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Kaufmann Diet Phase 1 Food List (With Delicious Recipes)

Written by Erin Porter

The fact that you are here to gather the Kaufmann diet Phase 1 food list is exciting!  I embarked on this journey over 15 years ago due to decades of chronic illness.  Unbeknownst to me, this illness misery was due to toxic mold I was exposed to as a teenager in Manhattan.  I also didn’t realize this would set the course for my recovery and my career.  I was Doug who prompted me to ask my physician for a fungal culture in my sinuses.  After decades of sinus surgeries and antibiotics, it was in fact a fungal infection.

Doug Kaufmann has been so gracious to me and has me on his show Know the Cause for the last 7 years so I could share my story.

Erin Porter and Doug Kaufmann pointing to a tv that says Know The Cause

Join me and I’ll share the Doug Kaufmann diet phase 1 food list and share some of my favorite (and original) phase 1 (Kaufmann 1) recipes.  For an in depth explanation of the Kaufmann diet, I wrote an article called “What Can I Eat?”

The Kaufmann Diet Explained (by Doug Kaufmann)

Fungi are known human parasites.  They can enter our body in many ways, from inhalation to fugally contaminated food in our food supply, which is not uncommon. Several fungal species in our air and food supply make poisons substances called mycotoxins. The study of fungal poisons is a relatively new field of science.  It’s genesis occurred in England in the early 1960’s when thousands of turkeys died from eating peanut meal that was impregnated with mycotoxins.  We know that fungal mycotoxins can cause illness and death in animals and humans.  In the 1970’s, when I began studying fungal diseases, I realized that peanuts were not the only foods that were contaminated with mycotoxins.  From the scant literature on mycotoxins that existed in the 1970’s I developed a diet that minimized exposure to fungal poisons.”

The Kaufmann Phase 1 Food List

Sugar / SweetenersStevia, Xylitol from Birch Tree Bark, Monk FruitCane Sugar, Coconut Sugar, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Honey, Agave, Aspartame,
Other Artificial Sweeteners
OilsOlive Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Sesame Oil, Flax Seed Oil
Vegetable Oils, Hydrogenated Oils, Corn Oil, Peanut Oil, Truffle Oil, Canola Oil
Nuts / SeedsRaw Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Macadamia, Cashews, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin SeedsPeanuts, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds
FruitFresh Green Apples, Berries, Avocados, Fresh Coconut, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, TomatoesAll other fruits and fruit juices.
VegetablesAll Fresh Vegetables - organic is preferredWhite Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Corn (which is not actually a vegetable), Beets, Mushrooms, Legumes
GrainsPseudo-grains: Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth, MilletCorn, Wheat, Oats, Barley, Rye, Spelt, Sugar
VinegarUnpasteurized Apple Cider VinegarWhite Vinegar, Red Vinegar, other Vinegars, Salad Dressings, Soy Sauce, Ketchup and Mustard which contain sugar and distilled vinegar
Meat / FishFresh and minimally processed - Beef, Lamb, Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Fish (salmon, tuna, shellfish). Wild-caught fish and grass-fed or pasture-raised meats are always preferable.Sugar Cured Meats, Processed Meats, Deli Meats, Breaded Meats
EggsAll fresh eggs, but pastured eggs preferredEgg substitutes
DairyButter, Ghee, Unsweetened Goat/Cow Yogurt, Heavy Cream,
Cultured Sour Cream,
Cream Cheese, Unsweetened Whipping Cream
Milk, other cheeses, margarine, and other butter substitutes. Avoid Rice and Soybean substitutes.
BeveragesBottled or Filtered Water, Fresh Vegetable Juices, Unsweetened Herbal Tea, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Cashew and Other Nut MilksAlcohol, Coffee, Common Black Tea, Soft Drinks, Kombucha

Why Did I Start the Kaufmann diet?

Below on Know the Cause, I share my story with Doug Kaufmann about my illness and recovery from mold exposure.

Kaufmann Phase 1 Recipes

You might be asking yourself, “What can I do with all of these ingredients?”  I’ve got you covered.  I have been cooking this way for over 15 years.  I’m so excited to share some of my original Kaufmann diet recipes with you.  Check out my recipe section for more Kaufmann diet Phase 1 and Phase 2 recipes.

Kaufmann Phase 1 Breakfast

These blueberry muffins are so moist and sweet you will find it hard to believe this recipe could be on Kaufmann 1 (phase 1).

blueberry muffins on a tray with butter and blueberries

Kaufmann Diet Phase 1 Dinner Recipe

This creamy pumpkin soup can be made in the crock pot as I describe in the instructions or you can make it a Vitamix soup recipe and have hot soup ready in under 7 minutes.  I suggest roasting the garlic and onion before placing in the Vitamix with all other ingredients.  Many times I will pre-make roasted garlic and onion to toss in Vitamix soups and other recipes all week long.

pumpkin soup in orange ramekins

Kaufmann Diet Phase 1 Drinks

Bone broth is so incredibly healthy, especially when we are sick.  The most exciting part of this recipe is I also share my story of meeting Pastor Charles Stanley.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and my story of a divine meeting with my favorite television pastor.

Photo of bone broth in an orange ramekin

Kaufmann Diet Phase 1 Snack

This cucumber salad with apple cider vinegar recipe is so healthy and so fast to make.  The apple cider vinegar is great for gut issues, skin problems, and ACV has both antibacterial and antifungal properties.

cucumber slices in a bowl on wooden cutting board

Kaufmann Diet Phase 1 Dessert Recipe

Now onto my favorite types of recipes.  Desserts!  If you look through my recipe section, you will notice a disproportionate amount of my recipes are desserts.  So many of us have a sweet tooth and if we don’t occasionally satisfy it, we could potentially fall off the wagon.  This chocolate mug cake can be ready to eat in 90 seconds!

mug cake

For more information on my book Eat Pray Get Well – A Journey from Chronic Illness & Brokenness to Wholeness & Healing.  Foreword written by Doug Kaufmann of Know The Cause.  Eat Pray Get Well can also be found on Amazon.

Almost all of my own personal recipes on this site would be considered Kaufmann diet friendly.  For Know the Cause recipes, visit

Medical Disclaimer: I am not a physician.  I can not recommend any supplement or treatment plan. Information provided on this site is for educational purposes only, and does not substitute for professional medical advice.

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Erin Porter
Erin Porter
I have been fortunate to be featured on national Television including PBS American Health Journal, Know the Cause, CTN, ABC, NBC, CBS and more. I was sick for decades, endured many surgeries, took over 100 courses of antibiotics, and then I changed everything and everything changed.

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I have been fortunate to be featured on national Television including PBS American Health Journal, Know the Cause, CTN, ABC, NBC, CBS and more. I was sick for decades, endured many surgeries, took over 100 courses of antibiotics, and then I changed everything and everything changed. My book Eat Pray Get Well is about overcoming a tumultuous childhood, decades of chronic illness, and finding God in the process. Includes exclusive interviews with renowned Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Supermodel Carol Alt, Doug Kaufmann, and many more. Plus 55 gluten free recipes woven throughout. 

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