Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Healthy Eating Community's Acronyms Explained

As with any community, the healthy eating, healthy living and green communities have developed their own lingo, and digital communication lends itself wonderfully to shorthand and acronyms. While this is great to speed up a conversation if everybody is on board with what they mean, many of these confused me a lot to start with, so I hope that they will help someone who is trying to figure out what on earth we're all talking about!

I will update this list periodically as I come across more.

ACV - Apple Cider Vinegar
BE - Body Ecology
BED - Body Ecology Diet
BO - Butter Oil
BS - Baking Soda
CD - Celiac Disease
CF - Casein Free
CLO - Cod Liver Oil
CO - Coconut Oil
CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
ETL - Eat To Live
EVCO - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
FCLO - Fermented Cod Liver Oil
FODMAP - Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols; a diet low in fructose used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
GAPS - Gut and Psychology Syndrome
GF - Gluten Free
GFCF - Gluten Free Casein Free
HVBO - High Vitamin Butter Oil
IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IF - Intermittent Fasting
NCGS - Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
OCM - Oil Cleansing Method
PUFA - Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
SAD - Standard American Diet
SCD - Specific Carbohydrate Diet
SF - Sugar Free (usually used to mean refined/white sugar free)
TCM - Traditional Chinese MedicineTTC - Trying To Concieve
WAPF - Weston A. Price Foundation

I will be doing a series of posts explaining what all these different diets entail soon. If you have experience with any of them and are interested in sharing what the diet entails or what it means to you, let me know by commenting below!

In an effort to be accessible to everybody, both experienced and inexperienced, I will strive to minimize my use of these acronyms and always link to an explanation page when I do use them.

Did I miss any? Let me know if there in an acronym that still confuses you.

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  1. Very informative post, now I learn some new things from the acronyms that some people use. I guess this would help in such conversation though it would be confusing at first.

    1. It was definitely confusing for me at first, hence the list! :)


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