I've been eating paleo since Feb, mostly to sort out my increasingly bad IBS. I knew I was dairy intolerant, and via Robb Wolf's 30 day autoimmune programme in June, have found that gluten, nuts and nut products are triggers, and I have a low tolerance for eggs, white potatoes, high fructose fruit, most supplements, and big meals - all these too often will cause bloating, slow gut motility and constipation, and abdo pain. I also think I'm having problems with white rice as I added it a couple of weeks ago and have now developed symptoms. That's all pretty disheartening, but along with it I'm getting low moods and poor concentration.
I did low-ish carb from Feb til June, but stopped because my sleep was getting more erratic and although the IBS settled, I stopped losing weight. I tried the leptin reset protocol, but stopped because the protein requirements sparked consistent IBS flares over the first couple of weeks. Now I'm trying increasing carbs a la the Perfect Health Diet, but it's not going well as I've described above.
Meals the last couple of days are pretty typical (this was the weekend, though - most days I'd eat meat instead of eggs) - I've been skipping breakfast for the last week or so to try to give my gut a break each day:
2 paleo sausages cooked in olive oil, and 3 free range eggs cooked in butter
lamb steaks, kumara, green veges, butter
egg, banana, berry pancakes w coconut flour and coconut cream, cooked in butter
roast chicken, kumara, cauliflower and pea mash, butter
3 paleo sausages, leftover chicken
planning steak, kumara and greens for dinner
I'm 48, female, post menopausal, 200lb, 5'5" (down from 220lbs since Feb). Supplement with 4000iu D3. Fairly sedentary. Sleep OK, about 8 hours a night. Stress levels are pretty low.
It's midwinter here, but SAD isn't usually a problem for me.
Labs are OK - TSH, T3 and T4 all within normal ranges. Fasting glucose is fine.
Any ideas, please?? I want to feel better - I don't know whether I'm wrong to tweak some more (maybe go back to Robb's 30 day challenge again), or if I should push through. I've read about die-off etc, but how do you tell if that's what this is?? Frankly the IBS isn't so bad if I can get to a better mood place.