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Is my cold related to what I ate this weekend?

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Created July 06, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I did a strict whole30 that ended 2 weeks ago and transitioned directly into raw (past 2 weeks). I feel great. On Monday my boyfriend and I went to dinner and I needed something different so I ordered a taco salad (chicken, lettuce, salsa, cheese, refried beans), ate maybe 10 or 20 bites for dinner, some later, and the rest for breakfast the next day. I was starting to get a sore throat at that point. For lunch (yesterday) I had a smoothie, and for dinner we had a scoop of rice, raw veggies, an egg, and a couple bites of carrot cake. The cake made me really sick and today I can barely swallow and have a fever. Do you think my cold was caused by these foods I ate after eating so well the past 6 weeks? Any miraculous cold remedies you guys have? Thanks.

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on August 23, 2011
at 03:50 PM

I am so glad I found this post! I cheated on Sunday with a cheeseburger, and later that night, I got stuffy and a tingle in my throat. Its Tuesday and its turned into a full-blown cold. I thought it was cooincidence, but I cant help but think it was because I was less than faithful this weekend.

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on July 10, 2011
at 08:17 PM

Sure, if you pig out on something un-paleo there might be consequences. But it's the "I feel off, it must have been that chicken I ate, that wheat-free soy sauce I bought must not be gluten free! IT BURNS!" responses that irk me.

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on July 07, 2011
at 06:46 PM

I immediately felt sick in my stomach after eating the carrot cake. I just think it's more than coincidental that I'm so sick the moment I strayed.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:58 PM

I had way to much of the sugary bbq sauce and it made me feel like crap for a couple of days. If I go back I will request them to hold the sauce.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Some people would seriously question whether dairy is a cheat or not. I am one of those people.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I've been stuffed up the past few days because I ate a pizza, and drank too much this past weekend. When I have my diet dialed in, I don't get sick, I don't get stuffed up, I don't have allergy symptoms. When I stray, it's easy to track the results.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Yes and no. The vegan problem is based in the argument that their diet is supposed to be this "health xanadu," where nothing should be going wrong with the body since "no bad in = no bad out." But because of their misguided nutritional info, they are always sick, sot they think, "What am I doing wrong? I must try harder." Here in the Paleo-sphere, nothing should actually be going wrong. Period. And when it does, it's either serious (i.e. go to the doctor) or something one has done to weaken the immune system.

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Love me some Sonny's BBQ! Well pre-Paleo me. We hit them up this weekend while travelling and I ate as cleanly as I could. No cold symptoms for me at least.

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on July 06, 2011
at 09:35 PM

Cool, take the high dose vit D for a few days.

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on July 06, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Thanks. I took 15,000 IUs this morning and doubled my normal fish oil dose. I'll pick up some kombucha at the store today.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I swear, the stricter the paleo you are, the more psychosomatic symptoms you tend to have. Anything that seems off is immediately blamed on some sin against your paleo diet. It's the same way with vegetarians/vegans. Anytime their performance or health suffers, it's because you're not "pure" enough, not trying hard enough. Could it be, you just simply caught a cold or had an off day, completely unrelated to whatever dietary sin you think you committed?

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(5639)

on July 07, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Yes and no. The vegan problem is based in the argument that their diet is supposed to be this "health xanadu," where nothing should be going wrong with the body since "no bad in = no bad out." But because of their misguided nutritional info, they are always sick, sot they think, "What am I doing wrong? I must try harder." Here in the Paleo-sphere, nothing should actually be going wrong. Period. And when it does, it's either serious (i.e. go to the doctor) or something one has done to weaken the immune system.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 07, 2011
at 06:46 PM

I immediately felt sick in my stomach after eating the carrot cake. I just think it's more than coincidental that I'm so sick the moment I strayed.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on July 07, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I've been stuffed up the past few days because I ate a pizza, and drank too much this past weekend. When I have my diet dialed in, I don't get sick, I don't get stuffed up, I don't have allergy symptoms. When I stray, it's easy to track the results.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 10, 2011
at 08:17 PM

Sure, if you pig out on something un-paleo there might be consequences. But it's the "I feel off, it must have been that chicken I ate, that wheat-free soy sauce I bought must not be gluten free! IT BURNS!" responses that irk me.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on July 06, 2011
at 08:48 PM

Drink some kombucha, take some vit D, get some sleep - you'll be right as rain ;)

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on July 06, 2011
at 09:35 PM

Cool, take the high dose vit D for a few days.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 06, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Thanks. I took 15,000 IUs this morning and doubled my normal fish oil dose. I'll pick up some kombucha at the store today.

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:21 PM

It's weird, but I've found I can cheat hard for a week and feel great, and recover from intense exercise quicker. Mainly when I cheat I do dairy, tons and tons of dairy.

One thing I do notice with sticking strict paleo is that I lean out more, which is why I do it. As Robb Wolf says I want to "look good nekked!"

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Some people would seriously question whether dairy is a cheat or not. I am one of those people.

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I get colds when I do a big cheat sometimes. I don't think the food causes the cold directly, but that my immune system gets wacky when it's fighting the food and the germs that are going around too.

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A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on July 06, 2011
at 09:48 PM

Funny that you should mention it, but I have also felt like I get sick when I "stray" from my Paleo food.

Two big non-paleo meals came in the form of an Indian Buffet, and Sony's BBQ. Both loaded with sugar and god-knows-what.

Both times I got a sore throat and felt like I was catching a cold.

The remedy is easy.. Don't stray! :)

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on July 07, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Love me some Sonny's BBQ! Well pre-Paleo me. We hit them up this weekend while travelling and I ate as cleanly as I could. No cold symptoms for me at least.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on July 07, 2011
at 03:58 PM

I had way to much of the sugary bbq sauce and it made me feel like crap for a couple of days. If I go back I will request them to hold the sauce.

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on July 06, 2011
at 09:46 PM

my spouse tends to catch colds when he has a "gluten mistake." Is gluten an issue for you?

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on July 07, 2011
at 12:51 PM

I???ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa http://www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I???ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect???as long as it lasts???then back to coughing mode.

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