Linda Carney MD



Ideally Suited for:

For those wanting to stop or reverse a diagnosed disease condition or those wanting a cleansing diet to reset their taste buds.

Calories from Fat:

~ 10% calories from fat.


Vegetables should be a cornerstone of your strategy to restore health, and the basis of breakfast. Eat vegetables cooked or raw, but not juiced or blended. Dark green, leafy vegetables are especially healing because they repair the arteries which then allows the blood to distribute oxygen and nutrition to the millions of cells in the body. Three to six servings of greens a day is recommended for healing. Sweet potatoes (or starchy tubers) are recommended as a daily essential. Smoothies may be necessary for those with limited ability to chew.


Breakfast and lunch should include beans, lentils, or peas for energy, satiety, and nutrition while the body is healing. Since a therapeutic diet must be based on very simple whole foods, even tofu and Soy Curls cannot be recommended for those wanting to reverse disease or lose large amounts of weight. Do not eat hydrolyzed soy protein and soy protein isolates.


All grains or grain-like seeds must be unprocessed (except for cooking), whole and intact. Grains should be cooked to help break down the strong cell walls so that the body can best access the nutrition in them. Because grinding grains into flour is a form of processing, the seriously ill should avoid food products made with flour of any kind.


Fruit and well-cooked grains make a light evening meal which allows the digestive tract to be finished with its work before bedtime, giving us the deepest, most replenishing sleep. Dried, juiced, or blended fruits are processed foods and therefore are not recommended.

Animal Products & Meat Substitutes:

Research shows conclusively that there are no animal products which produce optimal health or healing. Avoid all meat, eggs, and dairy products--no exceptions. Because low-fat tofu and Soy Curls are minimally-processed, higher-fat foods, they should be excluded from a therapeutic diet.

Oils, Nuts, Seeds, and other High-Fat Foods:

In order to heal the circulatory system, all added oil is strictly forbidden. Walnuts, or chia seeds, or freshly-ground flax may occasionally be included in the diet, but not more than 2 oz. per week. Total avocado use should be restricted to 1/2 an avocado per month. No coconut should be eaten at all in order to regain health.

Timing of Meals and Snacks:

Beans, greens, squash, and yams are the categories of plant foods which should be eaten at breakfast and lunch. Intact whole grains can be added for satiety. A large breakfast should be eaten before 8:00 a.m. Lunch should come no sooner than four hours after breakfast and be a slightly smaller meal. A supper of fruits and well-cooked whole grains should be finished by 6:00 p.m. to allow for restful, healing sleep. Some people do better on two meals a day, one a vegetable/legumes (and perhaps whole grains) meal and the other a fruit/whole grains meal. Avoid eating vegetables and fruit at the same meal in order to promote optimal digestion. Eat enough calories at meal times and drink water between meals.

Salt & Sugar:

Salt and sugar are health-damaging additives. Avoid the use of salt and sugar if at all possible. Lemon juice, herbs, and seasonings are good substitutes for salt. Whole dates may be used sparingly to sweeten food.

Vinegar, Chilis, Irritating Spices, and Other Condiments:

Most condiments contain sugar, oil, or high levels of sodium. Vinegar, spicy chilis, and black pepper may irritate and eventually damage the respiratory or digestive mucous membranes. Do not use any of these substances. The natural flavors of food will become more appealing as our taste buds heal, and we can find recipes for condiments that do not contain any of these questionable ingredients.


Drink two glasses of water before breakfast to start the digestive tract working. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day. Two glasses should be finished 30 minutes before breakfast. Finish three more glasses before noon. By 5:00 PM finish the majority of the day's water so that at bedtime the bladder will be empty.


Alcoholic beverages hinder disease reversal.


To give our body the ideal conditions for healing. Plan to be asleep by 9:00 PM. Our body repairs itself best in the hours before midnight.


Weight goals should determine the calorie concentration of food choices.

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  1. MarthaLA

What might inflammation-causing spices be? That is, which spices cause inflammation?

I tried searching your site for this information. Following is the amusing result:

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  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by Sean Carney Sean Carney
  1. Sean Carney    MarthaLA

Some spices, especially when used in large quantities, appear to irritate the mucosa or swell the airways in some of Dr. Carney's patients and the cessation from using the spices may aid in reducing inflammation. We do not have a cachet of scientific studies to show on this subject. There is some science to support the inflammatory nature of some spices. It is also possible to find science that seems to indicate many of the spices are actually anti-inflammatory. We would suggest you go light on any seasonings that would burn or irritate tender tissues such as your mouth, eyes, nose, as these may also irritate your digestive system.

BTW, the search engine on our web site is not as intelligent as Google and is not able to deal with complex strings of characters. Please try shorter searches for better results.

  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by Sean Carney Sean Carney
  1. Cygal Gylman

Thank you Dr. Carney, for your advise and for the Starch-Smart.
I will consider signing to get a consultation from you.
Have a nice weekend and best regards to Sean.???

  1. Phyllis Mueller

Are there any more specific guidelines regarding what to eat for each meal?

  1. Sean Carney

Hello Phyllis,

I see that this was not answered here although possibly it might have been responed to within the forum at

Dr. Carney has always been hesitant to spell out day by day meal plans but instead tries to share principles of health which still leave room for personal preferences and seasonal food availability, etc... for example Dr. Carney and I LOVE to eat Nopale cactus leaves for breakfast with our beans and sweet potatoes. That would probably weird some people out and others might just decide it is delightful. The nopales naturally taste pickled. :-) Yumm.

So our system levels leave much to the users imagination and if people have specific questions or concerns then they are welcome to join us and start a discussion in the discussion forum. :-)


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  1. Philip Mathew

Im wondering if there is a 30 day recipe or meal plan that I can follow for this? It would make it easier for me to grab items since I'm fairly new at this.

  1. Marky Yvanovich    Philip Mathew

This is one of the only meal plans I could find that didn't require some kind of sign up. It's a 21 day meal plan:
I didn't read through it completely to see how well it matches up to the start-smartest guidelines, but I trust pcrm to not steer me too far in the wrong direction.

  1. Sean Carney    Marky Yvanovich

Thank you so much Marky,

We do need to one day create some super simple meal plans for Starch-Smart, Starch-Smarter and Starch-Smartest.

Until then we are grateful for sites like this.

At our home we don't really follow meal plans. We just purchase lots of fresh foods each week and prepare them simply in our instant-pot, dutch-oven and air-fryer. But... that said... that is exactly what we need to document to make it easier for others to do the same thing. It is on our list of things that must be done... (after getting Dr. Carney's book completed) :-) Ah... interesting idea... maybe this needs to go in the book.


  1. Marky Yvanovich    Sean Carney

A 30 meal plan would certainly be a nice addition to any book about what to eat to prolong your life.

  1. Sean Carney    Marky Yvanovich

We will take this into serious consideration and thank you so much for your encouragement in this direction. :-)

  1. Marky Yvanovich    Sean Carney

As I'm sure you've seen in Dr. Carney's practice, people really don't know what to eat or how to prepare health promoting food. Meal plans are a good way to get people pointed in the right direction. My wife Joani and I started out subscribing to Happy Herbivore's meal plans, and followed them for a couple of months before we got the general idea and were able to start making good choices on our own.

  1. Philip Mathew    Sean Carney

Thank you. I am looking forward to when I can see a few meal plans. It is a bit difficult to do a lot of research when I work 1 full time job and a few part-time jobs to make ends meet. I usually have a Sunday on the top of the month to put something together for the month, if that falls through then I just make do with what I have.

So I really appreciate the link Marky sent. Cheers.

  1. Philip Mathew    Marky Yvanovich

Thank you Marky,

Really Appreciate this.

  1. Linda Carney MD
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  1. Marky Yvanovich    Linda Carney MD

You have a typo in your URL. It's

  1. Sean Carney    Marky Yvanovich


Thank you so much for pointing out this error. I will fix it right now. :-)


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