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Nightshade Vegetables

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After eating a bowl of chili over a baked potato the other day I realized that I didn't feel well at all. I had heard that people with fibromyalgia and/or arthritis are often afflicted by nightshade intolerance, and that avoiding those vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, chili spices, peppers, eggplants, etc) can relieve symptoms (and I have been suffering from chronic pain and fatigue for years)... so starting Sunday, I stopped eating them to see what might happen.... it's too early to tell for sure, but I think it is helping. I will let a few more weeks go by nightshade-free before I make my final judgement, but initial reports look promising.

This brings up the question: when will I be done eliminating things from my diet? lol.. gluten, dairy, and now this. Oh well, it could be worse! And I'd much rather have a loss on the scale than a bowl of chili any day of the week. Luckily, I can still eat sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, parsnips... they're all delicious potato-replacements. I will really miss spicy dishes, so I'm investing in some non-nightshade spices (like hot mustard, wasabi, cumin, Szechuan peppercorns) to help liven things up. I wonder if maybe I could tolerate these vegetables in smaller quantities, but I'm going to stay away from them for a few weeks initially to get them out of my system, then I'll experiment with a slow re-introduction to see where my tolerance threshold lies.

I've found some great recipes for gluten-dairy-nightshade-free dishes -- I'll share some on my next food prep!

Keeping fingers crossed that this weight loss sticks... going to try my best to have another good week!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SASSY_BRASSY 10/28/2013 3:08PM

    Interesting about the nightshade theory- I never knew any of that!

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SIMONEKP 10/24/2013 12:54PM

    nice work

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KIPPER15 10/23/2013 9:41PM

    emoticon great job with the weight loss. Hope you can figure out your food allergy/intolerences It must make it much more difficult to shop and prepare food. Good luck.

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HENLADY11 10/23/2013 1:57PM

  Good job on the weight loss! *round of applause*

Really interested to see if eliminating nightshade vegs helps. Arthritis runs in my family.

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LOTUSBURGER 10/23/2013 1:33PM

    I love your information finds. I can't wait to hear
how you do. That is interesting about them being inflammatory.
Good luck on your new journey.
Looking forward to some new recipes emoticon

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KALANTHA 10/23/2013 11:43AM

    Congratulations on reaching your lowest weight of the year!

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-CHERYL 10/23/2013 10:34AM

    Was there any sausage or a meat with preservatives in it? We discovered my SIL has a bad reaction to the BHA & BHT in the sausage.

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    Way to go on hitting your new lowest weight for this year!!!

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MILLIE5522 10/23/2013 9:30AM

    I am really interested to see how you get on as my sister-in-law has fibromyalgia and this may help her. emoticon for sharing!

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