The Budwig Vegetarian Approach

Have you heard of Dr. Budwig’s Vegetarian Protocol?

Put simply, if you eat good, healthy food, you will be healthier. That’s why we believe in the Budwig vegetarian approach. 

On the Budwig plan, we encourage you to make small, achievable, practical changes, like switching out unhealthy food for fresh, nourishing options. You don’t need to go hungry, and your calorie intake is up to you.

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The Origin Of The Budwig Protocol

Dr. Johanna Budwig, was an insightful clinician with a passion for developing an evidence-based, natural, and effective approach to health. Her research into essential fatty acids and the impact of food choices and holistic health on disease progression and prevention has inspired the works of conventional medics and naturopaths alike.

Dr. Budwig created a blueprint for health, based on a complete understanding of an individual’s physical and emotional needs as well as the benefits of nutrient-rich foods and lifestyle.

What Is The Budwig Approach?

As already stated, a lot of it is just common sense: eating natural, fresh food and focusing on nutritious organic fruits and vegetables. Add to this an attitude of respect – respect for the body’s ability to maintain and mend itself, given the right tools; respect for the food we eat, seeing the value in good food; and respect for our emotions, along with an understanding that every part of the body and mind is interlinked.

The Budwig approach includes simple healthy switches such as:

  1. Cutting out refined sugars for naturally sweet ingredients such as raw honey, pure stevia, or ripe fruits.
  2. Replace animal proteins with seeds, nuts, spirulina, plant sources of protein, and Budwig muesli.
  3. Reduce your dairy intake – try swapping cows’ milk for oat, almond, or rice milk.
  4. Reduce your wheat intake; gluten-free flour is now readily available, and rye, spelt and oat-based flours and baked products are naturally low in gluten.
  5. Swap processed or animal-derived oils and fats for cold-pressed, virgin or extra virgin plant oils.

The Budwig Muesli

Dr Budwig's Muesli

Dr.Budwig’s most important recipe was her ‘Budwig Muesli’, a meal centered around flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, and cottage cheese or quark. This is a carefully planned mix of essential fatty acids. Dr. Budwig had great success with this mix and recommended it for everyone.

The Budwig muesli is one of the few occasions where Dr. Budwig recommended any dairy-based food. Johanna Budwig believed in the unrivaled health benefits of the vegetarian approach, the most direct way to benefit from fresh, raw nutrients with none of the harmful toxins found in meat.

For recipes, advice, a fully personalized wellness package, and much more, contact our expert advisors at the Budwig Center.

Food Chart – Foods to Avoid and Foods to Consume

START YOUR DAY – Drink a glass of pure water.

FRUITS: 2 or 3 servings of fruit(s). The body is in ‘cleansing’ mode in the morning and fruits are perfect. 10 minutes later, eat your breakfast. Fruits take 10 minutes to digest, but others take 2 to 8 hours. So never eat fruits (especially melons) after or with other food as this may cause gas and indigestion.

VEGETABLES: Cooking or boiling vegetables at temperatures more than 105 ºF (41 ºC) destroys important enzymes in the food; instead, steam cook your vegetables, which releases 5 times the amount of vitamins than in most raw vegetables. When possible, eat the potato skins as that is where the vitamins are.

Foods That Damage Your Health

  • SUGAR: White refined sugar, fructose, corn syrup, aspartame, splendida, etc., can be dangerous, ravage the immune system and may contribute to anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, premature aging, etc. Store-bought pastries, candies, sweets and soda/fizzy drinks (contain 10 teaspoons of white refined sugar) may cause osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, heart disease, flu, cold and exhaustion.
  • PROTEIN: Seafood: Shellfish (clams, oysters, lobsters, and shrimps), octopus and eels can be loaded with toxins as they are scavengers and cleaners of the sea, rivers, and oceans. Seafood may be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed in high heat. Pigs clean the earth and pork is toxic; it has the roundworm Trichinella spiralis. Ham, sausages, hot dogs, and bacon may have additional harmful nitrates and additives that damage our reproductive organs.
  • DAIRY: Reduce dairy intake but enjoy the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese/quark “muesli” twice a day, if you have cancer. Enjoy a small amount of sheep or goat cheese. Avoid soy as it may disturb the normal functioning of the thyroid and is mostly GMO.
  • FLOUR: White flour (white bread) has very little to no nutrition. When mixed with water, it becomes glue and may cause a multitude of health problems, i.e. digestive issues.
  • OILS: Consuming refined vegetable oils along with white sugar/fructose may cause serious damage to the circulatory system and greatly reduces your energy.

Foods To Enjoy For Good Health

  • Use raw honey, 100% pure stevia, Xylitol in small amounts and berries; dates and figs are the two most perfect foods. Make your own desserts. Enjoy natural Budwig Ice Cream and homemade raw chocolate and desserts.* Add sparkling water to fruit juice instead of soft drinks or soda.
  • Vegetarianism can help you enjoy good health, especially if you have a chronic illness. We recommend getting your protein from plant sources. Spirulina has around 65% protein – 20% more protein than meat. Consume nuts (raw and unroasted) and soaked seeds. Hemp seeds contain many essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life. On the Budwig Protocol we advise you to not have meat, nor animal protein, if you have cancer. Quark/cottage cheese mixed with the flaxseed oil, as in the Budwig Muesli, is the only exception. (See Budwig Guide).
  • Consume oats, rice, almond milk, flaxseed oil and cottage cheese (quark), which are low-fat and, as such, are usually well tolerated. Consume Budwig ice cream as commercial ice cream usually contain high amounts of refined sugar and other chemicals, i.e. ‘diethyl glycol’, which is also used in antifreeze.
  • Spelt, oatmeal, and rye grains are better choices. No gluten flours. Limit intake of wheat, which many are intolerant to. Make your own cereal and pancakes.*
  • Cook only with virgin coconut oil. Use only cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil in recipes and salads.

If you are suffering from a chronic illness or an ongoing health issue, improving your food choices will be one of the cornerstones to support your health. Drink only pure water and herbal teas. Go on YouTube and look for some good stretching exercises to do daily. 2 or 3 times a week, get a good workout, and walk 20 or 30 minutes a day at a good steady pace.

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