Whole30 – Day 19 + Tomatoes are Nightshades

I’ve been taking advantage of the Wednesday afternoon farmers market at the Clarendon metro for some delicious tomatoes. Here’s a link for more info on the market vendors. The market is open between April and December from 3-7 pm on Wednesdays.


Still doing well on Whole30. Here’s what I’ve been eating for breskfast on the weekends. Farm fresh tomatoes, scrambled eggs and chopped cilantro.


Lunch has been summer in a bowl.  Avocado and tomatoes with lemon juice.

Coming back to the Practical Paleo book…did you know tomatoes are nightshades and avocados are FODMAPs?  If you have joint pain, inflammation or IBS then pay attention. (I’ve learned so much from the Practical Paleo book!).

According to Practical Paleo, nightshades are “a family of plants that contain specific alkaloid compounds that can be irritating to those suffering from joint pain and inflammation”.  The most common nightshades are peppers, tomatoes and potatoes (not including sweet potatoes or yams).  Something to think about if you’re doing Whole30 or paleo and still are suffering from joint pain or inflammation.  You can reference the full list of nightshade and FODMAP foods on the Balanced Bites site here.

FODMAPs are everywhere…when is the last time you had an upset stomach (or other fun symptoms of intestinal distress) from eating one of the following: artichokes, asparagus, cabbage, cherries, broccoli or avocados? FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable-oglio-di-monosaccharides-and-polyols. According to practical paleo, “these are types of carbohydrates that can be difficult to digest, resulting in symptoms varying from gas and bloating to IBS-like responses of diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of the two”.

Check out the Balanced Bites guides and see if there’s something you want to modify about your diet to see if you’re adversely reacting to it.

Chris Kresser has an excellent article on FODMAPs and how to modify paleo to accomodate this change as well as a list of several other irritants. Check out the article here.


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