Taking on the “Lazy Susan” Diet
We are creatures of habit. We have the same routines in the morning, shop at the same stores every week and quite often eat the same foods daily or on a regular basis.
Habits aren’t bad are they? Well no, and a lot of the time they help keep our lives organised and our sanity in check.
However, when it comes to food, in PKP kinesiology, we believe that repetitively eating the same food is a cause of poor digestion. The reason for this is that the body has groups of enzymes it produces for digestion of particular foods. So when we eat the same food regularly, we are “stimulating the body’s cellular and immune systems with the same nutritional biochemistry”.(1)
Calling on the same enzymes to break down our food means our body starts to digest food less effectively and this can lead to incomplete digestion. Partially digested food, like proteins for example, can result in our body’s immune system viewing these clumps of food as antigens (foreign things in our body that shouldn’t be there) and then produce antibodies against it.
In PKP our philosophy is, perhaps, controversial. We believe there are no universal health foods and that food is only as healthy as our ability to digest, absorb and utilise it. [We are obviously not including fast/junk food in this discussion!]. Everyone’s digestive system is different. What I can digest well, perhaps you can’t. Therefore the diet that works ‘brilliantly’ for you, may not for me.
Food rotation breaks the pattern of eating the same foods everyday (or regularly). Food rotation challenges you to spread your consumption of foods from the same food family over four or seven day cycles. So if you have an egg on Monday, you should not eat anything from the egg family until at least Friday, if you are on a four day rotation plan. Another example is having chicken for lunch on Sunday and then not eating any chicken, eggs, or quail until Thursday.
Sound hard? It is. Think of enjoying your favourite yum chat meal on a Lazy Susan and having to wait four days until someone finally spins the board so it is your turn again. There is nothing ‘lazy’ about this diet, it requires a lot of thinking and planning ahead!
I had to trial this diet when I was undertaking my kinesiology course. I confess, I was pretty sceptical of the benefits.
Not that I wanted too, but, I did lose weight. I lost about 3 kilos, felt better and I was both surprised and converted as to the benefits.
Thankfully in practice I muscle test clients to work out which food should be rotated as a priority and tend to recommend rotation of only one or two food families you may be sensitive to at a time e.g. dairy or wheat.
- Dewe, BAJ; Dewe JR. BKP 108 Training Manual. International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice. 2010.
Howell, E. Enzyme Nutrition. Avery Publishing Group; 1985