Since starting Paleo 2 months ago, I've had so many stomach issues and just can't afford it anymore(financially and physically). Things were so much better before I started the Paleo Diet. I try to eat a small amount of grains, dairy or peanut butter and I'm sick for 2 days. I feel like a prisoner to Paleo! I've tried researching the internet on how to get OFF the paleo diet and had no luck. I just want to go back to the way things were. I read the book by Dr. Loren Cordain and there's nothing in it that will help me. It's a great way of eating in theory, but not for me, in real life. I have 4 kids, like to bodybuild, and really miss sushi! HELP please!
Since going paleo, I can no longer eat wheat, corn, oats, peanuts/peanut butter, milk (lactose), or sugar in any significant amount without consequence. When I try eating them, I get really harsh feedback from my own body. It's an unambiguous DO NOT WANT.
Now, I could piss and moan about how paleo wrecked my ability to eat those foods. But here's the thing: it didn't. I couldn't eat them before without ill effects. I was simply so used to them I didn't really notice that they affected me so badly. And after a fairly short time on Paleo, after giving my body a break from all of those things, the effects when I did eat them again seemed magnified. Suddenly, I was seeing just how bad they'd been for me all along.
In the case of peanuts, I never thought I had a problem with them until I went paleo. Now, if I eat peanuts, I get incredibly painful ulcers on my nose. I love peanut butter, but can no longer eat it. And yeah, that makes me sad--sunflower seed butter is good, but just not the same.
I've had to come to grips with the fact that I simply cannot eat those things anymore, not even as the occasional "cheat"--because any immediate pleasure I get from eating them is ruthlessly cancelled out by my body's reactions to them. A brownie or an oatmeal-raisin cookie or an iced latte look so tempting--until I remember what happened the last time I had one. I miss them, but they're just not worth it.
Your body is saying DO NOT WANT to oats, dairy, peanut butter, and even white rice. It's telling you "No! Don't feed me that!" But instead of listening to it, you want to ignore it. You want to override its reactions and force it to accept those foods again. And you can't. And it's not paleo's fault that you can't eat these things without getting sick.
So you have a couple of choices, here.
One is acceptance: Figure out what, exactly, you can eat, and how to be happy and healthy eating just those things. Decide you're going to figure out how to make them fit within your food budget, and keep your kids happy as well.
Or, you can choose resistance: Keep trying to eat things your body has already rejected, keep feeling sick, and keep complaining about it and placing blame where it doesn't belong.
Pick one--it's your choice.
Look up Weston A Price Foundation/Price Pottenger foundation. Learn how to ferment grains/rice. Learn how to make yogurt. The fermentation helps break down some of the bad stuff in the foods you want to eat and makes them more tolerable.
Sounds like drama to me. Just eat whatever you want and deal with it. If you don't care about your body, why should it care about you?
It sounds like you may be placing blame in the wrong place here, it is not usual for someone to be Paleo for 2 months and suddenly is no longer able to eat anything. You were saying that Paleo causes stomach issues and NON paleo causes stomach issues, have you considered that you may actually have a condition or disease that is affecting your digestive system? Perhaps an ulcer or infection.
I would consult a doctor and get some tests done. The reason you are having trouble finding ways to get off Paleo is that it is usually not difficult to go back to the way you were eating before, you just notice the old chronic conditions you used to have returning, not new ones.
You should probably ask a better (series of) question(s).
"I'm eating such and such and experiencing digestion issues - can anyone help?"
"I feel like I'm spending much more money than I used to, here's what I tend to be buying - can anyone suggest some changes that might make this more affordable?"
"I don't have energy with a typical diet that looks like such and such, what can I do?"
Eat sushi wrapped in cucumber (and use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce)-- or handrolls with extra avocado instead of rice-- sushi issue solved.
As far as your other issues, Paleo didn't cause them-- it just made you notice them, your body doesn't tolerate grains, dairy and peanut butter- that's NOT Paleo's fault, it's your body telling you that you shouldn't be eating them.
You do not have the Paleo Panel's approval to stop eating Paleo. You are hereby ordered to immediately cease eating any non-approved Paleo foods until you are informed of if and when you will ever be able to eat anything else.
If you are having such violent reactions to small amounts of these foods ("I had 1 Tablespoon of natural peanut butter and was sick for 2 days"), then I'm betting something else is going on. I really would go and see a doctor if I were you.
It is NOT normal to have such strong reactions, especially if you had no problem with those foods before. Eliminating them for 2 months would not cause your body to stop being able to produce the enzymes to break them down properly.
What is especially alarming to me is that you are having reactions to white rice. That is pretty much unheard of.
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