The Budwig Club : Getting Started

This page seeks to provide a quick and easy way to get started and is designed mainly for the UK user. If you are visiting this site then you will be interested in experimenting. There is hardly any data on this protocol so it would be very helpful if you can keep a written record of your measurements; especially weight, waistline, glucose readings and general health before you start.

 

You will need 2 items of equipment

A small immersion blender (with blending jug) ..and a small nut grinder

                 

And 3 food items

A pot of best quality Quark (this photo is of 'Graham's' British Quark from Iceland). Do make sure that you buy the best quality you can (not 'own brand') and that you do not buy the flavoured variety! Also do be sure to watch the dates.

Good to buy: 'Graham's Dairy' (before 2016 this was formerly 'Lake District Dairy') Quark, Golden Acre Quark, Sainsbury's 'SO Organic Quark' (pre-2016: this looks like it has been now been discontinued).
Not good (does not blend properly): ASDA own brand, Sainsbury's own brand, Tesco own brand.

...and a bottle of Flax Seed Oil                  

                 

Important : Flaxseed, Linseed and Rapeseed are all the same thing. However 'Flax Oil' is the generic term for the oil you want for the Budwig mixture and can usually be bought in a wholefood shop or online. This should be 'Cold Pressed', organic and be in a dark bottle. Do not buy cooking oils of the same names - they are usually in clear bottles - as these are chemically recovered and heat treated which destroys the Omega3. This oil is best kept under refrigeration and out of daylight. Any amount of money can spent on flax oil but this is one of the lower cost brands and costs about £6 for 250ml. Update 2017 now selling at Sainsury's for £4.50. Quark is about £1.25 for a 250 gram tub. Update 2018 now selling at Iceland for £0.90.

...and also a bag of linseeds (3kg organic golden linseeds illustrated) which works out at about £5 per kilo online

 

Making the mixture

Note : Some websites describe the mixture as flax oil and cottage cheese. Do not be tempted to do it this way - believe you me, it is horrible! Also try to use British quark rather than the Bavarian which I have found to be more cheesy.

The mixture is made by blending 2 parts quark to 1 part flax oil. Here is the easy way to do the measurements :

A4 Printer friendly sheet (PDF)

If you find yourself eating a lot you can double this by using 2 pots of quark and 1 bottle of oil. Budwig used this way will keep in the fridge for several days.

 

Dosage

The dosage will depend on what you want to achieve and how much you can afford. I have found that 4x tablespoons a day has been effective. This works out as 4x pots of quark and 2x bottles of oil per week - or about £13.00 per week (as of 2017 - see above). To off-set this cost, you will not feel the need to snack through the day on the 'usual suspects'. The mixture is very rich and you may find it a bit much to take more than 1x tablespoon at a time at first.

 

Foods to add to the mixture

The mixture can be eaten on its own but it is nicer if you add other ingredients (see picture at the top). Once again it is very important to only blend the flax oil and quark on their own - and then add the other ingredients afterwards. See the 'Food Extras' section

 

How to grind linseeds

The second most important addition to the protocol after the quark / oil mixture is ground flax seeds. Just to be confusing... these are usually called brown or golden linseeds. Linseeds have a hard waxy coat and will pass straight through you unless they are ground. The Omega 3 in linseed is very fragile and starts to go rancid after about 15 minutes once they are ground. So unfortunately, you will need to grind just before they are eaten. Just covering the blades of the grinder is about right. There are pre-ground packets of linseed in sealed packages but these seem a little expensive. Linseeds work out at about £5 per kilogram.

 

Effects

Here are some of the effects you might experience :

 

What to eat: Any fruits, salads and vegetables; seeds and nuts - especially eaten raw or lightly cooked. High Omega 3 products like walnuts, oily fish and Omega 3 eggs. This is not a vegetarian or vegan protocol, just be sensible about quantities and quality. Cook by steaming or with olive oil, coconut oil (expensive) or (if you can work it out!) the Oleolux recipe from the Budwig Cookbook

What to avoid (important): Anything containing or cooked with hardened (hydrogenated) fats. This might sound a bit harsh but it relates to the theory. So: avoid fast foods, processed meats, most commercial bakery products (biscuits, cakes, pastries, pizzas, crisps, processed bread (though I eat Cranks and Vogel's bread), margarines and mayonnaise, granulated sugar. Think...has this been cooked industrially at high temperatures and / or is this likely to contain hydrogenated fats?

 

Omega 3 tablets

It is not recommended to take Omega 3 as a tablet.

 

Lifestyle

Get lots of sunshine and fresh air, de-stress and enjoy humour and good company.