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ROTATIONAL DIET

If you have multiple food intolerances, one of the best ways to help yourself is to eat the foods to which you’re allergic on a rotation diet. A rotation diet is a system of controlling food allergy symptoms by eating biologically related foods to which you’re sensitive on the same day then waiting at least four days before eating them again.

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WHAT IS A ROTATIONAL DIET?

 

A rotation diet is divided into 4 days. Foods that you know you are allergic to or are listed on your results as “avoid” should not be included in the rotation diet menu.

Begin on day 1 then continue through day 4. After day 4, you start the process over again at day 1 of the diet menu, and so on.

Implementing the rotation diet will ensure that no one food is eaten more than once over the 4-day period, preventing reactions or development of new food allergies.

BENEFITS

  • Prevents and sometimes corrects digestive complaints.
  • Provides a variety of healthy foods for diversity and balanceof needed nutrients.
  • Unmasks hidden food allergies.
  • Allows the immune system to repair itself by minimizingadverse food reactions and preventing cumulative effects.

ELIMINATION GUIDELINES

  • Severely allergic foods should be eliminated for a period of 8- 12 weeks.
  • Once the elimination period has ended, each food should be introduced one at a time, waiting at least 4 days before introducing the next food.
  • Create a diet diary including the foods that you re-introduce and the reactions or symptoms that occur after eating the food.
  • If the challenged food does not trigger symptoms within 4 days after eating it, add the food to the list of foods to be eat- en on the rotation diet. If symptoms do occur, eliminate the food and try to introduce it again in 8-12 weeks.
  • Foods that fall into the “moderate” reaction category may be eaten once every 4 days in the rotation diet.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

 

Your rotation diet will be most effective in helping you manage food sensitivities if you follow these healthful guidelines:

 

  • Eliminate or at least reduce toxic chemicals from your foods, since these may cause more problems for sensitive individuals than the foods themselves.
  • Use fewer packaged foods, with all their preservatives and additives, and use more fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains or beans.
  • Eliminate hydrogenated margarines and trans fatty acids. Use cold-pressed oils or butter. Margarine increases athero- sclerosis and coronary artery disease, despite its lack of cholesterol.
  • Keep a natural balance in the diet as much as possible, with adequate fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, and mineral-rich vegetables and fruits.
  • Cook with stainless steel, glass or enameled ceramic cookware instead of aluminum, Teflon, or chemically treated.
  • Purchase organically grown foods (food grown without the use of toxic pesticides and other chemicals) whenever available and financially feasible. Wash non-organic fruits or vegetables in a solution of sodium bicarbonate or some nontoxic cleanser (i.e. Basic H, Granny Green, or Grapefruit Seed Extract) to remove surface sprays and waxes.
  • Eliminate white sugar and refined flour products and use more natural sweeteners. Stevia and lo han are best; honey, and molasses, should be used in limited quantities. Whole grains are always preferable to white flour!

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