Rotation Diet by ZyD86


									Rotation Diet

A diet plan in which related foods or foods within botanical families are not eaten more frequently than
every four days. Studies of patients, especially children with food allergies, suggest that rotating foods
and eating them in moderation reduces the tendency to develop new food allergies or to activate
existing sensitivities. Rotation diets can help reduce the symptoms of food allergies and to identify
problematic foods. Use of rotation diets also permits the patient to eliminate many foods. A variety of
books are now available to assist in food selection, menu planning, and meal preparation. Typically,
foods are listed in four columns representing days one to four and grouped according to families. Typical
categories include MEAT, GRAIN, FISH, FRUIT, VEGETABLES, beverages, NUTS and seeds, natural
sweeteners, MILK or milk substitutes, thickeners, and fats and oils.

Foods in one list do not appear in the other lists, in order to avoid selecting a food more frequently than
every four days. It is advisable to begin a rotation diet slowly because this type of diet represents major
adjustments. One approach is to begin by rotating grains/starches by using wheat products on day one,
then rice products on day two, then corn products on day three, with oats on day four. Grain
alternatives such as AMARANTH, QUINOA, MILLET, or BARLEY can be substituted for any of the above
grain groups. After one to two weeks, meats can be rotated, for example, beef (red meat) on day one,
then turkey (poultry) on day two, then pork (red meat) on day three, then chicken (poultry) on day four.
Veal, calf liver, venison, and lamb fall within the beef category because these are related. Similarly,
goose and turkey fall in the turkey group, and pheasant and quail are listed with chicken. To rotate
fruits, the following are options: CITRUS FRUIT on day one, followed by the apple/grape family on day
two, then by MELONS on day three and berries rotation on day four. For vegetables, options can include
LENTILS or soy, or the squash family on day two; then nightshade vegetables, such as POTATO,
EGGPLANT, or PEPPERS on day three; and the cabbage family with CAULIFLOWER, BROCCOLI, or
BRUSSELS SPROUTS on day four. Symptoms may improve after several weeks of diet rotation. Often, it is
easier to use a rotation diet when other family members support each other in making major dietary

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