I've been eating mostly paleo for about a year. I went strict for the first 90 days, then had some cheats in the way of sugar and dairy (exclusively ice cream). Two months ago I decided to dial it back in and cut out the sugar and dairy. I eat a a serving or less of nuts a day and one or less servings of fruit a day, but otherwise just meat, veggies and fats.
Here's my problem - I've had very loose stool for at least two months. Not quite diarrhea, but when it's time to go I need a bathroom QUICK otherwise I'm likely to have an accident (that hasn't actually happened, thank god). I usually have to go 1-3 times a day within a 30 minute period. I can't imagine that this is normal.... what do you all think?
I should note - for my first 3 months on paleo I did not have this problem at all.
I had a similar issue, cut out FODMAPS which resolved the problem. Am now slowly reintroducing/challenging to see what I can and cannot eat.. It's hard to cut out more when you've cut so much eating Paleo, but it's worth it!
I suffered from this, and even full blown liquid poos for about 3 months. Started off with sticky poo that would require me to use the toilet brush to clean the marks off the toilet, to it just eventually being watery poo.
I was eating a 'snack bowl' of almonds, macadamias, walnuts, dried cranberries and dried dates every day. So I cut out the large amount of nuts and dried foods, and I am happy to report back to doing your average poo just 3 days after changing.
I was also probably eating too much sugar from fresh fruits. I now have half serves. I share an orange with my wife, rather than having the whole. I probably have 2 - 3 half sized serves of fruit a day. I think all the fat from the nuts, and all the sugar from the fruit was combining and just having a laxative affect.
I was actually quite concerned, and was going to take myself to the doctor, but thought I would adjust the diet first. So happy I did.
I like that you raised the question. People are too shy about talking about this kind of stuff even though everyone poops!
I've noticed that my movements vary a lot when I switch between strict paleo and cheating. I would assume that you are still in a transition period but 2 months does seem like a really long time to adjust.
Perhaps your eating schedule could be evened out more and also a better ratio of meat to veggies with your meals would help solidify things. I've noticed that when I eat a could amount of veggies with my meal it helps keep it more solid and together the next day.
Sara - any updates? I'm in the middle of week 5 of Paleo and am definitely having the exact same problem. 1-3 times within a 30 minute period, about every 2-4 days. Very much an emergency!
Luckily, it hasn't been too much of an issue yet. I was just hoping you could tell me that it will subside quickly.
I have the same problem. Currently trying to figure it out.
1-3 times within a hour and half though, for me.
First time is solid. 3-4 on the Bristol.
Second and third time is more 5 on the Bristol. Not diarrhea, but in pieces.
The pattern makes sense. Usually breakfast is non-vegetable -based. Eggs, meat. Lunch and dinner are more vegetable based.
It's kind of annoying. I'd rather have it in one go.
Currently, I'm trying less vegetable matter.
Other things to try:
Cutting out balsalmic vinegar. (Or at least taking the bite out of it somehow), and not on an empty stomach.
More starch? I'm a bit carb phobic, and I have no reason to be, as I am metabolically healthy, and never was damaged.
Less stress about eating and food choice in general.
Sometimes I think...is it supposed to be this freaking complicated? Our guts are not dainty (not healthy ones anyway).
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