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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Elimination Diet and Rotation Diet for Allergies

Crazy Elimination and Rotation Diets 




FYI - I will be updating this post as I try new recipes and come up with more ideas.  

I have had several doctor/specialists visits lately.  One of which addressed food allergies and the elimination and rotation diet I am supposed to go through.    Some of the information I got in a pamphlet from my allergist - Dr. Natzke - cited Sally Rockwell and the route she uses to help with the elimination and rotation diet.  I was not too excited with her examples of meals to have during this time so I made up my own.  I hope this helps someone through this time.  

I set up my meals on a 4 day rotation.  I am for the most part making up big batches of the same kinds of foods and freezing them so it will make things easier in the long run.  I will be doing my rotation diet for 1 month while eliminating all my allergens, then reintroducing them after the 1 month mark.

Below is the meal plan I have made based on Sally Rockwell's listing of foods you can have every 4 days while on the rotation diet.  It's possible I may have made a mistake or two.  Also, I'm allergic to soy, corn, wheat, chocolate, coffee, and lettuce (romaine and iceberg).  While the foods you can have in any given day is incredibly restrictive for this foodie, I did what I could to try to help make things still be tasty   I got several of my recipes online and had to tweak them to fit in with what I'm supposed to have on certain days.  For instance, in almost every soup I make I put in onion, garlic and celery.  However, in this rotation diet I cannot do that so I will simply omit those items.  Or, if I can have shallots one day, I'll replace the onion in recipes for that.  Ground turkey seems to be the most economical and easy way to have turkey so I will be using that.  Sally Rockwell has a Basic Dressing Recipe in her books.   

I have the below list on my refrigerator.  Under each day I put the days of that month I have to eat those foods.  So for instance, Day 1 dates are 1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, and 29.  The more food I have prepped and ready to go, the easier it is to look at that specific day and see, then grab what I have to eat for that day.




Day 1 
Oils or fats that I will use are butter, and olive oil.
Sweeteners I will use are honey, raisins and beet sugar.

Breakfast:
Buckwheat pancakes - use baking soda and cream of tartar in place of baking powder, and use beat sugar.  Serve with berries and honey.
Eggs 
Herbal tea.

Lunch Options:
Chicken Kale soup - use onion in place of leeks, leave out carrots, and celery.  Serve with apple or grapes.

Kale, chicken, apples, onion, walnuts and homemade dressing.

Roasted Chicken served with sauteed greens and onions as well as lima beans.

Burger and cow cheese with squash and/or beets.

Dinner Options:
Burger and cow cheese with squash and/or beets.

Beef stir fry with sesame oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, peas, broccoli.

Roasted chicken served with spaghetti squash and homemade alfredo sauce.

Beef meatballs (made with egg, garlic, onion, salt and pepper) served with spaghetti squash, butter and parmesan cheese.

Snacks:
Walnuts/hazelnuts and raisins/dried papaya
Cow Cheese
Hard boiled eggs



Day 2
Oils or fats that I will use are olive oil.
Sweeteners I will use are stevia and dates.

Breakfast:
Turkey sausage - do not use the garlic and use turkey not chicken.  I also used extra sage, and basil.  
Hashbrowns - I cook potatoes in microwave or oven till almost done then refrigerate.  In the morning I put oil in the pan and shred the potatoes in it.  Use  sunflower seed or apricot oil for this ... or just a non-stick pan.
Orange
Herbal tea

Lunch Options:
Turkey soup - carrots, potatoes/yams, parsley, turkey broth and seasonings (thyme, basil, oregano, etc...)

Turkey burgers (from breakfast) served with oven roasted sweet potato fries (leave out the garlic).

Dinner:
Turkey rice stir fry with ground turkey, sesame oil, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, ginger and crushed red pepper.

Turkey hash made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, thyme, sage, crushed red pepper and salt.

Snacks:
Almond butter with rice cakes.
Almonds with dates.
Bell peppers and/or carrots with almonds or almond butter.




Day 3
Oils or fats that I will use are canola oil or olive oil.
Sweeteners I will use are Maple syrup and figs.

Breakfast:
Goat milk yogurt pops (at Whole Foods) with raspberries or pineapple and maple syrup.  Here's a recipe for pineapple pops.
Herbal tea

Lunch Options:
Buffalo burgers served with sautéed summer squash and shallots or summer squash noodles made with a Veggetti made with olive oil, shallots, salt and pepper.

Mjaddra (minus the rice and made with shallots instead of onions) with spinach salad (spinach, radish, shallots, and goat cheese) with simple dressing.

Dinner Options:
Falafel 
Simple Hummus (recipe at the bottom)
Spinach salad with radish, shallots, asparagus, and basic dressing
Roasted cauliflower, Brussel sprouts 

Taco salad with buffalo taco meat (homemade taco seasoning), black beans, goat cheese and basic dressing.

Snacks:
Simple Hummus (recipe at the bottom) and asparagus.
Goat cheese and pears or figs.
Pecans and figs.
Figs, goat cheese and pecans drizzled with maple syrup.


Day 4
Oils or fats that I will use are avocado, coconut or olive oil.
Sweeteners I will use are cane sugar and coconut sugar.

Breakfast:
Cashews or homemade cashew butter.
Oatmeal with cane sugar and banana.
Herbal tea

Lunch Options:
Tuna avocado salad - add ins allowed are celery, mustard, and olive oil.  Serve with Tomato Parsnip soup 

Cod served with Tomato Parsnip soup or roasted sweet potatoes and/or parsnips.

Dinner Options:
Same thing as lunch.  We can only have one type of fish per day.  So either cod for both lunch and dinner or tuna for both lunch and dinner.  Salmon is also on the approved list as are many others but I really don't like them very well.

Snacks:
Banana ice cream - Freeze peeled bananas, then take out and blend.  Banana ice cream :)
Peaches
Cashews, pistachios


There you have it.  I hope this has been helpful.  There are other choices on each day as options but I either won't eat them or they are not very cost effective.  I have a family of 6 and have to make sure this is affordable for me to do.  Here goes!  Wish me luck as I get through this next month.  I have something else FUN I have to do in February.  I'll put the details up then ;)

In the meantime, going out can be fun.  I can go to a movie and order water.  I can also have herbal tea at Starbucks.  That's pretty much it but I'm counting my blessings.  Thanks for the Starbucks gift card mom, it will come in VERY handy!


Recipes

Simple Hummus
You can't use ingredients you normally would for hummus because of this diet.  Also I do not have tahini on hand so I have made this simplified version.  I accidentally put too much salt in one time so I added a can of drained and rinsed black beans since I didn't have time to cook more garbanzo beans.  It turned out lovely!  Serve with asparagus or anything else on your day 3 list you're allowed to have.

Ingredients:
garbanzo beans
olive oil
cumin 
salt

Directions:
1. Cook garbanzo beans until tender (about 40 mins. to an hour) and run under cold water or open a can of cooked garbanzo beans.  De-skin so you get that wonderful, smooth texture.
2. Place in blender and blend till broken up.  Add in rest of ingredients - just a touch of each to taste.  
3. Thin with water till desired texture.