The rotation diet may be your ticket for eliminating or reducing food allergies or digestive problems. The concept, in a nutshell, is a food/dietary plan that encourages rotating your foods based on food families. Following a typical four-day rotation diet, you would eat certain foods in a 24-hour day, and then you wouldn’t eat those foods again until four days later.
- Split your diet up into four days by writing down everything you ate that day. For the next 3 days do not consume any of those foods again.
- Each day eat foods only from the Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, or Day 4 charts.
- On Day 1, eat only Day 1 foods all day. If you start on Sunday then for the next three days (Monday, Tuesday Wednesday) you will not eat any Day 1 foods. You will start over with Day 1 foods again on Thursday
John Paul Catanzaro and George Stavrou advocate a seven day rotation diet in their article .
They list out some of the most common food allergies
The most common food allergies are: corn, rye, eggs, citrus fruit (orange), white potato, peanuts, yeast, milk, soybeans, chocolate, various spices, beef, whole wheat, cheese, coffee, tomato, malt, and pork.
They also highlight some of the symptoms of food allergies:
Symptoms of food allergies include:
- panic attacks
- chronic fatigue
- frequent infections
- food/sugar cravings
- muscle aches
First hand account
Larry Vinette, IFBB pro and a Sculpture Physique coach (sculpturephysiquecoaching.com) illustrates the importance of food rotation via first hand story. The owner of the supplement store at the gym where he holds an office went to get a food intolerance test because he suspected he had chronic inflammation. The test revealed he wasn’t doing well with egg whites, egg yolks, gluten, some berries, and most nuts.
“He told me, ‘Larry, I’ve had eggs with toast and berries for breakfast for the past 25 years or so, and I’ve been snacking on nuts between meals when I got too hungry.’ Well, after just one week of cutting out what he was intolerant to, his inflammation went down so much that his wedding band fell off his ring finger!”
Larry’s advice is to rotate your foods and vary your nutrition as much as you can, using a variety of high quality and nutrient dense foods.