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Eggs causing depression? Anyone successfully reintroduce eggs?

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Updated October 21, 2014 at 4:35 AM
Created February 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I've always (10 years or more) struggled with depression, energy and motivation, and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and Chronic Fatigue around that time as well.

I tend to do pretty well with depression on weekdays but on weekends I can lay on the couch all day and want to cease to exist. I've always attributed this to different things, starting the day late, no motivation to get going without a job to get to, less human interaction, moving away from friends, ect.

However, with the recent thread on brain fog and eggs and subsequent research on autoimmunity, sensitivities and eggs, I'm starting to think that perhaps eggs are whats causing these dark weekends. For the majority of the time, the only eggs I have during the week are yolks in mayonnaise. But on the weekends, I'll have 2-4 a day for breakfast, and perhaps more if I make a paleo baked good.

I am going to eliminate them, but am concerned that according to most of the anecdotes I've seen, most people can never add them back into their diet. I wonder if eggs can be perfectly fine, but the process is akin to the body having trouble digesting meat if it has been absent from the diet for too long.

Anyone have an experience with this?

EDIT: 4-28-14

I eliminated eggs for 3 weeks, without thinking I popped a deviled egg into my mouth (and it wasn't even good!) so I eliminated them for four more weeks. After that I had a few egg yolks. Everything seemed fine for a day or too, then I got achy all over, bloated and gassy. then around the fourth day after the yolks (i only had them that ONE time), I became VERY depressed, actually even thinking about suicide. I'm still not sure if it was entirely the egg yolks as everyone around me was sick and i was taking something that may have reduced the absorption of my thyriod meds. I'm waiting a while then trying again, it's very scary though!

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58 · April 28, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I eliminated them for 3 weeks, without thinking i popped a deviled egg into my mouth (and it wasn't even good!) so I eliminated them for four more weeks and then had a few egg yolks. Everything seemed fine for a day or too, then I got achy all over, bloated and gassy. then around the fourth day after the yolks, i became VERY depressed, also thinking about suicide. I'm still not sure if it was entirely the egg yolks as everyone around me was sick and i was taking something that may have reduced the absorption of my thyriod meds. I'm waiting a while then trying again, it's very scary though!

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5 · February 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Does this in addition change your mind ? Or did you read the link anyway ?

http://charm.cs.uiuc.edu/users/jyelon/lowcarb.med/topic9.html

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15 · February 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM

If you don't have any problems, include the whites. The entire basis behind our way of eating is to eat whole foods. Throwing away the whites is equivalent to eating low-fat goods. It alters the original food from its natural state.

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787 · February 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Thanks for the link, my gut instinct tells me to leave the slimy whites when I eat raw eggs, but the whites do taste good when cooked

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5 · February 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

And yes, lack of micronutrients is another reason.

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5 · February 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

You can start with reading this free information:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/06/whys-behind-autoimmune-protocol-eggs.html

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787 · February 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Why aren't the whites ideal? Lack of micronutes? Just wondering...

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0 · February 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Same here, no gluten no cry!

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4393 · February 25, 2014 at 11:35 PM

good luck with your elimination experiment.

when/if you reintroduce eggs, just start with the yolks only. & start small & build up, ie. one yolk only to start.

then if you have no issues with yolks only, you can reintroduce whole eggs & see how that goes....you could end up finding out that you do not tolerate egg whites that well...

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58 · February 25, 2014 at 11:16 PM

meaning what, exactly? You eliminated eggs and couldn't add them back in? or you could?

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0 · April 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I went on a gluten-, dairy- and egg-free diet for one month to follow the Wahls Diet. I added eggs back in at the end of one month, eating one or more eggs a day. 4 days after adding the eggs, I felt lethargic. Five days after adding the eggs, depression hit HARD. I even was thinking about suicide (with no thought of actually DOING anything, mind you, just thinking about it). I looked back in my food journal, and the only new food was eggs. After being egg-free for one whole day, I felt better again, and have not had any problems since. (This is a recent issue, within the last 2 weeks). I've read that eggs are high in lectins, which may be the culprit, but there are lectins in all the foods we eat. Nightshades are also high in lectins, and I have not noticed problems with those.

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58 · April 28, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I eliminated them for 3 weeks, without thinking i popped a deviled egg into my mouth (and it wasn't even good!) so I eliminated them for four more weeks and then had a few egg yolks. Everything seemed fine for a day or too, then I got achy all over, bloated and gassy. then around the fourth day after the yolks, i became VERY depressed, also thinking about suicide. I'm still not sure if it was entirely the egg yolks as everyone around me was sick and i was taking something that may have reduced the absorption of my thyriod meds. I'm waiting a while then trying again, it's very scary though!

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997 · February 26, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I have AI also - celiac. You might consider giving duck eggs a try when you reintroduce whole eggs. The whites are quite a different combo of proteins. It takes *forever* to whip them into stiff peaks. Paleohacks has more on duck eggs if you run a search.

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5 · February 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

In my opinion egg whites aren't an ideal food even for a person with no health problems. You also have autoimmunity so it's best to forget about egg whites. You can learn more about Sarah Ballantyne's paleo autoimmune protocol at thepaleomom.com and from her book.

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787 · February 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Why aren't the whites ideal? Lack of micronutes? Just wondering...

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198 · February 25, 2014 at 11:18 PM

My wife didn't eat eggs for 25 years due to stomach aches. Once she eliminated gluten, eggs went right back into diet, 3 a day no troubles at all.

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0 · February 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Same here, no gluten no cry!

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1137 · February 25, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Not in my experience.

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58 · February 25, 2014 at 11:16 PM

meaning what, exactly? You eliminated eggs and couldn't add them back in? or you could?

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