I have gone paleo for about 3 months now. I occasionally cheat on dark chocolate and have been eating quite a bit of fruit (about 4 servings a day) in addition to about 3 servings of veggies. All was good - constipation and bloating gone, energy back, etc.
Two months ago I started my new job, got really stressed out. Lost weight, and amenorrhea, bloating and constipation kicked in. I felt very gassy after meals. Probiotics stepped in - I eat sauerkraut/kimchi with my meals now but I still feel a little gassy. I started out paleo going low-fat but have been increasing fat for the past month. I have also tried going VLC but constipation kicked in, so I'm back to eating my veggies and fruits. Still, my digestion is not quite going right and my missed periods are worrying me. I have consciously gotten a better grip with my stressors and have been working on getting more rest and strength exercise.
What else should I do? Any recommendations? Should I resort to digestive enzymes?
(I'm 5"3, 100lbs, Body fat: 22%)
asked byneelie (125)
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on August 18, 2011
at 04:17 AM
You might want to try kombucha--works great for me as a digestive aid & probiotic. Also, make sure you aren't drinking too much with your meals. 3-4 oz of liquid is usually OK--more can dilute your digestive juices.
Magnesium citrate (400-600 mg) can help with the constipation and you may want to back off of the fruit a bit --if you have fructose malabsorption (like me!) you may be eating a bit too much. Maybe try some starchy carbs (sweet potatoes/white potatoes) instead.
A diet change with or without weight loss can stop menstrual periods as can stress. I'd relax & make sure you are eating enough.
on July 18, 2013
at 12:20 PM
Eat more, reduce stress, don't do VLC. I lost my period after massive relationship stress, came back within 2 months. Low calorie and low carb diets will stress your body more which isn't what you want here
Also, 100lbs, 5'3", 22% bf? Wow, I'm 115lbs, 5'1" and 22-23% bf. I guess I have heavy bones. Or am muscular, or something
on July 18, 2013
at 05:15 AM
I have had trouble digesting foods for years now. It appeared randomly one day. I have a gluten intolerance apparenly according to blood tests which crosses with "gluten free" foods like tapioca, ammeranth, and potatoes. But more than anything RAW veggies especially broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans and celery cause major bloat- I'm talking Painful $1,000s of doctors trying to figure this out- and healing my gut is the only thing that has helped. #Nothing"really"wrong -I have an ongoing infection in my gut that will take years to cure. Eating "healthy" for an impaired gut can hurt. Ignore the tv and rest of thevworld trying tonlose weight bc those rules will hurt you. a raw diet is actually the devil for yiu. I eat cooked veggies and protein. I take digestive enzymes #god to help digest my food (since my pancreas stopped helping) a d take B12, vitamin D, gluten flam, and a bunch of other things my acupuncturist gave me. As for the HA, my fertility doc wants to try clomid once bc it is cheaper then move to injectables. In the meantime my acupuncturist is convinced she can cure me on her own. It's a race to the finish line as far as I am concerned...
Get yourself some digest gold from whole foods
on August 18, 2011
at 10:41 AM
When I first became paleo I also went ammenorhic for 4 months. I had to get on a dose of progesteonento balance me out and all good since then. 29 yo, 5'4", 125lbs, 18% bf. I started at 120, 20%.