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  • Why such bad food reactions after going primal?

    So, I've been primal for about 25 days. About a week ago, I tried to eat something with wheat in it and I got sweaty and dizzy and had stomach pain. Today, I ate a few bites of a gluten free cake. Within 10 minutes, I was sweating and had major stomach pain. I'm still in pain. The only ingredient in it that I haven't had lately is agave nectar. I had agave a few years ago and tolerated it.

    I've read that other people react really bad to wheat after going primal. Why is it that I tolerated these foods when I was on a SAD diet, but now react so strongly to them.

    I actually don't mind because it helps keep me on track, but I'm curious at why I'm now so intolerant.

    Edit: I re-read the ingredient list. The label says gluten free, but then has a disclaimer that it's made in a facility that produces products containing wheat. Maybe there was some contamination. Otherwise it has agave nectar, canola oil, eggs, coconut flour, coconut milk, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, baking soda, arrowroot, & sea salt.

    I was jonesing so bad for cake that I failed to read the ingredients or the warnings. I'm just surprised that after only 25 days that I can react so strongly to foods that didn't bother me a month ago (I'm sure they bothered me, but did make me retch)
    Last edited by wendyland; 06-23-2011, 02:14 PM. Reason: adding ingredient list

  • #2
    You've been cleaning out your system of things your body finds toxic, so to reintroduce grains or sugars was probably a shock to the system. It is a kind of good luck that you get such a clear reaction that this stuff is bad, and just steer clear.

    I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

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    • #3
      I dunno, I've had the opposite experience. After my Celiac crisis was treated, I can eat wheat for weeks on end with relatively minor symptoms. I shouldn't of course, but I have.
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      • #4
        the primal blueprint can function like an elimination diet. That's how I figured out my gluten intolerance (probably celiac but I can't be tested). if you had a reaction to a gluten-free treat, first make sure it was really gluten free (not just wheat free, with spelt or barley or rye in it, or cross-contaminated by being cooked with gluten around). Next consider that you may be having a reaction to the sugar (agave is a form of sugar) or maybe one of the gluten-free flours like sorghum or corn (rice allergy is extremely rare but possible).


        • #5
          I now have evry severe reactions to any gluten. I can eat gluten free treats made with almond/coconut flours or flax, but I react to commercial GF foods or mixes. I'm OK with corn so I know it's not that (not that I eat corn much at all, as I think it's a bad thing to eat!).
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          • #6
            I had a bad reaction to walnuts. When I eat them now the pain quite intense. Had me worried for a while but I believe I found out the reason. Turns out walnuts have histamines in them. PrePB they wouldn't bother me because the food types I was eating counteracted the histamines. But postPB seems the food types I eat don't counteract as much. So walnuts are off my list now


            • #7
              This is one of the reasons why I won't completely eliminate anything.
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              • #8
                I think it's because if you eat something that you are intolerant or mildly allergic to everyday, you get used to it. You build up a tolerance. Then when you don't eat it for awhile your body loses the tolerance.

                For example, I'm allergic to cats, but when I live with cats, I build up a tolerance and after awhile I don't notice it. The reality though is that I'm just low grade sick all the time, but used to it. When our last cat died I realized (after a few weeks or so) that I actually felt better so I decided not to get a new one. Now (years later) I just go into a house with cats and it takes about 15 minutes before I'm sneezing and my eyes are watering, whereas when I was living with a cat, I didn't have that reaction. It's not that I was healthier or stronger when I lived with a cat, just that my body was making do the best it could and building up a tolerance to them as well as it could.

                I think it's the same with foods. If there's a food that you are perfectly fine with, you'd be able to go without eating it and not have problems on reintroduction. For example - seasonal foods. I only eat mangoes in the summer but they don't make me sick despite not eating them for 10 months at a time.

                It's true though that if your digestion is totally out of whack, fixing it might make you able to tolerate more foods. But in the end, if you can't tolerate a food, I think it's best to not eat it, rather than eat it regularly and try to get your body used to it.


                • #9
                  Same thing happened to me. I can eat the occasional piece of cake or cookie, but not pasta. At least I don't think I can eat it. I had it once since going Primal 2 1/2 years ago. Never again. It was that bad.

                  When I think back, though, there were definitely signs of a problem. (Like having to run to the bathroom after eating - especially after eating out.) I just got used to it, I guess. Now it happens so rarely that I can't help but pay attention.


                  • #10
                    Your body was adapted to bad things before. Now it is not. Being adapted to bad things is not good and just because your body doesn't have a severe reaction doesn't mean it is any better for you. That is just nonsense. You can consume arsenic every day with only a slight reaction but eventually it will kill you. A severe comparison but valid nonetheless.
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