I have the MTHFR gene mutations C677T and A1298C heterozygous.
MTHFR often causes problems with the gut. For this reason, my diet is 95% gluten free. Yes, sometimes I cheat, and sometimes I just do not scrutinize labels carefully. I don’t freak out if my salad comes with croutons but I do pick them out.
As a day to day routine I avoid as much gluten as possible. My diet is also as sparing as possible on sugar to help reduce inflammation. Other foods that for me are best avoided as much as possible are coffee, alcohol, dairy, and foods on the histamine intolerance diet list.
More recently I have been studying the AIP diet (autoimmune paleo protocol) as my next step.
I prefer my diet to be low carb, around 50-70 carbs a day maximum. This helps reduce foods that give me GI distress.
Another dietary consideration I keep in my head is SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
When I am on an elimination diet, the following food groups are cut:
- Gluten – bread, pasta, grains
- Sugar in all forms, including fruit
- Dairy – except kefir and yogurt
- High histamine foods – alcohol (beer and wine), pickled or canned foods, mature cheese, smoked meats, fermented and aged foods
- Common allergens – peanuts, eggs, soy, milk, corn
- Nightshades – tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant
- Caffeine – the coffee must go….
- Chocolate – just say it ain’t so…..
I try to avoid any foods that are labeled ENRICHED, as they contain niacin, which shuts down methylation. This includes rice. I avoid synthetic folic acid in supplements and enriched foods, as it is toxic if you have the MTHFR gene mutation. You need folate. If you are following a gluten free diet and carefully reading all supplement labels you should not have trouble avoiding these.