I have been moderately "Paleo" for the last 30 days and I have noticed that in the last week my stomach has been protruding as if I am pregnant. My diet has been relatively consistent and I am sure I need to add more details for a specific solution. However I am just wondering what I can try to add to my diet to help me with the bloating.
"moderately paleo" doesn't tell us too much, we don't know what you're eating. It's likely what you can remove from your diet to help with the bloating, not what you can add. But we need to know what you're eating first.
Sometimes the switch to Paleo can bring on some unwanted symptoms, especially if you have underlying problems with gut health. I have found a lot of help with bloating when I follow a Paleo protocol for SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). You can learn about it here:
It has also cleared up a lot of abdominal pain that started when I switched to Paleo several years ago.
Different foods can cause this for different people - when you changed your diet, did you introduce (or start eating more of) anything in particular?
For me it's oats; for you it might be something else. Dairy is a likely culprit if you eat it. If you can't pin down any probable causes, I'd go strict Paleo (not "moderately Paleo," whatever that means) for several weeks, and see if that helps. If yes, start adding stuff back in and notice what causes problems. If no, try eliminating other foods that many people have trouble with (raw veggies?)
Sometimes, even something as simple as a large quantity of food (duh) can cause that. If that's not the culprit, try eliminating goitrogens and FODMAPs for a couple weeks and see if that makes a difference.
Soy sauce has gluten in it as well, the same protein that makes wheat toxic. After eating mostly paleo your body might be more sensitive to it and have a poor reaction. I know when I get a dose of gluten I bloat so much that we joke about me having a wheat baby.
Drop the ketchup and soy sauce.If you're eating that little, it may not feel like a big restriction. The sugar in the ketchup can cause bloating, certainly. Be really cautios with fruit for awhile for the same reason. While organic and grass-fed are ideals, you can still eat Paleo without adhering to that. I agree with Miked and JayJay, it's unlikely that you need to add something and more likely that you need to take something away.
This happened to me the other day. In probably a 24-hour span, after a 20-hour fast, I ate 3500 calories in protein, fast and starchy carbs. I definitely felt a little backed up for a day or two and still feeling it a bit today. None of the foods were different than normal, but the sheer volume got me I think.
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