4 Day Rotation Diet Plan

Last month I asked my MD about getting allergy tested since my health was starting to decline with the arrival of spring. I expected a referral to an allergist even though my last appointment with one a few years ago didn’t yield anything helpful. My MD suggested we do blood serum tests through the outside lab she uses. This had the benefit of also checking for food sensitivities (IgG) as well as allergens (IgE). There is a lot of controversy about IgG testing and it’s universally panned by allergists but I’ve had sensitivities to foods for most of my life and IgG testing seems to be a way to predict what sensitivities may be next. From personal experience I know that if I saturate my system with the same food or medicine I will start reacting to it. One winter I ate too much pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon and I couldn’t eat any fruits other than avocados, bananas and fresh lemons for ten years without experiencing a rash, hives and/or swollen eyes. Last year I attempted Dr Terry Wahls’ diet plan for Mitochondrial Dysfunction and I ate too much leafy greens, organ meat and sweet peppers; I still get a sharp pain in my right side when I eat them. The last allergist I saw when my food sensitivities included dairy, gluten, cane sugar, yeast, eggs, and potatoes basically told me that some people are sensitive and I have to live with it. Since I wasn’t having anaphylactic reactions or hives it wasn’t something the allergist could do anything about. Thanks to the supplement regime my MD started me on last year I’ve been able to add most of those foods back into my diet after three years of elimination and I’m on a three day rotating diet to help prevent further food sensitivities.

Monday I got my test results from my MD. I didn’t have any foods in the IgE (allergen) test and my food sensitivities weren’t as bad as I expected. They’re listed by how much antibodies were in my blood and given rankings of high, moderate and low. Below are my IgG results. Items marked with two asterisks (**) are foods I currently eat multiple times a week and items marked with one asterisk (*) are items I’ve had reactions to either in the past or currently. The treatment plan to reduce the number of antibodies in my blood is an elimination diet along with a four day rotation diet to prevent further sensitivities. High items are to be eliminated for six months, moderate for four months and low for two months. My MD doubled the usual elimination times because my body really doesn’t like to detox properly.

High: Banana** Pineapple** Asparagus, Sunflower Seeds, Vanilla

Moderate: Broccoli** Crab, Fennel, Ginger*

Low: Alfalfa, Cucumber** Chocolate* Coffee* Sesame

The lab my MD uses for testing included a four day rotation diet plan in with my test results. It’s much more detailed than the 3 day plan I’m currently on but some things will be easier. With many food groups I can eat something from that family every two days just not repeat the same food for four days. For instance I can have an apple on day two and a pear on day four. Both are from the pome fruit family. Fish can be eaten daily as long as it’s a different type/family of fish. The only category I found missing from the plan below is gluten free grains/seeds like quinoa, amaranth and millet. Once I start following this plan then I’ll find the best place to add it in.

Day One:
Eggs
Poultry: chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant, capon
Mollusk: abalone, clam, mussel, oyster, scallop, squid
Fish: cod, haddock, pollock, sole, petrale, tilapia
Stone Fruit: plum, prune, cherry, peach, apricot, nectarine, almond
Rose Family: raspberry, blackberry, loganberry, strawberry
Latex Fruit: banana, plantain, arrowroot, mango
Gluten Containing: wheat, rye, oats, spelt, triticale, kamut, barley
Legumes: lentil, pea, pinto bean, soy, kidney bean, peanut, string bean, alfalfa, licorice, acacia
Mustard Family: mustard, cabbage, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, rutabagas, kolhrabi, radish, horseradish, watercress
Composite Flower: lettuce, endive, chicory, escarole, artichoke, dandelion
Nightshade Family: potato, tomato, eggplant, peppers, tomatillo, pimento, tobacco
Goosefoot Family: beet, spinach, chard, Swiss chard
Sesame
Olive
Coffee

Day Two:
Cow milk dairy
Beef/Veal
Crustaceans: lobster, crab, crayfish, shrimp
Fish: salmon, trout, mackerel
Citrus Family: orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, kumquat
Pome Fruit Family: apple, pear, quince
Heath Family: blueberry, cranberry, huckleberry
Walnut Family: walnut, butternut, hickorynut, pecan
Lily Family: asparagus, onion, garlic, chives, leeks, aloe vera
Parsley Family: parsley, parsnip, carrot, celery, caraway, anise, dill, fennel, coriander, cilantro
Gourd Family: cantaloupe, melon, cucumber, pumpkin, summer squash, winter squash
Fungi: mushrooms, yeast
Papaya
Corn

Day Three:
Poultry: chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant, capon
Mollusk: abalone, clam, mussel, oyster, scallop, squid
Fish: sardine, tuna
Stone Fruit: plum, prune, cherry, peach, apricot, nectarine, almond
Rose Family: raspberry, blackberry, loganberry, strawberry
Gluten Containing: wheat, rye, oats, spelt, triticale, kamut, barley
Legumes: lentil, pea, pinto bean, soy, kidney bean, peanut, string bean, alfalfa, licorice, acacia
Mustard Family: mustard, cabbage, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, rutabagas, kolhrabi, radish, horseradish, watercress
Nightshade Family: potato, tomato, eggplant, peppers, tomatillo, pimento, tobacco
Goosefoot Family: beet, spinach, chard, Swiss chard
Laurel Family: avocado, cinnamon, bayleaf
Cane sugar: cane sugar, molasses, sorghum
Pineapple
Chocolate

Day Four:
Goat milk dairy
Lamb
Pork
Crustaceans: lobster, crab, crayfish, shrimp
Fish: red snapper, rockfish, catfish, halibut
Citrus Family: orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, kumquat
Pome Fruit Family: apple, pear, quince
Heath Family: blueberry, cranberry, huckleberry
Walnut Family: walnut, butternut, hickorynut, pecan
Lily Family: asparagus, onion, garlic, chives, leeks, aloe vera
Parsley Family: parsley, parsnip, carrot, celery, caraway, anise, dill, fennel, coriander, cilantro
Gourd Family: cantaloupe, melon, cucumber, pumpkin, summer squash, winter squash
Morning Glory Family: sweet potato, yams
Fungi: mushrooms, yeast
Buckwheat Family: buckwheat, rhubarb, sorrel
Grapes
Rice

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About The Objective Nutritionist

The Objective Nutritionist is a human nutrition graduate student with many food allergies and sensitivities. She enjoys creating and sharing great tasting recipes that fit her lifestyle, discussing food related topics, and educating people on how best to meet their individual nutritional needs from an evidence based perspective.
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2 Responses to 4 Day Rotation Diet Plan

  1. Lorrie says:

    I’ve got a lot of the same and even more allergies. I’ve eliminated all the items from my diet, but it doesn’t leave much. I’m allergic to eggs, chicken, turkey, peanuts, almonds, corn, cane sugar, milk, soy, and string beans. It’s very difficult to find foods without some/one of these things in it. I’ve figured out how to fix a lot of things, but not everything. I’m sorry to say this but it’s nice to know other people have the same allergies. I’ll probably talk to my doctor about trying to add some of the foods back, too. Thank you, Lorrie

    • Thanks, Lorrie. It was frustrating when I first had to cut out gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, etc. but then I turned it into a challenge. How could I recreate my favorite dishes with the foods I could eat. Some things there just aren’t many good substitutes for, like cheese, but I can say I’ve enjoyed my cooking journey.

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