1

votes

Belly feels stuffed on Paleo, doesn't feel good

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I've been doing Paleo for about 2 months and it's completely changed my life for the better. I find it easy to do and I will continue doing it. However, I have one gripe with it: my belly always feels full and heavy and I can't ever suck it in. Even after a bowel movement, I don't feel "empty." Also, I only go to the bathroom once a day now. It used to be more often most days so I would get that "light" feeling more often. Now my belly just feels heavy and full most of the time. Anything I can do to help that (i.e., more bowel movements?)

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on August 01, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Lu! I am so happy that it worked out for you!!! Please keep in mind that although a big salad a day is great, you may not want to add in too many more raw veggies, as they may stop you up. try to add some lovely cooked veggies for dinner, too. I wish you luck!!

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on August 01, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Lyndsay, I started with the easiest and least expensive change: eating more veggies than meat, like you suggested. I added one big salad a day and I find that it worked for me! Feeling remarkably better (increased bowel movements, not feeling sluggish and full anymore.) Thanks!

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 29, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Thank you, everyone! I'll try all your suggestions this week!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on July 29, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Yup, and that damage is reversible over time. While I haven't been diagnosed as celiac, I do have a huge sensitivity to wheat and most of the signs, so I suspect yes. But once you get the stomach acid thing squared away and take enough minerals, meat is very easy to digest as long as it's not overcooked. Our guts do recover with enough bone broth, Glutamine, or just time.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on July 29, 2012
at 10:06 AM

For what it's worth, cabbage and other cruciferous veggies wreak havoc on my digestion. Like I swallowed a cheesegrater.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on July 29, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I never said it was true for everyone. I explicitly stated that this was only my experience. Most people posting here have digestive systems "broken" by the Standard American Diet. Sugar is "easily digestible" for most people, for instance. If you are a celiac, like myself, it isn't just a matter of stomach acid, it's a matter of villi damage in the intestine.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on July 28, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Lyndsay, that's not true for everyone. If your stomach produces enough acid, meat is easily digested. If you've been broken by a SAD, then, your stomach is going to produce too little acid and meat will sit there like a stone.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on July 28, 2012
at 09:27 PM

It's really interesting to me how people can have different levels of difficulty in digesting fibrous veggies or meat. I've heard that difficulty digesting meat could indicate low stomach acid, but I don't know what could cause difficulty digesting veggies, even if well-chewed.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on July 28, 2012
at 09:25 PM

I think meat needs will very greatly depending on the individual and their current exercise routine. I tend to need more protein when I'm weightlifting and more carb when I'm running.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:42 PM

I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice, but in my experience, it takes much longer for my body to break down and excrete excess meat. Despite what many will tell you, in regards to paleo, I feel that it is best to make veggies(not all raw!), the bulk of your diet. meat should be a garnish. How tall are you? What do you weigh? How active are you? These things factor into your animal protein needs. Also, are you eating dairy on a daily basis?

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:31 PM

hmm, interesting. maybe.

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I don't know what that means, arghh! :)

1f91fa5584b27c2c7fc0cf1f97a386c5

(182)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Where's my upvote LU!? : ).

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Thank you! I'll try lemon water too. It's true that I don't drink water much (only when thirsty.) That might do it!

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Thank you both! I'll try enzymes and sauerkraut (love sauerkraut!)

1f91fa5584b27c2c7fc0cf1f97a386c5

(182)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:50 PM

This is an unfortunate side effect of good digestion. Your intestines hold on to food longer as it more fully breaks it down. The quick fixes that would be in the paleo realm: Chugging lemon water to aid in digestion Eating a lot more ruffage... Think cabbage. http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/index.php/2012/07/03/sauerkraut-survivor-final-report/ My favorite option for making simple, easy, reliable Kraut? http://compare.ebay.com/like/160816031565?_lwgsi=y<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

  • C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

    asked by

    (5)
  • Views
    2.3K
  • Last Activity
    1429D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

6 Answers

6
1f91fa5584b27c2c7fc0cf1f97a386c5

on July 28, 2012
at 07:52 PM

This is an unfortunate side effect of good digestion. Your intestines hold on to food longer as it more fully breaks it down. The quick fixes that would be in the paleo realm:

Chugging lemon water to aid in digestion

Hitting some really strong caffeine source for a sort of forced, and not altogether healthy/sustainable, bowel movement.

Eating a lot more ruffage... Think cabbage.

http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/index.php/2012/07/03/sauerkraut-survivor-final-report/

My favorite option for making simple, easy, reliable Kraut?

http://compare.ebay.com/like/160816031565?_lwgsi=y&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I don't know what that means, arghh! :)

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Thank you! I'll try lemon water too. It's true that I don't drink water much (only when thirsty.) That might do it!

1f91fa5584b27c2c7fc0cf1f97a386c5

(182)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Where's my upvote LU!? : ).

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on July 29, 2012
at 10:06 AM

For what it's worth, cabbage and other cruciferous veggies wreak havoc on my digestion. Like I swallowed a cheesegrater.

3
Medium avatar

(3213)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Try fine-tuning your diet, maybe reduce the amount or type of fats and proteins you consume, also, learn how to make Sauerkraut, it's the best gut medicine you will find

2
3dd59bff899261860c0bdaae8540cc70

on July 28, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Try taking some digestive enzymes. It helped me out with the same issue.

Switching diets can cause digestive problems bc of out of balance enzymes-the body needs to up regulate some and down regulate others.

I've always had horrible digestive issues that Paleo only slightly corrected and enzymes helped tremendously.

These are the ones I take:

http://www.amazon.com/Source-Naturals-DigestActiv-240-Capsules/dp/B000GFSVCS/ref=sr_1_20?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1343504656&sr=1-20&keywords=digestive+enzymes

Just an idea. :)

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Thank you both! I'll try enzymes and sauerkraut (love sauerkraut!)

1
70f513290a66c3e91d6c21ed2ce47451

on July 29, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Isolate major food sources to determine which induce symptoms. Then eat less of them. Composition of foods vary a lot identify particular meat cuts, vegetables, legumes or fruits that that you eat, change them and see if it helps. It's a real trial an error approach to determine what works for you.

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 29, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Thank you, everyone! I'll try all your suggestions this week!

1
96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on July 29, 2012
at 12:10 AM

If it just sits there like a rock in your stomach, you're probably not producing enough stomach acid. This is especially true if you've had things like acid reflux/GERD and were taking Tums or other antacids, or have had your gall bladder removed.

A Standard American Diet is usually very bad for this because it depletes our minerals which are needed for the stomach to produce proper levels of acid.

The thing to do is to take digestive enzymes (I take Now Super Enzymes), or Betaine HCL before a meal until you get the stomach acid levels up to normal. The protocol for finding out how much you need is on an empty stomach, take one pill at a time with a little bit of water and feel above your stomach for heat. Once you feel heat, or you feel acid or pain, or have reached 5 pills, stop - that's the number you need to take. Take this many before a meal. Eat something with both protein and fat immediately after you take the pills.

Don't drink water or other liquids while you eat the meal because that dilutes the stomach acid. Drink a few hours before, or after. Also chew well before swallowing, like Robb Wolf says, there's no teeth in your stomach. :)

Supplementing with potassium, magnesium is also important toward getting levels back to normal. Unless you've had your gall bladder removed, you can stop taking the pills once your stomach works properly again. In terms of magnesium, there's lots of different kinds, careful which one you take as some such as Magnesium Oxide are cheap because they're poorly absorbed, so they go to waste. One of the chelated forms would be better. I take Magnesium Malate. Magnesium in larger amounts can also be laxative - so that might help.

Also, be sure to not overcook your meat, rare is very easy to digest, where as well done is much harder to digest. But you shouldn't eat rare burgers if they're CAFO beef - as the bacteria is on the surface, and ground meat has a lot more surface than a steak.

0
26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Are you eating more meat than vegetables?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on July 28, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Lyndsay, that's not true for everyone. If your stomach produces enough acid, meat is easily digested. If you've been broken by a SAD, then, your stomach is going to produce too little acid and meat will sit there like a stone.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:42 PM

I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice, but in my experience, it takes much longer for my body to break down and excrete excess meat. Despite what many will tell you, in regards to paleo, I feel that it is best to make veggies(not all raw!), the bulk of your diet. meat should be a garnish. How tall are you? What do you weigh? How active are you? These things factor into your animal protein needs. Also, are you eating dairy on a daily basis?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on July 28, 2012
at 09:27 PM

It's really interesting to me how people can have different levels of difficulty in digesting fibrous veggies or meat. I've heard that difficulty digesting meat could indicate low stomach acid, but I don't know what could cause difficulty digesting veggies, even if well-chewed.

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on July 28, 2012
at 08:31 PM

hmm, interesting. maybe.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on July 28, 2012
at 09:25 PM

I think meat needs will very greatly depending on the individual and their current exercise routine. I tend to need more protein when I'm weightlifting and more carb when I'm running.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on July 29, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I never said it was true for everyone. I explicitly stated that this was only my experience. Most people posting here have digestive systems "broken" by the Standard American Diet. Sugar is "easily digestible" for most people, for instance. If you are a celiac, like myself, it isn't just a matter of stomach acid, it's a matter of villi damage in the intestine.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on July 29, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Yup, and that damage is reversible over time. While I haven't been diagnosed as celiac, I do have a huge sensitivity to wheat and most of the signs, so I suspect yes. But once you get the stomach acid thing squared away and take enough minerals, meat is very easy to digest as long as it's not overcooked. Our guts do recover with enough bone broth, Glutamine, or just time.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on August 01, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Lu! I am so happy that it worked out for you!!! Please keep in mind that although a big salad a day is great, you may not want to add in too many more raw veggies, as they may stop you up. try to add some lovely cooked veggies for dinner, too. I wish you luck!!

C8b4c46b0b6fd0b19065ce7d8f4973b7

(5)

on August 01, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Lyndsay, I started with the easiest and least expensive change: eating more veggies than meat, like you suggested. I added one big salad a day and I find that it worked for me! Feeling remarkably better (increased bowel movements, not feeling sluggish and full anymore.) Thanks!

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!