So… It’s been about 2 weeks since I gave up nightshades

Here’s how it’s going so far…


Our household has been gluten free for several years now, so the main meals haven’t been difficult to plan.

One meat and two veggies.

A little complicated

Seasonings have been a little bit of a challenge, but I love granulated onion and garlic and they add a lot of flavor.

I’m learning a lot about seasonings I rarely use, such as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. 

After much trial and error, I developed my own recipe for breakfast sausage, and it’s wonderful!


  • Giving up potatoes. 

When we went gluten-free, we added in a lot of potatoes.

We have been substituting roasted radishes for fried potatoes and pan-fried turnip slices for french fries.

Cauliflower Leek Soup is a good replacement for potato soup. 

They taste really good, but they don’t have that “comfort food” effect that I get from the potatoes.

  • Finding places to eat or food to take with me when I’m running errands all day.

Since I live in a rural area, I have to do most of my shopping online or an hour and a half from home. 

On my errand day, I try to get absolutely everything done before I head back home. 

There are no microwaves or refrigerators available, so I have to take foods that can be stored in a small ice chest and don’t require heating.

I’m still working on this, and will post about it in the future.

Driving me crazy…

The search for desserts.

My allergy to coconut makes this really complicated. Sigh.

I’m making baked apples with cinnamon and mace, since I can’t have nutmeg. I bake them without sweetener, and then drizzle them with a little honey or pure maple syrup when I reheat them.

Sliced strawberries with a little honey is a good dessert, but they are really expensive this time of year.

Other than that, the only thing I have come up with is a spoonful of jelly. More specifically, Polaner All Fruit. 

I’m hoping that reducing the inflammation in my body will allow me to eat more fresh fruits when Spring finally arrives.




For the past 5 years, I have been struggling with health issues. 

Many people have told me it’s because I’m not active enough.

Not true.

I was very active until the health issues started.

A week before it all began, I was working on a 1500 sq ft home, going to college, attending my daughter’s school activities, helping my parents move…

I carried 5-gallon buckets of paint and drywall by myself.

I was going up and down a ladder for hours every day, texturing walls by hand with a 4″ brush.

I made my own 24″ x 24″ screen sifter for gravel, and I shoveled and sifted it by hand over a wheelbarrow.

Then it happened…

One morning I was working in the yard, pulling weeds, putting down mulch, etc.

By noon I was covered with what looked like 3 different rashes.

In retrospect, I should have seen a doctor. 

Instead, I started taking Benadryl, and barely remember anything of the next 3 weeks.

During that time, something changed in me.

The symptoms started out mild at first, but have continued to get worse and worse over time.

I have a great deal of pain in all my joints, morning swelling in my hands and feet, occasional headaches, bloating, and horrible, debilitating back pain. And frequent brain fog, which may or may not be from all the pain.

Several people have recommended yoga, and make great claims about the benefits they have experienced.

Yoga is excruciating for me.

Back exercises haven’t worked at all.

Stretching is impossible.

The chiropractor reduces some pain, but not all, and it comes back.

I eliminated gluten from my diet. My migraines ceased completely, but the back and joint pain persist.

I’ve done extensive research on diets, but the recommendations were all different from website to website.

Looking deeply into an Autoimmune Paleo Diet for recipes, I still found too many variables and no clear direction.

However, one thing has been consistent – a continual reference to nightshades.

The solution for me?

I’m giving it all up.

  • No coffee.
  • No chocolate.
  • No potatoes.
  • No sweet potatoes.
  • No sugar.
  • No dairy.
  • No tomatoes.
  • No peppers.
  • No nightshade seasonings.
  • No thickeners.
  • No nuts.
  • No gluten.
  • No soy.
  • No grains.
  • No eggplant.
  • Nothing pre-packaged.
  • No eating out.

This looks like a pretty doable list, but when you add in all of my previously existing food allergies, it makes my recipe search a little more difficult.

  • No bananas or plantains.
  • No avocados.
  • No coconut.
  • No melons.
  • No plums.
  • No fresh pears.
  • No fresh pumpkin.
  • Seasonal allergies to all raw fruits.
  • Seasonal allergies to all raw vegetables.

But… as limiting and difficult as this may be… I’m doing this.

It’s time to stop the pain.

Could it be nightshades?

I’m going to find out.