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Headache lingering day 10


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This is my second Whole 30, start date was Jan 1.  First time around I had no hangover, but this time I've had a dull headache and stuffy head that just won't go away.  My meals typically include - PROTEIN - eggs, chicken, salmon or shrimp, - VEGGIES - broccoli, brussell sprouts, cauliflower, bell pepper, mushrooms, - FATS - coconut oil, olives, avocado, and occasionally I throw in a sweet potato as a STARCHY VEG.  This is the same template I used for my first Whole 30 without issue.  I drink  80-100 oz. of water a day (still and sparkling) and 1 bottle of Kombucha.  I just recently added Natural Calm (original flavor) as I started experiencing leg cramps (I had been using the lemon-raspberry Natural Calm daily pre-Whole 30).


Any suggestions?  I'm tempted to blame it on allergies, or the persistent low pressure systems that have been settled over Northern California the last two weeks.  My last Whole 30 was in March 2014, usually the time my allergies ramp up.  I'm trying to avoid taking any OTC meds, but maybe I should try taking my allergy meds????

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You may have a bug or hayfever.

Headaches can be all kinds of things but a stuffy head seems more like allergy or being sick.


Some allergies/sensitives to be aware of:

  • Eggs
  • Cruciferous (broccoli, sprouts, cauli)
  • Latex (banana, avocado)
  • Nightshades (peppers, paprika, goji "berries", eggplant, tomato)
  • FODMAPs (sweet potato, onion)
  • Histamine (Kombucha, vinegar)

If you've eaten all these things last time on Whole30 and were okay, it may not be food related.

That said, sometimes when you're feeling a lot better, things you used to ignore become noticeable (one of the reasons why Reintroductions work).

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Thank you for the suggestions.  I did have a cold the week leading up to my start date, so maybe I have a little residual congestion causing the headache.  I didn't have any problems with any of the foods you listed in first Whole 30, so I think I will give myself a little more time and see if it could just be what's left of my cold.

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