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New to Paleo and Coconut Oil - had a not so great first experience, help?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Just started going 100% paleo (I was pretty close before, eating peanut butter and not eating as much fat as I should before). In my efforts to go full tilt, I ate a heaping spoonful of Coconut oil on an empty stomach as an afternoon snack yesterday, followed up by some green tea. While I was congratulating myslef on my paleo-ness, my stomach started rolling and I was left feeling pretty naseaus and fatigued for the next four hours. I ate dinner (salmon and broccoli) and that seemed to help with the naseau, but I was still exhausted and weak for the rest of the evening. Not one to give up easily, I ate breakfast this morning (so I had some food in my system) and then mixed in a heaping scoop of CO with my coffee. Consumed that and felt fine. My question is, what did I experience? Why so naseaus? Should I never eat it on an empty stomach? I would like to, because it filled me up (before making me sick). Thoughts? Thanks!

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:09 AM

coconut oil is crap. and sourcing it from the other side of the planet is as unpaleo as it gets

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:18 AM

spoonful of coconut oil, that seems normal -- http://paleohacks.com/questions/180292/has-paleo-paleohacks-jumped-the-shark/180295#180295

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on February 22, 2013
at 12:56 AM

I get nauseous as well if I eat straight fat on an empty stomach. I LOVE coconut oil blended into coffee, especially virgin CO.

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on February 22, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Mixed in a heaping scoop of CO in your coffee?? I'm just curious how that tasted??? It doesn't sound appealing to me but you never know.

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on February 22, 2013
at 12:39 AM

PB is easier to digest b/c it has fiber where straight oil does not. Incorporate oils into your cooking rather than eating by the spoonful so you don't get nauseous (stir frying, salads, frying eggs, cream in sauces & stews).

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on February 21, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Exactly this. I can lick the spoon after I've added the coconut oil to whatever I was adding it to, but to eat a heaping spoonful bothers my stomach, providing I was even able to choke it down without gagging. I have been known to eat a pat or two of Kerrygold on occasion though...

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on February 21, 2013
at 11:26 PM

Should I never eat it on an empty stomach?

Bingo! Some people do not handle concentrated oil well. Always eat it with food.

Also: eating spoonfuls of coconut oil does not make one paleo! While I have been known to lick the CO serving spoon clean, there is nothing "paleo" about shoveling oil into your mouth. ;-) It may be fun and tasty, though.

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on February 22, 2013
at 12:39 AM

PB is easier to digest b/c it has fiber where straight oil does not. Incorporate oils into your cooking rather than eating by the spoonful so you don't get nauseous (stir frying, salads, frying eggs, cream in sauces & stews).

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 21, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Exactly this. I can lick the spoon after I've added the coconut oil to whatever I was adding it to, but to eat a heaping spoonful bothers my stomach, providing I was even able to choke it down without gagging. I have been known to eat a pat or two of Kerrygold on occasion though...

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on February 22, 2013
at 01:15 AM

You don't have to eat coconut oil to be paleo. I personally think of butter or tallow as the ultimate paleo fat sources. Alot of people can't handle coconut oil for numerous reasons... some have a sensitivity to coconut and some just can't eat it without getting nauseous.

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:09 AM

coconut oil is crap. and sourcing it from the other side of the planet is as unpaleo as it gets

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:04 AM

A lot of coconut oil on an empty stomach -> guaranteed unhappy stomach for me (for a little while).

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on February 22, 2013
at 01:26 AM

Coconut oil is the easy thing to blame, but sometimes strong green tea can upset an empty stomach, so it could be that also, or some combination of the two.

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