In my previous article, I highlighted five primary benefits of following a rotation diet:
- Helps you identify foods that may cause adverse reactions
- Gives your immune system time to recover
- Reduces development of new allergies and food intolerances
- Encourages dietary diversity so you get a broad spectrum of micronutrients
- Consistent variety limits the tendency to overindulge
Today, I’ll show you some of the key conditions that can be caused by food intolerances and allergies, how a rotation diet can help, and the easy way you can get started.
Allergies & Intolerances: A Key Cause of Pain & “Mystery” Symptoms
Food intolerance and allergies are on the rise, affecting roughly four percent of U.S. adults and more than eight percent of children.[i] [ii]
Eating the same foods over and over again – combined with an unhealthy gut and over-taxed immune system – creates the perfect storm for food intolerances and allergies to develop.
This can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:[iii]
- Abdominal pain, bloating, gas
- Anxiety, depression and mood swings
- Chronic sinus and ear infections
- Dark circles or puffiness under the eyes
- Fluid retention
- Headaches, brain fog and memory problems
- Joint inflammation and pain
And because food intolerances cause a delayed reaction, it can take up to 72 hours for symptoms to manifest.[iv] This makes it quite difficult to pinpoint the offending foods. But a rotation diet can help you identify trigger foods while giving your immune system a much-needed break.
Getting Started with the Rotation Diet
The rotation diet is based on cycling food families every four days. Because many people who can benefit from a rotation diet need to avoid common allergens and immune stimulants, this sample rotation diet below is based on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).
Here is a chart of the foods you can eat on each of the days:
|CATEGORY||DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||DAY 4|
|VEGETABLES||Asparagus, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Okra, Sweet Potato, Yam||Arugula, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Daikon, Heart of Palm, Kale, Radish, Sauerkraut (Lacto-fermented only), Watercress||Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Fennel, Olives, Parsley, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Winter Squash||Artichoke, Avocado, Beets, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Lettuce, Plantain, Spinach|
|MEAT, POULTRY & FISH||Beef, Bison, Duck, Elk, Goat, Goose, Rabbit, Squab, Venison||Anchovy, Cod, Flounder, Halibut, Salmon, Sardine, Snapper||Chicken, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Turkey||Clams, Scallops, Sole, Trout, Pork|
|FRUIT||Apricot, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Nectarine, Peach, Persimmon, Plum||Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Pineapple, Tangerine||Cantaloupe, Coconut, Elderberry, Honeydew, Mango, Papaya, Pomegranate||Apple, Banana, Blackberry, Fig, Mulberry, Raspberry, Strawberry|
|SPICES||Black Pepper, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Shallot, Vanilla||Allspice, Carob, Cloves, Horseradish, Mustard, Wasabi||Anise, Basil, Caraway, Cardamom, Chervil, Cilantro, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Ginger, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Turmeric||Bay Leaf, Capers, Cinnamon, Saffron, Tarragon|
|SWEETENERS||Honey, Prunes||Dates||Maple Syrup||Stevia (not for strict AIP)|
|FATS & OILS||Beef Tallow, duck fat, Goose Fat||Coconut Oil||Chicken Fat, Olive Oil||Avocado Oil, Pork Lard|
Below is a 4-day rotation diet sample meal. Note that no food or drink (with the exception if water) is duplicated in any of the meals presented.
|MEAL||DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||DAY 4|
|BREAKFAST||Sweet Potato Hash with Grass-Fed Ground Beef and Mushrooms Cooked in Duck Fat||Wild Sardines & Broiled Grapefruit||Ground Turkey Skillet with Thyme, Diced Celery, Parsnips & Carrots||Ground Pork Hash with Lard-Fried Plantains & Apples|
|LUNCH||Lamb Burger with Cranberries, Red Onion & Sorrel||Baked Halibut with Brussels Sprouts & Roasted Grapes||Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel, Olives & Cucumber||Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon & Spinach|
|DINNER||Bison Meatballs with Asparagus, Green Beans & Sweet Potatoes||Wild Salmon with Lemon, Dill & Roasted Cauliflower||Wild Shrimp with Mango & Pomegranate||Wild Petrale Sole with Artichokes, Capers & Tarragon|
By cycling food families with a rotation diet, you can boost dietary diversity, reduce exposure to potentially problematic foods and provide space and time to help identify triggers that can be the culprit of your symptoms.
Kelley’s academic background is in biology and chemistry and for the last 15+ years, she has focused on the study of nutritional biochemistry… and the proven powers of compounds in foods to heal the body.
 Acker WW1, Plasek JM2, Blumenthal KG3, Lai KH4, Topaz M5, Seger DL6, Goss FR7, Slight SP8, Bates DW5, Zhou L9.Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances documented in electronic health records.J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 May 23. pii: S0091-6749(17)30672-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.04.006. [Epub ahead of print]
 Food Allergy Research & Education: Food Allergy Facts & Statistics for the U.S. https://www.foodallergy.org/file/facts-stats.pdf
 Cleveland Clinic. What is Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergy. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/problem-foods-is-it-an-allergy-or-intolerance
 Emsley, J. and Fell, P., Was It Something You Ate? Food Intolerance, What Causes It and How To Avoid It, Getty Center for Education in the Arts, CA, 2000.