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Why can't I poop?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I read through many threads and my question isn't answered entirely. I apologize too if I missed the answer. I am a 52 yrs old woman no health issues. I wasn't' heavy but when I heard about the Paleo diet and was dieting w/o results I thought I'd give it a try. I started in mid May and by the end of July I had lost 15 lbs which was my goal. I was happy. I know weigh 145 lbs.

I used to eat too much carbs as most American's do and would poop usually right after morning coffee.

I realize that my poop would not be as much and probably not as frequent on this plan. But while I do not bloat, get cramps, gas etc., and while the poop is the right consistency and color in the rectum....my urge to go is not as strong as before.

I am not even a big meat eater on this plan. I eat mostly chicken/turkey burgers, tuna fish/flat fish...

I used to be able to sit down and not push at all and in 9-10 seconds I was finished. I would wipe myself w/ a baby wipe and barely see a trace on the wipe.

NOW...when I get the littlest urge I sit down and there is a lot of pushing and maneuvering my hynee on the bowl to get out a normal amount or at least get our what has been in my rectum. It doesn't all come out. It makes a mess. A real mess. Toilet paper and wipes sometimes is not enough and I have to sit in the tub to clean myself.

Does the Paleo diet reduce the urge? Should I bypass this first urge till it gets stronger? or is this something I should go to a doctor for? I feel they will just blatantly say eat more fiber.

thank you molly

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 23, 2013
at 08:30 PM

very interesting article

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 23, 2013
at 05:32 PM

well I have high cholesterol when I don't even eat the foods that attribute to it. I take medicine for it. I have eaten read meat but that really hurts my stomach. I get cramps, gas etc., I can tolerate chopped read meat for sauce, meatballs or burgers but actual steak hurts my stomach---always have even before this diet.

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 23, 2013
at 05:28 PM

I actually went okay today and yea I waited till the urge was stronger. thanx

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on August 23, 2013
at 09:54 AM

Try to wait until the urge gets stronger. If your body does not want it to come out when you do, it's going to be tough. You should notice when the body wants to get rid of it and it should be easy then (especially if the consistency is softer). If your consistency is soft, then most of my suggestions should not be necessary. If it get's too soft you might add yogurt (if you tolerate it). Otherwise it might just be a timing issue.

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on August 22, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Why no red meat? Eating only poultry and fish will constipated me. Why only egg whites? All of the nutrients are in the yolks plus egg whites have been shown the constipate people as well. Don't be afraid of dietary cholesterol and definitely don't be afraid of saturated fats. Also nuts can constipate you and it sure looks like you eat a lot of nuts.

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on August 22, 2013
at 07:48 PM

and sometimes extremely crispy bacon....like almost burnt

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 22, 2013
at 07:42 PM

my proteins are turkey or chicken burgers, chicken sausage patties, egg whites, tuna and many flat fishes and mussels my veg are fresh or mixed frozen fruits are fresh except for the applesauce or pear sauce nuts are all except peanuts

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 22, 2013
at 07:38 PM

my breakfast is egg whites, ( or a meat) and fruit and coffee. ( c/not part w/ that) snack is nuts or applesauce lunch is tuna or chicken burger, veg, nuts dinner is some type of burger, veg, fruit, avocado and later on nuts i drink a lot of iced decaf green tea nuts are only about 1/4 to a 1/3 of a cup per portion

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:38 PM

Molly, what exactly do you eat throughout the day?

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:12 PM

yes I was thinking to add sweet potatoes here and there and drink way more water. thanx

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:11 PM

thanx for the helpful advice. Nice to know I am not alone.

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:10 PM

very helpful suggestions. And, i feel I have to push harder because the consistency is way softer and the urge is not as great.

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on August 22, 2013
at 01:14 PM

Having experienced a similar change to my BMs, my thoughts are this:

1) Less food equals less poop! On the Paleo diet, although I feel I'm stuffing myself at every meal, I'm actually eating quite less than I did on the standard american diet. Adding up the calories, I find it challenging to squeeze in the necessary 2,500 calories per day now. Whereas before I could easily reach 3,000 - 3,500 calories in a day.

2) Make sure to eat lots of veggies! I found that I need to be diligent with my consumption of fiber-dense foods, and I go out of my way to consume 6 - 8 servings of vegetables per day. This seems to help move things along in the bathroom.

3) Sweet Potatoes. I introduced this delicious super-food to my post-workout meal, and my daily BMs are back! Why? I'm not sure. Maybe because they have lots of fiber and water?? Is it simply the carb content? I do not know. I just know they make me poop more "normally" now ;-)

Anyway, that's my experience. I hope this helped. Good luck!

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:12 PM

yes I was thinking to add sweet potatoes here and there and drink way more water. thanx

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on August 22, 2013
at 01:44 PM

I have noticed a change as well, but the negative changes were transient. I have a couple of suggestions for things you could try. I would only test one at a time and test for at least a week, because this will let you figure out where the problem really is.

  • Don't force yourself. If you have to push hard because of the consistency (which you have not addressed), then you have a problem you should take care of. But if you just push hard because you think you should have a bowel movement at this time, just don't sit on the toilet at all. If it doesn't want to come out, don't force it. Just make sure you're not constipated. You might want to keep a log of the number of bowel movements per day to objectively identify problems.
  • If you drink a lot of coffee or caffeinated beverages, try drinking water instead.
  • Try increasing water intake (or at least make sure you drink enough)
  • You can try increasing you fat intake.
  • Supplement with magnesium (in divided doses)
  • Eat more fiber if you don't eat a lot of it, eat less fiber if you eat a lot of it
  • try supplementing with digesting aids (betaine hcl, bile salts, digestive enzymes)
  • Eat more salt/sodium (e.g. put a little salt in the water you drink or drink salted broth)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Sit down less and stand up longer (it doesn't have to be a standing desk, although these are great) or at least stand up more often
  • Put flax seeds in water for a while an eat them (this is not because of the fiber, because you won't digest whole flax seeds, but they get slimy and this can help move things along
  • try including or eliminating certain foods or types of foods to see if this has an impact (more/less starchy tubers, more/less vegetables, more/less eggs, more/less meat)
  • try different preparation techniques (raw vs cooked, fried vs slow cooked, steamed vs boiled)

0f44d81f247518d6fc2de0403ff9a68a

on August 23, 2013
at 09:54 AM

Try to wait until the urge gets stronger. If your body does not want it to come out when you do, it's going to be tough. You should notice when the body wants to get rid of it and it should be easy then (especially if the consistency is softer). If your consistency is soft, then most of my suggestions should not be necessary. If it get's too soft you might add yogurt (if you tolerate it). Otherwise it might just be a timing issue.

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:10 PM

very helpful suggestions. And, i feel I have to push harder because the consistency is way softer and the urge is not as great.

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

(10)

on August 23, 2013
at 05:28 PM

I actually went okay today and yea I waited till the urge was stronger. thanx

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on August 22, 2013
at 01:39 PM

There is an adjustment period when changing diet, remember that.

More fluids first thing in the morning. Good time to take probiotic supplement which really helps with poop quality (for me). I skip breakfast and have some ghee, MCT oil and coffee (usually).

Eating more fat and good intestinal flora = good poopin'.

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Just to add to the other great points people have made, i'd really recommend squatting instead of sitting. Just somewhere between standing and sitting (maybe put a bit of toilet roll in the toilet first to avoid splashback :P)

http://www.cracked.com/article_19121_7-basic-things-you-wont-believe-youre-all-doing-wrong.html check out #7. It helped me massively with tough BMs when i started.

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 23, 2013
at 08:30 PM

very interesting article

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Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

on August 22, 2013
at 03:54 PM

Damn it I had a long post written up but I lost it trying to get this link ha... I cut out raw broccoli and significantly reduced my intake of Arugala and I am back to 1)2 times a day and always in the morning. I am a 26 year old guy who eats tons of beef and fat. I also take homemade kefir and my prebiotic comes in the form of a huge sweet potato post work out

http://chriskresser.com/got-digestive-problems-take-it-easy-on-the-veggies

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

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on August 22, 2013
at 07:38 PM

my breakfast is egg whites, ( or a meat) and fruit and coffee. ( c/not part w/ that) snack is nuts or applesauce lunch is tuna or chicken burger, veg, nuts dinner is some type of burger, veg, fruit, avocado and later on nuts i drink a lot of iced decaf green tea nuts are only about 1/4 to a 1/3 of a cup per portion

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

(10)

on August 22, 2013
at 07:48 PM

and sometimes extremely crispy bacon....like almost burnt

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

(10)

on August 22, 2013
at 04:11 PM

thanx for the helpful advice. Nice to know I am not alone.

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

(10)

on August 22, 2013
at 07:42 PM

my proteins are turkey or chicken burgers, chicken sausage patties, egg whites, tuna and many flat fishes and mussels my veg are fresh or mixed frozen fruits are fresh except for the applesauce or pear sauce nuts are all except peanuts

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on August 22, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Why no red meat? Eating only poultry and fish will constipated me. Why only egg whites? All of the nutrients are in the yolks plus egg whites have been shown the constipate people as well. Don't be afraid of dietary cholesterol and definitely don't be afraid of saturated fats. Also nuts can constipate you and it sure looks like you eat a lot of nuts.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on August 22, 2013
at 04:38 PM

Molly, what exactly do you eat throughout the day?

F5805847537850e1efa9603a94a1d3ee

(10)

on August 23, 2013
at 05:32 PM

well I have high cholesterol when I don't even eat the foods that attribute to it. I take medicine for it. I have eaten read meat but that really hurts my stomach. I get cramps, gas etc., I can tolerate chopped read meat for sauce, meatballs or burgers but actual steak hurts my stomach---always have even before this diet.

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