February 13, 2011

The Vegan Diet: Day 19. Nightshade foods are inflammatories.

Yes, I know I did not write Friday.  And it's not because I felt (too) guilty...
On Friday I ate an ice cream cone.  A large one.  From McDonald's (double evil.)
I enjoyed it.  And shortly after, I became all phlegmy.  Which further proves the info I recently am learning regarding cow milk's amino acid chain containing a phlegm-producing particle.

On "cheating":   My goal is to take animal products and sugar out of my diet to evaluate if my body pain lowers.
I was talking with Jen about the ice cream cone I ate.  She said that by eating one single item, I could be causing significant damage to the progress I've made.
Perspective:  McDonald's nutrition facts say the ice cream cone has 18 grams of sugar.  8 oz. of V8 fruit juice has about 30 grams. I believe, then, I ought not be concerned with the sugar as being a set-back, but with the dairy product.
Marke / Tabitha, do you have any input on this?


I'm ok over all.  My vegetable bin is empty except for an orange and a broccoli stem.  I still have not made it to Life Source, Salem's only natural health food store.  I hate driving, and it's about 15-20 minutes away, depending on traffic.

Progress:  I am creating a shopping list.  Today I read through all my blog comments (which you left me :)  and added suggestions to the list.  I also researched nightshade foods (see below.)
My last piece is tomorrow:  research anti-inflammatory foods.  Yes, this is obvious and logical, and yes, this ought to have happened three weeks ago and five years ago, but better tomorrow than not at all.

Favorite food of the day:  Tom's french bread.  It was topped with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, garlic, and a bit of cheese and butter.  YUM.

Off-Diet:  Well, it's my lovely sister Chrissy's birthday.  So...  There was milk and cheese in the lasagna and on the bread, and I had 1/4 serving of mom's home made chocolate cake, and precisely two bites of mint chocolate ice cream.  I think it's worth it...

I said I would not eat chocolate after 5 pm, but I needed Chad's chocolate covered strawberries late late Thursday night, Jen brought me a sampler platter yesterday at 7, and Chrissy's birthday cake was tonight at about 8.  What's a girl to do?  :)  I promise I will try harder tomorrow...

I've twice used my coconut milk to make curry.  THANKS, James!  And I'm quietly proud of myself for actually having done so.
NO WONDER someone with fibromyalgia should not eat nightshade vegetables!  AAAK.  I'm continually so surprised at how little I know.
(Another source adds Gogi berries in with the list, and states that there is no proof that nightshades are inflammatory foods.)

Overview - the basics about nightshade foods
"Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne (all species of Capsicum, including Capsicum annum), and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods.

"A particular group of substances in these foods, called alkaloids, can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive function in animals and humans, and may also be able to compromise joint

function. Because the amount of alkaloids is very low in nightshade foods when compared with other nightshade plants, health problems from nightshade foods may only occur in individuals who are especially sensitive to these alkaloid substances. Since cooking only lowers alkaloid content of nightshade foods by about 40-50%, highly sensitive individuals may want to avoid this category of food altogether, while non-sensitive individuals may be able to eat these foods, especially in cooked form, without problem. Green and sprouted spots on potatoes usually reflect high alkaloid content, even though the green itself involves the presence of chlorophyll, not alkaloids. For this reason, sprouted areas should always be thoroughly removed before potato cooking, or the potatoes should be discarded altogether."

The World's Healthiest Foods


  1. My thoughts about the ice cream vs V8?

    First thought: it's your life, do what you want; who am I to tell you how to live? (do not read this tone as rude, but rather as non-religious).

    Second thought: Simply comparing sugar content may not be the most accurate or comprehensive way to determine the health content of each item. Are the sugars in each of the same type or do they differ (i.e. fructose vs glucose vs sucrose)? If the sugars DO differ, is one type more dangerous than another? Are there other ingredients which should also be considered besides sugar, which might weight the decision one direction or another? Dairy, or anything else?

    Third thought: Is V8 really all that healthy? I know they market themselves as such but that doesn't really mean anything. We know for a fact that the juice will be pasteurized, so that's one big strike against them.

    Seems to me if you want to compare ice cream to fruit or vegetable juice you should compare it to a freshly squeezed juice, such as from a home juicer or a health food juice bar. A favorite juice of mine is apple, celery, carrot, beet. I also like wheatgrass shots. But there are hundreds of possible combinations that could be sampled and enjoyed.

    As for nightshade vegetables, maybe they are inflammatory, maybe they are not. Maybe a study was taken out of context to support that idea. Maybe they are inflammatory but not in a way that would bother you. Maybe they are inflammatory but still contain nutrients or healthful components that would be beneficial for you, thus balancing out the negative aspect of inflammation. I don't know. Food and health is a very complex, multi-faceted subject.


  2. THANK YOU for your comments!
    I also recently realized that V8 is pasteurized. Meaning it lacks vital living organizims. Because they were murdered. :(

    Great point about the differences in sugars. I'm commenting on that in my next blog.

    And I certainly will be eating potatoes and tomatoes and peppers for the rest of my life, but not right now. Perhaps one day I will gorge myself on all three and see how I feel the next day.

    Sigh deux.

  3. my advice? read "nourishing traditions." it's a great book. full of good resources and links to other awesome information. obviously you can take what you want from the book and leave what you don't want. it's not the bible. but it's a GREAT starting place.

    for one, the book contains all kinds of insights in there about how pasteurizing milk (not to mention the type of sugar in your ice cream was prob high fructose corn syrup! a whole other can of worms!) changes the molecular structure of milk to make it so most humans cannot digest it.

    try raw milk.

    my friend lacey ( is a huge fan of raw milk and cheese. i do the raw cheese but since i've never liked drinking milk (even as a kid) i've yet to try it.

    most (if not all) cases of people getting sick from milk are from pasteurized milk so don't be afraid of the raw milk. if it's from a good source, you should be fine.

  4. p.s. the book talks a lot about healthy and unhealthy sugar sources too. and fats.