Top Ten Reasons to Join the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group

by Heidi on March 9, 2012

The Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group is a fabulous resource for low oxalate dieters or anyone who is considering trying a low oxalate diet.  Here are ten BIG reasons to join!

Smile! You can eat these yummy fruits on a low oxalate diet!

1.) You have access to the most up-to-date, accurate listing of the oxalate content of foods, including whole foods, commercial products and supplements (See How To Get An Accurate Low Oxalate Food List).

2.) You may be able to communicate directly with Susan Owens, the owner/moderator of the group and one of the leading oxalate researchers in the world.  Susan generously answers many of the scientific questions about oxalate and helps list members interpret lab results or oxalate-related symptoms.  You can read more about oxalate and Susan’s work with the Autism Research Institute here.

3.) You have access to great articles about the low oxalate diet, photos, a recipe database and a resources list in the files and database section.

4.) You will join an active community of friendly, supportive people who can help you start a low oxalate diet, fine-tune a low oxalate diet or encourage you to keep going on the low oxalate diet.  The Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group is a very welcoming place!

5.) You will find people who are successfully combining the low oxalate diet with other diets, such as GAPS, vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, low-carb, GFCF, vegetarian and SCD.  These members are happy to help you figure out what to eat or how to feed your family.

6.) You will find people from all over the world who are using the low oxalate diet to help improve numerous oxalate-related symptoms and disorders, including but not limited to autism, fibromyalgia, bladder pain, vulvar pain, penile pain, rectal pain, burning mouth syndrome, kidney stones, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, allergies, thyroid malfunction and arthritis.  If it’s oxalate-related, you can bet someone in the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group has had that symptom and is more than happy to tell you about his or her trials, experiences and victories.

7.) You will find encouragement and support as list members report their small improvements and major triumphs over oxalate-related symptoms.  People are healing on the low oxalate diet, and they are happy to share their stories.

8.) You can access the Trying Low Oxalate Yahoo Group on your own terms in your own time.  Some members choose to have individual emails sent to their inbox every time someone posts.  Others choose to only access posts on the group’s website when they have time or need encouragement.  This flexibility allows you to read only the posts that interest you and to take your time learning and interacting with other members.

9.) It’s easy to join!  Just click on this link- Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group- and follow the instructions for signing up.  It may take a day or two to be approved, but once your application is accepted you will have full access to the files, database, resource pages and posts (If you are a person, not a spammer, with a legitimate email address you will be approved). One piece of advice—sign up to read the messages on the website first!  This is a very active group and the number of individual emails that may be sent to your account is truly overwhelming for newcomers.  Going to the website to read gives you control and lets you start as quickly or as slowly as you want.

10.) It’s completely free!

I hope to see you on the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group soon!  Do you have questions?  Do you have more to add?  Let us know about your experiences with the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group in the comments section below.

Photo Credit for “Smile at a Stranger” goes to Nina Matthews Photography.

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Toni March 10, 2012 at 3:35 am

I love this group. I mean that. My favorite part of belonging to this group is feeling like a welcome member of a community of like-minded and like-bodied people. Though we have a lot of different symptoms, we share the common focus of diet affecting everything about our health (which is so 180 degrees from the rest of the mainstream world) My other favorite part of this group is being able to discuss practically anything in regards to health. I have belonged to several yahoo groups, some of which are very close-minded about topics. ON TOPIC only… and heaven forbid you divert yourself. Well, I’m ADD and I tend to be all over the place with my mental process. So there. If you have oxalate issues and are a big-picture thinker, you will fit in here. There’s no need to struggle with LOD alone with just some handout a urologist or whomever gave you to guide you. See you on the group!


Heidi March 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

Yes, like-minded and like-bodied people! It’s refreshing to be able to talk freely about my diet and health issues with a group of people who understand. I don’t often get to do that in my day-to-day life where I sometimes feel like an outsider with my diet and how much it affects my health. Most people give diet very little thought.


Karla March 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

Fantastic post! Ive been a member of the group for nearly 4 years. I joined to help my son and found that its helped me and other members of my family tremendously. My son has autism, so if thats what youre dealing with, you will find members that know what your dealing with, but its not just a valuable resource for the autism community. There are many members with a variety of conditions not related to autism and Ive found that “cross-pollination” as Susan Owen puts it, to be just as valuable in helping my son and family as the advice I get from those dealing with autism. I cant recommend this group enough. Thank you Heidi, for this wonderful post! :)


Heidi March 25, 2012 at 1:44 am

You are welcome, Karla. I value the cross-pollination, too! I’ve learned so much more about my own health and symptoms by listening to others describe their oxalate-related symptoms and health victories.


Beth March 10, 2012 at 4:40 am

Great post! I’m a new member to the group and while overwhelmed, I am also immensely encouraged. Join the group! :)


Heidi March 25, 2012 at 1:45 am

Hi, Beth. I was overwhelmed for about three months and I had already been on a low oxalate diet for almost 19 years when I heard about the group and joined! Hope it gets better for you soon! I am very encouraged by everyone’s healing stories.


Natalia March 10, 2012 at 5:32 am

You will always get an answer to your query on the group. It is full of knowledgeable and generous people. I’m sure you will find someone that shares a symptom with you!


Heidi March 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

Yes, it’s the generosity of some of the other members that keep me coming back. So many people give so much of their time and energy trying to help others heal. It’s very humbling sometimes.


Rachel March 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

This group has been such an invaluable help to me. There is a wealth of information regarding diet & supplements and an incredible support network. There are always people there to help with advice, whatever you are experiencing or question you have. I really wouldn’t be managing without it! 


Heidi March 25, 2012 at 1:47 am

I glad you found the group Rachel and that it’s helping you so much! The support network I’ve found there is really helping me, too!


Michelle March 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Thank you, Heidi, for promoting this wonderful group! I’ve been a member myself for a little over a year now, and probably would have gone crazy by now if not for the amazing number of resources available there. And any time I couldn’t find an answer to a question already in the archives, I have always been able to post the question to this huge brain trust and get at least one (and usually several) helpful answers!


Heidi March 25, 2012 at 1:50 am

Michele, I sometimes browse through the resources and am amazed not only at the number, but at how many I’ve missed when I thought I’d read them all! There’s always something new (or maybe it’s my 40-somthing-year-old eyes and oxalate brain fog that’s missing them. . .)


Gina Rhoades March 15, 2012 at 6:24 am

I just read your article about blueberries being a LO. Wow. I would have given my favorite fruit up if it wasn’t for you! Brilliant site. Thank You Heidi!



Heidi March 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

Thanks, Gina! I did give up blueberries for a long time not knowing any better. I’m so glad I get to eat them now and that I’ve saved you the agony.


Gina Rhoades March 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hey there. I just want to confirm mustard greens are low oxalate. The LO cookbook has them in medium but says they have not tested them since cookbook 1. Do you have more current info on them?
Thanks Heidi!


Heidi March 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hi, Gina. The VP Foundation re-tested mustard greens in 2008 (after the Cookbook was published) and found they are low oxalate with 3.2 mg. oxalate per half cup boiled greens. I love them in my Chicken Sausage Soup ( or any other garlicky, strong-tasting recipe.


Freida Seydel April 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

Keep working ,remarkable job!


Paul McGlothin April 22, 2012 at 3:32 am

Thank you for this wonderful website. You write in such a welcoming and interesting manner. With the dearth of accurate information available about oxalates, I was heartened to hear about the low oxalate food group. So last Sunday, I filled out the form to join the group and now 6 days later my application is still pending. Thought you should know.

I hope the group remains active.

Keep up your good work!



Heidi April 22, 2012 at 6:32 am

Hi, Paul.
Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you are enjoying my site.

Yes, the Trying Low Oxalates Group is still very active. I’ve heard lately that most people are getting immediate access to the group. Do you think your spam catcher could have kept the welcome email from arriving in your inbox? In other words, it’s possible your application is not pending but approved and you could access the site tonight. Do you belong to other Yahoo groups? Use your yahoo ID to log in to your yahoo account (if your computer doesn’t automatically do that), then go back to the Trying Low Oxalates Website and see if you actually do have access. If not, I would try to join the group again. Something funky may have happened in the application procedure. Another woman let me know it took her a couple tries to join the group, but she’s now an active member.

Good luck and let me know what happens.



DEE August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I think I have joined, not sure, I,m a bit confused, but I guess if you get this I have. Does anyone know of an up to date list of low – high oxalate foods I can print out. I,ve had FMS for 17 years and have only been trying this diet for a week but so far it seems to be working.


Heidi August 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

Hi, Dee.
I’m glad the diet is helping you. I know the UK article that came out a few weeks ago said something like “if it doesn’t help in three weeks, it probably won’t.” This is actually untrue. Most people don’t see real progress on the diet for months, so if you are already seeing a change, you are one of the lucky ones! I also had severe genital/bladder/rectal symptoms and those responded to the diet within weeks. It took my FM about three years to “mostly heal” and another few years past that until I was symptom-free.

About the yahoo group, that’s separate from this blog. You need to click on one of the links above to get to the group page and ask to join. After you fill out the application, go back to the page and see if you have access to the entire site. If you don’t, you may have to wait a few days. It is definitely worth joining, especially for the accurate list of the oxalate content of foods. We’ve also had a huge influx of FM sufferers who are giving the LOD a try, so you’ll have lots of comraderie on the boards and will get to hear a few success stories from those of us who have healed our FM. Most of us with healed FM are members of the Vulvar Pain Foundation and started the low oxalate diet for relief from vulvar or bladder pain. As we started talking to each other we realized that a large percentage of us had FM. We also started to realize that our FM symptoms were also responding to the LOD. That really felt like a miracle!
Take care and good luck.


Sue February 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

I found this web site tonight because I am so frustrated. I have been battling kidney stones for about 10 years, and recently had to have surgery to remove three of them. It has been rough. I am at a point where I don’t even want to eat afraid I will get more of them. I then just found out that I am having liver problems so now I have also been put on a fatty liver diet…..not even sure what I can eat now. So confused, and frustrated. Does anyone else have these issues and how are you coping?


melinda September 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Im Melinda and I am new to this diet thing. I think Ill starve to death with no more than the sheets of paper my doctor gave me. He also says low protein.. So where do it leave me? the stuff it says I can get I dont eat. Its day 3 and I havent ate. Please help


Heidi September 20, 2013 at 3:11 am

Hi, Melinda. Sorry you’ve had such a rough beginning to the low oxalate diet. Most of us on the low oxalate diet eat moderate to relatively high protein diets, but some kidney doctors prescribe low protein. It makes the low oxalate diet much harder, but not impossible. You still need to give yourself enough protein to build cells, so go ahead and eat the amount of meat/eggs/dairy your doctor recommends (a common amount is 6 ounces of meat (or meat protein equivalent) per day. You may also eat fats such as coconut oil, butter, avocados, olive oil and lard. After that, you’ll have to look at a more complete and up-to-date list than your doctor gave you at the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group (they also have a decent short list of whole foods at the Trying Low Oxalates Facebook Group). I really don’t understand why so many doctors still give inadequate and out-of-date lists to their patients and tell them to “follow this diet.” It’s so counterprodcutive. The list at the Yahoo Group is very detailed and includes over 700 foods. I’m sure you will find something to eat! Some other common foods to try before you get your list are white rice, sweet corn, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, apples, mango, melons, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, all types of squash, turnips, peaches, grapes, boiled carrots (throw out the cooking water), coconut, cabbage, onions and garlic. A simple low oxalate dinner to get you started might be baked chicken with salt, thyme and a tiny bit of pepper, rice and butter, and broccoli with applesauce for desert.
Hope this helps. It gets easier and you don’t have to be perfect at the beginning. Just make sure you are eating something and slowly figure out low oxalate meal plans that work for your tastes and your family.
Take care.


tendr October 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

I’m so thankful I’ve found this site….honestly….for me and my thirty year old daughter who’s telling me she wants to die because of I.C. (been there for 39yrs myself)….if you can give my life back to me…..maybe later i’ll go into details of the ignorant things drs have done to me…….for now i can only tear up……thank-you, t


Eng November 8, 2013 at 6:54 am

How do i join? Or can i just come in as visitor to learn more about oxalates? Thank u.


Eng November 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

I have a hypertension and a swollen brain . Trying all ways including cutting oxalates etcetc. Learning more from you thks.


Jodi January 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

In agony for 6 Months now with. IC. Had tests done, now showing an enlarged liver and calcium oxcalite in Urine but no stones. I am an emotional mess. I don’t want to get a bunch of meds to bandaid it all but hoping I can cure thru a specific oxcalite low diet. ! I hope this site can help me.


Heidi January 7, 2014 at 2:06 am

Hi, Jodi. I’m sorry to hear about your pain. I hope you can find some information to help you here also. You might also want to join the Trying Low Oxalates Facebook group. There have been a number of conversations in the last few weeks between women with IC. They might be a good resource for you.


Ghila March 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I left a comment yesterday but somehow it disappeared.. I am new to this diet so can you tell me the oxalate content of Quinoa, black and wild rice, sencha green tea, coriander. Many thanks


Heidi April 4, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Thanks for your comment, Ghila.
Quinoa, green tea and coriander are all high oxalate. Wild rice is tricky because it depends a lot on the brand and cooking method. If you soak Lundberg organic wild rice for at least 12 hours before cooking, you can drop the oxalate content down to around 5 mg. oxalate per half cup cooked. Otherwise, it ranges from about 9 mg. – 18 mg. oxalate, depending on the brand.


Rochelle Gallegos June 11, 2014 at 10:56 am

I need a list so I don’t keep poisoning my kidneys


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