My LEAP Journey, Phase Five & Rotation Diet

My ImmunoCalm elimination diet is complete {kind of}. wooop. wooop.

…and the cherry on top?…..

I’ve been Zyrtec-free for 11 days…. ABSOLUTELY cra-zy. Before this, I’d start to break out in hives if it had been more than 24 hours without my medicine. I have more energy and am feelin’ great… GI symptom free. 🙂

Here are my meal plans for Phase 5:

Day #23-Wednesday, May 8th; New food added:  Paprika and Pecans

  • Breakfast: Cinnamon Sugar Almonds (almonds, sugar, cinnamon)
  • AM Snack: Frozen strawberries, raspberries and mango
  • Lunch: Rice cake(whole grain brown rice, sea salt), almond maple butter (almonds, maple syrup, sea salt)
  • PM Snack: Sweet potato chips (stone ground corn, sunflower oil, sweet potato, corn bran, evaporated cane juice, sea salt)
  • Dinner: Pecan crusted tilapia (tilapia, egg, almond flour, pecans, paprika, salt, black pepper), sweet potato with brown cane sugar and cinnamon
  • PM Snack #2: n/a

Day #24-Thursday, May 9th; New food added: Apricot

  • Breakfast: Apple with sunflower butter (sunflower seeds, evaporated cane juice, sea salt), raisins
  • AM Snack: Apricot fruit bar (apple, apricot, ascorbic acid)
  • Lunch:  Pecan crusted tilapia (tilapia, egg, almond flour, pecans, paprika, salt, black pepper), sweet potato with brown cane sugar and cinnamon
  • PM Snack: Boiled egg with salt and pepper; cantaloupe with sea salt
  • Dinner: Spoonful of sunflower butter (sunflower seeds, evaporated cane juice, sea salt) with spoonful of strawberry preserves (sugar, strawberries, water, fruit pectin, lemon juice, citric acid-corn based)
  • PM Snack #2: Sweet potato with brown cane sugar

Day #25-Friday, May 10th; New food added: White potato and onions

  • Breakfast: Fresh raspberries; cinnamon sugared almonds (almonds, sugar, cinnamon)
  • AM Snack: Popcorn with olive oil, sea salt
  • Lunch: Pecan crusted tilapia (tilapia, egg, almond flour, pecans, paprika, salt, black pepper), sweet potato with brown cane sugar and cinnamon
  • PM Snack: n/a
  • Dinner: Cornmeal crusted walleye with white potatoes, asparagus, and onions cooked in olive oil; red wine
  • PM Snack #2: n/a

Day #26-Saturday, May 11th; New food added: Banana

  • Breakfast: Rice cake(whole grain brown rice, sea salt) x2, almond maple butter (almonds, maple syrup, sea salt)
  • AM Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: n/a
  • PM Snack: Strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe; prosciutto (pork, salt)
  • Dinner: Frozen mango and raspberries; peanuts
  • PM Snack #2: n/a

Day #27-Sunday, May 12th; New food added: Shrimp, avocado

  • Breakfast: n/a
  • AM Snack: Dry roasted almonds
  • Lunch: Sirloin with string beans, blackened shrimp, cantaloupe
  • PM Snack: n/a
  • Dinner: Blackened chicken with avocado; hand cut fries-potatoes, vegetable oil, sea salt
  • PM Snack #2: n/a

The last five days were a little tough, lots of eating out for Mother’s Day and had a friend’s bridal shower on Saturday. I had to turn down a lot of cheese and chocolate at the shower. boo. 🙁

So now what happens? I get to eat whatever?

… not so fast.

My gut is still healing, so we continue to add one to two new foods daily and continue to eat very clean, unprocessed foods. So then what’s changed from Phase 5? I can now add untested foods. For instance, the lab test didn’t test kiwis or dates on the blood panel. I love kiwis and want to add them back badly. I also want to add dates so I can add Lara Bars for an on-the-go treat.

Also, in Phase 6 we begin to rotate food groups to prevent new food sensitivities from forming. Some theorize we get food sensitivities because our immune system is weakened, and we consume the same foods over and over, causing food sensitivities to those repeated foods. Many people discover they’re sensitive to foods they eat all the time. For instance, I was sensitive to cow’s milk, yogurt, garlic and tomatoes; I used to eat those foods daily.  By rotating food families we can {hopefully} prevent new food sensitivities from forming.

In Phase 6, we rotate food families every three days. For example chickens and eggs (chicken eggs) are both in the pheasant family, so we could eat chicken and eggs on Monday, but then we wait until Thursday to have them again. We wouldn’t want to have chicken on Monday, and eggs on Tuesday and Wednesday because our body wouldn’t be getting a break from the pheasant family. The key is variation… lots of variety! 🙂

I still need to wait three months to trial my moderately reactive (yellow) foods, and wait six months for my highly reactive (red) foods.

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Phase 6 or the Rotation Diet is pretty much the maintenance phase. I’ll update you on my progress in a few weeks.

LEAP and MRT success story right here! 🙂

Let me know if you have any, any questions. I’d be happy to help!

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