You’ve taken the mediator-release test (also known as the MRT, a blood test), now what?
You should already know that the MRT is part of a personal trial. At the very least, following for a couple of weeks the customized guidelines suggested by your test results can be used to rule out immune problems as the PRIMARY causal factor in your IBS or related issue. Best case, following the diet recommended by the MRT can give you control of managing your IBS, migraine, or other health issue and normalize your health. The only way to know is to take the MRT and then follow the dietary protocol.
After the MRT results are available, you meet with your certified LEAP therapist (CLT). At this one, like most meetings, your CLT will document an updated symptom survey so that the results of your LEAP therapy can be objectively tracked.
Then you begin to further take charge of your health by discussing the suggested phase-one dietary plan with your CLT — listening to suggestions and offering your input.
Then when the list of phase-one dietary items is agreed upon between you and the CLT, it’s time for a commitment on your part:
You are going to choose to improve you health by doing the following:
- Sticking to the dietary plan — only eating those ingredients on your current, agreed safe-foods list
- Being open minded, trying new foods and adapting recipes to include only safe ingredients
- Being open to broadening your kitchen skills a little bit to try making new foods that fit the plan
Succeeding with the LEAP protocol isn’t complicated, but your success is up to no one but you. If you comply with the program, your health and emotional well being will likely improve. The better you follow the program, the better your results will probably be.
Once you have your safe-foods list for phase one, that must be converted to a menu plan.
Some of the foods on the list are going to be completely new to you. For example, although buckwheat is known to many, beyond buckwheat pancakes, most have not eaten it in any other form. Yet there is hot buckwheat cereal as a breakfast option as well as buckwheat flour and foods made with buckwheat flour. But how many are familiar with kamut or amaranth? Learning about these types of novel foods and learning to prepare and enjoy them is part of the fun and interesting experience of the LEAP process for better health and living.
A great starting point for menu options and variety — even if you consider yourself to be far less than a world-class chef — is a section in the web site, Pinterest, called LEAP MRT at https://www.pinterest.com/leapmrt/ . Explore this site and you will find easy recipes for not only familiar or interesting normal-entrée dishes, but also ways to make your own condiments, sauces, and other menu enhancements that can broaden your options and make even your initial diet prescription more interesting and varied. (But don’t worry, within a short time as you move on from phase one, you will be regularly adding new items to your safe-food list.)
Some of the recipes within Pinterest can be used as is, but for many you’re probably going to omit some ingredients and perhaps substitute others, if possible, so that the recipe conforms to the requirements of your safe-foods list.
Your CLT will offer some basic suggestions along with the safe-food list, but ultimately, like other aspects of your lifestyle choices that impact your health, what you eat and how it’s prepared are up to you.
As an example of a basic sauce that is available to almost any LEAP client is a sweet-and-sour sauce that can be put over various simple foods for a flavor variation:
Basic Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
- Two parts of a safe-food sweetener from your phase-one-foods list (for some it may be cane sugar, honey, maple syrup — whatever sweetener is part of your phase-one dietary prescription)
- One part distilled white vinegar
- Add a bit of water as necessary to get the desired consistency
- Salt to taste and experiment with ingredient proportions to fine tune to your preferences
You can always call or email your CLT for advice and suggestions.
Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to stick to familiar meal-time traditions. There’s no rule that says you can’t have breakfast for dinner, for example; this is commonly done. But also there’s no rule that says you can’t have dinner for breakfast as well. It’s often easier to be successful with LEAP if you stay flexible and open minded.
Remember, you’re starting down a fresh path of better health for the rest of your life. Going forward, it helps to see yourself as a person who eats to LIVE (healthily), rather than a person who lives to eat.
(More to come, stay tuned….)