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New to Paleo, stomach ache.

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Updated September 28, 2014 at 3:58 AM
Created April 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Hey there,

I'm quite new to trying Paleo but i've been reading about it for a while along with SCD, I'm trying it for digestion issues. I had GERD pretty bad and after months of buying tons of "herbal remedies" i started experimenting with my diet. Finally when i cut out gluten it improved a lot, still a bit of belching and occasional reflux when i'd eaten a big meal and been on the go but things generally started looking up and i could stop taking medication.

A few days ago i decided to try starting paleo recipes and hopefully cut out the carbs completely. Bought a ton of fresh veg, fish, meat etc and made a few really good meals. I was surprised how well fed i felt without carbs. The GERD had completely gone and i felt a lot more calm and relaxed than i have done in a long time. On the first night however, i started having stomach sort of...mild cramps (nothing too painful) i guess along with diarrhea and loose stools.

I take Betain HCL with pepsin with my meals but was thinking about supplementing with Ox bile or something to help me digest fat a bit better. I haven't eaten a lot of fat and protein for quite a while so i understand my body needs to adjust, but was wondering if this was a common issue? Should i just power through and see what happens? In all honestly i feel quite low at the minute. Resorted back to Gluten free bread and oats which seem to have settled my stomach. Thanks for any help.

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@Lesley 1 I am going through the tummy ache thing and it sound like you know a thing or two about that. My aches haven't happened except the past three evenings right after dinner. I would have to say those meals are the fattiest--lamb with olive oils and tonight fish with lots of butter and olive oil. Tummy ache for an hour! People suggested fiber issues from veggies but it is like the sugar-tummy ache people get. I don't feel nausea but it seems related to the quantity of fat. I'm paranoid of messing up my guts now! Read about gallbladder issues & other things. At any rate, advice?

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827 · April 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Wow! That's great, Matt. I never would have guessed that a few seed oils would have messed you up that badly, as I didn't give them up entirely until a few months in to my transition and I felt fine almost the whole time. Now that you know what refined seed oils do to you, you'll want to be careful about restaurant food. Restaurants will nearly always use adulturated "olive oil" like what you describe.

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384 · April 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Turns out the "olive oil" i was using was only 15% olive oil! (the rest mostly vegetable and some other stuff i hadn't heard of) So i bought a few tubs of coconut oil to try it out and all of the mentioned problems were solved and i've managed 5 days of strict paleo! Thanks again for the advice :)

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827 · April 21, 2013 at 3:24 AM

Matt, I'd recommend not doing one meal a day. You won't see the benefits. Make all your meals paleo/primal now. Don't wait until you eat up the package of pasta you just bought. Don't have one last soda. Just jump right in and clean out your pantry. You'll love it once your adjustment period is over.

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384 · April 20, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Hi Lesley, thank you for the reply. I was actually considering keeping quinoa in my diet for a while anyway, it seems to digest easily for me . I'll give your suggestions a go! I was thinking of maybe starting with one paleo meal a day, or would you recommend going all in and using bland carbs when needed? Thanks again for the advice though, i'll keep with it :) amazing how adapted and dependant our bodies can feel on carbs.

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827 · April 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Matt,

When I first started Paleo I also battled mild nausea and loose stools. The key for me was having a carbohydrate transition period. I kept a small container of bland boiled potatoes or quinoa in the fridge so I could take a bite or two if needed. After about a week and a half I didn't need these anymore. It's important to make the carbs bland and flavorless so you're not inclined to eat any more than you absolutely need.

It sounds as though you've stumbled on the same principle with the oats and GF bread. These are not a good idea, by the way. If you need to settle your stomach with carbs, do so with potatoes or a small banana. Quinoa (a chenopod, not a grain) can work for this, too. If you must eat a grain, make it white rice.

Give your body some more time to adjust without ruining your progress with the GF bread. On the few occasions I've experimented with that kind of thing, I couldn't believe how terrible it made me feel. So don't eat it!

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827 · April 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Wow! That's great, Matt. I never would have guessed that a few seed oils would have messed you up that badly, as I didn't give them up entirely until a few months in to my transition and I felt fine almost the whole time. Now that you know what refined seed oils do to you, you'll want to be careful about restaurant food. Restaurants will nearly always use adulturated "olive oil" like what you describe.

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384 · April 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Turns out the "olive oil" i was using was only 15% olive oil! (the rest mostly vegetable and some other stuff i hadn't heard of) So i bought a few tubs of coconut oil to try it out and all of the mentioned problems were solved and i've managed 5 days of strict paleo! Thanks again for the advice :)

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827 · April 21, 2013 at 3:24 AM

Matt, I'd recommend not doing one meal a day. You won't see the benefits. Make all your meals paleo/primal now. Don't wait until you eat up the package of pasta you just bought. Don't have one last soda. Just jump right in and clean out your pantry. You'll love it once your adjustment period is over.

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384 · April 20, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Hi Lesley, thank you for the reply. I was actually considering keeping quinoa in my diet for a while anyway, it seems to digest easily for me . I'll give your suggestions a go! I was thinking of maybe starting with one paleo meal a day, or would you recommend going all in and using bland carbs when needed? Thanks again for the advice though, i'll keep with it :) amazing how adapted and dependant our bodies can feel on carbs.

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