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  • #16
    I'm a grad student, so I can relate to money issues. Organ meats, though, are quite cheap. About half the price of ground beef. The thought grossed me out at first, but now...I'll probably try some soon.

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    • #17
      I have autoimmune/inflammation issues as well. I feel best with no nightshades, grains, crappy oils, coffee, eggs or nuts. It is a rough gig, but I don't have to be as strict now as I was in the beginning. But even half of a small potato or a bit of paprika was enough to send me into a flare when I was starting out.

      Good luck!
      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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      • #18
        Garlic, onions, scallions, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper are all natural anti-inflammatories.

        Coconut oil is also antifungal and antimicrobial.

        If your immune system is always on high alert...no sugar, no processed refined carbs, also try taking a 2 week break from all starchy vegetables and all fruits.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by tzulogic View Post
          Inflammation has basically been apart of my life for the past 3 years. TMJD (Jaw disorder) Neck pain, Headaches, and general systemic inflammation have done their best to ruin my quality of life. I have made progress lately with diet and exercise. I will overcome it. However, on days like today I just get angry, and depressed. I'm 23 dammit. I'm tired of being sick and tired and in pain. I want to live a happy healthy energetic existence.

          Unfortunately, my inflammation comes back. It's like 2 steps forward, (Sometimes 3) one step back. Today I woke up with a real slammer. I just started keeping track of what I eat. I'm wondering if its the squash/sweet potato/red potato dinner. I haven't had any problems with nightshades yet, and the red potato was like 1 and a half small ones.

          Here's what I ate yesterday, before feeling crappy today:

          Food journal for the Paleo Diet - PaleoTrack

          OKAY, I know that my macronutrients are out of balance. But I'm a poor man. I cant afford chicken or steak all the time, so I'm going to supplement with whey as soon as possible.

          Can too many carbs also be inflammatory? Is that what this is? Because I've been super low carb lately, not by choice but by wallet. SO I've been feeling really really slow, and kinda crappy anyways. Only headache free! So I'm like, okay, I need some more carbs... If thats the real problem...Then I'll just have to limit myself to 175 on days where I'm getting lots of exercise.


          I would say yes carbs are very inflammatory. I would much rather eat corn fed chicken, steak, fish than eat organic sweet potatoes, rice and fruit.

          I am very sensitive to carbs and feel miserable physically and emotionally when I start on that roller coaster.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by tzulogic View Post
            I'm sure it will get a thumbs down from many people (that's a Walmart brand, right?) but this is the only protein powder I've found that doesn't mess with my stomach (and I've tried many different kinds).

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            • #21
              I have at least one AI condition that I am in the process of identifying - seeing another round of endocrinologists next week for my thyroid - and I find I have to avoid Omega 6. I feel much better not eating avocado, olive oil and nuts, and when I do have those things I'm exhausted with headaches the entire day following. At this point I basically live the whole 30, so, no dairy or sugar either. If you can favor saturated fats for a while and see if you feel better (while of course avoiding things like sucralose!, etc.) that might be enlightening.

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              • #22
                So today I picked up some beef, chicken(Natural, at 1.24 a pound!!!) Tuna, beef liver (Yum? Maybe?) and Canned Tuna.

                First question: How many cans of Tuna a week can I safely eat?

                Thankyou StephanHli, I will have to incorporate scallions and cayenne pepper, I eat all the others just about daily.

                I'm way way over budget now. I'll have to stretch out the food in the house for 2 more weeks. 3 pounds of beef and 5 pounds of chicken over two weeks? Possible.

                Can I safely do like 5 eggs daily?

                My GI problems are fine. I'm so fortunate. They used to be really bad. But on this diet they are basically gone (mostly after double doses of probiotics.)

                I will keep you all updated. Aiming for true paleo from this time forth! Gonna make it happen. Grahhh!!!! (Caveman battle-cry.)

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                • #23
                  Lovely to hear you sounding so upbeat.

                  I reckon you can eat as much eggs and tuna as you can afford, at this stage. The protein will just help you heal.

                  Cayenne is a nightshade, if you are avoiding those.

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                  • #24
                    hi Tzulogic

                    Here is a very good site to go explore salycilatesensitivity.com

                    The symptoms you are describing.....hadaches and aching joints for with sensitivity to this food chemical...and fit with symptoms I have struggled with for years.

                    google salycilates and have a read about them.....its complex to explain but essentially an intolerance that sits with gluten and lactose intolerance but is not as common. However in my opinion heaps of people ahve salycilate intolerance and dont know it.

                    Take care.....the advice the other ops are giving you looks good in terms of the balance of your diet.

                    Remember if you havent been doing things quite right for a while....it will take time for your body to adjust.

                    Also be careful of supplement powders they contain so much rubbish......fillers emulsifiers etc......they could make you worse !!

                    and I agree with the advice that your multivitamin might have caused issues too...a lot of multivitamins are ade with a corn powder base (very high in salycilates) if the tablets have a coloured coating.....that can cause reactions too in highly sensitive people.

                    Take care..and I have been there......so sick at one stage all i could do was lie on the bed curled up in the foetal position .....waiting for the pain to somehow pass...

                    take care

                    Elizabeth

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by tzulogic View Post
                      So today I picked up some beef, chicken(Natural, at 1.24 a pound!!!) Tuna, beef liver (Yum? Maybe?) and Canned Tuna.

                      First question: How many cans of Tuna a week can I safely eat?

                      Thankyou StephanHli, I will have to incorporate scallions and cayenne pepper, I eat all the others just about daily.

                      I'm way way over budget now. I'll have to stretch out the food in the house for 2 more weeks. 3 pounds of beef and 5 pounds of chicken over two weeks? Possible.

                      Can I safely do like 5 eggs daily?

                      My GI problems are fine. I'm so fortunate. They used to be really bad. But on this diet they are basically gone (mostly after double doses of probiotics.)

                      I will keep you all updated. Aiming for true paleo from this time forth! Gonna make it happen. Grahhh!!!! (Caveman battle-cry.)
                      Good on ya,
                      but settle down big fella, theres plenty more to come for you.

                      Don't blow your budget, if you've gone over, you're gonna need to stretch it a bit to extend to the timeframe, you don't want to blow it because of cash, so back fill with fruit and veg, add in some starchy tubers and portion the meat to take you through the time frame, eggs should be no probs, but 5 eggs day in day out may just get a bit tiresome, make sure you get enough calories overall.

                      Pat on the back, just plan and pace yourself, good to see a young bloke taking charge.
                      "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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