So it seems like all these discussions are somewhat tentative, or inversely, pretty far out-there. Maybe I can walk the line here.
I've been eating paleo for maybe 6 months now, no dairy besides butter, no fruit, no nuts besides macadamias. The transition followed a 4 year period of vegetarianism, the end of which (around 1 year ago) brought with it a bought of constipation identical to the kind I'm experiencing now. I was, and am, going seldom, and with little result. Then and now I've taken Miralax, which helps slightly, but obviously I don't want to depend on it forever. Last year, I had to be admitted to the hospital for a couple days so they could do x-rays and what-not, as well as a massive Go Lytely treatment, which worked, with my situation getting progressively better, especially during the summer.
Anyway, jump to the start of school, and my constipation was back. These days, though, I'm eating clean paleo, IFing a lot, and generally doing everything in my power to be healthy, which seems elusive. However, I'm living with my parents, who really question my eating, and think it could be behind my constipation. They also advocate conventional constipation cures (prunes, raisins, fiber). I don't think fiber is an issue. I eat a lot of vegetables/grass fed beef/salmon/butter/EVOO, and that's about it.
If anyone could answer any of the following, I would be really indebted. Thanks!
1) Could my constipation be from:
- Stress? (This jumps out at me, as the school year corresponds to the start of my constipation, and schoolwork is pretty demanding for me.)
- Lack of fruit? (Should I eat
prunes/raisins/any other fruit? Is
the conventional wisdom about prunes, specifically, accurate?)
- Intermittent Fasting? (I could be
doing it wrong. I don't eat from 7:30 PM to 3:00 PM every day.)
- Probiotic/Enzyme Stuff? (I'll be
honest, I just spent 2 hours reading about this stuff and I'm still pretty lost. It seems they are more
recommended for diarrhea, or I
- Physical Issues? (Could my gut be physically damaged?)
Once again, anything you could offer will be received gratefully. I hope that, since this is such a long question, others will benefit from it as well.