PROTEINS – Low fat, low purine animal proteins are acceptable, such as chicken, turkey, white fish and eggs. Complementary proteins (beans and rice (brown rice is preferable), etc.) are also excellent protein sources for the Sympathetic dominant.
DAIRY – Some dairy products are acceptable, particularly those low in fat such as low fat (raw) milk and plain yogurt.
VEGETABLES – The sympathetic dominant does well on most all vegetables, particularly the green leafy variety, such as broccoli, collards, kale, spinach, and dark green lettuce. Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, beets, leeks, turnips and radishes are acceptable, but should be eaten less often.
FRUITS – (especially citrus) due to their high potassium content, help increase parasympathetic strength.
GRAINS – All whole, natural grains, breaks and sugar – free cereals are acceptable. Examples: pasta, brown rice, grits, oats, quinoa, and other grains.
HIGH FAT, HIGH PURINE PROTEIN – Proteins high in fat and purine such as red meat, salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies and organ meats are not handled well by the sympathetic dominant.
NUTS, SEEDS – Due to their fat content, these foods should be limited in their intake. Almonds are acceptable in moderation.
FATS AND OILS – All fats and oils should be minimized in their intake. They are not handled well by the sympathetic autonomic dominant digestive system. Acceptable oils in minimal amounts: Olive oil, canola oil, sesame, peanut oil for stir – frying, unsalted butter (no margarine unless soy or non – hydrogenated type).
SUGARS AND CAFFEINE – should be restricted as both will disrupt the nervous system and energy production. Natural sugar sources: brown rice syrup, molasses, barley malt, natural brown sugar is better than white, unprocessed honey is better than white.
DESSERTS – Health Valley cookies or other natural source of unrefined cookies in minimal amounts.