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Food Sensitivity Testing

Are you tired of suffering with the relentless symptoms of IBS, migraines or fibromyalgia pain? Food Sensitivity LEAP Testing can help.

Are you missing work or social events due to these symptoms?
Have you tried everything to get better?
Are you curious if your diet may have something to do with the problem? How about the SOLUTION?  You may have food sensitivities.

What is MRT/LEAP? 

Food sensitivities can play a role in many common health conditions and complaints such as digestive problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue.  MRT (Mediator Release Test) is the blood test component that measures the inflammatory reaction to 30 food chemicals and 120 foods.  The LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance) protocol is the process of using these results to treat unwanted symptoms.  LEAP is a personalized elimination diet.  Your CLT (Certified LEAP Therapist) will guide you through your results in order to greatly reduce or eliminate the unpleasant symptoms you may be suffering with.

The following conditions are often associated with food sensitivities:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

If you suffer from any of these conditions our Food Sensitivity Testing program may finally give you the answers and a solution to your problems.

Am I a candidate for MRT/LEAP?

The initial symptom survey is the best way to determine if MRT/LEAP is a good fit for you.  Based on your experience over the last month fill out the form to the left which you can find on our website. All of the symptoms on this list can be impacted by food sensitivities.  If you are experiencing symptoms the grand total is the number we want to bring down by as much as 80% or more! Your CLT can help you determine if your symptoms fit the bill for MRT/LEAP.

What is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity?

Food allergies are often easy to identify as their effects can be immediate whether it be a reaction on the skin or a systemic reaction that may cause life threatening anaphylaxis.  The mechanism of a food allergy is different than that of a food sensitivity. A food sensitivity causes inflammation in the body in reaction to foods and/or food-chemicals. Food sensitivities are much more common than food allergies and are often neglected. That’s why those who suffer from food sensitivities tend to remain ill, even after going to many doctors and specialists. Since the reactive foods can be different for every person, even a generic anti-inflammatory diet may be toxic for some people.

Why are food sensitivities difficult to self diagnose?

First, they are different for everyone so it is difficult to know where to start.  Next they are dose dependent meaning they can show symptoms in as little as 45 minutes or as much as three days after ingestion making it near impossible to determine the trend.  They are also dose dependent meaning that you may be symptom free when eating the offending food in small amount but have those symptoms come rushing back if you ingest too much of that food or a combination of reactive foods. The MRT takes the guessing game out of the equation.  This is where your CLT becomes a detective to help you determine the foods and how much of these foods are causing you problems.

What do results look like?

The MRT will identify the foods that cause reactions for YOU.   It is done with a simple blood test and results are available in 10-14 days. Your MRT test results are presented to you in a graphic format showing low reactive, moderately reactive, and highly reactive foods  and chemicals/additives. In the SAMPLE patient below the lowest green bars represent the least reactive foods.  As the bars increase in size the level of reactivity increases.  Your results will show the reaction levels for 30 chemicals and 120 foods.

LEAP sample results

Food Sensitivity Sample Results using LEAP Testing

How do I use the results?

To use these results the foods are placed into phases, the LEAP protocol is comprised of 4-5 phases.  The phases allow us to start with the least reactive foods first in order to get to a baseline where symptoms are greatly reduced.  The first phase lasts about 7-10 days.  Then you move onto the next phase and start adding in new foods to trial, if there is a reaction we are able to identify what food that is the perpetrator.   Below is a SAMPLE of the phases.  This would be individual to your blood results.  Each phase includes a balance of food groups including proteins, starches, fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts and seeds, and seasonings.

Leap phasing

LEAP Food Sensitivity Training

What can I eat?

As part of the process we provide clients with customized meal ideas and products that fall within the limits of their results.  It is best to focus on the foods you CAN HAVE instead of the foods that are high reactive and will be removed for the next few weeks.  Below is a SAMPLE of meal ideas for a phase one LEAP client.  These are simply ideas to choose from.  You do not have to cook something new for every meal or snack.  The meal plan will come with recipes and products that fit that phase hyperlinked for easy access.  We typically provide 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners and 7 snacks per phase.

Breakfast barley made with cow’s milk, blueberries, sugar and cinnamon Hot rye cereal or hot barley flakes with milk, sugar sliced bananas, vanilla Smoothie with cow’s milk, ice, banana, and carob powder/chips (chocolate in taste), sweeten with sugar Spelt berry porridge (use cow’s milk, omit seasonings and sweeten with sugar) with cranberries
Rye crackers and cheese Baked apples (regular sugar instead of brown sugar) Trail mix with banana chips, Craisins, dried apricots Baby carrots and avocado dressing
Avocado chicken salad, on spelt bread or tortilla ( can flavor  with basil) with pear chips Chicken and barley soup using homemade chicken stock, carrots, barley, basil, and salt Chicken, apricot, asparagus skewers Mason jar salad with yellow squash noodles, mushrooms, carrots, shrimp, avocado dressing
Poached salmon seasoned with lemon and basil with roasted asparagus with salt and avocado oil Grilled tuna steak with grilled corn (can use butter and salt)and carrot fries Baked chicken with mushrooms, with mashed cauliflower, asparagus

Grilled kabobs with chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, and squash (avocado oil in place of olive oil) over cooked barley

 

Do I have to follow this forever?

The full LEAP protocol will take about 5-6 weeks. By adding foods in one by one we can identify the food/s that is/are causing symptoms.  Your end goal is to get back to as varied a diet as possible.  Even the foods that are indicated in yellow and red as high reactive will be added back in small amounts in about 4-6 months to determine if you are able to handle them without symptoms.  The function of the LEAP protocol is to heal the immune system, which is why you may be able to tolerate even the high reactive foods in the future.

What the CLT does for you:

  • Explains the process every step of the way.  MRT/LEAP can be very overwhelming.  Your CLT is your support during the whole process.
  • Interpret the results with you and determine how best to implement the results.  The LEAP protocol can be restrictive so age, lifestyle, relationship with food, cooking ability and experience will all impact how the results are used.
  • Give recommendations on products and where to purchase them that fits within your LEAP diet.
  • Meal planning with phase appropriate foods.
  • Teach you new methods of meal prep and meal planning.
  • Scrutinize food/symptom logs for links between foods and unwanted symptoms.
  • Incorporate other nutrition therapies for overlying conditions (SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, food allergies etc.)
  • Access to LEAP mentor and CLT community for ideas to further support you!

 

Click here to see a full sample report.

Steps involved in process:

  1. Meet with your Registered Dietitian in order for them to review your medical history, family history, symptoms, and goals.  Your dietitian will be able to evaluate if this testing is a good option for you!
  2. Join us on our monthly blood draw to get the blood work taken.  We have a certified phlebotomist in our Greenbelt office monthly, check out our events calendar to see upcoming blood draw dates.  Your dietitian can schedule you for this at your initial appointment.
  3. The test is not fasting.  However, if you are getting other lab work drawn at the same time the other testing may require fasting so check with your dietitian.
  4. The blood work will be sent out that day by our office.
  5. Results typically come back to us within 10-12 days, our office will alert you when we have received them in order to follow up for an appointment to discuss your results. You will be given multiple copies and we urge you to share with your doctors!
  6. Follow-up nutrition counseling sessions in office or by phone (review of results and guidelines, meal and menu planning, grocery shopping, eating out).

To learn more about Food Sensitivity Testing download and review the forms below.

    1. Symptom Survey
    2. Is Your Food Making You Sick?
    3. Mediator Release Test – Principles & Methods

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