Ok, I never ever thought I'd ask a question about bathroom habits in a public arena. That said, I am asking a question about the yucky stuff. I am on day 6 of Paleo. I have increased my fat intake, at the suggestions of many (I was dizzy, weak, lightheaded and feel much better now) on this site. I eat hardboiled eggs for breakfast, snack on almonds o fruit if hungry, huge salads with bacon or steak on top, veggies and meat (chicken, turkey, fish, beef...BACON) for dinner and am attempting to drown myself in water. I even drink coffee in the a.m. and that used to move things right along, if you know what I mean.
Here's the thing. Remember when you were young and got constipated...your mom always said, "you need more roughage (ruffage)!"
I eat a TON of veggies/ruffage, am on day 6 and um...well, haven't pooped once. Amazingly, I'm not in pain at all - no gut pain, nothing.
Did anyone else have this problem?
Day 6? You have a ways to go.
Understand that digestion is dictated by a whole universe of bacteria whose DNA outnumbers your own human DNA. They have a stake in not only your digestive health, but your immune system and neurological functioning. You cannot shift these populations overnight. It may take months or longer to get them operating in an optimal fashion. Any "cheat" will set you back. I speak from experience, having had a weekend away, and while I didn't go totally off the rails, a bunch of small cheats stacked up and I feel awful.
I think the roughage for digestion business is a farce. It is a response to the SAD garbage everyone eats. If you're eating tons of processed foods, the logical answer appears to be roughage, but for Paleo-style diets, I highly doubt it. I've never had constipation eating this way and I don't focus on roughage.
Give it time. And be careful with the water! Make sure you're getting adequate amounts, but you can go overboard and dilute the HCl acid in your stomach, which will have consequences down the line, if you know what I mean.
For more info, I highly recommend Nora Gedgaudas's Primal Body, Primal Mind.
If you haven't already done so, add probiotics to your diet. You can take capsules, but my favorite is raw sauerkraut. Other raw cultured vegetables are fine, too. The results are undeniable as your body adjusts to taking care of its own internal functions, as it was designed to do.
It really works, effortlessly.
I had this problem too. It only got worse. Be careful as everyone is not the same. Some of us can't take the high amounts of fat/protein. I would ease into Paleo and add Magnesium (helps the elimination process).
It's a common problem on excessively low carb diets. Add some carbs, along with vitamin C and selenium, and odds are you'll be fine. For more possibilities to troubleshoot, see http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2998.
When you think about what poop is (lol)--stuff that your body could not process--you may find your answer there! On a very strict paleo diet, even my multiple-times-a-day-every-day husband goes a few days between BMs(we had a whole discussion about it..romantic, huh?). As long as you are not uncomfortable physically, don't worry about it. It really is much more scary when you do poop after you allow yourself something decidedly unpaleo. Then you think, jeez why am i pooping so much?
Some people are different, but I can say for certainty that in my experience? Yo' mama was wrong.
One of my new years resolutions was to increase my vegetable intake by eating (in addition to my normal amounts of veggies) at least a pound of raw vegetables per day.
As I've mentioned before, for about a week I felt fantastic... I was taking half a pound of kale, cranberries, blueberries, grated carrots, and spirulina and shoving it all into a blender with water and choking it down with breakfast.
After a week, I stopped pooping for a couple of days. When I did finally poop, it was a 1 on the bristol scale (dense, painful little rocks). I drink at a minimum, 3 quarts of water per day, and most days, at least twice that.
I went back to my old standby, about 7-10% carbs from veggies, 55% or more from fat, and the rest protein. And now everything works as it should.
I'm not saying that you will be different, in fact I know for sure you will, but experimentation is key to find out what works for you.
Since this is a place to be open and frank, I'll share my experience with this subject. Before going to a modified Paleo diet, I was once a day every day, like clockwork. When I made the switch, all of a sudden I didn't have to go as much, and when I did it was like half the volume (sorry if this is to detailed).
I'm not sure why this happens, but it doesn't seem to be a big deal...just the new reality. I also eat as much or more fruit and veggies as before. Could the volume be down because of less indigestible fiber from breads, etc.?
There are lots of things that can cause the symptoms that you are describing. I am on a Paleo diet as well and I love it, but I have had to go through lots of trial and error to find the correct balance of good carbohydrates, proteins & fatty acids to make by digestive system run perfectly. Constipation was the main problem and of course it's hard to lose weight if your your body is not digesting the proteins in the high quantities of meat consumed. The following worked for me:
Betaine Hydrochloride (HLC) tablets - Your stomach mat be underproducing stomach acid. HLC helps to neutralise stomach acid and break down the proteins in your stomach, before they enter the rest of your digestive system. It helps with constipation. Make sure you do the test to see if your stomach is underproducing or over producing BEFORE you launch into this. read this link http://www.modernherbalist.com/betaine.html.
Magnesium supplements - Sleeplessness and muscle cramping are both symptoms of a magnesium deficiency. Go to you local Pharmacy and ask which supplements are the best. Take one a day before bed.
Calcium supplements - Sleeplessness is also a symptom is being low is Calcium. Try a Calcium supplement before bed.
Lastly, you only need one serving of fruit per day and it's best to eat it in the morning. Increase the amount of green leafy vegetables that you are eating, decrease red meats and increase oily fish like salmon, increase your healthy fat intake (avocados, nuts, fish, coconut etc.), don't eat fruit with your meat.
I hope this helps a little :)
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