This is a question I am going to bring to my doctor, but I wanted to see what the Paleo community had to say about it first. Question: Have any of you experienced what I'm describing below? Because I've searched and searched online and I've been unable to find any other similar experiences.
There have been seven instances in my life where I have eaten a high percentage of dietary fat from nuts - and I have gotten the most disgusting burps of my life, followed by nausea, followed by about twelve hours of vomiting.
This started in 2007, when my naturopath put me on a gluten-free, sugar-free, organic diet - I "discovered" almond butter, ate too much, and got sick. No diarrhea, no cramping, just DISGUSTING burps and vomiting. It happened a few months later after I "made up" with almond butter (needless to say, we are not friends anymore.) After a few great weeks going gluten-free, I went back to the SAD - no excuses, just poor lifestyle choices.
Fast forward to 2012. Last spring, I was getting back on the Paleo wagon. I tried making Paleo "pizza" with almond flour - got the burps, cramping this time, horrible diarrhea and lots of puking. I felt like I was dying for about six hours - then I was fine.
I've been Paleo for about a year now, about 80/20. I feel fantastic, my body composition is great, and my pregnancy (I'm now 7.5 months) has been wonderful. Thing is, four times in the past year, I've had the same burps and vomiting. The past week it was after eating two handfuls of raw, unroasted cashews.
I don't cook with nut flours anymore, nor do I eat many raw nuts or use nut butter since every time this has happened it's been related to nuts. I'd been eating handfuls of raw cashews throughout my pregnancy with no problem until early this week. But it seems that this only happens when I'm eating Paleo - it didn't happen from 2008-2011, when I was eating the SAD (including TONS of heavily salted and roasted nuts - I am a trail mix addict.) I felt exhausted and fat all the time, but I never experienced these kind of digestive woes.
So what gives? Any insight?
asked byLiv_Strong (0)
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on May 31, 2013
at 03:30 AM
Food allergies are always caused by protein. As you can not be 'allergic' to fat nor carbohydrates. Typically what happens when an allergy is not genetic and 'develops' is that your gut lining is weakened by too much sugar/fructose/legumes/wheat/gluten/soy/etc and then you eat something like a nut or fruit and a piece of its protein sneaks past what it normally wouldn't have and into your bloodstream where it is tagged as an 'invader' and a whole list of problems occur. Thereafter, you are 'allergic' to that food due to its protein composition.
Since you are pregnant - do not take any chances and consume anything with nuts. (I know you already know that).
on March 21, 2013
at 02:03 PM
Sounds like a volume problem... I know when I was raw vegan, I found out that I was allergic to cashew- would vomit, no matter what they were mixed with. Later I became a GF vegan, but ate normal stuff, and was able to eat cashews that were mixed with things... just never by themselves. (Am on paleo now, so have obviously left the vegan lifestyle).
I would play around with volume, and get allergy tested.
When I went on paleo, I found I was ALLERGIC to soy and peanut butter!