I can see this is a popular subject but I cant seem to find a thread suited to my question.
I have been strict Paleo for about 8 months now, with heavy crossfit in the early months. Due to injury I am now strictly swimming.
About a month ago I began severely bloating, to the point of hospitalization for 3 days for extreme abdominal pain, constipation and distended stomach (I looked 6 months pregnant) They did blood work twice a day for 3 days, CT Scan, 2 Ultra Sounds, and no diagnosis. I started the sugar detox 3 days after discharge. Strict, level 3, 21DSD. A month later I have gained 15 lbs, (145lbs to 160 lbs) 150 is my normal pre-paleo weight. Since Paleo I haven't gotten over 145, even with the muscle gain from crossfit. Until now.
I also have severe bloating. I am going to start measuring myself before and after meals, keeping a food log etc. But it is mostly just stomach, I could pass as 3-4 months pregnant by bedtime, and I am a skinny person. Wondering if anyone has experienced this. The only diet change I can think of prior to this is that I am eating more protiens. During the detox I was eating more nuts, so I cut out sodium (except morning bacon) to see if it helped but it hasn't had any major impact. I am considering cutting out nuts all together. Any other suggestions?
No offense but I dont want this thread to turn into a running thread of people with slightly similar symptoms and their worries. Just looking for some advice before I bring this up to my doctor. They seem the be clueless about the whole paleo deal.
Oh and by strict Paleo I would say about 90% with exceptions for bacon (not the fancy stuff) just for breakfast and rarely cream in my coffee, or 'gluten-free' alternatives when eating out, but again, rarely if ever.
Also, I take a multi vitamin every day, fish oil twice a day. And I have horrible, smelly gas and feel hungry all day. Even after a big meal I am hungry ten minutes later. My appetite lately reminds me of pre-paleo grain eating hunger.
Thanks in advance!!
Hi, just a few ideas that i give to my clients. Fisrt you need to do a food journal, i know it sounds boring but beleive me it works. Everything you eat no matter what, has to go down in the book, but you have to put it down in the book when you've eaten it. Not at the end of the day because our memories just rememeber the healthy foods we've eaten. Also you need to note down how you feel after you've eaten, then after a week you should start to see a pattern of how certain foods affect you whether positive or negative. You might even find the food that is causing all these problems. Good luck.
I had the same thing happen to me on a low-carb high-protein diet. I initially lost weight and felt awesome, but as time went on things just started going downhill. When I read your typical day's worth of food I just cringed in memory because I used to eat the exact same way and I know how awful it feels to bloat up like the beachball of doom when you are trying so hard and eating so "clean." Anyway, for me, the problem was too much meat and not enough carbs. Diana Schwarzbein's books convinced me finally to eat some more carbs, but nowadays you can also check out the Perfect Health Diet, both the book and the blog. Anyway, what I do now is have 4-6 oz of meat at a time instead of 8-10 oz, have a normal sized veggie portion instead of heaps of them, and fill up the rest of the plate with potatoes or rice or something. And I eat as much fruit as I feel like. I was convinced that when I added in carbs that I would instantly gain 10 lbs (and I felt so terrible that I was willing to gain the 10 lbs if it meant I would feel better), but it never happened, and my digestion improved 100% and the beach ball bloating disappeared.
Your issue might not be the same as mine, but I felt so much empathy reading your post that I couldn't read and not comment! I hope you get it figured out!
I would second keeping a food diary. I had something similar to your described experience when I accidentally began ingesting some wheat and potato starch. While it would never have bothered me prior-paleo, it blew me up like a balloon after I had been paleo for nine months and it was severely uncomfortable.
probiotics - we need the good guys to help with food breakdown. are you eating any fermented foods or taking a probiotic? i would start taking a basic enzyme and a probiotic, that fixed a similar problem i had.
I just read Chris Kresser on chlorine and chloramines, on his most recent blog post. So the first thing that came to mind was chlorine. I had to give up teaching water aerobics in my community due to sickness from chlorine. In my case it was asthma, but if you read the comments on that post you will see a lot of people stating issues due to chlorine. It may have nothing to do with your bloating but it would not hurt if you were to read it.
I think your problems might largely stem from low stomach acid.
You mentioned nuts - they bloat me up terribly, 4~5 months pregnant belly shortly after eating them. Also, the hunger despite eating heaps thing, accompanied by bloating is something that could be related to stomach acid levels. I had similar symptoms to what you have described above due to low stomach acid. Supplemented for a while with HCL and apple cider vinegar and It has improved immensely. Also Dr K's leptin reset helped my stomach issues a lot too.
I agree with the probiotics, they helped my emencely! Also, there's an awesome drink called 'kombucha' it is loaded with live cultures, magnesium, probiotics, etc. it works wonders for your digestive system. Oh, did I mention that it's 100% paleo friendly!? There's two different types, one is called 'GTs synergy' (this has bits of fruit in it) the other is 'GTs kombucha' (just tea)
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