I'm new to Paleo - Day 10 today. I've followed pretty close to perfect, but the standard plan, not with auto-immune restrictions. Typical day is 3 eggs with peppers and onions, two slices of turkey bacon for breakfast; paleo meat and veggie recipe for lunch; salad with cukes, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, some sort of meat for dinner. Snacks are 1oz walnuts with 1oz macadamias and about 10-15 raisins; and half a can of coconut milk with hemp protein powder.
The first few days, I felt great. After that though, we started using some coconut oil to cook our eggs and I got stomach pains and heartburn. I picked up some digestive enzymes, along with some D, mag/calcium, and we already use fish oil. Now I'm not sure if the coconut oil or the enzymes are causing the problems. Should I just wait it out and chalk this off to my body getting used to the change in diet? I can obviously try eliminating one at a time to see if it helps. I was just wondering if anything puts up a red flag here. Thanks!
I had the exact same symptoms you describe at practically the same time in my paleo changeover. I visited my GP and he referred me to an allergist. Turns out I have a sensitivity to nightshades.
I kicked the peppers off my plate, and problem solved.
I personally think eating lots of coconut-oil is not completely natural. The easiest argument I can make against industrial seed oils is it just doesn't make sense to me to take a bunch of seeds and extract their oil. I think this argument could be extrapolated to coconut oil too. It just seems a lot more natural to cook with animal fat. I understand of course that coconut oil should be much safer than seed oil because it's mostly saturated fat, but it is a different saturated fat than animal fat, and it's possible we don't completely understand everything that's different about it. All that goes to say I wouldn't assume it's safe and it's possible it takes our bodies time to adapt to eating it in large amounts (more than you'd get from just eating a coconut).
Like you said in your post, easiest is to change 1 variable at a time, rather than 2. Worst case, start with a whole 30 type plan and then add 1 food (or change) every week or two.
Also, off topic, but turkey bacon is an abomination. Get the real deal!