I had a binge on "paleo-acceptable" foods (depending on who you ask about what's acceptable), so I'm not in a sugar/gluten high-and-crash situation, but nevertheless the physical discomfort is pretty bad (thankfully, no mental turmoil as with SAD foods).
I had loads of beef, chicken, coconut oil, coconut oil mixed with cocoa powder mixed with desiccated coconut mixed with almond butter mixed with whole yogurt, bag of pine nuts, 1/2 jar almond butter with an avocado and blueberries, salmon, several blocks of cheese, and I'm not sure if I'm missing anything out. I'm pretty sure it's added up to more than 5000 kcal (I'm a short girl, shouldn't be eating more than 2000)
Unfortunately I struggle with binge eating and was hoping the paleo lifestyle would help me beat it. I admit that these foods have less of a "more-ish" factor than grains, but then overdoing them hurts more as they feel heavier in the stomach!
I feel like I am about to give birth to a massive cement brick or something, it is not pleasant. Any tips on how to ease the pain? I'm trying to sip on some grean tea now...
Ginger tea, it's anti-inflammatory in the gut off the hizzle. Works like a charm for shizzle.
Fasting after a binge is about the only way I've been able to deal with it.
I used to take large amounts of fiber after a non-paleo binge that also had probiotics in it (Psyllium w/Acidophilus) and it seemed to help... but fasting for 24hr seemed to rectify it even better.
Breaking fasts with just meat prevents binging, and the upset stomach/GI (as long as you don't eat heavily salted/seasoned meat, I found that out the hard way breaking a 2-day IF with a pound of brisket from a BBQ joint).
Next time I might experiment with a little kimchi on the side, as it has helped my gut in the past. Just don't use the spicy stuff, because if it fails to fix the gut problems, fire in equals fire out... the only thing worse than leaky gut is leaky lavabutt.
I ate too big a meal after my first longer IF--ugh. I would not drink a lot of liquid so your digestion can get to work. I also like a 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a little warm water.
Hi, Pching! The good news is that this discomfort is primarily from your distended stomach--and if you happen to have a hiatal hernia, the discomfort is probably sharper as some of the food you ate is blocked from entering the main body of the stomach AND the herniated part of the stomach is probably squeezing the other occupants of your chest cavity.
Try different positions--is it better if you lean forward? Get on all fours and either rock forward or back?
Within a few hours, it should definitely start to feel better as the food breaks down and hopefully is released from the stomach into the small intestine.
If your stomach acid or bile salts could be insufficient, taking either or both of those by mouth could hasten your relief a little but, as meret said, you'll probably find it takes a little while to ease the blockage.
With luck, this won't hurt all the way through or cause systemic symptoms. However, if your pain gets worse and worse edging on unbearable head for the ER.
Laying down if you are in a place to do so. A nap. A good long slow walk. The bottom line is that your body just needs some time. You might consider some ACV with warm water and sip it slowly.
As concerning and uncomfortable your current situation is, you know you will want to address the binge eating at some point. I've binged too in my pre-Paleo days and have knocked down a fair amount of calories at one time eating Paleo foods. In either situation, you need to find out what your trigger foods are. For many, it is the nuts and nut butters. Coconut oil and chocolate combined is also a pretty decadent combo. Once you identify what your triggers are, then you should determine how best to address the triggers (eg never having the foods; having them in small portions on a regular basis; etc). Paleo has allowed me to avoid binge eating because the foods are so filling. Be sure and eat enough of your "meal" and that way you won't have the room for the trigger foods.
Make sure you're drinking enough water, even though I know you already feel full. Don't drink water to bursting, but sip it constantly. All that nut butter really is essentially a brick right now, so you want to water it down some.
Also, just as a comfort, here's an answer I wrote to someone else's question in which I discuss some of my old binges which look EXACTLY like yours (nut butter mixed with paleo "flour" mixed with yogurt, which I describe as noxious, because it totally is). http://paleohacks.com/questions/83644/any-good-books-tips-on-binge-emotional-bored-over-eating/83724#83724
I overcame my bingeing too. Everyone has different experiences and advice, so I'll let you hunt around PH yourself or pose the question before offering advice. But you can totally beat this.
Beef, chicken, pine nuts, avocado and blueberries all could have quite reasonably been eaten by a caveman, so I'd put my money on none of those being the main culprits.
Coconut oil, cocoa powder, dessicated coconut, almond butter and yogurt are all processed foods, one way or another, and while they may have health benefits individually, in moderation, they are substances I would advise caution with.
Also, whilst the whole "eat high fibre foods, like grains" stuff is clearly a load of crap, a couple of carrots or salad leaves would probably help your digestive system out!
Our closest animal relative, the chimpanzee, eats loads of leaves and plenty of root vegetables. I imagine my digestive system to not be too far away from his overall, so I make sure I eat those things too.
Remember that a caveman was first of all a wholefoods junkie!
Pretty much all about the position, hands and knees and letting the stomach hang is usually the only relief I can find for that sort of thing. There's a window as well where a brisk walk in fresh air helps get things moving.
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