I am not joking! Everytime I have done a low-carb type diet, I have developed lots of painful hemorrhoids. It happened when I tried Atkins years ago, when I did the "South Beach" diet, and other similar low carb diets. When I am subsisting mostly on spagetti and double cheesburgers from McDonalds, I have no hemerroids. But when I am eating a semi-paleo diet (I havent cut out sushi and never will) I get hemorrhoids again! Has anyone else had this experience?
Low carb, high fat, moderate protein eating can cause people to not drink enough water to mix with the fecal waste. Take your weight in pounds, divide by 2 and the result is the ounces of water you should be drinking daily.
In the early stages of eating paleo, we are just not hungry or thirsty and we forget to drink the water. Also, a lot of the crap you were eating pre paleo did have water molecules attached to it...thus your requirement for liquid H2O in glasses of water was less.
Spread the water consumption out over the day and you will be just fine. But it takes a concious effort.
I agree with aiming to drink half your body weight in ounces...if that is not enough, consider adding some food grade diatomaceous earth at bedtime...it will "keep the train rolling", so to speak...so will chia seeds, which can be part of a tasty treat as well! Squatting for elimination, and training yourself not to strain are also good strategies.
I don't think he's talking about occasional constipation but something that's chronic. It happens everytime he Paleos. It happens quite often from what I can tell. Water may be a factor but I think it's not giving your colon the time to adjust to smaller residue. You don't have that much to expel once you start eating Paleo.
Start with some starch and gradually reduce starch consumption. Don't stop all at once. That will restore some colon moisture. You can always eat starchy stuff like yuca and yams.
You could check out www.perfecthealthdiet.com
It´s paleo but includes safe starches. According to that site you could be dealing with some kind of infection or gut flora disruption. For some infections you would need more glucose and without enough glucose you could get constipated since body uses it to make mucus.
I would suggest to you to check out this site, white rice is considered safe starches there because it doesn't have toxins like other grains. So sushi wouldn't be so bad.
My own experience seem to support this. When I was low carb I got constipated. I wasn't even very low carb because I was eating starches but just not enough and having a lot of soup so I don't think I was dehydrated. It was awful, I have never in my life been so constipated but when I ate more starches it went away. When this happened I had been following paleo-style diet for months.
Few months later I got lazy with the starches for 2 days and thought it wouldn't hurt but it started again. Not as bad as before since I realized it quickly and eating more starches relieved it. I'm afraid to test this once again by going low-carb because I don't want to go through that again although it would be good to confirm it.
This experience also made me want to have squat toilet, I've lived in place where it was common and when I got used to use it I really liked it. When I got constipated I really missed those toilets because I got urges to squat and I could feel how it helped.
Unlike most responders I am not going to recommend anything. But I will say that low carb is not the cause, and if you are not thirsty and your urine does not feel concentrated you are drinking enough water. I ignore all those "water formulas" as I don't think they are any useful.
My personal take is your digestion and/or gut flora is not optimal. It took me few years until my stool became nice and soft and I eat low carbs, very few green vegetables, even less fiber, and drink when my body tells me to. I experimented with both cooked and raw animal products and currently eat cooked when social and raw when by myself. Over the time digestion slowly improved and constipation went away. I did not do any supplements, mineral, probiotics, or any other kind of special hacks. It was very basic and consistent, grass-fed or wild animals, head to toe (meat,fat,bones,organs), eggs, butter.
Your body wight x 0.66 = how many ounces of water you should drink each day.
Take your fiber...you don't have all the sugar to draw water into your stool to get IT GONE...REMEMBER DIARRHEA IS PART OF THE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO GET RID OF TOXINS. Your body has just gotten used to them so it's a normal stool with the junk food...until you fully adapt to not having this stuff.
Psyllium husks are a good choice.
Eat more veggies, especially the fibrous green ones.
to the original poster, were you losing weight at the time? my personal belief is that when you burn fat, you end up having to urinate a lot because the body is experiencing a retoxification from the fat burning process. toxins are stored in fat cells. when you burn fat off, those toxins are rereleased from the body. often times even when we do remember to drink water/coffee/tea/etc the body will still draw water from out of the stools in order to urinate toxins from the system. this in turn makes the stools dry and difficult to pass, which in turn leads to straining.
also low carbing does have a dehydrating effect on the body in general. the editors ad phd did an article on it. long story short is that weight loss has side effects that must be properly addressed. chia seeds are a good idea because they absorb a lot of water and bring it to the colon where it's needed. just drinking water won't nescessarily work because often times water is absorbed in the small intestine and diverted away from the colon to the urinary tract.
leafy greens are a good idea because they are a good source of magnesium and vitamin c, both of which play vital roles in having proper stools.