I've just started the Paleo diet. I started a little less than a month ago (3/18/13). My first two weeks of starting I saw an initial weight gain and then about a week or two ago just started losing and can really tell that I'm losing fat in my stomach.
Two days ago I had a hockey game which was strenuous activity for a half hour. After this my sister had a birthday party at a skating rink and not having much food that day I had one single slice of pizza. About a half hour after my stomach started to feel crampy. It continued into the next day and eased up that night. It's not as bad today but I can still feel I'm not at 100%. Most foods don't interest me right now and I almost feel like I came off of a stomach flu.
I never had any issues before this with pizza causing stomach problems but I realize eating this good now could have erased my tolerance for it. I just wasn't sure if it could be this fast. I also recently increased my activity level now that my hockey season has started. It also might be beneficial to note that I was on a calorie counting diet for about 2 years before this where I lost 65 lbs before gaining about 20 back.
Example day of meals:
Breakfast: Egg, bacon, and veggies stir fry Some form of fruit
Snack: Apple Beef Jerky Handful of almonds 70% dark chocolate Hard boiled egg (Eaten at different times)
Lunch: Form of protein and veggies Clementine
Dinner: Form of protein and veggies
Not sure if this matters but I pretty much never ate veggies before this. It's been a process of training my brain to not think they are gross but so far I've been able to dice them into foods I enjoy and I'm liking them. It could be a number of factors but it seems most likely it is the pizza since I felt it so soon after consuming it.
asked byMike_78 (15)
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on April 16, 2013
at 10:14 PM
This is textbook gluten sensitivity (or celiac). Most in this forum that come into Paleo they discover that they're gluten sensitive, after their immune system reawakens, after having removed gluten for a few days. Only one thing you can do: never have glutenous food ever again. Gluten is not for you and me, it's not human food.
on April 18, 2013
at 01:16 PM
Thanks for your answers everybody. This is my registered name now. Not sure if I can ask more here but I'll try it anyways. Knowing this could be a gluten issue is promising to me because I really don't ever want to feel this way again.
Do people that go Paleo often find they are lactose intolerant too? I'm wondering if the cheese had any effect as well?
Would I likely have been okay if this pizza was gluten free?
on April 16, 2013
at 11:48 PM
I am pretty strict paleo with no grains and few refined sugars. However, I will occasionally succumb to cravings or peer pressure and have a slice of pizza or a couple of cookies. I usually feel fine that day and a few hours later, but then have cramps, diarrhea, and bloating starting about 12 hours later lasting for up to 48-72 hours.
Because of the nasty side effects I do this less and less often, but I will be honest I like a good slice of pizza (not Domino's but real pizza) and it is a good source of carbs which I need every now and then. But it totally destroys my system for days.
I understand that this is typical of some people with gluten sensitivity, to not have problems immediately but have them a bit later. Kind of makes sense if you consider that the problem happens in the bowel, but not the stomach, it probably takes 6-12 hours for the bad stuff to make it that far.