What Is A Rotation Diet? When Do You Need It?

By Byran Tachell | Wed, Oct 3, 2012

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A rotation diet typically has a 4-day cycle

A rotation diet is a specialized 4-day diet whereby you eat a specific food on a rotation basis, typically once every 4 days in a cycle. Eating a diet like this can serve many purposes, with many using it to deal with food allergies. In this article, you will read about the basic principles or a rotation diet as well as some rules which you can follow.



What Is The Purpose Of A Rotation Diet?

1. The diet is useful in helping to identify specific food allergies or sensitivities. As the individual foods are eaten no more often than once every fifth day, each food that is consumed is actually an unmasked ingestion.

2. A rotation diet can help to reduce the risk of suffering from more food allergies on top of the existing ones. On rare occasions, someone who substitutes one food for another will eventually seems to develop allergy and sensitivity to that food.

3. It helps to reduce the number of times in which you are exposed to foods that you are already sensitive to. If you have multiple food intolerances, then the diet helps to produce a diet that is diverse and nutritional at the same time.


Getting Started

Adapting to rotation diets can be very difficult at first and typically only those who are seriously ill are willing to accept the abrupt diet change. Nevertheless, if you are very determined, then the following rules can help you to get started.

1. Serve foods in moderate servings. This is more desirable for people who react strongly to food allergies.

2. Do not eat a specific food more often than once every 4 days; do this even if you do not react to it. Do not repeat eating any food during the 4-day cycle.

3. If you have allergies to many different foods, then keep your meals as simple as possible. Try to eat only 1 to 3 different foods per meal.


Rotation Diet Plan

Most people will require some time in order to adapt to the new diet eventually. As you begin, it is very unlikely that you will be able to adapt to it at hundred percent. Stay focused and patient as you move along. Do not give up the idea of food rotation even if you are not able to follow the diet completely.

To slowly get started, you may begin by rotating foods in just one group only; for example to start the rotation on fruits only. As an example, you may eat 1 or more of the following fruits:

Day 1: Bananas, blueberries, grapes, cherries

Day 2: Cranberries, plums, pineapple, peaches

Day 3: Oranges, tangerines, lemons, mangoes

Day 4: Figs, apples, pears, papayas

When you have adapted to the fruits group, you can then add another group such as proteins, vegetables and so on. It is not necessary to be overly concerned about having a balanced diet on each day, as long as unprocessed whole foods are eaten over the 4-day period.

If possible, include the following foods in each day:

Other than being able to help you to avoid food allergies, the specialized diet will also help to optimize your health. As a rule of thumb for all rotation diets, do eat a broad range of unprocessed and fresh foods.

Bryan is a part time contributor of the IHealthNet network and works full time as a dentist's assistant. He spends most of his time researching medical topics and loves writing.
Byran Tachell

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