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Please help me hack my day and where it went "wrong"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 02, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I could use a little help trying to determine where my day went awry yesterday, which led to a quick sprint to the head about 1 minute after I woke up this morning.

Sunday, May 1, 2011: Breakfast: black coffee, 3 slices of bacon (uncured), wilted spinach with a little olive oil. I wasn't overly hungry as I had a big dinner the night before with friends, but wanted a little something in my stomach before heading out for the morning.

Lunch: 3 scrambled eggs with some frozen shrimp (don't eat a lot of eggs; "sell by" date on the package was April 27). 4 pieces of tuna/avocado sushi (I eat rice about once every two months). Spinach salad.

Snack: handful of raw almonds

Dinner: 6 oz leftover steak. 6 oz. baked halibut. Various vegetables. Cup of cocoa (unsweetend) made with water, one tsp coconut oil, 3 tsp coconut milk.

About 30 minutes after dinner (8:30 p.m.), I started getting some stomach cramps. Woke up at 4:45 a.m. with the mad dash. I personally suspect the coconut, but would stomach cramps hit that quickly after ingesting it? The sushi and eggs are also possible culprits as I don't eat these on a regular basis at all. I think the steak and halibut were fine, as I prepared them myself and am fairly confident I had them "done." Thanks for any help.

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on May 03, 2011
at 12:13 AM

I thought about adding the spinach to my list of suspects as well, I think my wife once got food poisoning from bad greens.

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on May 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Gosh really! Why is that? I eat a lot, but mostly homegrown.

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Oh, and at first I thought it was all the sugar they sneak into Thai food sauces, but reading this makes me believe it must be the coconut.

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:50 PM

My similar recent experience might confirm its the coconut. On a typical day I'll have a tbsp of coconut oil and at least a couple of tbsp's of coconut milk, no problem. Last Friday I had Thai food for dinner, which included a bowl of Tom Gha Gung (shrimp coconut curry soup). I had a not so great night after just like you described. I normally had no problem with this Thai soup in the past, but I think in addition to my daily coconut oil/milk intake it was just too much.

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Leafy greens are the most common cause of food poisoning.

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:20 PM

Pretty basic dinner for me. I'm quite active. Admittedly, the rice is not Paleo. I don't try for 100% strict, and it is a once every couple of months thing for me. No soy sauce. Wasabi only.

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on May 02, 2011
at 04:29 PM

I have read that coconut can have a laxative effect, so that's my guess.

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I'd wager that it was the spinach. I know a lot of people who've gotten food poisoning to some extent or another from eating spinach. I only eat it cooked at this point, if at all.

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:44 PM

sounds like a mild case of straight up food poisoning. I'd suspect either the sushi/fish or the spinach. Eggs keep very well if they are of quality, and sell by dates are just that. People freak out over eggs but they actually keep extremely well, good quality eggs don't even necessarily require refrigeration.

Sounds like a one time deal.

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(5136)

on May 02, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Leafy greens are the most common cause of food poisoning.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 03, 2011
at 12:13 AM

I thought about adding the spinach to my list of suspects as well, I think my wife once got food poisoning from bad greens.

A4f9da7d094aa72508853588682b65f7

(268)

on May 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Gosh really! Why is that? I eat a lot, but mostly homegrown.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:42 PM

I'd guess the shrimp or sushi, myself. Or possibly the halibut. Maybe even the leftover steak if you didn't take great care in storing it.

The amount of coconut looks tiny to me, I'll easily have a tablespoon and a half in/on/around an omelette (and then lick the plate afterwards!).

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on May 02, 2011
at 04:40 PM

I'd just say its too much coconut for you at that time. I love coconut products and especially coconut oil but i'll be the first to admit that if you consume too much for you it will have a tremendous, and very quick, laxative effect. I'd just lessen the amount of coconut oil.

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on May 02, 2011
at 04:12 PM

From a paleo perspective you went wrong when you ate sushi. Did you eat your sushi with soy sauce? Soy sauce has gluten in it.

You may have also just eaten too much before bed. Looks like a big meal to me.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on May 02, 2011
at 05:20 PM

Pretty basic dinner for me. I'm quite active. Admittedly, the rice is not Paleo. I don't try for 100% strict, and it is a once every couple of months thing for me. No soy sauce. Wasabi only.

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