Success Story: Lauren – A Case of the Wrong Diet


Occasionally we will get patients who show some skepticism over the Diet Type that we prescribe based on their blood work. They have done so much reading and researching on other diets that they can’t possibly fathom that the diet we educate them on will actually work for them. We are continually reminding these patients that the Hauser Diet is unique in that its diet guidelines are based on a person’s unique physiology.

An example is Lauren, a young patient who came to Caring Medical with complaints of multiple areas of joint pain, specifically knees and shoulders, fatigue, trouble sleeping and mood swings.

Her pain hindered her from any type of exercise and she had gained 20 pounds in a little over a year. On a scale of 1-10 her energy is averaged around 5, and her sleep averaged about 5-6 hours a night. Her main goals were to: decrease body pain; decrease knee pain for activity; get back to hiking, cycling; get back to work as a physical therapist, be able to maintain physical work; and to have active social life like she used to.

She had recently seen a pharmacist who recommended a book on Adrenal Fatigue. Lauren took the diet quiz in the adrenal fatigue book and began adding protein to her diet as a result of the quiz she took. She also had food allergy testing that showed cow’s milk, whey, and brewer’s yeast (citric acid). She told us that her mood and energy level had increased since starting the diet but they could both be better.

Her current diet looked like this:
• 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oatmeal with cinnamon, water
• turkey on whole wheat wrap with mustard, 1/4 cup almonds, water
• almond butter on sesame rye crackers
• chicken, brown rice, peas, beans, water

Lauren’s Diet Typing results revealed slow oxidation with alkaline blood pH (7.403).

As you can see, Lauren would need to lower her blood pH to the normal range. Because she was also a slow oxidizer, she was prescribed the Giraffe Diet to support oxidation and lower blood pH to normal level. She was hesitant to begin diet due to her current diet changes from the adrenal fatigue book. She had also has been told by another doctor that she needed protein to heal. We explained to her that her physiology would be best supported with the Giraffe Diet and asked her to try it for 1 month to see if it could make a difference.

Despite her hesitancy Lauren agreed to give the diet a chance. She was not a bog vegetable eater but she knew she would have to try. We sent Lauren home with information on the diet and various meal ideas and recipes. We knew the diet would help her and we were eager to see how she adjusted over the course of her first month.


One month later Lauren returned for a nutrition follow-up appointment. She had a challenge in switching from a moderate protein diet to a completely vegetarian Giraffe diet. But Lauren did great! She was following the Giraffe Diet and was getting in plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and some fruit. Here are some of the changes Lauren had made:

Previous Diet Current Hauser Giraffe Diet
Breakfast 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oatmeal with cinnamon steel cut oatmeal with blueberries and occasional honey and cinnamon
Lunch turkey on whole wheat wrap with mustard, 1/4 cup almonds salad with spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomato, strawberries, chickpeas, raspberry vinagrette
Dinner chicken, brown rice, peas, beans, water vegetarian chili; stir fry with vegetables, steamed vegetables

As you can see, her diet was lower in protein and fat and she had increased the vegetables and complex carbohydrates in the form of oats and legumes. She was noticing some improvements within this first month – her energy was starting to improve and her sleep had improved. She was still experiencing joint pain and was working closely with Dr. Hauser to correct her hormone imbalance and begin a proper supplement regime.

Lauren had her blood pH retested at this visit and it had gone from 7.403 at her last visit to 7.331 on this visit. So the Giraffe Diet brought her pH a bit too low, so Dr. Hauser decided to switch Lauren to the Monkey Diet so that she could get a small amount of protein in to bring her pH up to the normal range.

As Lauren continues to follow-up with us regarding diet, hormones, and supplements we will let you know how she is doing. Her case is the perfect example of the fact that there is not one diet for everyone. Although she had read a book that supported moderate protein intake for adrenal fatigue, this diet was not a good one for her oxidation rate or for her blood pH. The Giraffe Diet was able to decrease her blood pH, and now the Monkey will bring some balance to her pH.

If you are curious about your physiology and how diet can work for you, give us a call or make an appointment online. We truly believe there is not one diet for everyone and we would love to help you see exactly how your body reacts to certain foods.

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