Culinary Guidelines


Fran Batzer Health Coach 

Whole Food

Must be unprocessed and from unrefined plants.


Must be derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits that have been minimally processed or refined.


Must not contain any animal elements (e.g. beef, fish, fowl), or animal by-products (including dyes from insects), eggs or egg products, milk or milk products, honey or honey bee products, or be clarified or finished with any animal products.


Must not contain any added oils.


Must not contain any cholesterol.

Processed Sugar-Free

Must not contain processed sugar or sweeteners. Added plant sweeteners from whole foods such as date paste, molasses, rice, agave, or maple syrup are allowed.

· Guideline: Milligrams (mg) of sugar should be less than 5% of total calories

per day. [ Sugar = Max <5% calories per day ]

Processed Salt-Free

Must not contain sodium chloride (table salt). Sea salt and whole food derived spices such as tamari, miso, liquid aminos, coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast are


· Guideline: Milligrams (mg) of sodium should be less than the total calories per

serving. [ Sodium = <0.1g : 100g ]


Must not contain pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes, and may not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering.


Must not contain any ingredients or come from seeds that have been genetically engineered.


Must not contain any synthetically-derived ingredients.


Must not contain any of the following:

· Aspartame (E951), more popularly known as nutrasweet and equal, often

found in foods labeled “diet” or “sugar-free”

· High fructose corn syrup

· Monosodium glutamate (MSG/E621)

· Trans fats

· Common food dyes (FD&C)

· Sodium sulfite (E221)

· Sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite

· BHA and BHT (E320)


Must not contain any dye, pigment, or substance that imparts color when added to food or drink; note: foods found in nature that naturally can transfer color are acceptable (e.g. beets, turmeric)


Must not contain any soft or heavy metals such as aluminum, copper, or mercury.


Must not include any of the listed substances from the Food Toxin List.