I have been strict PALEO for 38 days, and I started it after a 15 day master cleanse. The master cleanse was 15 days of only water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and coconut nectar, no food or beverage at all for those 15 days. This was my 3rd cleans in 18 months.
Since starting, I have been eating only grass fed beef, sugar free, nitrate free bacon (not a lot), fruit, veggies, lots of carrots, Steves Paleo Kits are a staple, as are the Paleo Crunch Bars. I eat sunflower seeds, raw, and unsalted, and spaghetti squash, as well as lots of water and some almonds.
My gut has been rumbling since almost day one, so I tried a pro-biotic, that just made the diarrhea more predictable. The pro-biotic was seaweed based, and organic, so not fillers, or non paleo ingredients.
I have not cheated one time, so zero wheat, zero dairy, no additives, only pure clean food, yet I feel like crap almost all the time.
I do feel it’s a balance thing, but cant figure out what it is. I have tried knocking out the almonds, the pro-biotic, and went days without tree nuts, yet its the same. For only 2 of the last 38 days, I had constipation, otherwise, I just plain feel like crap ALL THE TIME, and have gas 24/7, usually is deadly for anyone else in the vacinity, EVEN WHEN IM OUTSIDE. It cant be this uncomfortable to be Paleo.
I read everywhere, every post, answer, theory and the like, yet no one really comes out and says, when you go on Paleo, you ........, so be aware. Maybe that statement does not exist, but I need some help bad.
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There is no scientific evidence that the Master Cleanse cleanses anyone of anything. What it does do is hose your gut bacteria, the bad and the good, irritate the lining of your entire digestive system, and deprive you of nutrients. Now it's time to put your digestive system back together. It's going to be inflamed for awhile and you might have even more food sensitivities than ever. GAPs and FODMAPS approaches can help you heal and over time you will be able to eat more foods. Unless you do another Master Cleanse and irritate your digestive tract again.
Just a wild guess, but I'm wondering if you are sensitive to some veggies. Did you have digestive issues before all this? Please google the FODMAPS diet and see if the veggies and fruits you eat every day are on that list. If so, try cutting them all out for a while and eat the low FODMAPS variety and see if that helps. You can always try adding them back in after that. Good luck!
I've personally never been a fan of that whole cleansing concept if only because it can really screw up your gut bacteria, and releasing a bunch of stored toxins into your body all at once seems like a needlessly violent cure for something that would work itself out over time by eating well.
So, by not feeding your gut bacteria and consuming a bunch of strong medicinal herbs while fasting, you've likely depleted a number of strains in there. Different probiotics are for different things. Saccaromyces boulardii is supposed to be beneficial for stopping diarrhea, so you might want to have a go at that. You should slowly work your way through a variety of brands, and lacto-fermented veggies, but also make sure you are adding some prebiotics to the mix to feed the little buggers once they are inside you, which are usually in the form of starches, like potato, sweet potato, bananas, coconut, jicama, tapioca, even something like oatmeal or rice if you tolerate them. Think of them as a binder and mover to firm things up, but keep them moving at the same time.
Carrots when taken in any great quantity are essentially colon blow, especially if eaten raw. So you might want to cook them, or eat them a little more sparingly.
During a cleanse and/or having diarrhea it is also really easy to become electrolyte depleted, which can make you feel like shit all on its own, so make sure you are adding good quantities of unrefined salt and/or something like coconut water to your diet. And don't feel like you need to drown yourself with water, enough is good, certainly drink to thirst, but too much just makes you piss away your minerals.
Until things get sorted in your gut, it probably isn't a bad idea to try and lean towards foods that are easier to digest than what it looks like you are currently eating. Chicken soup, beef stew, cooked starchy foods, well cooked veggies, and some fruit.
The only real way to find out is to experiment - take things out, add them back in, and see what works and what doesn't.
In our experience, nuts (especially Paleo Krunch bars) were a real source of diarrhea. Sounds like your diet is fairly heavy in nuts and seeds, so that would be one thing to try eliminating.
I also wonder if going straight from the cleanse to a high-fat diet is upsetting your system.
Have you read It Starts With Food? They talk some about how it's possible to feel like total crap at first when you're eating clean, but it doesn't last forever, as long as you figure out what works for you and what doesn't.
Are any of the foods you started eating when you started Paleo new to you? Of if not new, are they foods you only ate in small quantities before. What you describe sounds like a food intolerance or a food allergy to me. Perhaps a new food is causing you a problem? I would write down every thing you eat (including all the ingredients in those bars/meals) and see what's new or in much higher quantities than you've eaten before. Then eliminate these foods and see if that makes a difference. If not, you may have to go more drastic (like a diet of only two or three foods - see if you're okay - and if so, slowly add in a new food every 4-5 days while looking for a reaction.)
Good luck! What you describe really does sound miserable.
It's fairly common to feel really crappy the first month or so of Paleo. I felt great the first week, and then rotten for about a month afterwards, and then finally leveled off to feel normal. Though people often say the "Paleo flu" lasts about 20 days, like anything else it's totally individual.
I've done the cleanses before and felt pretty good on them, but I prefer just straight water fasting. Way easier for me, for some reason, just to skip anything that remotely challenges my taste buds. I wouldn't hazard a guess that that has anything to do with your dilemma, however; instead, I'd remove the paleo bars and snacks, maybe cut back on the veggies/fruits/nuts a bit, and just give it a few more weeks. My wife felt like holy hell for about 6 weeks on Paleo -- and freaked out because she actually gained 5 lbs (even though she's not fat) -- but then settled down and is now about to launch a Paleo "food porn" site.
Just hang in there, it gets easier eventually. (Usually. :-))
Your body may be adjusting to eating raw and clean foods rather that processed foods that you may have been fueling your body with before. After all, you have only been eating true paleo for 23 days. Try changing up your vegetables and meat a bit :)
I was actually on the master cleanse for 3 weeks before I did the paleo diet, mine is different from how most people do it (if you look in my profile it describes it) Being on the master cleanse basically really cleanses you of all toxins, so I am thinking that maybe you had an allergy to a certain food but didn't fully manifest itself until your body became more pure? (does that even make sense what I am trying to say?) , how about this: I used to smoke until after the master cleanse, after a week on the MC the taste of cigarettes started making me sick, but my body was use to it so I was "fine" smoking but a week after I became nauseous from the cigarettes and they started to taste awful. So basically something that didn't bother you before may bother you now
I would do an elimination diet, basically take out all potential foods that cause allergies and then reintroduce them one at a time (Minus gluten which should be abolished from the universe) As there are weird things people can be allergic to such as nightshade vegetables, the oxalates in vegetables (like spinach, sweet potatoes, beets, figs)
Read this book: The Autoimmune Paleo Diet
I have been on Paleo (well my version) for 7 weeks and feel awesome, I'd personally would stay away from the seeds, my gut was happy with me, had bowel movements like a champ (sorry TMI) until I had Tahini (which is basically sesame seed paste, organic/gluten free) and.... (I'll leave the rest to your imagination) But my stomach was pissed off at me, I now swore off nuts/seeds
Nuts/Seeds (especially raw) can have high levels of phytic acid (which binds to minerals making them unavailable for us to absorb) and protease inhibitors (trypsin inhibitors) which mess with proper protein digestion.
The Paleo Kits. and bars ingredients seem decent, but being the obsessive person I am I won't do seed oils, especially since I don't know if they been heated because I try to stay away from rancid fats.