Heya, I've been on the Paleo diet for about 3 weeks now (started the day after Thanksgiving, haw) and I'm noticing that in the morning, my stomach is really acidy!
I had my gallbladder out 6 years ago, and had IBS ever since. That's cleared up a ton with the diet, but I seem to still have the "dumping syndrome" in the morning. Totally gross, TMI, but there it is.
I've been doing some research and it seems I'm not eating enough veggies? I eat meat, eggs, fruit and nuts every day, but not very many greens. Nuts are my "snack food", I guess, just because I'm so used to -eating- something all the time, and with the Paleo Diet, I don't really feel the need to any more, but I still have the habit. Is eating them before bed part of the problem?
Thanks for the help, I don't have any local community, so here I am on the internet! ;D
I had IBS for 7 years and it was the not the constipation kind, so I know what you are going through. It is probably less of what you are eating before bed and more of a malabsorbtion issue since you have had your galbladder out and have had IBS for a while. Your body is not process the food efficiently which is creating this "dumb" in the morning. I will let you know what I did to cure my IBS symptoms:
I did a 2.5 day fast on homemade Chicken Stock and Kvass only and then back onto the paleo diet. I shit you not, pun intended, that the IBS symptoms were completely gone after 7 years. After the fast I supplemented with Digestive emzymes, Dr. O's probotics, and natural calm and regularly eat live sourkraut. I've been symptom free ever since (5 months).
Before I get flammed for the long fast, it was based on my research of IBS and the fasting process. From what I understand, the fast gave my digestive system time to "reboot." Also, the consumption of Homemade Chicken broth is proven to do wonders for digestion. I added the kvass for some extra calories and the benefits of fermentation.
I still have my galbladder, so you may not have the same experiences. I would definitely recommend supplementing with natural calm, digestive enzymes (with every meal), probiotics, and some type of fermented food (sourkraut, kvass, kombucha).
Easy enough to try eliminating nuts for a time. I think the abundance and availability of nuts today is certainly nothing like our evolutionary past would have allowed for. My own paleo-fantasy thinking there. And nuts are a bit like grains, there are defenses in place to prevent being eaten. Almonds are a novel and more or less man-bred nut that at one time was bitter and poisonous to us!
Soaking them, peeling the skin from almonds, eating nuts raw, no salt added, and force yourself to "process" each nut as our ancestors would have (cracking shells, picking out meat) would certainly limit nut intake! A much easier approach is to just take them out of the dietary rotation for a while. Almonds give me "thunder" so out they went.
If you're used to eating at a certain time and you don't, you'll get this issue - your stomach is gearing up to digest food it doesn't get. Apart from this the real solution is more vegetables, however you can test this pretty easily.
Go get some natural calm and take it before bed. It's great stuff, but it's also a good base, so it should clear the problem up quickly. Dont think this is a substitute for eating greens, but it'll solve the issue to get rid of your pain in a hurry ;)
Also, are you doing ox bile or something similar to help you emulsify fats? Without a gall bladder this is super duper important.