Gluten Free – Almost one week with no coffee … now cutting out nightshades.

After almost one week with no coffee, I don’t notice any difference yet. But, I will keep it up for another week anyway. However, what I noticed recently, after going through my food diary, is that potatoes seem to bother me (nightshade family) so, I will be cutting out potatoes (and any other nightshades) starting today. I have read that it might take 1-3 months to notice a difference when cutting out nightshades, so this might be a long wait. We will see how it goes 🙂

If that doesn’t get anywhere, then I will move on to the chocolate, rice, etc … (although, I haven’t had any chocolate this week either, but not because I’m cutting it out, it just hasn’t blessed me with its presence 😦



Gluten Free – Starting gluten cross-reactive elimination diet today …

While I have been doing much better on the gluten free diet (really, I mean MUCH better than before) there are still a few things that bug me every now and then. Still have occasional unexplained fatigue, muscles seem to be injured (sore) rather easily, occasional headaches and flu like symptoms, and occasional allergies … I’m not sure if I’m getting “glutened” or not. But I don’t think so. So, it may be a problem with other foods.

I have learned that certain foods can cross-react with gluten, meaning that they will cause the same symptoms as gluten. Learn more at: Jane’s Healthy Kitchen by reading 10 Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods to Avoid

I will be eliminating coffee first. I will try this for two weeks and see how I feel. After that, if needed, I will try eliminating chocolate (milk chocolate with sugar) unsweetened cocoa is OK. Yay 🙂

After that, if I still don’t feel better, I will try eliminating potatoes, and then rice. The other foods on the list I don’t eat.

We will see how it goes !

Gluten Free – Is Trader Joe’s Hemp Protein Powder Gluten Free ?


Is this stuff gluten free or not ??? It says on their PDF that it’s not. But, I don’t see any obvious gluten containing ingredients. I just contacted them, they have not gotten back to me yet. I am going to stop using it until I find out for sure …

* Update 3/4/13 – T.J.’s just got back to me, and the Vanilla Organic Hemp Protein Powder does not contain any gluten ingredients, but it is not processed in a dedicated facility … trying to decide whether to finish the rest or not …

Gluten Free – reintroduced soy & egg

After 30 days of being soy & egg free, I reintroduced soy first (I know, I know soy is evil …) After about a week, I did not notice any problems from the soy. Then I reintroduced eggs. I had one poached egg. Within 30 minutes, my throat and ears felt itchy, I was sneezing and coughing …
I felt better the next day, so I made a GF cookie mix that used one egg. After two cookies, I was congested again and my tongue and throat were a little sore. Guess I need to avoid eggs ?