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Stomach Ache on Paleo

by 3926 · February 06, 2011 6:30 PM

Been eating Paleo for about 6 weeks. Couldn't lose any weight until I went to 10-15 carbs a day, which means no nuts or fruit right now, but now I am losing so that is good. However, I have developed a terrible stomach ache that goes off and on from morning to night. It is a deep cramping stomach ache with no vomiting or stool issues. Here is a typical day under 20 carbs:

2 poached eggs, two strips turkey bacon for breakfast spinach salad with chicken or beef strips and pepitas for lunch beef or chicken and veggies with salad for dinner turkey jerky for snack

I have also been eating a few Paleo muffins a day. They are made with coconut flour, walnut oil, eggs and stevia. On the chance that it was the coconut flour causing the cramping, I switched to hazlenut flour with no change. All meats are no antibiotics or hormones, grass fed (beef), free range organic veggie fed eggs. Organic veggies.

Thank you in advance for any advice or ideas!

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9983 · February 06, 2011 1:28 AM

I have experienced the same thing and it turned out to be that I was not drinking near enough water. Once I increased my intake to 100 fluid oz a day, the ache deep in my stomach went away. It takes about 3 days to go away.

Paleo people tend to not drink enough water because they are statiated and never feel the thirsty pangs.

A good rule of thumb. Take you weight in pounds, divide by two, and that number in ounces is a good number to drink in water. I tend to add about 25% to my number.

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3926 · February 06, 2011 6:30 PM

I think Rebecca and Karen win the prize of the day. Less than 24 hours after cutting out the nut flour I am feeling better. Thanks everyone!

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1579 · February 05, 2011 9:15 PM

I just wanted to point out that you are eating MUCH more than 10-15 carbs a day...with all those veggies, if you looked up nutrients, you are probably well over 50-75, not a bad thing, just knowing what your carb intake is realistically is important I think.

I would cut out the nuts and nut flour which can cause some stomach issues and be sure you are drinking enough water.

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10750 · February 05, 2011 8:50 PM

Do you think you have enough fat in your diet? Might they be hungerpangs? Do look into this, keep your health in mind.


I'm not sure if this is applicable to you, but whenever my stomach bothers me, ginger tea is my first stop.

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3926 · February 06, 2011 5:09 AM

Hey Rebecca, I realized that I miscommunicated the carb count. I only count effective carbs, which is carbs minus fiber. That is probably why it seems to you that I am taking in more than I am counting for. Thanks!

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2297 · February 05, 2011 at 11:40 PM

What's in the turkey bacon?

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3861 · February 05, 2011 9:20 PM

Could it be coincidental that this happened after you switched to a paleo diet? Perhaps this has nothing to do with diet and is something independent of it. I recommend getting it checked out if it persists.

If it isn't coincidental, maybe as Adam said, you could need more fat in your diet to feel sated.

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1403 · February 06, 2011 2:09 AM

The symptoms you describe have all the tell-tale signs of an extremely serious condition.

In my professional opinion and many years of clinical experience I must sadly inform you that you are suffering from a terminally malignant stomach tumor.

The prognosis is certain death over the very short term.

My advice to you is to make peace with your maker because you will be meeting Him soon.

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