Late Breaking Test for Nightshades?


TheLadyD

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I am on Day 28 of my Whole30 (yay!), and I'm starting to understand the power and process of the reintroduction.

 

I did not remove nightshades from my diet during the Whole30. I removed eggs to test for a probable sensitivity, and that was restrictive enough at the beginning, given all the other rules. But, now that I'm successfully nearing the end, I'm wondering if I can remove nightshades for some period of time and then test for each one individually?

 

I have in the past had a GI reaction to very new new potatoes (like the kind dug up by the farmer that morning and on my plate that evening). This has always made me wonder if I have a more subtle reaction happening all the time that I just couldn't detect with all the other possible inflammation happening. 

 

If I did try this, how long would I need to remove nightshades to do clean out my system, so to speak, and do the test?

 

Thanks for any thoughts / advice.

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I'd hazard a guess at a round 7-10 days going on eliminations of the same kind that I've carried out myself - if you ARE sensitive a week probably won;t be long enough to fully remove any inflammation, but it should be long enough for symptoms to improve and therefore to highlight any reaction.

Hope this helps.

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I am also removing night shades. I completed W30 and am now eating mostly the same with an occasional reintroduction. I am going nightshade free for about 10 days and then try them one at a time. Tomatoes and peppers have always been staples for us but haven't eaten much eggplant ever. I actually started eating organic small new potatoes on my W30 to get more calories and found they don't raise my blood sugar too much as long as I keep the serving size small. I can't eat the russets because of blood sugar issues but would like to include the new potatoes in my permanent repetitive. I also eat small servings of yams. I have been able to reverse (not cure) my T2 diabetes by eating low carb. I got even better numbers (normal) during my W30, even though I ate a little more carbs. I have never taken any diabetes drugs, but controlled all through diet. Love the night shades but did notice some aches and pains after eating them.

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I am also removing night shades. I completed W30 and am now eating mostly the same with an occasional reintroduction. I am going nightshade free for about 10 days and then try them one at a time. Tomatoes and peppers have always been staples for us but haven't eaten much eggplant ever. I actually started eating organic small new potatoes on my W30 to get more calories and found they don't raise my blood sugar too much as long as I keep the serving size small. I can't eat the russets because of blood sugar issues but would like to include the new potatoes in my permanent repetitive. I also eat small servings of yams. I have been able to reverse (not cure) my T2 diabetes by eating low carb. I got even better numbers (normal) during my W30, even though I ate a little more carbs. I have never taken any diabetes drugs, but controlled all through diet. Love the night shades but did notice some aches and pains after eating them.

Cooled boiled potatoes (think potato salad) contain resistant starch (which means it's more like fibre as it's undigested) which is less likely to impact blood sugar & will actually feed the friendly bacteria in your gut - might be worth bearing in mind if you're wanting to include potatoes in your rotation.

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Thanks, everyone. In my last days on the Whole30 after I wrote the original post, I noticed reactions to both potatoes (headache and overall blah's) and tomatoes/red peppers (depressed). It's interesting how cleaning up the rest of my diet makes these reactions stand out much more, like jmcbn said.

 

So, I'm going to eliminate nightshades while I do the formal Whole30 reintroduction is a slow and methodical way. I'll be taking longer than the recommended 10 days, and I'll reintroduce nightshades one by one at the end.

 

I'll miss them if they turn out to be the culprit. On the other hand, if I can perk up my mood as much as it appears I can by avoiding them, I'll be happy to do it.

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