So, I finally downloaded a copy of It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways, the book that explains The Whole 30 and the science behind it. I’m about 75% of the way through now and I’ve convinced myself I definitely need to do a Whole 30. The main reason being that even my month of resetting my system wasn’t a full month without any particular items, with then exception of gluten and dairy, because at the time that’s all I was addressing.
The Whole 30 is basically a way of using the Paleo diet as a detox/ nutritional reset program; ridding your body for 30 days of the various foods that MAY be causing you issues. Then after 30 days you slowly re-introduce those foods back in, one at a time, in order to find out for sure which ones really do create the issues.
There were several foods that I never removed from my diet that I’m now thinking I need to try removing (as much as it pains me, and believe me it pains me).
Beans & Corn. These were the two items on the Paleo diet that I never embraced. I never saw a real reason to remove them from my diet. However, after reading It Starts With Food, I can see that they COULD be causing me some systemic inflammation (and one or both just might be the reason why despite feeling MUCH better without gluten and dairy, I still don’t feel as good as I know I should). Corn is a bigger issue for me than beans, in that Mexican has remained a main stay in my diet and a taco without cheese is now a standard lunch for me. I need to address that. Beans are a bit easier, however since changing my diet I’ve been eating more beans that I really admit because while it’s not like I eat chili all that often (and I’m not living off refried beans like I did when my TMJ was at its worst), I have added hummus as a major component.
Nightshades. Gah! We see these on every “People with Fibro should not eat” list, and yet I LOVE tomatoes and peppers. So, the idea of forgoing tomatoes and peppers (which are the major nightshades) just kills me (especially when added to everything else I’ve already given up). But, (hopefully), it’s just for a month.
Nuts & Seeds! Yeah, I’m trying to figure out what’s left. But, evidently, nuts & seeds also contain compounds that MAY be inflammatory. And there’s really only one way to find out if they are causing me issues… remove them.
After thinking about all of this for a few days (I started writing this post earlier in the week), I’ve decided to just give up corn and beans for now. As of yesterday, those are gone. That will basically put me on full Paleo (or Whole30). So, as of yesterday, I’m going without corn and beans for a month (in addition to everything else that I’ve already given up) to see how they affect me. At the end of the 30 days, I will then try adding each of them back in (separately) to see if either of them really bother me. After that, depending on how I’m feeling I may try giving up the other potentially inflammatory foods.
Curious… Have any of you tried giving up Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes) and found that it helped you?