I'm quite new to trying Paleo but i've been reading about it for a while along with SCD, I'm trying it for digestion issues. I had GERD pretty bad and after months of buying tons of "herbal remedies" i started experimenting with my diet. Finally when i cut out gluten it improved a lot, still a bit of belching and occasional reflux when i'd eaten a big meal and been on the go but things generally started looking up and i could stop taking medication.
A few days ago i decided to try starting paleo recipes and hopefully cut out the carbs completely. Bought a ton of fresh veg, fish, meat etc and made a few really good meals. I was surprised how well fed i felt without carbs. The GERD had completely gone and i felt a lot more calm and relaxed than i have done in a long time. On the first night however, i started having stomach sort of...mild cramps (nothing too painful) i guess along with diarrhea and loose stools.
I take Betain HCL with pepsin with my meals but was thinking about supplementing with Ox bile or something to help me digest fat a bit better. I haven't eaten a lot of fat and protein for quite a while so i understand my body needs to adjust, but was wondering if this was a common issue? Should i just power through and see what happens? In all honestly i feel quite low at the minute. Resorted back to Gluten free bread and oats which seem to have settled my stomach. Thanks for any help.
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on April 19, 2013
at 08:29 PM
When I first started Paleo I also battled mild nausea and loose stools. The key for me was having a carbohydrate transition period. I kept a small container of bland boiled potatoes or quinoa in the fridge so I could take a bite or two if needed. After about a week and a half I didn't need these anymore. It's important to make the carbs bland and flavorless so you're not inclined to eat any more than you absolutely need.
It sounds as though you've stumbled on the same principle with the oats and GF bread. These are not a good idea, by the way. If you need to settle your stomach with carbs, do so with potatoes or a small banana. Quinoa (a chenopod, not a grain) can work for this, too. If you must eat a grain, make it white rice.
Give your body some more time to adjust without ruining your progress with the GF bread. On the few occasions I've experimented with that kind of thing, I couldn't believe how terrible it made me feel. So don't eat it!