I've been doing Paleo for about 2 months and it's completely changed my life for the better. I find it easy to do and I will continue doing it. However, I have one gripe with it: my belly always feels full and heavy and I can't ever suck it in. Even after a bowel movement, I don't feel "empty." Also, I only go to the bathroom once a day now. It used to be more often most days so I would get that "light" feeling more often. Now my belly just feels heavy and full most of the time. Anything I can do to help that (i.e., more bowel movements?)
This is an unfortunate side effect of good digestion. Your intestines hold on to food longer as it more fully breaks it down. The quick fixes that would be in the paleo realm:
Chugging lemon water to aid in digestion
Hitting some really strong caffeine source for a sort of forced, and not altogether healthy/sustainable, bowel movement.
Eating a lot more ruffage... Think cabbage.
My favorite option for making simple, easy, reliable Kraut?
Try taking some digestive enzymes. It helped me out with the same issue.
Switching diets can cause digestive problems bc of out of balance enzymes-the body needs to up regulate some and down regulate others.
I've always had horrible digestive issues that Paleo only slightly corrected and enzymes helped tremendously.
These are the ones I take:
Just an idea. :)
If it just sits there like a rock in your stomach, you're probably not producing enough stomach acid. This is especially true if you've had things like acid reflux/GERD and were taking Tums or other antacids, or have had your gall bladder removed.
A Standard American Diet is usually very bad for this because it depletes our minerals which are needed for the stomach to produce proper levels of acid.
The thing to do is to take digestive enzymes (I take Now Super Enzymes), or Betaine HCL before a meal until you get the stomach acid levels up to normal. The protocol for finding out how much you need is on an empty stomach, take one pill at a time with a little bit of water and feel above your stomach for heat. Once you feel heat, or you feel acid or pain, or have reached 5 pills, stop - that's the number you need to take. Take this many before a meal. Eat something with both protein and fat immediately after you take the pills.
Don't drink water or other liquids while you eat the meal because that dilutes the stomach acid. Drink a few hours before, or after. Also chew well before swallowing, like Robb Wolf says, there's no teeth in your stomach. :)
Supplementing with potassium, magnesium is also important toward getting levels back to normal. Unless you've had your gall bladder removed, you can stop taking the pills once your stomach works properly again. In terms of magnesium, there's lots of different kinds, careful which one you take as some such as Magnesium Oxide are cheap because they're poorly absorbed, so they go to waste. One of the chelated forms would be better. I take Magnesium Malate. Magnesium in larger amounts can also be laxative - so that might help.
Also, be sure to not overcook your meat, rare is very easy to digest, where as well done is much harder to digest. But you shouldn't eat rare burgers if they're CAFO beef - as the bacteria is on the surface, and ground meat has a lot more surface than a steak.
Isolate major food sources to determine which induce symptoms. Then eat less of them. Composition of foods vary a lot identify particular meat cuts, vegetables, legumes or fruits that that you eat, change them and see if it helps. It's a real trial an error approach to determine what works for you.
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