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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

Hi. I'm rather new to paleo, though I've been moving toward eating this way for a while. I've got a couple questions, though. 1 - By eating this way, I seem to go into ketosis without much effort. Prior to doing this full-bore, I had cut... (more)

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samc 0 · October 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

My wife's side of the family has Celiac issues and she has to a lesser degree issues with grains. Could be she has Celiac but was never tested. I got her to eliminate grains and after six months all is well. I don't think you recover from it,... (more)

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by 63 · about 4 hours ago

Do nightshades create problems in generally healthy people? My family is in good health and have no auto-immune issues and I have noticed we tend to eat lot of nightshades, I always add paprika to my curries, we have tomatoes, bell peppers... (more)

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CaveMan_Mike 0 · December 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

As they say, the poison is in the dose. For me personally, if nightshades contain poison, why would I want to eat it? Seems like having a little-bit of rat-poison every day (not enough to get you overtly ill). Seems like a bad idea. I'm... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

Paleo 60 days... Doing great. Still working on some digestive issues (lifetime issues with gas, bloating and constipation)so digging for more info. Uncover the discussions on fodmaps (what, no avocado??) and night shades (what, no tomatoes?)...... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · August 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

there are so many different diet or meal plans that if you tried to restrict everything, you'd be left with nothing. I think you should go by what you feel and your symptoms. maybe try no fodmaps for a few weeks and if you don't notice a... (more)

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by 98 · about 4 hours ago

It is already known that nightshades contain potent toxins such as glycoalkaloids (solanine, capsaicin, etc.). However, these toxins for most people are relatively benign, and with proper preparation, can be part of a healthy Paleo diet when... (more)

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Andy_16 0 · August 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

They are not necessarily unsafe to eat, but some people tend to have a higher sensitivity to nightshades (ie. people with autoimmune conditions). For me, green peppers do not make me feel very good. Indigestion and then they do not get digested... (more)

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by 55 · about 4 hours ago

Nightshades don't seem to bother me at all. I eat tomatoes and tomato sauce almost daily. I've been experimenting with eggplant sauteed in coconut oil and mixed into my staple food of vegetable meatloaf. It has this mushy texture that vaguely... (more)

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Rio 0 · August 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Ratatouille. We use eggplants, onions, squash, zucchini, bell pepeprs, tomatoes, garlic. I won't post my recipe because the internet and cookbooks offer hundreds of recipes and variations, so find one that works for how you like to cook. ... (more)

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by 25 · about 4 hours ago

can't find anything definitive with a google search. thanks!

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raydawg 0 · August 04, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Nightshades: non-sweet, non-yam potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, ground cherries, tomatillos, tamarillos, and some poisonous ones: tobacco (if you eat it), mandrake, belladonna. Alliums: onion, scallion, leeks, shallots, garlic, chives.... (more)

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by 50 · about 4 hours ago

I've realized that I may be sensitive to nightshades. I've also realized that vodka is often made from potatoes. I know that wheat based hard alcohols are usually ok (as far as alcohols go), even for celiacs. The gluten is distilled out. Is the... (more)

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Nvor 0 · June 17, 2013 at 4:40 AM

As has been pointed out, many vodkas found on the shelves are grain vodkas (although Chopin vodka offers a potato vodka that I find has a delightful texture to it). My armchair chemistry tells me that I'd be rather surprised if any nightshade... (more)

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by 271 · about 4 hours ago

So, a few deys ago I read an answer to a question which stated that garlic is a nightshade. I would have posted this question there but couldn't find the topic anymore. I was told it isn't. So, is garlic a nightshade? Also, links to the latest on... (more)

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RK 0 · May 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

The confusion may be that people who are sensitive to nightshades may ALSO be sensitive to garlic. Garlic is high in fructans, so if you have a problem with FODMAPs, you should avoid garlic. They are 2 separate issues, but sometimes... (more)

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by 1 · about 4 hours ago

I was vegan for 7yrs...been diagnosed with hashmoto thyroid 3yrs ago..every since then I have been on a mission to get off meds (50 synt.) my 1st TSH lvl was 98.8!! lucky to be alive ;/ my TPO was 997! been GF free 2 yrs with antibodies going down... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

If you weren't using that as a way to just get attention, it just means your hormones are balancing out back to normal, and enough DHEA is being converted to testosterone. It's a good sign. Either you didn't have enough DHEA, or it was being... (more)

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by 3280 · about 5 hours ago

I know the only way to get to the bottom of this for me is to construct food elimination experiments and isolate variables, and only introduce one thing at a time, but if anyone has any thoughts on my situation, I'd be eternally grateful: I have... (more)

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jjtitus 0 · February 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Really, Wendy's and McDonalds double cheese burgers...? And you're worried about the nightshades and histamine... why don't you just start with autoimmune Paleo and add things back in after stabilizing for a few weeks?... (more)

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by 3280 · about 5 hours ago

I know the simplest thing would be to only eat the beef patties, and I know the bun & cheese are bad for a trillion different reasons, but I'm doing a nightshade elimination trial so please look at these ingredients and let me know if you spot... (more)

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greymouser 0 · February 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

dios mios ... okay, I'll try to answer the actual question only. Just pretend I went on a tirade about this shitty, shitty, shitty food for pages and pages. You're correct, paprika seems to be the only whole-food ingredient in the list that is a... (more)

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by 2341 · about 5 hours ago

I know this question has probably been asked plenty of times in some form. Over the past week we ran out of dark greens in our house and I haven't been motivated to go get any more so I've been with out them for about 5 or 6 days. I feel... (more)

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Moongirl 0 · January 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I have heard of people who get a paradoxical folate deficiency from eating leafy greens. Freddd, an internet expert on B12 and related vitamins, has written about this extensively (across several comments) on Chris Kresser's B12 thread here:... (more)

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by 1772 · about 5 hours ago

Are potatoes an acceptable or a "safe" starch? Straight forward question. Thanks!

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Matt_11 0 · December 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Acceptable, not just a safe starch. Humans, as a species, have been eating roots and tubers for quite a while.

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by 10 · about 5 hours ago

I have on-again/off-again digestion issues, and I was considering doing strict paleo PLUS avoiding nightshades, eggs, alcohol, dairy, and all nuts and seeds for the first 30 days. This sounds very restrictive, but I'm willing to do it if it'll... (more)

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teacher2mykids 0 · February 10, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I'm pretty sure that the Practical Paleo book has an eating plan that would help you. She has an autoimmune section that avoids nightshades. Her recipes are really good. I've been happy with everything I've tried and she has reccomendations for... (more)

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by 78417 · about 5 hours ago

I keep reading that nightshades are bad, and not " true paleo." apparently the lectins in foods like tomatoes can cause inflammation and acne. Thoughts?

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Paleolithica 0 · October 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

What if you exclude tomatoes from your menu, let's say for a month, and then share your results here with us? :)

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by 1626 · about 5 hours ago

So I know this lady. I just learned that her hands shake after working out. It does not matter what she does either. Yoga, cardio, weights... anything. Do you have any idea what may be causing this? I thought about a possible sensitivity to... (more)

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anhurset 0 · June 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Oh give me a break! There is nowhere near enough information in the original post to jump to any conclusions in regards to "this lady". To give any advice on this topic without further facts (i.e. diet, intensity of work out, etc) is highly... (more)

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by 30 · about 5 hours ago

This is going to be a long post with a few questions in it. I had some mood disorders I suppose (mood swings, anti-social behavior) since I was 16-17 and I am now 24. When I went to college I was under stress and started feeling angry at myself... (more)

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Laurie_7 0 · May 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I was on anti-depressants for 15 years...enter Paleo, high fat, high protein, low to moderate carbs, Vitamin D3 supplement 4000 IU's daily. Plenty of water, natural sunshine, avoid caffeine...I've been two years depression free. Good Luck!

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by 3280 · about 5 hours ago

I know potatoes and sweet potatoes are in different families. However, tubers are tubers. Both are root veggies and grow in the ground. From what I understand, it's the anti-predation chemicals, particularly in the skin which can be toxic,... (more)

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Kamal 0 · May 03, 2012 at 7:22 PM

The difference lies in the specific antinutrients. There are a few in nightshades, and a few in sweet potatoes, but the nightshade ones have more obvious effects (at least regarding pain). See tab two in this article I wrote a couple months... (more)

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by 5 · about 5 hours ago

I have a history of Celiac and Hoshimotos hypothyroidism and was starting to get symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome so I started the Paleo diet about 6 months ago to try to heal my leaky gut. The Sjogren's symptoms are gone, headaches and fatigue are... (more)

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Alan_Schachter 0 · April 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Most people with Celiac need to do more than just fix their diet to heal leaky gut. Going Paleo is a critical step, but you may want add other healing strategies. Bone broth is one of the best. Others include, but are not limited to: Fermented... (more)

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by 10 · about 5 hours ago

Hi I suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa and currently live gluten free. I came across this the other day: http://robbwolf.com/2012/04/09/putting-hidradenitis-suppurativa-remission-paleo/ There is a bit about nightshades in it. Since I have... (more)

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Lisa_71 0 · August 06, 2013 at 1:30 AM

I have had manifestations of HS for more than 20 years and I also stumbled upon Primal Girl's post about nightshades. I have been working on staying Paleo since last September when I was diagnosed with diabetes and have since dropped 30 pounds. ... (more)

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by 687 · about 5 hours ago

So ever since adopting a paleo template of eating (I gladly incorporate my dark chocolate and even the occasional local grass fed ice cream without stressing it), I have been reaping the benefits (it's been almost 6 months). However, one issue... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · October 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I agree with reintroducing each food individually to see which causes a reaction, but I would advise waiting longer to get more accurate information. If you wait about three weeks, then take a full three days to introduce each food(eating quite a... (more)

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by 3521 · about 5 hours ago

I know potatoes are nightshades and people generally recommend to avoid them if you have an autoimmune condition. I am not officially diagnosed with any autoimmune conditions but I do have rosacea, which might be caused by autoimmunity. I have... (more)

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Stabby 0 · July 03, 2011 at 9:33 PM

The problem is the glycoalkaloids in the skin, they are toxic and cause irritation of hte GI tract, so if you are eating white potatoes you should probably peel them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoalkaloid (more)

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by 24523 · about 6 hours ago

--Edit-- Thank you for your answers, everybody. From what I've heard and read, paleo people seem most interested in the following issues: sports injuries, pain from autoimmune disease, nightshades, inflammation, and posture. I started off my... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:01 AM

Alright, I'll jump in first. How about past injuries, particularly musculoskeletal injuries? I feel that the injured among us are sometimes overlooked in the paleosphere. I'm always reading about these seminars in the woods of West Virginia or... (more)

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by 2437 · about 6 hours ago

If someone is allergic to traditional nightshades such as bell peppers and tomatoes should they also stay away from Ashwagandha? I really like Robb Wolf's write up on his current recovery and training and planned to follow it myself as I have... (more)

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by 135 · about 6 hours ago

I am in the process of healing my leaky gut and need to avoid all nightshades, including spices (red pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika). All nightshades cause joint pain. I hope some day to resume eating them, but in the meantime I sure do miss... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · March 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Unpossible!, I say. Most everybody seems to think that some coconut curry will pass as chili. I'm pretty sure all of Texas is going to kick their asses for suggesting that. :P (more)

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