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Anyone else experience food poisoning-like sickness on Whole30?


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Hi all. I am officially on Day 16 of my Whole30 and so far it has been a great experience. I felt completely on track—until yesterday, my Day 15. I went to brunch with a friend and just got a scramble with all Whole30 compliant ingredients... then had a red pepper w/guac for a snack + an indian meal from Trader Joe's (Punjab Eggplant—which is eggplant, tomatoes, onions, spices, and sunflower oil... all technically okay on Whole30, and I've had this a few times within my first 15 days and didn't have a reaction...), and Whole30-approved chicken and cauliflower rice for dinner.

 

Before dinner my stomach started hurting. I was hoping it was cramps (I recently came off the pill and have been missing cycles... sorry if that's TMI but it may be connected here...)... but directly after dinner I started getting horrible stomach pains, which led to an uncomfortable experience in the bathroom... similar to food poisoning but no vomiting. 

 

It seemed to be over and done with after about 30 minutes, but the next morning (today), I'm still feeling bloated. My energy is fine, though. 

 

So... could this be food related? I hear some restaurants puff up their eggs with unhealthy thickening agents. Could that be why I had such a reaction? I can't figure out what it could be. I'd be shocked if the restaurant did that, because it's a vegan-friendly, gluten-free joint... but it's possible? 

 

Have any women out there experienced these symptoms around that time of the month? Maybe I am reading mixed signals here... If you're thinking "pregnancy", I definitely don't think that could be it. I've been beyond cautious. But I might take a test, regardless, if signs are pointing that way.

 

Any help or advice would be helpful! I was doing so well! And now I'm feeling a bit discouraged... 

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Call the restaurant and tell them you got sick after eating there and wonder if they used anything in cooking the eggs that you might be sensitive too. I don't imagine they will happy to talk with you, but you might learn something.

 

It could be that there was a breakdown in food handling either at the restaurant or in what you got from TJ's. I don't worry too much about one off events. The question is will it happen again.

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