I'll give you a summary of my diet and supplements, I'd just like you to answer what could cause constipation. I ate (for the last couple of days, it's not really paleo as I'm slowly turning my diet into a paleo one, and I'm quite new to this) :
- red meat
- a lot of green beans, broccoli and onions (all cooked, I have a mold allergy)
- brown rice
I cook with coconut oil and sometimes eat a teaspoon of it. I also take a zinc supplement (25mg). It could be the zinc, I don't even know why I keep taking it. Today I also took acidophilus as I've been on antibiotics a couple of months ago and want to recover.
I've walked all day today and it didn't do anything. I took magnesium. Ate some more coconut oil. Nothing. Also tried vitamin c.
Could it be because I skipped lunch and didn't eat a lot the last couple of days? Should I eat more coconut oil? Or just eat more fat (I don't eat a lot of fat yet).
I'm thinking like Meredith. The usual suspects for constipation.
Lack of veggies
Lack of fat
Lack of exercise
Lack of water
Looks like you're pretty good on number one and three, how about the water? And you might add some fat (slowly - too quick and you'll end up with diarrhea (steatorrhea).
Also, are you really constipated or just not as regular? Many paleos are less regular, which is fine. If you are really constipated, try some magnesium. Magnesium citrate is sold as a laxative at most drug stores.
Gut disbiosis or an imbalance of gut bacteria could be the culprit. There is huge amounts of research being done in the area of beneficial gut bacteria. A good probiotic supplement or fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi, yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, sour cream and buttermilk. Should be made from raw milk and the sauerkraut should be made by brining the shredded cabage. It can't be heat treated or irradiated as that will kill the bacteria. I chose a probiotic with 12 strains of bacteria providing 20 billion living organisms per serving. I would have preferred more living organisms but the cost was getting more than I could bear.
I find I get bouts of constipation after eating eggs and red meat. If I've been going frittata mad, I tend to cut out all eggs for a few days and let things return to normal. I don't know about the rest of the world, but "eggbound" is the term for egg induced constipation in the UK.
Try removing them for a couple of days, take some magnesium and make sure your water intake is good. Tea wise pure peppermint or dandelion are all great for the digestive system.