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!