What's Your Operating System?
- By Carol Frilegh
- Published 02/25/2008
I am 79 an undiagnosed Celiac, since March 2000. I had chronic sinus infections and fluctuating weight, lost 86 pounds, got pneumonia, and needed antibiotic and Prednisone. I also got MCS and Latex Allergy. Unable to eat without pain, I started The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Things began to improve at once. I am not cured but SCD has been effective in managing the Celiac and helped improve my damaged immune system. It is a bit stricter than the gluten-free casein-free diet, but
Once on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I noticed there were a few people either implementing or asking about using it in the mode of a ROTATION diet (when a food is eaten repetitively, it can trigger a reaction in allergy-prone individuals or people with “leaky guts”). A rotation diet consists of eating biologically related foods on the same day and then waiting at least four days before eating them again. Naturally, we will never want to include grain or glutinous foods in these trials since they are the established culprits in the life of a celiac and strictly forbidden. Rotation is helpful in identifying foods you may not have thought of as problematic. Allowing a few days of relief diminishes the effects of the antagonizing antibodies and obscures them and can highlight a reaction that gets masked when a particular food is consumed daily.
Using the rotation approach means you may be able to eat foods not implicated as a major allergy triggers, foods classified as "borderline." Keep in mind that reactions are also associated with stress levels, illness or infection, lack of adequate rest, or the season of the year. We know our grain allergies are often heightened in pollination and grassy seasons. It is imperative to use some sort of food tracking method. I find Fitday a useful Internet tool to record what is eaten daily; (www.fitday.com) Trying out EXCLUSION or ROTATION methods separately does not require you to make them your permanent DOS. Employing either one as required for separate periods can be useful in pinpointing allergies and sensitivities, lessening dietary discomfort and help to make you "A Smooth Operator."
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