Chicken––whether it is chicken breasts, chicken thighs, rotisserie chicken, ground chicken––should be a staple for those on The Kaufmann Diet. The same goes for eggs. These foods are high in protein and nutrition, and they are virtually void of any sugar or carbohydrates. This makes them great options for a diet designed to starve pathogenic yeast and fungi.
Foods high in protein should comprise a significant portion of your food intake while you are on The Kaufmann Diet, which is why foods like chicken and eggs are encouraged. These are also great for the diet, because they are relatively affordable, easy to prepare, and can be made in bulk.
So knowing that these foods should be staples for your fridge and freezer, what kinds of chicken and eggs should you shop for?
With chicken, there are a few things you should consider.
First, free-range, organic chicken is best. These chickens ideally have been raised with room to roam, foraging for bugs, seeds, and plants, which is their natural diet. We have all likely seen the images of chickens crammed into filthy pens, piled on top of each other. Ideally, you should look for chickens not raised on factory farms.
Furthermore, organic chickens will not be given hormones or antibiotics––two things you certainly should try to avoid while on The Kaufmann Diet. The USDA Organic seal is what you should look for. Chicken labeled as “natural” or “all natural” does not meet any sort of quality standard.
Shop for minimally processed varieties, such as cuts of chicken breast, thighs, wings, or ground chicken. Organ meats can be a good option too; these often have a dense nutrient profile, but some people do not like the taste, so it is fine to avoid them if you do not like them.
Rotisserie chicken can be a good option, but shop for varieties prepared without sugar or added ingredients which are not on your diet. The same goes for other types of pre-made or prepared chicken. It is best to avoid any type of fried or breaded chicken, or chicken prepared with sauce that might be high in sugar.
Deli meat chicken can often be made with ingredients not on your diet, so be careful shopping for deli meat chicken.
Similar to chicken, eggs should come from chickens that have had a natural diet. Free-range and organic eggs are best when they are available. Often, it is easy to find local purveyors who raise their own chickens and have a weekly harvest of eggs.