Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nightshade Veggies

Photo by:  David Crehner/Photoxpress.com
I made a horrible mistake when I had company for dinner on Sunday. I ate potato salad. Nightshade vegetables, such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant , and peppers are known to be great contributors to inflammation. I have found that I cannot eat potatoes without suffering greatly. Why did I do it? Lack of discipline! Potato salad is so good with barbecue ribs that I simply could not resist. Two days later the swelling and inflammation in some of my joints has finally gone down.

While potatoes certainly need to be out of my diet, I find that tomatoes and peppers (any variety) do not affect me in an adverse way if they are cooked first.

I have found a great substitute for french fries now. Sweet potato fries are becoming more popular all the time in restaurants. You can also purchase them at grocery stores in the freezer section at your local grocery stores. They are packed full of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin A, just to name a few.

Now that I am thinking about it, I may try making potato salad with sweet potatoes. If it works out...I will post the recipe.


  1. Funny how the cooked tomatoes and peppers don't have the same 'curse' on your body as the potatoes (sad funny;( I just read yesterday in Nourishing Traditions cookbook that alfalfa sprouts are a no-no food for your condition.

    Having, myself, a thousand and one food allergies, that I'm almost a 'prisoner' of my own home as far as eating goes .. or suffer the consequences. Maybe we can collaborate and share some meals when you're my neighbor :)


  2. That sounds like a great plan !!!