The goal is to eradicate the fungi in your body that that require sugar to survive.
When you transition to Phase Two, you will newly appreciate a handful of grapes or a bowl of oatmeal. The amount of salt you add to your food will most likely decrease once you remove all the processed food from your diet and your sugar cravings will lessen as time goes on.
Most processed foods have a significant amount of sodium, sugar, soy and wheat. By following this diet, you will have broken many bad habits, many of which you didn't know you even know you had.
Can I Start the Kaufmann Diet on Phase 2?
Many people skip Phase One altogether and start with Phase Two. If you are looking for a good all-around health promoting eating plan, this could be the diet for you. You will become in touch with what works for your body and keeps you well.
Each of us are different and what is “healthy” for one person might be toxic to another. From my experience, this is the right diet to get in touch with your body's nutritional needs.
The Kaufmann Diet is a tremendous learning experience for most people. By eliminating inflammatory foods such as dairy, corn, peanuts, soy, and toxic oils, your aches and pains may subside. You will have more energy, the ability to pay attention, and a happier disposition. It happened to me.
A Good Rotation Diet
Add Phase Two foods one-by-one to see how your body reacts to them individually. For example, if you have not consumed dairy in a few weeks, you can eat a little organic cheddar cheese and see if you have a reaction. Wait a few days to make sure there is absolutely no adverse effect. If you feel ok, you can eat that food in moderation. Dairy can cause inflammation and excess mucus production, so if you don’t feel 100% after consuming a piece of cheese, you can avoid it for a few months and then try it again. Everyone has a different body chemistry and by using this rotation diet, you can find your own comfort zone.
I Can Eat Wheat on Phase 2?
Wheat is permitted in small amounts on Phase Two. If you have celiac disease, you should avoid it. You can experiment with organic flour tortillas and homemade sourdough bread. Tortillas and sourdough do not have yeast in them and you may be able to tolerate them. Try one serving and give it a few days to digest to make sure you are ok with it. If all goes well, you can then eat them in limited amounts.
The Kaufmann Phase 2 Diet
Phase Two includes all the items on Phase One, plus the list of foods on Phase Two.
Add the Following Foods From Phase 1 for Phase 2
- Legumes: (peas, string beans, lentils, beans, chickpeas). No peanuts!
- Honey and Pure Maple Syrup (in moderation)
- Cheddar, Parmesan, Provolone, Swiss, and other hard cheeses (in moderation)
- Brown rice, oatmeal, millet, buckwheat
- Beverages including organic coffee (in moderation)
- Fruit including red apples. Dates, watermelon, and pineapple are very high in sugar, so they should be eaten in limited amounts. Fruits and vegetables should be firm and have no soft spots that could indicate mold.
- Oatmeal, buckwheat, millet
- Barley and amaranth
- Flour tortillas (in moderation)
- Sourdough bread (in moderation)
What's NOT on the Phase 2 diet:
- White and yellow potatoes
- Most vinegars
- Moldy cheeses, including blue cheese, gorgonzola, Camembert, and Brie
- Dried fruits
- Pistachio nuts
- Alcoholic Beverages
Coffee and The Kaufmann Diet
Over at Know the Cause, Michael Smith wrote an article about coffee. He said that coffee, a legume, could be contaminated with mycotoxins (mold). Coffee is a heavy pesticide sprayed crop. Smith writes, "If you feel you absolutely must have it, try to buy organic and avoid all the weird chemical creamers and sweeteners."
When I was in college in 1984, not too many of us were drinking coffee and there were no Starbucks. Since then, the coffee business has exploded. It seems like almost everyone is addicted. If this is a deal breaker for you, go on the Kaufmann Diet and keep drinking your coffee.
Dave Asprey, a man who suffered from mold toxicity, and creator of the Bulletproof Diet, produces Danger Coffee that is tested for many strains of mold and he claims the coffee is grown without harmful herbicides and pesticides. You can try that.
I have heard him say on one of his podcasts, "Organic mold is still mold," so be careful. Your innocent cup of coffee may not be as innocent as it looks.
Phase 2 Recipes
The Phase Two Diet includes all the recipes from Phase One. I have added a separate recipe index for those exclusively on Phase Two.
Kaufmann Phase 2 Diet Recipes →
Want to Learn More?
A Simple Kaufmann 2 Diet Shopping List from Know The Cause
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Talk with your doctor or licensed health care professional before changing your diet.
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