OK So I have never in my life had any obvious autoimmune problems in my life, besides the obesity. Now about 2 months in to Paleo, a few days ago I noticed a weird patch of exzcema on my knee, I have a weird raised allergic looking itchy red patch on my chest, stuffy hazy feeling head (I've had to neti twice this week,) and I keep getting mouth ulcers. WTF???!! This only JUST started.
The only thing I can think of is that I had all these problems before but years of SAD had made my body slightly tolerant of the allergens and maybe when I ate out a few days ago (just steak and broccoli) there was cross contamination. Does this sound right???
Just as a background I am a lacto-paleo but I only eat some raw cheese, grassfed butter, and some cream, and then the rest I'm a strict VLC paleo. No 90/10 over here. I flat out don't cheat. I eat 3 meals a day, 2 of which usually have a dark green vegetable with it like asparagus, kale, rappini cooked in grassfed butter, etc; usually a lacto fermented veggie like sauerkraut or pickled beets, usually red meat that's most often grassfed except for breakfast which is usually a little whole cream, 2 eggs cooked in ghee, cod liver oil, and a few times a week I eat some bacon. I eat SOME night shades occasionally like tomato and bellpeppers but I've never had a problem with them. About twice a week I drink a shake with raw grassfed liver (that I've frozen for 14 days,) cream, and a raw pastured egg yolk. We eat chicken about once a week, I drink home made bone broth from marrow bones regularly, and I try to have a salad for lunch at least 4-5 times a week.
As far as supplements go, I take 4000k Carlson D3 which has no soybean oil, Whole foods prenatal (I'm breastfeeding,) 100iu of k-2, and Carlson's Cod liver oil, and usually I take a probiotic but the last 3 weeks I haven't gotten around to buying one.
Anyway, I'm probably going to cut out the dairy starting when I go on vacation on thursday, because my weight has suddenly stalled in the past 2 weeks and see if that helps, but I doubt the allergic flareups are being caused by dairy. I just hate to cut dairy because I'm nursing. I've never been tested for allergies because previous to this I never thought I had any allergies.
Has anyone here experienced this?
asked byAshley_Roze_ (10904)
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on April 19, 2011
at 01:06 PM
I had mouth ulcers last year and they were terrible. I was tested for several autoimmune conditions to no avail. I think personal stress might have been a factor. I eventually got them to go away, and the dietary changes I made were
- less protein, I eat muscle meat 2-3 times a week instead of every day now, but...
- I use broth daily
- more carbs from potatoes
- discontinued all supplements
- stopped eating nuts
Which of these things made them go away? I don't know. I'd try ditching the supplements first. Fish oil can be oxidized and cause inflammation. Why not eat fish instead? Why are you VLC? This is a great opportunity to stop being VLC, as you seem to be one of the MANY people (including me) who don't do well on it. Remember, the Inuit are genetically distinct. What are the odds that eating out a few times caused this vs. eating a diet that most paleolithic humans would not have eaten (except for a few tiny morphologically distinct populations in the far north that most of us aren't descended from) and that most humans are probably poorly adapted to?
on April 20, 2011
at 03:28 PM
I don't think you should assume your symptoms are autoimmune. Have you tried an antifungal cream on the rashes? That should allow a quick diagnosis. Fungal infections are more common and more dangerous on VLC diets. Mouth ulcers are usually viral and it could be your immune system is depressed by the VLC diet.
What Melissa did is essentially what I would advise - eat more starches and fewer toxins. You may also be deficient in some key nutrients; supplements can help.
Since you say you've had Candida, I would bet the rashes are probably fungal. Lower carb isn't better for Candida: about 600 carb calories a day is best.
on April 19, 2011
at 01:37 PM
The longer that I've been Paleo (more than a year now), the more sensitive my body is to any foreign things. For example, I very occasionally chew a piece of gum and the aspartame in it gives me red itchy spots on my body, and I get a similar reaction when I eat too many nuts in a given day. If I have any sugar at all, I process it very quickly. I have lots of environmental allergies, but a clean diet seems to have made me more aware of things that trigger them. Do some recording of what you're eating (maybe use Fitday.com) and look at all of your environmental stimuli (drinks, gum, lotions/detergents, seasonal changes, etc.) and you may be able to isolate what's causing it. It's all an experiment of one, no?