Lately I've started eating more meat. Liver 2-3 times every week, wild salmon almost every day and a lot of ground beef. I've noticed several bad things : more gas, feeling more tired, worse skin, ... and always after lunch... I eat twice as much meat as I used to, but still not that much compared to some of the people here.
Is it normal that protein gives me issues, or is it a lack of stomach acid?
Edit : Why does everybody think it's not the protein? I happen to know for sure it's that ... As a side note, I eat 100% organic and grass-fed, so I doubt it's the food quality. My question is not : what should I do to improve my skin (compared to my skin 6 months ago my skin is awesome), my question is : why does protein give me issues? (I was probably not very clear about that, I never am :D)
That sounds like lots of liver to me. I wouldn't feel right eating so much. My stomach always feels better when I pair meats with green veggies like parsley, kale or salads.
Indigestion of various kinds are normal when one switches dietary habits. A diet high in meats etc takes some time getting used to. I generally advise against eating to much protein, 1g/lean pound or 20-25E%, whichever is the lower. Only exception would be short term on very low energy diets. Perhaps some people fare poorly on much protein and need to keep there intake much lower than what's normal for the meat-loving Paleofolks:)
I can eat pounds of meat daily without such issues... but liver caused me problems, probably due to the glycogen. That's why I recommend dropping liver (use CLO instead) for a while to see if things improve. To be really sure whether it's the meat/protein, you could also drop all other sources of carbohydrates and FODMAPs, including those in supplements. Basically you need to find a diet where you have no such issues. Then reintroduce things one by one and observe the results. Let us know how it goes.
Make sure that you are increasing your fat levels too, you should be eating more fat than protein as a rule. Traditional cooking always serves liver with fat in the form of sausages etc. Ground beef will have less fat content than say bacon. Cook with lard or goose/duck fat and make broths from bones with fat added from gravies.
If you are having digestive problems, make your main meal as near to noon as you can, this is when the body has the most powerful digestive action and make sure you do not consume any liquid with your meal, so that the digestive juice does not get diluted.
The skin issues maybe from your body trying to get rid of toxins, make sure you stick to an organic diet as possible. Salmon which is intensively farmed is routinely injected with anti-biotics and growth hormones, as is the case with factory farmed beef. Try and find local, grass fed meat/organic fish as much as possible and support these with organic vegetables. This will lower the burden of toxins in your body which will be causing the skin issues.
Its the Ground beef. How could you think eating that is healthy? I have psoriasis and eat 4 eggs a day and plenty of fish, pork, and chicken. My protein probabkl doubles yours. I cannot eat beef though. My skin goes crazy. Right now my skin is 100% clear from eating paleo, working out, andngetting sun. Cut out the beef. How cows are raise doesnt matter if its grass fed or organic, there arenstill lots of bacteria and other things in there
Source: phd molecular biologist that lives a natural lifestyle
Under "Possible mechanisms" it says the body has to have time to upregulate hepatic enzymes. If it is the protein it might be that it goes undigested for abit or is slowing down digestion; giving time for fermentation to set in = gas.
is it possible that your getting too many o3's and not enough o6's? if you are eating salmon everyday, eating 100% grass fed, and avoiding other foods that have o6's (like most paleo's do) then you may have the opposite problem that most people have. even though we all know o3's are good for you there is still a point of diminishing returns. they are still polyunsatured fats which make them very unstable and prone to oxidation. something to think about.