by T L Cornish, CNP
Candida Related Complex often goes hand in hand with food allergies and leaky gut syndrome. Many with candida will also be sensitive to individual foods, additives and preservatives. When beginning your candida treatment program, it’s particularly helpful to use the rotation diet to stabilize and improve your eating habits in such a way as to support your recovery process.
The central premise of the Four Day Rotational Diet, first introduced by Dr. Herbert Rinkel in 1934, is to structure your food intake in order to allow your body a period of recovery between subsequent exposures to specific foods that may be causing cyclical food reactions. In addition, the rotation diet is a useful tool in identifying sensitivities; and may help prevent new food allergies from developing.
Advantages of the Four Day Rotation Diet
- By allowing the body’s immune system to recover from the effects of a challenging food, current food allergies begin to mitigate.
- Helps to reduce the chance of developing new/additional allergies
- Encourages diet diversity by providing a wide range of nutritional choices.
- Discourages the over-indulgence of one food to compensate for the removal of another.
- Aids in identifying foods that could be causing problems.
When following the Rotation Diet, a specific food is eaten on a particular day of the rotation and is not repeated until that day of the rotation comes around again. Four days is generally long enough, but persons with chronic constipation may need to cycle longer than 4 days until regular bowel movements are achieved. For example, the Quinoa and Broccoli consumed on Day 1 of the 4-Day rotation is not eaten again until Day 1 of the next cycle.
The Rotation Diet also helps with feelings of deprivation that often occur when starting a candida diet. When we eliminate favorite foods from the diet, we sometimes compensate by over-eating a substitute for a food we are missing. This can cause new food allergies or sensitivities to surface. Eating a wide variety of foods not only keeps the diet more interesting, it is packed with a variety of nutrients that are essential to recovery.
Please visit the book store on our site to find one of our favorite “Rotation Diet” books: “Allergy and Candida Cooking – Understanding and Managing Plans for Healing” by Sondra K. Lewis is an excellent book with many helpful resources including menu ideas for each day in the rotation and food-family lists. Also helpful in menu planning and recipes “WholeApproach Recipes for Recovery, a collection…”
For more information on Food Allergies: See our article on allergies.