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Stomach pains (and relief from rice)

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Created December 03, 2010 at 2:12 AM

I didn't have a single GI issue during the first 30 days of Paleo. To be honest, I didn't feel any drastic improvement like people claim here (and I didn't cheat). Towards the end, my stress levels from work were really bad + slight depression caused a bad stomach upset. (I have had exactly similar issues before due to stress). Its been almost two weeks now and the GI problems persist. Lately I have started to get stomach pains and it sometimes wakes me up in the night. So I did what I used to do before - give the stomach some rest. I ate rice + yogurt (low fat + easy to digest) yesterday and the pain pretty much disappeared (shocking isn't it?). I again started eating meat today and the pain is back. Could be that I am not able to digest fat. Digestive enzymes didn't help much. Basically I am looking for stuff to eat which is very easy on the stomach and do some fasting kind of gig to give my stomach some rest. Muscle loss is a concern for me so it will be great if I can get back on track quickly.

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0 · July 14, 2013 at 1:58 AM

tea especially with caffeine in it will hurt not help the stomach

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Meat does not count as bland. It's harder to digest than banana and other items and he has already seen that bland rice seems to help so that is, IMO, a big clue as to which direction will probably work for him. As much as I consider meat healthy, there was a time in my life when my digestion was badly damaged and I simply could not tolerate any fat without getting badly ill. And low fat meat was borderline. Now, healed, I can eat as much meat and fat as I like with no problems at all. A sick animal is diff from a healthy animal!

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I am do only one who thinks that protein is actually a better choice than sugar when experiencing stomach issues. I guess it really depends from where the problem comes from. In my case it's my gut flora so a bland diet of fruit and rice would send me straight to hell while meat and fat is perfectly fine.

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Oh yeah, forgot pumpkin as another well known bland food. I think I always forget because I don't much care for it myself. Ginger bugs my stomach so I don't do ginger if my stomach is already jumpy. It's definitely not bland, but does seem to be therapeutic/medicinal for some people.

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 4:41 AM

pretty good.. I should have continued my bland diet for at least one more day.. I was in a rush to eat protein :)

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20787 · December 03, 2010 at 2:45 AM

When I have stomach/intestinal issues, I do a 3 day bland diet. You will probably feel better at the end of day two, but for me, I need to keep going through day 3 otherwise the problem will resurface. Bland foods include rice, unsweetened natural apple sauce, and bananas. Many also do boiled chicken with no skin and its broth. And water. DO this for three days and your stomach will have time to recover. On day four, you can ease back into eating more normally. My suggestion would be try this route and see if it works before trying anything more drastic. If your intestinal tract is screwed up, then you will have trouble digesting all kinds of things. That does not mean all those things are bad for you or that you can never digest them, it just means you can't digest them when your intestinal tract is all screwed up! However, if you keep having the problem over and over, then you should probably consider excluding things one at a time to see if you can determine if there is anything in particular besides just stress that might be exacerbating the problem.

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Meat does not count as bland. It's harder to digest than banana and other items and he has already seen that bland rice seems to help so that is, IMO, a big clue as to which direction will probably work for him. As much as I consider meat healthy, there was a time in my life when my digestion was badly damaged and I simply could not tolerate any fat without getting badly ill. And low fat meat was borderline. Now, healed, I can eat as much meat and fat as I like with no problems at all. A sick animal is diff from a healthy animal!

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I am do only one who thinks that protein is actually a better choice than sugar when experiencing stomach issues. I guess it really depends from where the problem comes from. In my case it's my gut flora so a bland diet of fruit and rice would send me straight to hell while meat and fat is perfectly fine.

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 4:41 AM

pretty good.. I should have continued my bland diet for at least one more day.. I was in a rush to eat protein :)

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56596 · December 03, 2010 at 2:50 AM

You might be interested in the soup I devised to clear up stomach issues http://huntgatherlove.com/content/hangover-soup

When I get myself in such a situation, pumpkin, apple sauce, banana, tapioca, sweet potato, and other such bland foods work wonders. If rice works for you, you might try arroz caldo. The combo of broth + ginger works some magic I think.

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0 · December 03, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Oh yeah, forgot pumpkin as another well known bland food. I think I always forget because I don't much care for it myself. Ginger bugs my stomach so I don't do ginger if my stomach is already jumpy. It's definitely not bland, but does seem to be therapeutic/medicinal for some people.

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0 · July 14, 2013 at 1:57 AM

the T in the BRAT diet is actually TOAST

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0 · July 14, 2013 at 1:58 AM

tea especially with caffeine in it will hurt not help the stomach

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2312 · December 04, 2010 at 4:05 AM

I've always used the BRAT diet to help settle tummy issues - banana, rice, apple, tea. Although if it's constipation, I'd stay away from banana's and apples, and add a little Mg to your diet.

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8255 · December 03, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Not sure if it is your issue, but when I had something similar (would wake me at night), I traced it back to constipation (was going very heavy in the meat side at the time). Tossed in more veggies and started taking magnesium helped resolve it for me, although I still have the tendencies if I'm not careful.

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3690 · December 03, 2010 at 2:36 AM

It's hard to tell but your body might be doing better with a bit of starch, which you got from rice.

Cleaning up your diet might have let some underlining condition show up its face a bit. If you have a problem with fat, you would have seen it before, unless you never ate fatty meals before going Paleo.

The probiotic in the yogurt might have helped a bit too curtail whatever problem you might be dealing with, though I doubt you would see a big relief only from eating yogurt once. I would try doing the Paleo approach, taking a good probiotic and including a bit of starch from sweet potatoes and see how it goes.

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