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Poop looks like tiny round balls...

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Created June 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I don't want to be gross, but when I go, it's tiny round balls.

Sorta 'neat', because there's not a lot of clean up, but I don't imagine that it's a good thing.

What's the minimum amount of fiber I have to eat to change this up? I juss hate veggies.

What are your fav fiber suggestions? My diet is mostly meat, fermented veggies, most carbs would come from honey in tea etc.

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24538 · June 18, 2012 at 7:27 AM

That just sounds like dehydration.

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5828 · June 18, 2012 at 4:01 AM

@mambo - good information. thanks.

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340 · June 18, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Sol, he's not talking about the small volume of the poop but those rabbit pebbles. The distinction is defining for constipation.

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340 · June 18, 2012 at 3:20 AM

No, just because you're low-carbing and eat mostly meats doesn't mean your poop should be rabbit pellets. If so, every low-carb hound would be pooping like that. It's only a subsection, but I might add, a pretty noticeable subsection, that has this problem. Enough to be an epidemic but since this isn't exactly a topic for a dinner conversation, it's stifled. In short, fix it: it's constipation.

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15 · June 18, 2012 at 2:05 AM

right on! pooping comes easy so i guess i shall not worry too much. it's just not that emergency situation that i remember happening when i ate lots of grains. those were some impressive bowel movements.

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15 · June 18, 2012 at 2:02 AM

i do like berries. you may be onto something ;) & yes i get my drink on. love me some water.

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7380 · June 18, 2012 at 2:12 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Stool_Chart

Unless it is really hard to pass, I wouldn't worry about it. Try drinking more water.

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24538 · June 18, 2012 at 7:27 AM

That just sounds like dehydration.

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3661 · June 18, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Forget fiber and eat your vegetables whether you like them or not. To paraphrase some of my favorite authors, you're all grown up now, eat you veggies. Also try some raw fermented foods like raw sauerkraut or kim chi.

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12847 · June 18, 2012 at 3:44 AM

One large raw carrot a day might help you out.

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5828 · June 18, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Welcome to PaleoHacks!

If your poop comes out easily and smoothly then I wouldn't worry. Fiber is one of those controversial things in the paleo world. Some find that they need a lot of it. Some of us do fine with less. Some Paleohackers don't consume any fiber. Most important to poop formation is the amount of good bacteria in your gut.

We've all been programmed to believe that we need to poop two or three times a day and that the poops should be big. Well, if you're eating lots of grain and lots of fiber your poops will be big and you don't want to be backed up. So, you only need to worry if you're getting constipated, developing hemorrhoids, or having rough poops.

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15 · June 18, 2012 at 2:05 AM

right on! pooping comes easy so i guess i shall not worry too much. it's just not that emergency situation that i remember happening when i ate lots of grains. those were some impressive bowel movements.

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340 · June 18, 2012 at 3:20 AM

No, just because you're low-carbing and eat mostly meats doesn't mean your poop should be rabbit pellets. If so, every low-carb hound would be pooping like that. It's only a subsection, but I might add, a pretty noticeable subsection, that has this problem. Enough to be an epidemic but since this isn't exactly a topic for a dinner conversation, it's stifled. In short, fix it: it's constipation.

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340 · June 18, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Sol, he's not talking about the small volume of the poop but those rabbit pebbles. The distinction is defining for constipation.

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5828 · June 18, 2012 at 4:01 AM

@mambo - good information. thanks.

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4413 · June 18, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Berries! Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries...

Do you not like berries?

How about some flaxseed meal? Its high in fiber.

Are you drinking enough water?

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15 · June 18, 2012 at 2:02 AM

i do like berries. you may be onto something ;) & yes i get my drink on. love me some water.

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1169 · July 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Are you eating enough fat? I would maybe have added up the fat intake. Maybe have some fat on your vegetables so they taste better. Then you get both fat and fiber that will fix your poop.

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10 · July 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM

eat some prunes in the morning that will defo help:-)

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43 · July 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I was the exact same way until I started making coconut water kefir and drinking it on the daily. Changed my bowel habits for the better from day 2. Amazing, potent stuff.

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17359 · July 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Despite conventional wisdom, probably isn't the fiber. The shape is a function of how much bile and stomach acid, and how well and what type of gut bacteria you have cultivated over the years, and how much water is available.

One thing to look for is floaters, if you have many of those, it means that bile is insufficient in processing the amount of fat you're attempting to digest and in that case you might need to use digestive enzymes before meals containing oxbile. (This is true in my case as I've had my gallbladder removed, but as long as I consume 3-5 pills before a meal, they look like long smooth logs; without them, grape clusters.)

What's useful about the Bristol Stool Chart is that it can tell you what's going on with your digestion if you know what to look for. I don't know all of the combinations off the top of my head, but am aware of the ones that affected me in the past. :)

The book Practical Paleo has a section on this topic called "The Poop Pageant", which might be worth looking at. This podcast addresses some of it: http://balancedbites.com/2012/05/podcast-episode-38-poop.html

Yours is "Ms. Rocky":

Generally dark in color and formed into small balls or pellet shapes, she's what you'll see if you are experiencing a gut flora imbalance, dehydration, stress, or if you're not eating enough soluble fiber. If she's in your toilet, your number one priority is to get rid of her! Probiotic foods (or supplements if you can't tolerate the foods), some starchy vegetables, proper hydration, and meditative breathing will all help get her moving on out.

So, yes, in your case, it could well be fiber, but it could also be the wrong gut flora, or not enough starchy carbs.

In terms of fermented foods, I make kombucha, pickles in brine, and red cabbage karaut with beets, carrots and ginger.

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