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07-06-2006, 06:25 AM
I was wondering if anyone knew if nuts could cause symptoms such as headaches and itchy eyes?
I have been eating lots of nuts/nut-based dishes lately and I have been dealing with a headache for three days (some days awful, some just irritating) and having very itchy eyes.
At first I was thinking it was just a detox symptom, but now am wondering if it could be the nuts.
I have never been allergic to nuts in the past but I have also not eaten this many in the past.
Just curious and trying to understand my body/symptoms...
Hey, I guess I could cut them out for awhile and see if the headaches go away, but right now I have pine nuts, macadamias, and cashews soaking for Alissa's Fettucine Alfredo and some almonds soaking for Blueberry Pie :)
07-06-2006, 06:36 AM
If I eat too many nuts I have got headaches in the past... a couple of days without and they have gone away completely and I can eat nuts again without them. This is from pre raw days but I remember it well. Usually at Christmas where I'd get big bags of pistachios and eat them all in a day or so. It was the worst headaches I have ever had. My theory was it was excess undigested protein, but I have no data to say it's true. I would say it's more from overload, not allergy in my case.
If you wanted to try a couple of days without nuts you could just drain and freeze the nuts you have soaking.
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07-06-2006, 07:08 AM
Maybe it could be food combining with the nuts that is the problem? I think in Alissa's chart it shows that nuts ideally should not be consumed with fruits and vegetables. Yet I know how delicious those fruit desert pies are... It might just be eating too many nuts tho, making your intake of fats and protien outbalance the carbahydrates (something I'm probably guilty of!)
07-06-2006, 07:10 AM
Thanks!!! I didn't know nuts could be frozen. That's a great tidbit of info!
Ive been raw for just over 3 mos now but only 100% for just over a month. I went thru the same thing not long ago. I had headaches which I figured was detox, but I also had extremely itchy eyes, especially the inner corners. I just figured it was allergies related to the weather although they have never itched like that before. It lasted about a week and then passed. Maybe it was detox...... I wouldnt be surprised. Hope it passes soon.
07-06-2006, 10:09 AM
How long have you been eating raw? More than likely it is detox.
07-06-2006, 11:42 AM
I have been eating raw since mid-May. Since the headache was so horrible (the kind where you have no choice but to go to bed in a dark room) for 2 days, I thought it was something other than detox only because I had already been raw over a month.
I guess the body just has it's own timetable. Now that i think about it, I heard of people being raw for over a year and having a new level of "healing crisis" then feeling even better after.
Hopefully that is what it is. Tho' I do think I will tone down on the nut intake after the Fettucine Alfredo, of course, just to see what happens.
07-06-2006, 12:14 PM
Hard to say without knowing what else you are eating/drinking or anything else about your lifestyle. Could be just from sitting in front of the computer. Might have absolutely nothing to do with your food program. Then again, could be the nuts.
I am usually a browser here. Been totally raw for about 6 weeks--figure
it is time to join in the discussions. Some days I feel amazing and others drained. Today is a great day. However, I am getting itchy rashes also. Yesterday, my eyelids were the only thing itchy (I did have nuts last night too, makes me wonder). They were so itchy and red i couldn't sleep last night. Today they are still red but not so itchy.
A very interesting journey indeed.
07-06-2006, 01:57 PM
I think there are too many variables here to determine if it's the nuts. If you're in your first month of raw, I would guess it isn't and much more likely a detox.
Maybe take a break from the nuts for a few days, or eat just one type at a time and see how you feel.
Headaches are most often associated with hydration in some way
Trust your intuition
07-06-2006, 05:17 PM
Are the nuts organic? Best way to find out as someone else has stated, stop eating them and see.
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