Change is scary. Change is hard. But I’m pretty good at making changes to my own life. To be honest, I’ve had a lot of practice. Making changes to my four-year old’s life is far scarier and uncertain than making changes to my own. And that’s what I have to do as a good mom this week.
As I shared in my last post, little man and I had ALCAT testing done a few weeks ago, and received the results this weekend. I’m not going to focus on specific results for either of us, but am happy to answer questions privately–please email me, use the contact form, or comment below with a way to reach you. I am going to focus on the foods that we both can eat during the next six months. For six months, the best practice is to eliminate all reactive foods, and eat only foods that are non-reactive. These foods should be eaten in rotation, so that they don’t overload the body and create additional sensitivities. The process of rotation while eating only non-reactive foods gives the body a chance to heal from what is often years of eating foods that were causing inflammatory reactions.
So, without further ado, here is a list of our non-reactive foods. These are the foods we’ll be using to create meal plans for the next six months. I have not included the sub-panels of molds, environmental chemicals, food colorings, female herbs, etc in this list, since those things don’t make up a meal plan.
- Black & Kidney Beans
- Brussel Sprouts
- Button & Portobello Mushrooms
- Leaf, Red & Romaine Lettuces, Spinach
- Sweet Potato
- Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry
- Eggs (whites and yolks)
- Wild Rice
Nuts, Seeds, Other Things:
- Brazil Nut
- Cane Sugar
- Flax seed
- Fructose (HFCS, ew)
- Mustard Seed
You’ll notice on this list that most grains aren’t listed. Ethan had a severe reaction to gluten, and also reacted to grains that traditionally cross-react with gluten, plus non-gluten grains except the ones listed. So we’ll get him formally tested with a celiac panel at some point–but for now, we will strictly avoid grains.
He and I have some major differences in our individual lists–mine allows for more fruit and veggie variety, but remains fairly limited in proteins and herbs/spices. His is fairly restrictive, with 99 reactions noted (42 severe/moderate, plus gluten and casein). I’m thankful neither of us had a candida reaction, since that would be overwhelmingly limiting on top of our existing reactions.
Stay tuned–I’m hoping to include future posts on:
- Rotational meal plans & why they’re important
- What we’re eating
- Eating out on a restrictive diet
- Surviving the holidays on a restrictive diet
- Traveling on a restrictive diet
- Great ideas for school lunch
Also, wish us luck navigating this journey. Please do share yours in the comments or by message/email if you’d like to–I’d love to hear it!