ROTATION AND ELIMINATION DIET
One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive.
The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.
(Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.)
What's really a "Healthy Diet" ?
It is time to admit that almost all diets explained in hundreds of diet books could actually be dangerous for your health.
Because we humans are not all identical. I will try to introduce you to the term "food tolerance".
Not all people tolerate all foods!
Because each of us is one and only, unique, unrepeatable, different then anybody else, we can hardly learn about diet just by reading the "old fashion" books listing foods: "this is good food", "this is bad food".
What is Food Intolerance?
It is a sensitivity to elements/chemicals found in food. Unlike an allergy, an amount of the food identified may be able to be eaten without producing illness. The amount varies from person to person. During times of stress or hormonal change a person may become more sensitive/intolerant.
Intolerance to salicylate, amines, lactose and gluten (celiac disease) are examples of intolerances to natural elements/chemicals. Salicylate is found in most food that grows in or out of the ground. Amines are found in approximately 70% of the same foods as salicylate. They are also found in some meat, fish and cheeses. Gluten or gluten like substances are found mainly in wheat, barley, oats and rye. Lactose is found in milk and some other dairy products.
Intolerance to different lectins, surface proteins is most common intolerance. Most often, foods that we do not tolerate, we can not properly digest.
There are also many people who are intolerant of introduced chemicals/elements, such as MSG, sulphites (a preservative used in many processed foods, including wine) and other common food additives. MSG and salicylate are found naturally in some food. Extra amounts of MSG and salicylate are introduced into some foods and beauty products to enhance flavor, freshness or fragrance.
Can I Improve my Tolerance to Foods?
Yes, You can improve your food tolerance!
To improve your tolerance, cleanse your gut and cleanse your liver!
If someone, without testing you, tells you: "This is a good diet for you", or "Good diet for you is to eat "this and that" and avoid "this and that", it is most likely that this advice is NOT complete !!!
Because all people are not identical.
"One man's bread, another man's dead."
So, how to know what to eat ? How to know what is a healthy diet ?
Healthy diet is diet that excludes foods that you don't tolerate and that includes foods that you tolerate and that are beneficial for you, while in the same time you are eating large variety of food items, that will provide body with all the essential nutrients and all the accessory nutrients...
To not tolerate some food or to be sensitive to some food does not automatically mean that you are allergic to that food ! It only means that your body/mind/spirit will not give the peak performance while using this food. Signs of intolerance could be, but are not limited to: gas and bloating, abdominal pain, headache (immediately, or even many days after eating that food ), constipation, diarrhea, sweating, fever, freezing, nervousness, excessive anger, fear, sadness, pain in different parts of body, reaction on the skin, reaction in the eyes, eye twitches, muscle twitches, cramps, tremor, mood swings, hot flushes, depression, anxiety ...
What is an Allergic Reaction to food?
Allergic reaction occurs in blood and in different organs, and is the worst and last stadium of food intolerance. You don't have to be allergic to any particular food item, but you still may be intolerant of long list of food items.
Elimination - rotation diets
The elimination/rotation diet starts out with one or two foods being allowed at any particular meal. For the first week, wheat and milk are avoided because many people does not tolerate those foods. The easiest is to start with foods that are listed to be beneficial for someone's blood type. Any of your favorite, commonly eaten foods are also avoided. If any food triggers a reaction, it is replaced with another, until no symptoms are experienced. When all symptoms have cleared, favorite foods are returned to the diet one-at-a-time. Foods that produce symptoms twice are withdrawn for three months. If you are already receiving cortisone therapy when they come for treatment, it is discontinued as soon as possible, because the drug hides symptoms and makes it more difficult to pinpoint offending foods.
"Dr. G. Borok, a general practitioner in South Africa, has had considerable success with intestinal problems using an elimination and rotation diet developed by Dr. Marshall of Norwalk, Connecticut. In more than 5,000 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), 99.9% have experienced relief of all bowel symptoms.
In cases of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) (IBD), the response rate is between 85% to 90%. Other symptoms, such as those affecting muscles, joints, lungs, and kidneys, as well as emotional symptoms such as depression and anxiety, improve in the 80% to 90% range." -- Based on information in: Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, April 1998
THE ELIMINATION DIET
I've often talked with folks that were confident that foods didn't have any impact on their symptoms. I ask if they've ever run a good elimination diet and a surprising number assure me that they have. Upon further questioning I always find that they have only eliminated a couple of foods, soy milk or wheat or nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc.). Even though milk and wheat are common food allergens and nightshade vegetables create problems for those possessing one specific metabolism, this should not be considered a true elimination diet.
Over 85% of people with chronic disease have food allergies. Most will find not one, but a handful of foods acting as the major culprits. This is the reason why eliminating just one or two random foods is all but useless. If you were allergic to a large number of tree pollens, springtime grasses and weeds, the removal of only one of these airborne allergens would usually have little impact on your total allergy symptoms. If the allergen was added back into the mix you probably wouldn't notice. The effect from this one allergen would be hidden or masked by your already prominent symptoms to the other allergens. The same phenomenon occurs with foods.
How could we find whether the airborne allergen in the above example was a significant factor in triggering our allergic symptoms? The best way would be to place ourselves in a room with perfectly filtered air (in essence eliminating all airborne allergens) until our allergy symptoms abated. The specific allergen would then be re-introduced and any allergic reaction noted. In this way the impact of a single, specific allergen can be isolated and tested. What was previously thought to be a rather insignificant allergen would often deliver a surprisingly strong allergic response.
We can do the same thing with foods. Historically 'spring water fasts' have been employed. Patients would drink only spring water for the initial 4-5 days. This type of fast would obviously eliminate all food allergens from the diet. It was maintained for 4-5 days to also allow physical elimination of all foods eaten prior to the start of the fast from the digestive tract.
Spring water fasts have one major problem. A significant percentage of individuals cannot tolerate them and should not try them. Their metabolic demands make any kind of extended water fast dangerous. Fortunately years of previous testing has provided a list of safe foods that can be temporarily substituted for your usual diet. These foods are not completely hypo-allergenic but they do have a low allergenic potential. In other words they are rarely found to induce a reaction. The foods include cod, trout, mackerel, pears, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, yams, celery, zucchini, carrots and peaches. Any foods routinely eaten more than twice a week should be removed from the list. All the foods must be fresh and in their 'whole' or natural form. No cans or other packaging allowed.
Distilled water is the only acceptable liquid. The only allowed condiment is sea or mineral salt. Steaming is an excellent method of preparing foods during your elimination diet.
Prior to starting the diet you'll need to purchase a bottle of magnesium citrate (found in the laxative section) and alka-seltzer gold (it's found only in the gold colored box). All drugs should be continued. Smoking should be ceased when initiating the diet. You will not be able to eat at restaurants during the diet.
If you work, Thursday evening will be the best time to begin. Wait two hours after dinner and pour one-half of the contents of the bottle of magnesium citrate into a tall glass. Add an equal amount of water and some ice and drink slowly. Repeat the same procedure with the remainder of the magnesium citrate just prior to retiring.
Friday morning's breakfast and all subsequent meals for the next six days should consist exclusively of the safe foods (cod, trout, mackerel, pears, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, yams, celery, zucchini, carrots and peaches). You may eat them in any combination and in any amount as often as you want throughout the first six days. Take note of what you are eating and how often you are eating it. You won't be able to remember so keep a diary. You will need that information later.
By Friday evening (day 1) you should start feeling your first withdrawal symptoms. You won't be getting the temporary lift provided by your allergenic food(s). Withdrawal symptoms can take many forms. The most obvious is an increase in joint swelling and pain. Headache, muscle aches, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms are very common. Strong hunger pangs and cravings are usually present. It's not unusual to still feel hungry shortly after a meal.
Withdrawal symptoms will worsen on Saturday and Sunday (days 2 and 3). The intensity of these symptoms should not be underestimated. In fact many will feel completely crippled during these days. Withdrawal symptoms can be somewhat ameliorated by taking one tablet of alka-seltzer (in the gold box) in a large glass of water. This can be repeated every 4 hours if needed. You should try to drink plenty of water. It will help speed elimination and the clearing of symptoms.
By Monday (day 4) some will feel significantly better as their withdrawal symptoms begin to clear. This clearing will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (days 5 and 6). While younger people tend to clear their symptoms earlier, 85% of all arthritics will clear a large part of their arthritis symptoms by day 6. After clearing most report that they feel better than they have in years.
Now that symptoms have cleared new foods can be introduced, one by one, to the base diet of safe foods that you've been eating the past 6 days. Up to 3 foods can be tested each day if there is no reaction.
THE ROTATION DIET
Although some people have a reaction soon after ingesting a particular food for the first time, food allergies oftern develop slowly. The reason for this is that if you consume the same foods daily, your body eventually develops an intolerance to them. Rather than nourishing the body, these foods provoke harmful reaction.
Once you have identified and avoided an allergenic food for sixty to ninety days, you can usually reintroduce it without any adverse reactions, as long as you maintain a rotation diet. The basic principle behind the rotation diet is that each type of food is to be consumed oly on one out of every four days. For example, if you eat beans on Monday, you wouldn't eat beans again on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. If you eat salmon on Friday, you would wait at least until Tuesday before consuming any other fish. Rotating foods in the way will not only make you feel better, it will also help to stabilize your weight.
Before starting the rotation diet, follow a fasting program to cleanse your system of offending foods and toxins. After you have finished the program, consume only the following foods for the next two weeks:
- baked or broiled chicken or turkey
- broiled, boiled, or baked fish
- brown rice
- fresh, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices
- fresh fruits (except oranges)
- herbal teas
- raw, steamed, or broiled vegetables
Although you may feel that this list of foods does not offer much variety, there are numerous fruits and vegetables available, in addition to a variety of fish. After two weeks on this cleansing diet, you can once again begin to eat a greater number of different foods, but on a rotating basis, eating each type of food on no more than one out of four days. Use the sample menus below as a guide to help you put together daily menus rotating among different foods. Of course, if you are sensitive to any of the foods listed, substitute a food that agrees with you. Once you start following this program, you should start seeing an increase in your energy level in a week or less.
Sample Daily Menus
|Glass of distilled water
Papaya juice with vitamin C
Fresh papaya or peach
Oatmeal or oat bran cereal (with 1 tbsp raw honey)
rose hip tea
|Tomato stuffed with tuna salad or tuna burger on wheat-free bread with tomato, onion, alfalfa sprouts, and eggless mayonnaise
|Broiled whitefish or salmon with dill
cole slaw or sprout salad with tomato, onion, celery, and eggless mayonnaise
Herbal tea or lemonade
Substitutions: cauliflower, brussels sprouts, or sauerkraut can be substituted for asparagus
Fresh papaya or peach
|Glass of distilled water
Apple juice with vitamin C
Cream of wheat cereal with 2 tsp pure maple syrup and soymilk
|Home-cooked sliced turkey or chicken on whole wheat bread with lettuce and mustard
Potato soup and wheat cracker (make soup with soymilk)
Herbal tea or apple juice
Substitutions: Soy burger or eggless egg salad with eggless mayonnaise for turkey or chicken; tofu soup for potato soup
|Baked skinless turkey or chicken with lemon juice, garlic, and onion powder
Baked potato with 2 tsp sesame oil, chopped chives, and a dash of onion powder
Tossed salad with radishes, zucchini, yellow squash, kale, and soy oil dressing
Substitutions: Cornish game hens for turkey or chicken; vinaigrette dressing for soy oil dressing
Substitutions: baked aple with pure maple syrup; wheat crackers; sugar-free applesauce topped with walnuts
|Glass of distilled water
Cranberry juice with vitamin C
Sliced banana with almond milk
Cream of rice or puffed rice cereal
|1/2 avocado filled with cooked brown rice and fresh peas, water chestnuts, and a dash of herbal seasoning and lemon juice, topped with slivered almonds
Split pea soup with rice cracker (make soup with rice milk)
|Stir-fried vegetables with broccoli, green peppers, leeks, pea pods, sweet red peppers, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and grated fresh ginger, served over cooked brown rice
Rice cakes with almond butter
Coffee substitute (from a health food store) or herbal tea
Rice crackers with almond butter
|Glass of distilled water
Grape juice with vitamin C
2 poached or soft-boiled eggs or corn cereal
Rye toast with sugar-free grape jam
|Egg salad with chopped cucumber, green onions, black olives, and low-fat cottage cheese, topped with raisins
RyKrisp crackers with sugar-free grape jelly or jam
Lentil soup or cool lentil salad
|Spinach mushroom quicke
Fresh spinach salad with hard-boiled eggs, artichoke, shredded raw beets, raisins, and olive oil and lemon dressing
Iced herbal tea flavored with grape juice
|RyKrisp crackers with sugar-free grape jam or sesame butter and sesame seeds