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  1. Last week when I started my Whole30 and noticed all the information on nightshades, I kind of pushed it aside and figured naah not a problem for me. Well I think I've been proven wrong. Although my digestion/IBS is doing well - which I talk about more in this thread http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/3462-ibs-success-stories-advice/ and overall I'm feeling better rested and better in general I am still dealing with a fair amount of nasal congestion, sore throat, and fatigue. This happened in a big way many times over the summer (read 5 serious bouts lasting 3-5 days) that I thought I was getting colds/flus from overworking. However, the symptoms were never accompanied with fever, bodyaches or other flu like symptoms. Just the sore throat and painful ears usually on one side or both and clear phlegm (not colored or cloudy like with a cold or flu. Sorry for the details but it's important in figuring out the cause!). Important to note that I have hypothyroidism (treated since 2008) and despite my blood levels indicating it's well balanced, I have fatigue and cycle issues that seem to indicate otherwise. Last night I used a new to me Mrs. Dash spice blend and last night and today the right side of my throat and right ear canal or SO painful and I am phelgmy. Looked at the ingredients I saw that it contains black pepper and chili pepper high up on the list and then red bell pepper further down. Considering my dinner consisted of... Roasted Chicken Roasted sweet potato topped with coconut milk and Sauerkraut (from a local farm made with nothing but salt) I really think spice blend has got to the be cause of my symptoms. So nightshades are gone for a while to see if it gets rid of this really annoying and hurtful inflammation. My questions are... *Do you agree with my possible self-diagnosis? *What symptoms do you (other people that have nightshade issues) get when you eat them?? *Am I missing any nightshades on my list of things to avoid.... All peppers Tomatoes and Tomatillos Eggplants Potatoes but not sweet potatoes (thank goodness!) Paprika and other pepper based spices Hot sauce and salsa (I've heard blueberries as well but am unsure??) Thanks so much guys!
  2. Hi, I've recently just completed the Whole 30, no cheating! Yeah!!! I feel good, am excersizing a lot more and my mood is better. However, the entire time I was on the diet, I ate nightshades ( potatoes, tomatoes, peppers,) in some form or another at every meal and have experienced bloating, constipation and terrible rosacea. Wine used to give me rosacea, so I stopped. Ofcourse, stopped drinking alcohol and was surprised to see it got so much worse. My question is, if this is an anti-inflammation diet, why are nightshades allowed? I've recently read that they are inflammation inducing. Side question- caffeine is known to raise cortisol, the stress hormone which can cause belly fat. Why is that allowed on the diet? Thanks
  3. supercalifragalistic

    Good whole 30 meal, bad results

    Hello! I'm on day 14 and mostly feeling AWESOME and proud of myself. I made a dinner last night that I thought was safe, despite being vegetarian (lots of CSA veg this week!) -- a well-cooked veggie stew of onions, peppers, tomatoes, green beens, and eggplant with a side of olives. About 4 hours later I woke up with a stomach ache and felt very gassy this morning. The exact same thing happened to by husband. This is really unusual for us. Would this indicate a possible issue with nightshades? Is this a typical symptom of that? I didn't notice this in my last Whole30. I know it would have been ideal to have more protein in that meal, but I find it hard to believe that skipping protein would cause that.
  4. hi everyone, I am looking to plan a meal - the current situation is kidneys issues ( not much time left before i will need dialysis), and autoimmunity disease and inflammation, yeah it's bad. however, after reading the whole30 & robbwolf articles i came down to that: I need ketogenic diet including 80% fat, 10-15% carbohydrate and 10% proteins. AND Need to avoid: all the whole30 stuff(dairy,grains,legumes..etc) AND- nightshades & fructose. nightshades because of autoimmunity and fructose because of kidneys issues. What i eat right now: a lot of fruits,proteins,nightshades,sugar and the bad stuff.. not very good. What's your opinions about that ketogenic plan?, is anyone been there? please don't be afraid to give out your opinion, of course I'm going to ask for medical advice as well. but i want to start the change with food too, and NOW. it seems like doctors don't find the true solution for years, so i will give it a chance.
  5. I am nearing the end of the 30 days, after starting in July and having to start over on Aug. 7 due to some sneaky sulfites. Mostly I feel the same. I've lost what seems to be a decent amount of weight. Body composition has changed for sure. And the light patch of excema on my arm is almost clear. Oh, and I think I've finally nailed that sugar dragon. Which is crazy. I rarely crave sweets. Overall, I'd rate this one a huge success. But I still feel drowsy and tired in the afternoons, I want to nap, my workouts are about the same, and I've certainly not experienced any tiger's blood. The biggest issue is my hands are achy. I've had a touch of arthritis/carpal tunnel for a short time (I'm 35) but never this bad, and it seems like it's actually gotten worse during my Whole30. My hips and back also are inflamed, after several weeks of being completely clear. Anyway, here's a peak at my usual diet. Thursday: Breakfast: Two egg muffins in prosciutto with added pesto sauce for fat. Serving of roasted brussels sprouts and new potatoes. Lunch: Chicken with spaghetti squash and pesto. Roasted butternut squash and mashed cauliflower with ghee. Snack: 1 Meatball, veggies and cauliflower hummus with tahini and almond butter Dinner: Meatballs with spaghetti squash and tomato sauce with mushrooms, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed cauliflower. Friday: Breakfast: One egg muffin in prosciutto with pesto, 2 meatballs, new potatoes, butternut squash. Lunch: Salad with beets, chicken, olive oil and lemon, side of fruit. Pre WO: 1 meatball WO: Run 2 miles (meant it to be shorter, but I left my keys at the gym), lifted weights for 20 minutes. Post WO/Dinner (I had to combine due to time constraints and not wanting to eat dinner at 10 p.m.: Meatballs, butternut squash, spaghetti squash and tomato sauce. I'm thinking maybe I should extend my Whole30 a couple of weeks and drop nightshades from my diet, which sucks, because I've basically been doing this for 52 days. I have to go out to eat with clients and potential clients at least once a week, which is really tricky. And there are birthdays approaching (including mine) and also: tomatoes and peppers? I live for spicy food. Any advice would be helpful. My diet pre-Whole30 was pretty healthy except for the sweet tooth. Though I rarely ate white potatoes, and I started eating them to keep my carbs up (If I don't have enough carbs, I get depressed, and it limits my workouts). I've made an appointment with my doctor for next week. But seriously, thoughts? Should I go another two weeks and drop potatoes, tomatoes and all peppers?
  6. I came across the 'whole30' yesterday - I have been doing something very similar since May last year. I have an autoimmune condition, Graves Disease, which improved month on month after changing my diet and is now in remission. I was curious to see quinoa and buckwheat in your list of foods to avoid, as I'm aware these are (non-grass) plant seeds rather than grains. I eat a fair amount of buckwheat and so far have no problems from it. I also eat a very small amount of nightshades (I get a weekly veg bag, so if it contains nightshades I will eat them, but I dont buy them separately ever). I understand that a substantial percentage of graves sufferers may also be intolerant of nightshades. I am aware I have had a problem with peppers for years, but assumed I was allergic to capsaicin - I have re-evaluated this in the last year and am unsure if its is capsaicin or nightshades that I'm allergic to. What are your thought on nightshades, and why do you consider buckwheat and quinoa foods to be avoided? Many thanks, Mandy ps I also ferment a proportion of my veg and eat or drink something fermented everyday - I believe this is also an important aspect of a healthy diet – what are your thoughts on fermented foods and drinks?
  7. I ran across Whole30 and the autoimmune protocol three days ago, and I've spent a lot of time at Whole9 and The Paleo Mom soaking up everything I can. I started reading It Starts with Food as well. I am 100% convinced this is what I need, and I plan on starting November 13 as I'm currently traveling. I've been living nightshade free since July 2011. The recommendation came from a dietitian who was finally able to pinpoint my sensitivity after about 10 years of symptoms. I've been suffering since high school, and I felt like “modern medicine†failed me. The decision to live nightshade-free was a tough one...for about 2 weeks. I was feeling less lethargic, achy, hot tempered, drowsy. After a month I felt better than I could remember in my adult life, in fact, my personality changed is a very pleasant way. When I accidentally got into something with spices, it set me back about a week. I don't believe I'll ever be able to reintroduce nightshades, and I've come to terms with this. The good news is, I was able to stop all prescription medication: including asthma treatment and antidepressants. (I did this under the care of my doctor, and it took 3 months to ween.) Still, I can't help but feel the isolation of this choice. Living in Texas, it's difficult to avoid the BBQ, Mexican food, etc. In fact, I experience extreme anxiety when faced with a new restaurant or traveling out of town. I've often sat at restaurants with my glass of water while friends and family enjoy their meals - waiting until I can pick up something to eat later. While I feel so much better avoiding nightshades, I do believe there is more healing to be done. I was trying to decide whether to start Whole30 without nightshades and then do Whole30 with the strict AIP the following month or tackle both at once. I am already enduring the isolation of living nightshade free, and I'm fearful of further isolation and frustration. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how I should proceed?