In the last several years, it has come to light that many symptoms of autoimmune diseases can be treated via nutritional therapy. People who suffer from Celiac disease find their discomfort greatly decreased by avoiding gluten, while people with Hashimoto disease have found great success by following a rotation diet.
What is the Rotation Diet
There are many variations of a rotation diet, but this specific instance is referring to a plan in which you do not eat any of the same foods more than once in a four day period. While a rotation diet is not intended to cure issues within the gut or any food intolerance, it does do an excellent job of isolating which foods are causing you the most trouble.
It is also not necessarily about losing weight or watching your caloric intake; it is about offering your body a variety of foods so that you can discover what makes you feel good, and what makes you feel terrible.
What Are the Benefits of Food Rotation?
Prevent Gut Problems and Cause Food Intolerances
Many people who suddenly develop food intolerances find that the foods causing them the most discomfort are ones they eat every day. Your body’s digestion process is unique for each and every food that you eat, so if you are consistently eating the same things, the repeat performance of your digestive system puts a strain on it. Rotating the nutrients that you are forcing your gut to digest helps to let the overused parts rest, and the underused parts get to stretch their legs.
Our Bodies are Designed Biologically to Have its Nutrients Rotated
When the first men were on Earth, they were forced to eat with the seasons. When you think about farming and harvesting, produce does not grow all throughout the world all year long. We are able to get tropical fruits in non-tropical locations all year long because of import and export, but that is not natural.
Rotation Allows us to Diversify our Nutrients
Another great argument in favor of rotating your nutrients is the somewhat obvious idea that our bodies run better when we fuel it with a diverse medley of foods. Eating the same food every day and having your digestive system go through the same process every causes lethargy. Your body needs diverse nutrients to run on all cylinders.
How to Best Implement Food Rotation into Your Diet
Undertaking a successful rotation diet can honestly be really complicated, so some experts have put together comprehensive guides to help you on your journey.
Unboundwellness.com has an excellent 30-day planning e-book for a quick and easy guide, but here is a quick breakdown of what you can expect with this diet:
1. Start with a three to four day rotation. It is commonly accepted that this is the amount of time your body needs to fully process the foods you are eating
2. The rotation diet essentially means that you are not eating the same thing for at least four days; so, if you eat cauliflower on a Monday, do your best not to eat it until Thursday or Friday. However, if you do slip up and eat it multiple times within the week, try not to eat it at all for the next week or two to clear your system of it completely
3. It is important to eat seasonally on this diet. Buy your produce at a farmer’s market, where they only sell what they are able to grow at any given time
4. Planning and tracking ahead of time is a crucial element of success on this diet. This helps you to avoid being thrown off your progress because of hectic nights and busy schedules. You also need to be tracking any symptoms you are experiencing based on the foods you are eating
5. Plan on using your freezer a lot. Meal prep is a great way to keep yourself on track, but that can be an unrealistic goal with how quickly perishable food spoils. Make yourself a big batch and put it in the freezer so it keeps
6. K.I.S.S: keep it simple, stupid! This old adage absolutely applies here. While it is nice to have a lovely, Instagram-able photo of your colorful and vibrant lunch, it is best to stick to meals that consist of a healthy fat, a protein, and at least one to two vegetables
What is Hashimoto’s Disease?
The author of the e-book referenced above suffers from Hashimoto’s Disease, a disease that kind of proves that the body has a sense of humor. Your immune system attacks your thyroid, which wreaks havoc on almost every part of your body. Your thyroid is a gland right below your Adam’s apple in your neck that is a part of the endocrine system, which produces hormones. Hashimoto’s creates inflammation that typically results in an underactive thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism, and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the country.
Some symptoms of Hashimoto’s are fatigue, constipation, brittle nails, depression, joint paint and stiffness, a puffy face, pale skin, muscle weakness, high sensitivity to cold, excessive and prolonged menstrual bleeding, sudden weight gain, and memory lapses.
If you are to experience inexplicable tiredness, chronic constipation, dry skin, or a pale and puffy face, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Some treatment plans include thyroid surgery to try and correct the malfunctioning thyroid.
The Best Foods for Autoimmune Diseases to Rotate
Most experts agree that there are certain foods that really seem to help people suffering from autoimmune issues. The best foods to keep in your constant rotation are:
• Green tea
• Wild Alaskan salmon
The above foods are packed with nutrients and vitamins that help heal your ailing gut.
Conversely, experts would also agree to avoid some foods like the plague for autoimmune health:
• Oats, rice, and wheat
• Legumes like beans and peanuts
• Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants
• All sugar, even sweeteners (honey is okay occasionally)
Being mindful of one’s diet is an excellent way to promote gut health and feel better on a daily basis.