Occasionally, I would get a queasy stomach and some mild diarrhea, take some probiotics and I would be fine within an hour or two. Had a situation where both continued to get worse to the point, I started feeling weak (which happens with a weak stomach) that I feared I would need to reintroduce grains back into my diet just for colon health (very counter-intuitive, but I wasn't sure what else to do to "firm things up.") I tried three different kinds of probiotics during the week, with nothing taking hold. Even took Immodium and had a couple bananas for the BRAT diet. Just helped a little.
Finally, after a week I stepped up the probiotics and took some digestive enzymes. These issues dragged on for a week and finally the same day I took the enzymes, things started turning around. I continued the enzymes (just before a meal) and added in some vegetables (which I noticed I greatly cut back on over the previous 2-3 weeks) to my protein/fat regimine and things are starting to feel normal. It's the third day, and I'm back 95%.
I was thinking what changed to cause such a problem. I was eating a lot of freshly ground 85% lean pasture raised beef, almost every day, cooked rare in nice pasture butter topped with fresh salsa and avocado. Instead of the packages that sat in Traders Joe's, I was getting this brilliant meat and possibly it was richer with nutrients. Not sure.
I ate a burger from a friend's house, just the meat during the holiday. It may have been bad meat, but no one else in my household nor his had a problem.
One thing I did notice is that I stopped my green vegetable salads which I was having once a day at lunch on the side. I started on Primal and moved to Paleo for ease. Possibly I didn't have enough in my body to clean out something that was not quite right. Possibly the rich meat needed more digestive enzymes. Again, not sure. Am moving back to the "salad recommendations" on Primal for nutrients and roughage.
So if you're facing queasy stomach and digestive problems after switching to Paleo, then you might want to try some digestive enzymes if you have an issue. I bought mine at Whole Foods. Again, I write this to share this info in case anyone else has such an issue as I feared I would have to change this eating back to something more standard American diet because I couldn't find a solution online or in practice until recently. Would hate to change as this is working all too well to change.
Ginger? That is interesting - I shall try it.
I noticed, using FitDay, that I was regularly low on magnesium / potassium. Yesterday I made a point of eating sweet potato, banana, jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke?) and almonds. I got both magnesium and potassium above the RDA though carbs were up to 139.5 and total calories up to 2888. However - digestion feels much much better, so I shall do the same today and see how it goes. With ginger added!
I had this problem too, and after a month I couldn't handle it anymore. So, I reintroduced dairy and it helped me a lot, but if I didn't have enough I was back to the same issue. I then started adding some carbs back in because it was causing so many issues. Now that I know this, I am going to attempt paleo again plus digestive enzymes. Thanks for posting! I couldn't find anything on this subject when I needed it.
I was going to respond to the OP that it might have just been a dietary fat-overload. But awesome wiki, i had never heard of steatorrhea.
Dont get me wrong, im all for eating a lot of good quality fat (avoid the PUFAs as we all know, but) but in the past when i was trying to really lean out i went in for zerocarb ketosis. hardcore. I did notice that lateish at night, after a dinner where i would have had a goodly amount of cheese (in addition to all the protein and other fat in the meal) that i would just have liquid diarrhea. Sucked. Id say over maybe 1.5 to 2 weeks of zerocarbing it or near-zerocarbing it this happened maybe 4 or 5 times. A lot, in other words. Scared me. I dont recommend doing what i did. I am firmly grok at the moment, eating a good amount of leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, etc (i do avoid nightshades wholly, though) and have wonderful movements every morning. Sometimes one in the afternoon, too. -ben
I've dropped vegetables too low recently, mostly eating just meat and coconut oil/milk, and had horrible stomach problems for 4-5 days (constipation, severe aches). I started eating a good deal of greens again and things have since cleared up. I've got to make a point each day to eat vegetables, because it's easy to forget.
By the way, I don't know how much WF charges for digestive enzymes, but NOWfoods makes a good one, SuperEnzyme, that can be found at a decent price on iherb.com. That's what I use.
If it is steatorrhea, determining the underlying cause can be important.
From the wiki: Treatments are mainly correction of the underlying cause, as well as digestive enzyme supplements
I'm glad the enzymes are helpful, but what is the underlying cause? There's nothing inherent in the Paleo diet that should cause this after a couple of months to transition.
Have you taken a lot of antibiotics in the past?
Do digestive ailments or autoimmune conditions run in your extended family?
Do you ever "cheat with wheat"? Drink beer? Cook in a kitchen with wheat-eaters?
When did you start eating Primal and when did you move to Paleo?
Another supplement that can help is glutamine. I believe you only need it for a week or so. The Protein Power Life Plan book discusses it along with a "gut rehab" plan.
Here's a post on paleo diet problems: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/01/paleo-diet-problems-big-problems.html
I've just been reading abut pancreatitis - one side symptom of which can be steatorrhea. And it has decided me to massively cut my wine consumption - which is something I enjoy and drink regularly. Recently, daily and too much. I shall soon find out if it is liked...
I have been having diarrhea for about 5 days now. I just started doing the paleo-diet this week and have lost 2.5 lbs. I am not wanting to lose weight, but have gone on the diet because it seems like it is healthy... as long as I keep my veggies and fruit up. Is it possible that the diarrhea is a result of the weight loss.? 2.5lbs in a week is alot. Perhaps I need to eat more fruit to get more carbs?
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