213.starch free Moderated discussion and help for Food Combining and the Hay diet, Cookery and recipes, Starch or Protein

Re: starch free diet - cakes: from Boudicca on 2008-03-07

It is possible to have cakes on a totally starch free diet, as long as one uses coconut flour (or ground almonds but coconut is best).

Lemon Drizzle cake for one:

approx: 300 cals

1 egg

2 tbs coconut flour

25g sugar (fructose)

lemon juice (approx half lemon)

1ts lemon essence

(with icing)

icing sugar

lemon juice/essence

add: 100 cals.

mix egg, sugar and lemon essence together; add flour through sieve; mix until consistency is sponge like (add more lemon juice if too stiff).

In a baking tin, put greace proof paper; add the cake mixture; bake in over for 15-25 minutes - put knife in side to check if cooked; if no crumbs come off knife, cake is ready. Take out of oven. Let cool. When ready make icing sugar and pour over.

Other non-starch cakes can be made in same way: for coffee and walnut cake, simply subsitute strong coffee liquid for lemon juice (I use decaf coffee) and add walnuts; for chocolate cake, use water/cocoa powder etc. Experiment. These cakes are great!


Re: starch free diet: from Betsy on 2008-05-13

You can drop Iodine solution on things to find out if they are starchy. If there is starch the iodine turns blue/black

Re: starch free diet onion: from lynda on 2008-07-15

Hope this helps someone please note onions when cooked become starch so stay clear if you are starch resistant raw onion is a different matter so eat your onions raw best of luck

Re: starch free diet: from Jen on 2008-09-20

Hi Esther, and others on Starch fee diet.

I recently read Carole Sinclair's book and it is GREAT. Watch out for baking powder. When tested with iodine it seemed safe at first, but within 5 mins it had gone black. I'm trying a small amount of bicarb of soda instead.

I too didn't find any starch in soya flour but it makes hopeless bread. A lady in a health food store suggested psyllium and also xanthum gum powder to give a better texture but i have no idea of the quantities required. Any ideas out there??

I have been totally starch free for a month now. my IBS is heaps better but i gave in to hip pains and had two cortisone injections as i could no longer stand on my right leg. AHHHHHH the relief!

Cheers, Jen

starch free diet: from Paula on 2008-10-19

Hi. I was wondering if you had had any luck finding some of these recipes. I would love to find some also. I am completely new to this no starch diet and am at a bit of a loss for creative ways to omit starch from obvious foods and recipes.


Paula from Canada

starch free diet: from Mandy on 2008-11-27

I also have AS and i've started a new diet and it works great. No starch is hard, but i found a way to make bread and pastries.

Almond butter and Almond ground or flours works great

Re: starch free diet- pizza for James: from Mandy on 2008-11-27

Hey James.

Starch free pizza

1 cup of almond ground, 2 eggs, 2 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of italian seasoning, a little bit of salt and grated cheese ( romano or parmesan) . Mix everything together and spread (thin) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325 for about 18 minutes. Remove from oven, and add a pesto sauce ( olive oil, fresh basil, cheese, a little bit of almond ground or pine nuts and mix in a blender or even by hand) Add that to the pizza crust and add pineapple, cooked chicken, onions, pepppers. Bake for another 15 minutes. Mmmmm, it's so good. I add some mushrooms, since they don't seem to affect me. I also use the crust for crackers and cheese sometimes

starch free diet: from Rebecca on 2008-12-05

My doctor had me switch to starch free a few months ago and I've been looking ever since. I did find some recipes for flour free cookies and I'm experimenting with those now. It's hard to find sweets that are starch free, but the worst starch in these cookies is peanut butter. So give it a shot, your father may really like them.

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup peanut butter

Mix egg and sugar together till creamy, then add peanut butter (chunky or creamy) till smooth. Roll into balls and use fork to pat down the top of the cookie.

Bake for 10-12 mins at 350. Let cool a minute. Enjoy!

Sorry I can't be more help but I've just been staying away from what I can't have.

Good luck on your search and I wish your father the best

Re: starch free diet: from Joni Aarden on 2009-01-07


Coffee is definitely acidic. I think the main thing for you would be to avoid acid foods-which means meat, dairy, sugar (other than sugar from fruits), WHIte bread (VERY Acidic), and simple carbs. Any bread should be from sprouted grains. Your system is probably acid and needs to be alkalised. I think that would help you a lot. You can also take Acidophilus, and/or drink kefir. Candida can keep your system acid, and make you have all these reactions. A yeast (or candida) die-off should take about 3 months, wherein you take acidophilus daily. If it is working you will have some gas and bloating, but dont worry-that means its working. If this does not happen, switch brands of acidophilus and/or increase your intake until it does.

You may want to order a PH test strip. You pee on it every morning and it will tell you how acid/alkaline you are. You will start to see a difference as you change your habits. A major help to you will be juicing if you can get into it. Fresh juice of fruits and veggies is one of the best ways to alkalise your system. Also, drink water (warm or cool) with one whole lemon squeezed in it at least once a day. That will majorly help alkalise. Best of luck! We all need to alkalise our systems

Re starch free diet: from Angela on 2009-01-16


Have you tried enzymes that are only for starch. If you use a combined enzime for protein and fats you may not need these. I am thinking of using carbozyme which is only for starch.

Will let you know if it works


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