Only a few days into the diet and I am experiencing gas all day and night, constipation, terrible bloating (stomach feels so stretched its painful) and difficulty falling asleep at night. I'm thinking I'm eating too much fruit but I'm at about 5/6 servings per day and I don't think that's too much is it? Definitely eating more meat now than I usually would have. Is my body just assimilating to the new diet? Will this get better on its own or do I need to make some changes?
Thank you for the advice everyone, today I ate less fruit and had a Greek yogurt. I feel much better. I think trying to go cold turkey was a mistake, I need to ween myself off the dairy. Need to keep in mind that not all fruit is created equally and although I normally used to eat a serving of prunes on a daily basis before the diet I think the addition of the sugary figs was my downfall, which I definitely ate too many of taking the book too literally when it said I could eat as many fruits and veggies as I wan.
Your body will need to adjust to live food. Gut Flora in most people is barely alive enough to do it's job. Much of the digestion in the American diet is being picked up by the lower gut, leaving the pancreas to do most of the work, that the stomach should be doing.
Go into it easy, and supplement some good pro biotics, until your Flora is abundant.
part of probably is your body adjusting to the new diet (and without the yogurt cultures that you are used to), but it does sound like your diet is very high in FODMAPS and especially in fructose right now.
bananas are good, but maybe try avoiding apples and prunes which cause terrible bloating (at least for me) and instead snack on berries, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, or maybe some veggies. i like to mix ground flaxseed with my yogurt to help with constipation/bloating issues, but if you're not eating dairy, you could just sprinkle a couple tablespoons on a mushed up banana. i've found it really helps. definitely invest in a good probiotic, though, or just add some more fermented/cultured foods to your diet to help repopulate your gut bacteria.