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Has anyone discovered or developed allergies or intolerances when going paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I ask this because in the last 6 months I have deduced that guacamole/avocado gives me really bad stomach cramps.

Have you discovered a new or unknown intolerance due to paleo? This should be something that is not gluten/dairy/legumes. Are nightshades that big of a problem that I should remove them as well?

What is your idea of the baseline "good" diet? What foods for the most part will nobody be intolerant or allergic to?

Too many questions maybe?

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on September 10, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I use wine in cooking every once in a while, like for a slow cooked beef stew or beef shank. I haven't done it since noticing, though, so I definitely need to pay attention next time! It's funny, because I did a google search about wine and joint pain and came up with several threads with tons of people offering their n=1s, and they all were like "Yeah, my doctor said it can't be the wine, but I know it's totally the wine..." Sad. I love me a good spicy red Zin...

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on September 10, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Heh almond thins and coconut milk now?

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on September 10, 2011
at 04:53 PM

...but milk and cookies was my staple. NOOOOOOO!!

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:53 PM

I'm coming to the same conclusion about the muscle weakness/joint pain. I've only been paleo for a few months but if I eat wheat (really missing my flour tortillas) or drink wine, I'm very weak for DAYS. Dairy hits me fast - ate the smallest amount of a milkshake and was seriously sorry. Staceychev, do you use wine in cooking? I've got to experiment to see if I experience the same weakness from wine in food...hope not! I'm wondering if doing a liver detox or finding some liver supplements will make a difference there. I rarely drink but will miss the occasional treat...

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on August 18, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I've been paleo for 9 or 10 months now and over the past few days, I've been starting to suspect I've developed a sensitivity to eggs. The last 2 times I've eaten them have resulted in gastrointestinal symptoms. I had canned fish for breakfast yesterday and no stomach upset at all, so I'll have to test this out.

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on June 18, 2011
at 03:15 AM

I ate 4 hard boiled eggs in a sitting a couple months ago, and I got the worst heartburn I'd had in years. I was totally bummed out.

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on June 18, 2011
at 02:14 AM

try staying away from frying them. Try only poaching, hard and soft boiling them (soft boiled is a personal fave). Sometimes you can slowly scramble in lots of butter with some herbs... I sometimes think fried eggs bother me, whereas slower cooked eggs don't as much. May be mental malarkey, but you could try it if you want to continue to eat and love eggs!

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on June 18, 2011
at 01:43 AM

Me, too. Eggs don't make me feel good at all. Sucks cuz they're mad convenient, and pretty tasty.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Ditto here... I used to have wheat a few times a week, knowing it wasn't great for me but thinking I tolerated it well enough. Since quitting it completely, if I have like a half a bite of bread, it's digestive distress for as long as a couple of days. I have never been tested for gluten intolerance but think I should. It is also possible that this has just gotten worse as I have gotten older.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:37 PM

I suspected I was gluten-sensitive for some time; going paleo only confirmed it - the few times I've eaten any wheat at all since have been miserable experiences. I also discovered I'm very sensitive to the casein in cow's milk - the things it does to my sinuses is indecent.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Ditto here... I used to have wheat a few times a week, knowing it wasn't great for me but thinking I tolerated it well enough. Since quitting it completely, if I have like a half a bite of bread, it's digestive distress for as long as a couple of days. I have never been tested for gluten intolerance but think I should. It is also possible that this has just gotten worse as I have gotten older.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Interesting. I've noticed this but never thought about it concretely, if you know what I mean. But yes, I've had the burning sensation in my mouth like Happy Now. I'm also starting to suspect that I can't indulge in the occasional glass of wine because my joints feel stiff and achy the next morning. I also find that if I fall off the wagon a little bit (like tortilla chips), my muscles are weaker the next day--and this is from a woman who is a lifelong non-athlete and never noticed anything about variable muscle strength.

I suspect that it's because I've stripped away a lot of the "noise" in a way, and so my body notices discrete events like that one glass of wine or something like that. Before, I was just bombarding myself constantly with a variety of crappy things, so I was living in a state of not-quite-healthy and not-quite-strong. It's like the difference between living in Fallujah and noticing one gunshot and living in my quiet little town and noticing one.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on September 10, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I use wine in cooking every once in a while, like for a slow cooked beef stew or beef shank. I haven't done it since noticing, though, so I definitely need to pay attention next time! It's funny, because I did a google search about wine and joint pain and came up with several threads with tons of people offering their n=1s, and they all were like "Yeah, my doctor said it can't be the wine, but I know it's totally the wine..." Sad. I love me a good spicy red Zin...

9bdc19cf6cba86914e4589c6132a7b78

(10)

on September 10, 2011
at 02:53 PM

I'm coming to the same conclusion about the muscle weakness/joint pain. I've only been paleo for a few months but if I eat wheat (really missing my flour tortillas) or drink wine, I'm very weak for DAYS. Dairy hits me fast - ate the smallest amount of a milkshake and was seriously sorry. Staceychev, do you use wine in cooking? I've got to experiment to see if I experience the same weakness from wine in food...hope not! I'm wondering if doing a liver detox or finding some liver supplements will make a difference there. I rarely drink but will miss the occasional treat...

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on September 10, 2011
at 08:56 AM

I've started to notice plant defense mechanisms more and get a slight burning sensation in my mouth if I eat cucumbers without peeling them. Uncooked green beans and zucchini do the same thing too now.

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396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

on September 10, 2011
at 06:05 AM

Dairy has definitly surprised me, I never thought myself lactose intolerant until not having any for 2 months, first attempt at trying it killed me for 3 days. No more milk and cookies for me.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on September 10, 2011
at 04:53 PM

...but milk and cookies was my staple. NOOOOOOO!!

396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

(454)

on September 10, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Heh almond thins and coconut milk now?

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:25 AM

pistachios - cant eat them anymore. go straight through me now. Used to be able to eat them no trouble at all. Bummer as I love pistachios

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on June 18, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I, like Baconbitch, have noticed that I'm egg intolerant. Not sure if I'd classify it as an allergy, but they definitely give me uncomfortable GI symptoms. It sucks. I love eggs!

I always felt sort of down/slow, foggy, sort of a hungover feeling, after eating fried eggs. I always thought it was digestion taking a larger portion of blood from my system though, that added to my hangover symptoms (more often than not when eating eggs over easy or scrambled, it was with bacon and I was severely hungover...). Now I know that it was actually the eggs! :(

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 18, 2011
at 03:15 AM

I ate 4 hard boiled eggs in a sitting a couple months ago, and I got the worst heartburn I'd had in years. I was totally bummed out.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 18, 2011
at 01:43 AM

Me, too. Eggs don't make me feel good at all. Sucks cuz they're mad convenient, and pretty tasty.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on June 18, 2011
at 02:14 AM

try staying away from frying them. Try only poaching, hard and soft boiling them (soft boiled is a personal fave). Sometimes you can slowly scramble in lots of butter with some herbs... I sometimes think fried eggs bother me, whereas slower cooked eggs don't as much. May be mental malarkey, but you could try it if you want to continue to eat and love eggs!

9b7177589bc6467ee7be3b965d530553

(10)

on August 18, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I've been paleo for 9 or 10 months now and over the past few days, I've been starting to suspect I've developed a sensitivity to eggs. The last 2 times I've eaten them have resulted in gastrointestinal symptoms. I had canned fish for breakfast yesterday and no stomach upset at all, so I'll have to test this out.

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on June 18, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I began getting eczema after going paleo which I am now thinking is because I went from having eggs 1-2 times a week to 3-4 eggs a DAY! It showed up on my allergy test as pretty high so I've cut out the whites and I just throw the yolks into shakes. The eczema hasn't gone away yet (it's only been a week or so) but my stomach doesn't feel as heavy in the morning anymore.

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on June 18, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Since going paleo I've developed a good patch of eczema, which I haven't had in 10+ years. Very frustrating. Still troubleshooting with food...a tiresome process.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I didn't seem to have an allergy to wheat before paleo, but I am definitely gluten intolerant, which made me switch back to paleo right away. I also have issues with certain types of chocolate, dill, parsley, canola oil (after eating at a restaurant), and sugar.

The only one I really miss is dill, that was my favorite for putting on scrambled eggs. I'm hoping that 6-12 months without it might improve my sensitivity to it (after I heal my gut).

My idea of a baseline good diet is no grains, legumes, and minimal to no sugar. After that, it's all up to n=1. Because some people can have dairy, some can't, some people like higher carb, lower carb, etc.

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Onions and fried eggs have proved to be intolerable for me. And not that it's an allergy but chicken - other than thighs has lost appeal. Taste buds have definitely changed since going paleo.

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