[I hope I don't regret making this information totally available. I'm going to assume my readers will be more interested in understanding--and will have more of a capability to understand--what the ALCAT does than they will in trying to find a way to put me in pain by feeding me foods that, at this time, I ought not to eat!]
As you can see at the bottom of the first page, when a food or substance is marked RED, it "indicates a severe intolerance
"ORANGE indicates [I have] a moderate intolerance and these items should be avoided for a minimum of 3-6 months"--after which time I can attempt the same thing as mentioned above for "RED" foods.
"YELLOW indicates a mild intolerance and these foods should be avoided" for three of every four days. In other words, if I ingest any of them on one day, I need to lay off of those foods for three days, minimum, before ingesting them again.
"GREEN indicates acceptable foods/no reaction." --But, what I just found out from the nutritionist at Cell Science Systems (CSS; the people who do the ALCAT test): I still ought not to eat any of these foods more than once every other day (i.e., one day I can eat it, the next day I ought to avoid it).
"Because more frequent ingestion may lead to a sensitivity reaction in the future. You want to give your body time to clear itself of each substance."
One of the hardest things to understand is the YELLOW category.
I have found the once-every-four-days freedom most particularly important in the area of carbs. Man! I "just" get starved for them.
So how I have been attempting to use my freedom is to determine that one day will be a potato day [notice that white potatoes are in the yellow column]. The next day may be a rice day [a "green" food!] Then, maybe, I'll have a corn day [yellow column]. The day after could be a gluten day [notice the second blue box down, down toward the bottom of the left-hand side; all the gluten-bearing grains count as a single "substance" or "food" for the purposes of meal planning. It doesn't matter whether I eat oats, wheat, rye, barley, or whatever--or all of them together: I must not eat any of them again for a minimum of four days after I've eaten them one one day].
I love the way they've split out all the "green" foods. I hate the way they have listed the "red," "orange," and "yellow" foods solely by alphabetization!
So I created my own document that splits those foods I should always avoid (i.e., the "red" and "orange") from those I can eat once every four days (the "yellow").
I also added a bunch of "hidden" ingredients based on information from Barbara Allan's book.
And I arranged them by general categories, the way CSS does for the "green" foods:
|AVOID ALWAYS||4-DAY ROTATION|
|All DAIRY (severe Whey reaction)|
BARLEY . . . including MALT (except Wheat days)
CORN (except on Corn days)
MALT (except Wheat days)
OAT (except Wheat days)
RYE (except Wheat days)
SPELT (except Wheat days)
ARTIFICIAL FLAVORINGS (unspecified)
BAKING POWDER (contains CORN or POTATO)
CORN STARCH or SYRUP (except Corn days)
DEXTRIN from corn or wheat
EXCIPIENTS (may include corn starch)
FOOD STARCH (unless specified non-corn)
GELATIN (unless specified non-pork)
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (except Corn days)
HYDROLIZED PLANT or VEGETABLE PROTEIN
MALT not from rice (barley, corn!)
MILK PROTEIN or SOLIDS
MODIFIED FOOD or WHEAT STARCH
MONO- and DI-GLYCERIDES not specified (corn)
NATURAL FLAVORINGS (disallowed grains)
POTATO FLOUR or STARCH ((except Potato days)
SALT (unless pure sea salt)
SOY SAUCE (except Wheatdays)
STARCH (unless specified non-corn)
TABLE SALT (because of Corn Dextrose)
TEA, BLACK or GREEN
* VANILLA EXTRACT (beware corn syrup!)
VINEGAR (unless NOT from wheat or corn!)
VINEGAR PRODUCTS (pickles, etc.)
WHEY, WHEY POWDER
XANTHAN GUM (except Corn days)
YEAST, BAKER'S or BREWER'S
CORN OIL (except Corn days)
WHEAT (Barley, Malt, Oat, Rye, Spelt)