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Getting Sick eating carbs now...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Since i started eating paleo i have been feeling great! Although, something interesting has happened. i can no longer eat carbs in the for of pizza or quesadillas or chips without getting sick now. does anyone else experience that?

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Thanks. The part about the normal state of inflamation and bloating makes sense. I prefer Paleo and will stay with it. I have lost weight and feel way better. I only ate this way as a one time thing when I went out with my friends. I will NEVER do this again. Back to Paleo for life :-) Thanks for confirming that this is not an isolated case.

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on April 16, 2013
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Yes, this seems to be a common occurrence, but it cannot be pinpointed specifically yet. There are some hypotheses. I like the following one.

While celiac disease is growing, it's still very rare. However, gluten sensitivity enteropathy is in supposedly 5-10% of the population. GSE will manifest as a conflation of symptoms, often hard to blame on wheat/gluten directly. Available tests don't always even confirm a diagnosis from a doctor (i.e. a positive test likely confirms, but a negative one doesn't disconfirm).

I think that you, like many including myself, handled a constant barrage of wheat, and remained in a constant state of "normal" bloating, inflammation, etc. This state was pretty much ignorable - generally, I didn't ever feel fantastic before going gluten free, but I never felt horrible either. Once those constant effects clear out, reintroducing the antagonist (wheat/gluten) can bring out more obvious symptoms.

Try to eliminate the numbers of possible antagonists you may have. While I don't eat corn regularly, I do eat real, corn tacos on occasion, as I know corn doesn't directly cause me pain. However, I have to watch out, as if I have a tortilla with flour in it, then I'm guaranteed horrible cramps for the next 36 hours or so. (I never have had nebulous symptoms like "brain fog" -- I get the good old gut-wrenching cramps that I can't ignore.)

Beyond this there's another possibly -- you listed pretty crappy foods -- pizza, quesadillas, and chips (assuming not made at home). Do gently cooked oats or bulgar also make you feel this way? Bulgar causes the cramps I get, where oats seem to be hit or miss. Also, consider the oils these sorts of foods are cooked with or in.

Suffice to say, I avoid gluten containing foods now at all costs -- but it took me a while to figure out what was really wrong with me. Give yourself space to explore what works for you -- I firmly believe paleo is a good template for most, but you should explore the bounds you need to be healthy.

42b521ef768a229136f3debd8cdbe682

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on April 16, 2013
at 04:36 PM

Thanks. The part about the normal state of inflamation and bloating makes sense. I prefer Paleo and will stay with it. I have lost weight and feel way better. I only ate this way as a one time thing when I went out with my friends. I will NEVER do this again. Back to Paleo for life :-) Thanks for confirming that this is not an isolated case.

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on April 16, 2013
at 10:34 PM

Yeah, don't blame the carbs. Blame the junk food... the wheat, soybean oil or other nasty oil that the food cooked with, the low quality cheese in most pizzas or quesadillas unless you got some nice foodie items... there are several possibilities.

But it isn't because it contains carbs, unless you have the same reaction when you eat a sweet potato or a piece of fruit.

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on April 16, 2013
at 11:45 PM

I've heard that happen in some cases after a long low carb diet. People tend to adjust to the low carb or no carb then eventually they find it hard to process the idea of it even. No real good explanation for this but it does happen.

It probably happens when you do excessive dieting, maybe taking it too far.

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on April 16, 2013
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Another hypothesis is that our body produce digestive enzymes as needed to support our diet. If you are not eating things that need certain enzymes, the body will stop producing them (or produce them at a much smaller rate).

This may be part of the "low carb flu" some people experience when switching to paleo initially.

My guess is that if the enzyme hypothesis is accurate, eating wheat for a month or so would put you back to where you were before.

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on April 17, 2013
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On several occasions within the last 9 mos. when I've eaten wheat products (a tasty croissant, a fancy nut laced bread with blue brie like cheese and kumkuat jam, A bread stuffing from a well cooked goose) my right cheek puffed up. I've checked with two dentists. Nothing wrong with teeth or gums. Maybe a small calcification in a salivary gland. I think it is a reaction to wheat. The swelling is going down. I am NOT going to eat wheat for fun or test further. Probably my right jowl is a week spot and the inflammation goes there. Thank you for the question, Herbalt79.

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