Ive decided to take on the paleo lifestyle after I heard all the benefits and figured id give it a try. Im currently around 12 days in and have began getting stomach aches and spasms. At some point my mouth even fills with fluid in prepartion of throwing up im also pretty bloated around my stomach! What im woundering is if im doing anything wrong firstly, or is this a normal part of the adjustment process? I have heard of the carb flu and am hoping its down to this as im really beginning to love my new lifestyle and dont want to go back.
Any help will be greatly appreciated
What are you eating? What did you use to eat? Do you have any health issues?
It is hard to tell? Could you give more details as to what your symptoms are like? Is it more like heartburn or general abdominal discomfort? Is it mild, moderate or severe?
Are you 100% gluten-free (check all ingredients on food labels, especially in sauces, seasonings, etc)? Maybe you are eating too many fruits and have fructose malabsorption or issues with FODMAPs? Are you eating enough fat? Protein shakes are not really Paleo... what kind of protein is it?
I started paleo 4 weeks ago and my body FREAKED OUT when I started eating healthier. I had an upset stomach and some serious constipation for a few days, but now I'm all set and feel better than ever.
What always goes through my mind when I hear of symptoms like this is
How much fat are you taking in?? what's your % so we have an idea....why? because if you start drinking cans of coconut milk or eating tons of avocados and coconut oil, you will put your digestive system into distress from too much fat and/or you can start having die off symptoms.
Especially for a newbie, too much of anything new thing can cause distress.
It sounds like you are going overboard on the fruit. Fruit is just fructose and that is still going to cause gut irritation and inflammation. A typical breakfast should be heavy on protein and fat. Protein shakes are not a good idea at all! Protein shakes are extremely insulinogenic (especially whey), combined with the large amounts of fruit you are setting up the perfect storm for insulin spike and sugar crash followed by weight gain around the middle. In the morning your cortisol level is highest and that means that you should be eating protein and fat to prevent a large insulin release. I personally have to avoid carbs unless they are veggies or fruit immediately after working out. Other sources of irritations can be too many nuts. Cut the shakes, fruit and up the fat and protein.