I've been very strict paleo since January 1, 2010. I have religiously avoided gluten in any form for that entire time and the only cheating of any kind was some rice and cheese when camping over 6 months ago. I'm pretty serious about this, so I'm pretty sure this isn't gluten contamination I'm experiencing.
I've had some pretty bad diarrhea for the last week and I have no idea where it came from. Aside from trying to lean out by cutting my carbs way down I'm eating the same thing I always eat and I'd be surprised if I was in ketosis. My sleep is good, I'm not exercising myself to death...I just don't know what's up.
I'm trying to treat it with digestive enzymes and probiotics but it's not helping. I tried eating only broth, chicken and carrots to ease things off and even though I wasn't getting enough calories I felt better. However after a couple of solid meals my symptoms returned.
I'm completely at a loss as to what's going on and I'm terrified that I've developed a beef allergy because I don't know how you can possibly stay paleo with a beef allergy.
All that being said, I'm curious if you guys have any other suggestions to help with the water-butt itself. Have any of you guys had this kind of random outbreak or anything that has lasted this long? Would it be worth it to take some imodium? Should I just ride it out with the superenzymes and probiotics?
Hello, Punchomatic. Have you looked into the possibility that this is steatorrhea? Do you see oily films down there after you go? That might lead you down some profitable avenues of investigation.
I would also look at some of the other threads on digestion on Paleohacks. You probably already looked at the "diarrhea" tag, but here's a good one tagged "digestion": "Trying to treat ibs with Paleo, how long does it take to work?" You'll get a lot of other people's experiences there. Make sure you also look at this answer and this answer on the "Irritable bowels on Paleo?" thread.
I think the basic thing you can take from a lot of this is that adjusting to new dietary habits can take time, and maybe more than you think -- weeks or even months.
But of course if you don't think that "cutting carbs way down" counts as new dietary habits then there could be something else going on, and you could either think about it from another angle or talk to a doctor.
Personally, I am more likely to have the watery steatorrhea stuff if I don't have any carbohydrate at all. I always thought that that was just because I needed something down there to slow down the passage of the fats. I also think the steatorrhea is less likely to happen when the consumed fats are "integrated" into protein: so if you eat a bunch of butter straight it will run right through you, but if you eat a ribeye that's "marbled" with fat -- fat "interlarded" throughout -- then it won't. Now, though, after looking at those threads on digestion again in trying to answer your question, I think that maybe this would go away after a longer stint with VLC, that I would eventually get used to eating fat without "sopping it up" with carbohydrate or protein. Who knows though.
Hope this gives you some ideas.
I've had the same thing happen when cutting my carbs down to a very low level, like less than 10 per day, and I've read that some people just starting out on Atkins induction also get these, uh, transit problems. Why not raise your carbs back up and see if that helps?
Xanthan gum and other gums give me these issues. I found this out when I first went gluten free and was still accosted with issues when having gluten free breads etc. Excessive fiber and some types of nuts are an instigator as well. So long as i use plant matter solely to flavor my food I am fine.
I have tried to cause similar issues by basically eating pure fat but that did not do it.
Have you ruled out some kind of bug or parasite? We have a wicked runs-inducing virus going around our part of the world right now. I've had it for a few days and have been alarmed at how fast things are running through.
Just a thought...
Ditto what everyone said about too much fat / too little carbs.
I can happily eat only meat, fat, and eggs for weeks at a time. I discovered the hard way, however, that I have to have SOME veg or I have foul, liquid, diarrhoea (sorry TMI) every single day after eating (I eat one meal a day).
So long as I eat a serving of leafy greens or cruciform veg a day, I'm fine.
I say throw in some collards or spinach and see if that helps.
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!