Food Allergy Rotation Diet
Dr. Heather Boyd-Roberts

If you discovered on your IgG food allergy panel that you have a large number of food reactions and avoiding them is unrealistic then following a food rotation diet can help diminish your symptoms.

The major advantage of rotating your foods is in identifying and eliminating food intolerance. The symptoms of food intolerance can range anywhere from depression, anxiety, fatigue, skin problems, weight gain, joint problems and digestive symptoms including heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, IBS and IBD.

There are many factors that contribute to food intolerance. Overgrowth of bacteria or candida in the large or the small intestine, low stomach acid, other digestive maladies, poor neurological movement through the intestines that leads to constipation, eating on the run, overuse of antibiotics, head trauma, repeated poor food choices such as hydrogenated fats, sugar and processed food in general and poorly managed mental stress. All of these point to an over-accumulation of stress somewhere in a personís life.

One of the major accumulated stresses that leads to food intolerance is the issue of overexposure to the proteins found in particular food groups. Foods that are closely related and part of the same species will have similar proteins. For example, broccoli, cabbage, canola, and kale all belong to the same family and carry similar proteins. Cashews, mangoes, pistachios and poison oak fall into the same family. If you are frequently eat the same species, you can still easily be overexposed to the same proteins, even if you avoid a specific food. Therefore, itís important to understand and classify food groups so you can get more variety. This will help reduce your exposure and help your food intolerance's lessen over time.

1. Your rotation diet is divided into 4 days. Those days are nicely divided in a table in the article attached below, "Food Allergy Rotation Diet." Do not include any foods that showed a positive reaction on your IgG/IgA blood test. It is best to also avoid moderate reactions for at least 6 weeks. At times there are so many reactions it is not possible to avoid them all and a rotation diet can be implemented.

2. Start with Day 1 on the Food Allergy Rotation Diet below and after Day 4, go back to the Day 1 column for Day 5, and so on.

3. Consume a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, and protein-rich foods daily for optimal nutrition.

4. Following this diet will assure that no one food is eaten more often than once every four days, which prevents food addictions and reactions.

5. Once you have reintroduced the moderate and severely reactive foods without experiencing any adverse reactions, you may incorporate them into one of the four days of your rotation diet. Reintroduction is not done for at least 6-8 weeks and after discussion with your doctor.

The following link will take you to a great instructional hand out on how to follow a food rotation diet and it gives you a table of the foods you eat in each of day 1 through 4.

Food Allergy Rotation Diet

The link below will take you to a table of food families that may list some foods that are not listed in the above link.

Food Family Chart