So long, Nightshades Follow-up

Here’s a follow-up post to my effort at being nightshade free for 15 days now, including the positive things I’ve noticed and one mishap.

I’ve remained nightshade free except for inadvertently going for Thai food the other night with my husband. He’d had a really long day, I was hungry, neither of us felt like cooking that night, so we ran out quick. Once we got there and sat down, I was quickly reminded that I wasn’t eating anything on the menu-grrrr. Just didn’t think about it.

I ended up getting a pumpkin curry, and didn’t eat the bell peppers (they were the obvious nightshades), however, I know there was chili pepper, and probably paprika included in the curry. I was bummed, and probably more so because within 10 minutes, I was literally crawling out of my skin and my stomach had inflated to the size of a big balloon :-/ I guess, for me, maybe there is something to them. Sigh. So now I’ve restarted the no nightshades, and I’m doing fine with it (was doing fine before too), although I’m bummed that I accidentally ingested them. I will say that my joints and inflammation is almost non-existent excluding nightshades from my diet; both my massage therapist and chiropractor noticed unsolicited that mobility and tissue feels completely different to them.

I had planned on starting the full AIP today, however I’ve delayed that for a couple of reasons: 1) I still have some non-AIP foods at home that I’m not willing to let spoil, or throw away (like Kale, other leafy greens, nuts), and 2) I still need to do a little research on what is and is not included so I have a better understanding and will be successful with it (like which spices are seed based, etc.).

I’ll keep you posted 🙂

My Current “No” Tally and Impending AIP

I’m on the journey of eliminating more and more things from my lifestyle, in an attempt to heal my gut. “Modern medicine” has failed to help me, therefore, through what I’ve learned in the last year and a half I’m going to heal myself (sure wish I would’ve found this path sooner, but alas, better late than never)!

So far, I’ve eliminated nightshades (7 days), I have had no dairy (other than grass-fed butter) for 9 days and no soda for 9 days (I rarely drink soda anyway). We have family visiting now, so it’s a little more difficult to be as strict with schedules, eating, and experimenting with new things, etc.

Next Monday I’ll start the Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP), something I learned about through Paleo. It helps people with auto-immune diseases that continue to struggle with digestive issues and/or leaky gut, heal themselves (if you don’t know what leaky gut is, google it, as I bet you have some form of it, or again, buy Practical Paleo!!). The majority of a person’s immune system is in their gut, and considering how messed up mine is, that’s alarming, ha. Plus, it isn’t good for anyone to constantly be in a state of stress from discomfort, pain, and chronic inflammation.

So, my “no” tally is about to get real long. If anyone wants to join me, we can hold each other accountable-the first step is 30 days.