Alright, so I’ve spent the last week thinking about my ALCAT results and trying to figure out where/how to start. Even as a nutrition nerd who likes to read labels, my first reaction was overwhelmed. I’m pretty familiar with gluten free products and options, but when I started looking at labels to also scan for canola oil, olive oil, and/or safflower oil (all things I’m “moderately intolerant” to) it is nearly impossible to find any kind of packaged food without one of those oils in it. I try not to eat a lot of packaged foods, but granola bars are a common snack in my diet and I was hoping to find some crackers to replace the wheat ones and bread I eat. I also realized that it’s going to be a change from cooking with healthy olive oil, to either using vegetable oil or maybe peanut or sesame oils. It’s a good thing I didn’t have any dairy issues because this means I can still use butter.
Another thing I’ve been doing is looking at my yellow “mild intolerance” list of 50 foods and freaking out a little. There’s so many foods I love on it. ALCAT recommends yellow foods “be avoided if possible” and eaten on a 4-day rotation plan. It also recommends foods that have been eaten often on this list be avoided for 3 months. I’ve decided in order to not drive myself insane, I would try to avoid what I can, when I can. For example, I’m not going to eat plain bell peppers, but if I go out to eat and they happen to be in something I’m not going make a big deal about and will make sure not to have them again for 4 days. Foods on my yellow list that I do eat often, like almonds, honey and soy, I will try my best to avoid for 3 months.
I’ve also realized that I cannot jump right into this diet for about a month. I want to do my best to follow the recommendations, but I’m going to Las Vegas at the end of the month and don’t want to be restricted.
- Avoid red foods: cabbage, ginger, macadamia, mackerel, mussel, spelt and squid. This shouldn’t really be a problem.
- Be conscious of orange foods. Start figuring out what foods will need to be avoided, recipes changed, etc. Avoid when possible.
- Reduce gluten intake. Start trying gluten free alternatives and experimenting with gluten free recipes. I’ve already gotten gluten free oats and a mix for gluten free raisin bread to try.
- Eat mostly green foods until vacation (then all bets are off, I’m not just going on vacation, I’m going to VEGAS)
- Plan on starting offical ALCAT diet in May (after vacation and birthday celebrations 😉 )