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Bloating, gas, constipation and trouble sleeping

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Created January 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Only a few days into the diet and I am experiencing gas all day and night, constipation, terrible bloating (stomach feels so stretched its painful) and difficulty falling asleep at night. I'm thinking I'm eating too much fruit but I'm at about 5/6 servings per day and I don't think that's too much is it? Definitely eating more meat now than I usually would have. Is my body just assimilating to the new diet? Will this get better on its own or do I need to make some changes?

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11683 · January 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

berries are very low fructose, not bloating at all.

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11683 · January 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I imagine you're eating prunes and figs because you are constipated, but there are other things to get your bowels moving: magnesium and fat!

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5650 · January 27, 2013 at 6:23 AM

feel free to try making your own homemade yogurt. i recommend googling SCD yogurt. i make it with coconut milk, but you could use cow's milk or goat's milk if you want to. the fermentation process takes out all the lactose and leaves you with a lot of probiotics.

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5650 · January 27, 2013 at 6:21 AM

i agree with the prunes and figs (especially dried figs). they are SUPER bloaters for me. also, onions are notoriously known for their high FODMAP content. they make me very gassy.

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468 · January 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Definitely take out the prunes and figs - you probably ate way too many of them (especially when eating with higher sugar fruits like banana). They can definitely cause gastro distress!

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15 · January 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

This is also the longest I've gone without yogurt. I usually eat about 2 Greek yogurts/day for the past few years.

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15 · January 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Been switching it up but for example yesterday breakfast: 1.5 eggs, banana and prunes. Then I went to the gym. Lunch: mixed green salad with chicken breast, half tomato, little bit of onion and 1/4 avocado. Snacked on figs an apple and an orange. Dinner: filet mignon, steamed baby squash and a baked sweet potato. Snacked on grapes and figs later on. Does seem like too much fruit now that I write it.

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15 · January 27, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Thank you for the advice everyone, today I ate less fruit and had a Greek yogurt. I feel much better. I think trying to go cold turkey was a mistake, I need to ween myself off the dairy. Need to keep in mind that not all fruit is created equally and although I normally used to eat a serving of prunes on a daily basis before the diet I think the addition of the sugary figs was my downfall, which I definitely ate too many of taking the book too literally when it said I could eat as many fruits and veggies as I wan.

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11683 · January 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

berries are very low fructose, not bloating at all.

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5650 · January 27, 2013 at 6:23 AM

feel free to try making your own homemade yogurt. i recommend googling SCD yogurt. i make it with coconut milk, but you could use cow's milk or goat's milk if you want to. the fermentation process takes out all the lactose and leaves you with a lot of probiotics.

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140 · January 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

part of probably is your body adjusting to the new diet (and without the yogurt cultures that you are used to), but it does sound like your diet is very high in FODMAPS and especially in fructose right now.

bananas are good, but maybe try avoiding apples and prunes which cause terrible bloating (at least for me) and instead snack on berries, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, or maybe some veggies. i like to mix ground flaxseed with my yogurt to help with constipation/bloating issues, but if you're not eating dairy, you could just sprinkle a couple tablespoons on a mushed up banana. i've found it really helps. definitely invest in a good probiotic, though, or just add some more fermented/cultured foods to your diet to help repopulate your gut bacteria.

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91 · January 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Your body will need to adjust to live food. Gut Flora in most people is barely alive enough to do it's job. Much of the digestion in the American diet is being picked up by the lower gut, leaving the pancreas to do most of the work, that the stomach should be doing.

Go into it easy, and supplement some good pro biotics, until your Flora is abundant.

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11683 · January 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

That sounds like lot of fruit. Some kinds of fruit (the high-fructose ones) can be very bloating. What else are you eating - can you post a typical day's diet? Also, google FODMAPS.

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11683 · January 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I imagine you're eating prunes and figs because you are constipated, but there are other things to get your bowels moving: magnesium and fat!

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5650 · January 27, 2013 at 6:21 AM

i agree with the prunes and figs (especially dried figs). they are SUPER bloaters for me. also, onions are notoriously known for their high FODMAP content. they make me very gassy.

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468 · January 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Definitely take out the prunes and figs - you probably ate way too many of them (especially when eating with higher sugar fruits like banana). They can definitely cause gastro distress!

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15 · January 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

This is also the longest I've gone without yogurt. I usually eat about 2 Greek yogurts/day for the past few years.

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15 · January 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Been switching it up but for example yesterday breakfast: 1.5 eggs, banana and prunes. Then I went to the gym. Lunch: mixed green salad with chicken breast, half tomato, little bit of onion and 1/4 avocado. Snacked on figs an apple and an orange. Dinner: filet mignon, steamed baby squash and a baked sweet potato. Snacked on grapes and figs later on. Does seem like too much fruit now that I write it.

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