Paleo AIP Reintroduction Part: Eggs | Redux Redux’ed

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January of last year I did 30 days strict of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. In the subsequent six months I spent a lot of time reintroducing foods to figure out what had been causing several nasty skin problems, but in particular an inexplicable skin rash.

After those six months, it was fairly evident that I had a big problem with nightshades and eggs. Nightshades give me boils, but eggs were behind the skin rash. When I first reintroduced them, I felt sick, and a few days later I had new patches of rash. I waited a good five months before trying again. The reaction this time was even worse and I dealt with a very large rash on my leg for several months.

I didn’t touch eggs again after that. Not whole, not the whites, not the yolks, not cooked or baked or glazed.

At least, not until about six weeks ago.

I had just been told by the doctor that I had PCOS. I had just started metformin. I was super bummed about food because honestly, low carb without eggs is pretty hard. Every recipe I looked at had eggs. And I found myself craving them hardcore at the exclusion of meats and vegetables.

So I caved and I had one. Just one. And it tasted amazing, but I knew I was going to pay for it within a few days. But I waited a few days and nothing happened, then I waited a few more and had another egg. Still nothing.

It’s now been six weeks and I’ve eaten an egg or two more days than not. Every morning I check my body all over for the telltale bright pink flare of a new rash and I find nothing. The original rash is now nothing but the biopsy scar.

I can hardly believe it. But I guess it makes sense? This came on suddenly, after all, and the AIP says some allergies can go away if you give them enough time. It’s even possible that something else was interacting with the eggs to make me allergic to them and, given enough time, that allergy has healed.

Either way, being able to eat eggs again has made sticking to low carb so much easier. I can actually eat out. I can eat at friends’ places. When we go to Switzerland in a few weeks (three?!) I’ll be able to find something filling and nutritious to eat.

Nightshades, though, are still a definite no. In my excitement with eggs, I tried tomatoes and nightshade spices and both gave me horrible boils. I’m still healing from them and they’ve been a painful reminder to Stay the Fuck Away.

But eggs! Omg eggs! It gives me hope yet that someday I’ll be able to eat tomatoes again.

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6 responses to “Paleo AIP Reintroduction Part: Eggs | Redux Redux’ed

  1. Could the difference be in the source of the eggs? Store-bought eggs might have had something in them that your own hens’ eggs don’t.

    I have a friend who used to think she couldn’t eat dairy products at all, but then she lived in England for three years and discovered she could eat cheese and drink milk there (she grew an inch at age 40!), and that’s how she learned that it’s the antibiotics in cow milk that she was reacting to.

    In any case, that’s fantastic that you can eat eggs again!

    • Honestly, I don’t know. I was eating store bought eggs when it started, but I switched to our own eggs about eight months later and all of my previous reintroductions were with our eggs.

  2. Maybe it was just a coincidence before? I mean or bodies are very complex machines and maybe something else had been going at the same time?

    • That’s always a possibility, but I doubt it. The one time, sure, or even the second time, but I had flares every time I ate something I hadn’t known had egg in it.
      Allergies/sensitivities can be very strange sometimes.

  3. I’m so happy for you~!

  4. Fat Girl Dancing

    YAY EGGS!

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