As of now, I have been eating paleo for over a year. I was rail thin when I started, and the diet has been an attempt to control autoimmune issues and an assortment of debilitating health problems, not to lose weight (I had none to lose, and have gained a little, which is great.)
My problem is this: though I have had wonderful results in so many regards -- huge alleviation (but not elimination) of autoimmune issues, curing of reactive hypoglycemia, and a huge increase in energy and mental/emotional health, I have been struggling terribly with one thing: eating enough.
There simply is no way I can seem to get enough calories. I am very restricted: I can't eat nuts/seeds/nut butters, nor starchy vegetables. Nuts/seeds give me autoimmune issues, and starch triggers my hypoglycemia, so I depend upon fruit for my carbs (and I do need carbs! I'm a 25-year-old, fit, active male.)
My only template for meals, then, is to load up a plate with fatty meat, plenty of non-starchy vegetables cooked in plenty of fat, and plenty of fruit (sometimes I even cook up fruit and add coconut oil). I will make "big ass salads" with lots of meat, lots of cooked veggies, plenty of fruit, and dump olive oil, and add olives, avocado, etc. The issue is this: I simply can't eat all those fruits and vegetables -- it gives me horrible stomach problems...pain, cramping, constipation, or diarrhea. If I just gorge on meat and fat, I also get stomach problems.
When I eat dairy, this entire problem is solved. If I eat fruit with yogurt, I'm fine, but if I eat fruit alone, it hurts my stomach. If I eat a huge plate of veggies with melted cheese, I'm fine, but veggies alone, it gives me terrible gas.
I'm not just talking adjustment -- I tried this for months and months. I just can't stomach all those fruits and veggies, and I can't make up for it with extra fat, either, because that too irritates my digestive system. If I add in dairy to fix this problem, I can get enough calories, and not kill my stomach, but -- dairy triggers my autoimmune issues.
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on April 11, 2014
at 09:50 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. Luckily, I seem to be doing well with raw, grass-fed dairy.
on April 09, 2014
at 03:59 AM
I know it's not technically paleo, but what about protein shakes? You seem to eat dairy anyway, so what about an all natural whey protein with 1/2 can of coconut oil (if they aren't included in your intolerance), and/or a tablespoon of MCT/olive oil. I add a tablespoon of potato starch to my shakes as well, this will give you extra calories along with some resistant starch. Have one of these before lunch and one before dinner, it should add about 1000 calories to your daily ingestion.
P.S, I use "about time" protein. It is pretty cheap for an "all natural" protein.
on April 09, 2014
at 01:24 AM
Are you under a physician's care or self diagnosed? All of these intolerances sound like orthorexia to me. You might just be freaking yourself out - when we do this, we get anxiety, and the symptoms are very much like hypoglycemia and gut issues. Try to relax and just eat small quantities of those foods you have marked as "off limits". Maybe you just aren't made to eat huge amounts of anything. Eat smaller amounts of vegetables, try small bits of starch, have a bit of raw milk cheese or yogurt - ease into it calmly without fear of what might happen, and just see what develops. You might be okay.
on April 09, 2014
at 12:06 AM
One trick I have for getting calories is taking "shots" of red palm oil or coconut oil (two tablespoons at a time, diluted in warm water so it's melted). If I eat it with a meal it is not problematic digestively
on April 08, 2014
at 11:24 PM
If you're unable to eat much fruit / veg, or much meat.. or starches..or nuts / seeds / butters.. or dairy.. or added oils.. and you're active, no wonder you're rail thin. (I'm guessing you avoid soy / beans / grains and all that too.) It sounds like you're running on yogurt and cheese.
Maybe you should get in to see a gastroenterologist.
At that point, fruit juices and rice start to sound like a good plan to me, but that doesn't seem optimal for anyone other than someone who has restricted just about everything else that can be eaten in larger quantities. I've never been more hungry than when I was running on rice and juice (4-5 large meals a day, no problem.)
My suggestion would be to substantially increase your sushi and fermented veg / drinks, and up the carbs until you can up the fats. And maybe find a good multivitamin.
If you're not fatigued and feel otherwise healthy, calorie restriction looks fine to me if its done with an optimal nutritional plan.