The Paleo diet experiment has been going well but what a test of will power! Since I’ve gone “all in Paleo” I haven’t had any slip ups avoiding Gluten or Dairy so far. Along with eating the Paleo diet I have cut out nightshade vegetables.
“Nightshades are a family of plants that contain specific alkaloid compounds that can be irritating to those suffering from joint pain and inflammation.”(Sanfilippo) The most common nightshades are tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants and all peppers. Black pepper and sweet potatoes are not nightshades.
Try eliminating nightshades for thirty days to see if you notice a difference in your joint pain or inflammation. After thirty days reintroduce one nightshade at a time back into your diet so that you have a better chance of pinpointing the offending veggie.
My thirty days of being nightshade free are nearly up so I will begin reintroducing some of the veggies back into my diet, first will be tomatoes…it’s not a salad without tomatoes!! Keep up the fight!
Be a Warrior Today,
Sanfilippo, Diane Practical Paleo 2012
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