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recipes for Gerson diet? [Apr. 28th, 2009|11:22 pm]
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A wonderful friend is just beginning her battle with cancer.

Wondering if anyone here has experience with the restricted diet she is on.
A few details:
organic vegetables (especially dark greens such as collard and kale), organic fruits, very little grains. No meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy, no nuts. Low protein, low fat, low salt. Not spicy. It's basically the Max Gerson diet (www.gerson.org).

Her fiance is doing research on this to give friends guidelines to work with when making food for her. I just thought someone here might have experience or recipes.

She goes by the nickname Starr, if you want to send some healing thoughts out for her.

[User Picture]From: distillingwater
2009-04-29 05:24 am (UTC)
baby spinach, cut up strawberries, red peppers and regular white mushrooms with a drizzle of italian dressing (or something equivalent)
toss and enjoy.

sending good thoughts her way
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From: stormstryk
2009-07-24 05:33 am (UTC)
Strawberries, red pepper (other than bell), mushrooms, and the oil in dressing are all forbidden..
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[User Picture]From: greencow
2009-04-29 05:32 am (UTC)
kale (or any kind of green) cooked in olive oil with tomatoes and onion, sometimes also garlic.

i make this for breakfast a lot and it is not only tastey but filling.

if she can have egg, she should add some egg in with it.
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[User Picture]From: greencow
2009-04-29 05:32 am (UTC)
ok. nvm. i just re-read. you did say "no egg".

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[User Picture]From: pinkcdcase
2009-04-29 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm on a similar diet (except the nuts and meat) and for different reasons - stomach sensitivities but it sounds like she will be eating plenty of soups and salads for a while, so perhaps you can start looking in that direction. Summer's on its way so chilled soups might be tasty when it's hot out too (almond milk is much lower in protein than soymilk so I would suggest that for creamy stuff).

I would suggest looking up raw recipes but they use waaay too much nuts/oil and vegan recipes use a lot of flour/grains which you're trying to avoid.
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From: stormstryk
2009-07-24 05:34 am (UTC)
Almond and other nut milks are forbidden..
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From: stormstryk
2009-07-24 05:35 am (UTC)
cucumbers are forbidden.. up to 13 servings of juice a day, fresh orange juice, carrot & apple juice, and mixed leafy greens juice only..
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From: eyereign
2010-07-24 07:10 pm (UTC)

Gerson Diet...

Its not a Raw diet at all. You should do a bit more research b4 u comment or just dont comment. Cucumbers are also 4bidden. Thanx 4 trying, but it doesnt help if its inaccurate.
Im doing Gerson for my Grandpa, so ive researched quite abit!
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[User Picture]From: bananaspice
2009-04-30 10:04 pm (UTC)
i make a salad of fresh spinach, avocado, mandarin orange, and toasted sesame seeds (not sure if sesame seeds would be similar to nuts, can be left out if it is...) with a dressing of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, and extra virgin olive oil. this sounds like it would fit the diet.
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From: stormstryk
2009-07-24 05:36 am (UTC)
avocado, mandarin oranges (processed), and toasted sesame (too much fat and toasting damages it) are forbidden, as are soy sauce (too much sodium) and EVOO..
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From: eyereign
2010-07-24 07:18 pm (UTC)


Please stop commenting if you know nothing of the Gerson Diet. all sodium (soy sauce), fats (oil, avocado) are FORBIDDEN! The Gerson Diet is like no other, so unless ur familiar with the diet ur comments dont help.
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[User Picture]From: hobochan
2009-05-01 09:02 am (UTC)
Is she allowed soystuffs? If so, miso is supposed to have anti-nausea effects in relation to chemotherapy. Even if not, there's barley and rice miso's that are soy-free. There's a book that I use fairly often called "Cooking the Whole Foods Way" that is, for all intents and purposes, macrobiotic cooking.
I don't know if it'll make a difference to you, but the author stated in her introduction that she was diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer (lymphoma, I think?) and after exhausting all other options began eating solely macrobiotic foods. After that, tests showed her cancer having disappeared.
I don't know if there's any credence to it, but I'm just putting it out there.
I'm sorry about your friend - my maternal grandfather just died four days ago from pancreatic cancer, and my mom has 9 months left with hers.
My thoughts will be with you both.
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From: stormstryk
2009-07-24 05:31 am (UTC)

Re : Recipes

I know everyone is trying to help, and this is obviously an older post, but berries, pineapple, oil of ANY kind (other than max 2 tablespoons of unheated flax seed oil), soy protein, eggs, most dairy, processed foods, cucumbers and hot peppers are all forbidden. All the recipe ideas posted sound YUMMY, but are in some way counter productive to the protocol. The new edition of the book "The Gerson Therapy" edited by Max Gerson's daughter has a fairly broad recipe section, and is a great place to start. I would suggest cooking your way through the allowed recipes there first, then branch out. No dairy at all for the first 6-8 weeks, so you need to avoid those recipes unless you are working with a Gerson practitioner who approves adding it back sooner. It's really quite a fantastic protocol, but one of the hardest to follow. The Budwig protocol has VERY similar recovery rates and is SLIGHTLY less restrictive. It saved me from a relapse of Burkitt's Lymphoma.. I had only been done with Chemo 2 months when I started getting tumor regrowth.
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From: jkioneil
2010-03-16 01:50 am (UTC)

gerson diet

I am sad to hear of your friends codition but glad to see she has great support.

here is a link to recipies to the diet


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From: koshermom
2010-09-03 08:38 pm (UTC)

Re: gerson diet

I too, am saddened to hear of your friend's diagnosis. Please go to http://www.gerson.org/GersonTherapy/gersontherapy.htm and spend the money on the books. This diet is more of a scientific formula and can have adverse reactions if administered unproperly. Eating things like dairy, eggs, cucumber, and certain veggies and spices can backfire. There are no cucumbers in the juices. It is a strict regime and has to be followed closely. Something has to be done every hour, something cooked, juiced, or detoxing, and it can go into the night. It is worth it, their cure rate is very consistantly high, but it can not be altered.

Good luck

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[User Picture]From: Herman Fendy
2011-11-02 08:42 am (UTC)

buy gerson diet recepies

you can buy gerson diet recepies online Gerson Therapy Recipes with Detailed Cooking Instructions http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQ6FIY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=mobilephon006-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B000BQ6FIY
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From: Benjamin Young
2012-01-11 08:41 am (UTC)
aloha to all who have posted and wished each other well with good intentions....

i work as a private cook at a gerson clinic here in hawaii....

i realize that many of the salad ideas posted were with good intentions but would acually be very counter productive for some one who is following the specific gerson therapy.

everything that stormstryk posted is %100 true for gerson clients. another mentioned ingredient in these postings was spinach as in a salad.. this is also forbidden. in select cases spinach may be used but only when steamed\cooked.

to anyone wanting to learn the true therapy recipes, the book seriously cost $7.50 on amazon...

but please understand that on site at the retreat center we have a wellness clinic and 3 Naturopathic physicians on staff at all times and the patients are monitored and supplemented daily with a very individualized program. this therapy is NOT universal and anyone considering exploring this type of therapy needs to consult their naturalpathic physician and have a total blood\urine body analysis before their program even begins...

good luck and be well
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[User Picture]From: Thelma Dade
2012-10-29 12:39 am (UTC)
I hate to tell you this, but most of these people don't know what they are talking about, and the things they are giving you to eat are actually things that make cancer cells grow. The Gerson diet is NO FAT! NO MEAT! NO FISH! NO BERRIES! NO OIL! NO FISH! If you are going to do the Gerson Diet, contact the Gerson's and get the information. You will need to consume about 22 pounds of raw food in Juice form, and about 2 1/2 pounds of soft food, in the form of soup (this is restrictive so check the diet first) and baked or boiled potatoes and other vegies. I went to the gerson web site and downloaded the list of forbidden items and some of the things I can eat. All I was eating that was on the diet was oatmeal. Don't trust your cancer treatment to people who are not from the Gerson Institute or have not been through the treatment. This takes a lot of time, and you will need someone to help you. The juicing alone is not enough. I'm just getting started, but when I saw your post, I had to respond. Many of the things offered here are going to harm you.

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[User Picture]From: delia_deville
2012-10-29 02:17 am (UTC)
This entry is three years old.
I have left it up so that anyone searching the term can see the resources that were offered.
And for the sake of understanding the level of difficulty involved with the diet.

But I think there is enough information here to lead someone to good resources for the Gerson diet, so I am going to close further comments.
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