Waterfall Diet FAQ: Can I eat…?

August 27, 2007 by  
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If you have tried to email me with a question about whether you can eat a particular food on the Waterfall Diet, I’m sorry that you probably did not get an answer, as the cost of my books is quite low and doesn’t allow for time spent on personal support.

The strangest question I got was ‘Can I eat wheat grass?’ I didn’t quite understand why it was so important for the lady in question to eat grass! But the same advice applies to her as to everyone else who thinks of a food they would like to include.

The general rule is, if it’s not on the ‘No’ list and if none of the ingredients are on the ‘No’ list, then you can eat it.

For processed foods, simply look at the list of ingredients and check them against the ‘No’ list. E.g. if a supermarket product is just beans and tomato, neither of these ingredients are on the ‘No’ list. But ‘modified starch’ or anything else that sounds like an additive is a ‘No’.

Use fresh products whenever possible. Tetrapacks, plastic bottles and cans are lined with plastic which leeches oestrogen-like chemicals into the contents.  These products cannot be avoided completely, so just be aware and use alternatives when possible.

If you are in any doubt at all, it’s best to stick just to a good variety of items on the Yes list, or follow the suggested meal and snack suggestions for a week or two. This will give you a good balance of nutrients and a benchmark. Then if you really can’t live without eating wheat grass you will at least be able to compare its effects with how you felt during the first two weeks on the diet.

Certain products seem to have left a lot of  people unsure. So, based on enquiries received from readers, here are foods to be added to your ‘Yes’ list and ‘No’ list.

100% Cocoa powder*
Bitter chocolate*
Coconut oil
Curry spices
Miso (wheat-free varieties)
Shellfish and seafood
Tamari sauce

*Can be used occasionally and sparingly
[1]Not available in the UK.

Agave syrup
Maple syrup
Vinegar (all kinds)
Highly processed soy products: TVP and ISP

People have also asked about the meat substitute Quorn. This falls into the ‘I don’t know’ category as it’s not something I’ve ever bought or eaten. To be on the safe side I recommend that you avoid it for a couple of weeks and then if you have a brand that is free of additives, salt and ‘NO’ ingredients you can try testing it to see if it has any effect on your water retention.

‘I don’t want to eat soy’

Tofu and soy milk are some of the foods in the ‘Yes’ list, but this doesn’t mean you have to eat them. None of the items in the Yes list are compulsory, so please, please don’t send me emails asking me what you can eat instead of soy milk. Just omit it.

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Linda Lazarides is Course Director of the School of Modern Naturopathy and author of eight books on health, nutrition and naturopathy.

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16 Comments on "Waterfall Diet FAQ: Can I eat…?"

  1. Viju on Sun, 17th May 2009 3:32 pm 

    Do you have any idea about Indian cooking and vegetarian food. I have been following your waterfall diet with some results initially. I lost about 5 kgs in the first week of the diet programme. After that I have not been able to shed out the rest of the fluid in my body. I get deep dents on the shin bone and can feel the weight all over my body.

  2. Linda Lazarides on Mon, 18th May 2009 3:40 am 

    Viju, that is great news you have lost 5 kg. If there are any food ingredients that you are not sure of, please reply here and I will add them to the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ list.

  3. Carolyn Burris on Sat, 11th Jul 2009 3:03 pm 

    I believe I have been eating in a healthy way for a very long time. However, I couldn’t seem to loose but instead I would go home each day with swallon ankles. So I am searching for the culprits for water retention and thanks to you, I think I am now finding the hidden “no’s” for me. I have been off wheat, diary, gluten, coffee and most alcohol and sugar for a few years. But, I see I have to be extremely careful for the small bits of sugar found in very good products and the little de-caf small cup products that I drink each morning. I hope I am on the right track now.

  4. Carolyn Burris on Mon, 13th Jul 2009 7:21 pm 

    With your second list’s of “yes” and “no”, I spot vinegar on the NO list. So I for sure need to adjust my dressing on my lunch salads.
    I have downloaded your 15 recipes. I am such a simple eater and just don’t take time to really fix. So I am happy with salad for lunch if the dressing part can work. I also understand that after a while my taste buds will change and being without dressing will be preferrable. I am willing to do anything to get the water retention under control!

  5. Carolyn Burris on Tue, 18th Aug 2009 6:41 pm 

    Just wanted to report that I have been on target finally and have peed out at least 6/7 pounds now. Had a friend visit, I stayed on track for the most part but a few items seem to be all it took for the weight to just stay for 3 days now. But I am patient, will begin again and it taught me I have to be ever so vigilent for these next few months. Thanks again for all I have learned and most espeically for the hope I now have because of the Waterfall Diet.

  6. Carolyn Burris on Thu, 27th Aug 2009 2:30 pm 

    Well, I am still very pleased. I did drop the first 10 pounds easily. Finally drop another pound after a 2 week stay. I am in the gym with a personal trainer as my 15 years of very little exercise has paid it’s price. My ankles look so much better as does that bloated tummy.

  7. Bianka on Thu, 17th Sep 2009 2:21 pm 

    Hi Linda, would mustard and splenda need to go on the ‘no’ list? What about carbonated drinks that have 0 sugar? There are 0-calorie carbonated water drinks that are flavored that I like to drink…..are they something I should cut out? Finally, what about decaf coffee? Thanks!

  8. Linda Lazarides on Mon, 21st Sep 2009 3:30 am 

    The Waterfall Diet is actually less complex than it looks. Just check the label and if none of the ingredients are on the NO list, it is ok to eat. Plain mustard seeds count as a spice. Splenda counts as an artificial additive. Coffee is coffee is coffee and contains other bad ingredients than just caffeine!

  9. jane on Wed, 10th Feb 2010 8:33 am 

    im on day 2 of the diet an happy to say im peeing alot ….besides the diet of week 1 can i also have snacks (from the yes list) if im feeling hungry?

  10. Linda Lazarides on Wed, 10th Feb 2010 4:57 pm 

    The peeing sounds good Jane. Yes of course you can eat snacks from the Yes list – no problem at all. Let us know how you get on.

  11. Bettina on Mon, 15th Mar 2010 1:20 pm 

    Hi Linda, I will start the waterfall diet next week, just wondering if you know an italian salt substitute called Gocce di sale, (salt drops) http://www.goccedisale.it it reads 75% less sodium, I live in Milan and I am familiar with it, it tastes just like salt,but it’s liquid I like it very much and I was wondering if I can use it during phase 3…. instead of regular salt… also I was wondering your opinion for food intollerance blood exam, Food Intollerance test (F.I.T.) analizing IgG ,using ELISA method I read you’re not recomending any blood exams but as you wrote the book on 1999 I was wondering if you have any updating on this, thank you very much!

  12. Linda Lazarides on Tue, 16th Mar 2010 3:53 am 

    My Italian isn’t great, but the only ingredients I could see in the list were sodium and chloride, which is exactly the same as ordinary salt. Since the authorities decided that too much salt is bad for you after all, there are now more salt substitutes available on the market. The latest edition of the waterfall diet book (January 2010) does list a couple available in the US and UK, but your local health food store should be able to advise.
    Regarding ELISA food intolerance tests, these are blood tests. In the body, food does not come into contact with the blood unless the intestines are inflamed, and then just about anything could cause an immune reaction, depending on what you have been eating that day.
    Until clinical trials have been carried out comparing the efficacy of ELISA tests with that of a proper avoidance and challenge procedure as in the waterfall diet, I don’t feel able to recommend them.

  13. CJ on Mon, 17th May 2010 3:58 am 

    I am taking 3 supplements to lose weight (alpha lipoic acid 200 mg daily, l-carnitine 500mg and chromium picolinate 500mg daily). I have ordered the book on amazon and looking forward to start the diet and feel good, should I keep on taking these or stop for some time?Tnx

  14. Linda Lazarides on Mon, 17th May 2010 10:20 am 

    Re taking supplements while on the Waterfall Diet – not normally a problem. Once you start the diet give the labels a quick check to make sure they don’t contain anything on the No list.

  15. Helen Mann on Tue, 8th Jun 2010 6:23 am 

    HI I have Crohns disease and rhuematoid Arthritis, I have always been told to avoid fruit I am keen to start the waterfall diet as I have suffered with swollen ankles for many years and problems with ‘losing’ my hands during the night – no doctor has ever been able to tell me the problem but according to your book I am lacking in b6 vitamins!! – will this diet really affect my crohns??

  16. Linda Lazarides on Thu, 10th Jun 2010 5:03 am 

    Comments are now closed on this post. Many thanks for your interest.