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Chronic Constipation Issues

Answered on June 27, 2015
Created October 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I am currently eating a diet of mainly white rice (as a safe starch), eggs, coconut oil and ghee, and small amounts of meat/fish and green vegetables.

I really don't like eating vegetables so my diet doesn't get much fiber aside from the small amount in white rice.

This diet gives me great energy and I feel amazing but still I am having serious constipation and sometimes don't go for a week at a time. Is this from the lack of fiber, I have read a lot on this blog that fiber is not necessary in the diet so this wasn't my biggest worry before I became so constipated.

Other than fiber, is there any other foods that will help me become more regular? I do not enjoy fermented vegetables, but perhaps some apple cider vinegar added to my white rice would help? Or perhaps I should switch to a more fibrous starch like buckwheat or wild rice? Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on November 01, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Except that he's a troll 99% of the time, Luckie.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 21, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Because taking a health based approach as opposed to a reenactment approach isn't any less Paleo. It's a different perspective on the same diet. I take the principles from pre-agricultural diets and lifetstyles and apply them in a way that fits modern society and my needs. No one does a complete reenactment of paleolithic times, anyway, because that would be extreme and silly. Unless you're out there hunting and gathering all your own food, in season, and all that jazz, you're also applying the principles and not doing a full reenactment.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 21, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Because taking a health based approach as opposed to a reenactment approach isn't any less Paleo. It's a different perspective on the same diet.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on October 21, 2012
at 10:02 PM

If you're not interested in paleo reenactment, why down vote people specifically for recommending a non paleo food? I don't understanddd.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on October 21, 2012
at 09:57 PM

If you're looking for someone who knows their shit....

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 21, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Paleo as in promotes health or Paleo as in a farcical reenactment of what cavemen ate? I go with health and save my reenactments for Civil War battle scenes. Much jazzier. (FYI, yogurt is Primal even if not Paleo. Also, I'm not big on supplements or smoothies either, but I don't see the problem with them if someone else's needs are different than mine.)

E0e9255281093b2d518b56d5217a0955

(184)

on October 20, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Yogurt, supplements, juice-smoothies, etc are definitely not paleo either. So if they're OK, I don't see why a bit of lentil soup is a problem.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 20, 2012
at 05:33 AM

And if were talking about extreme diets let's talk about the "I hate vegetables" diet. What's worse, having your poop stick inside you or eating some damn broccoli?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 20, 2012
at 05:31 AM

Downvoted because lentils are most definitely not paleo. You don't have to agree with everything paleo but if you want to post on paleohacks you should understand that if you post recommendations for non-paleo foods others will disagree and point it out. I also wonder why your posting on paleohacks if you think of the Paleo diet as you have described above.

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

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on October 20, 2012
at 05:09 AM

Also, soaking will make lentils more digestible (in the same way cooking meat makes it more digestible).

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on October 20, 2012
at 05:02 AM

Eat rice cold for the resistant starch. Use short grain, cook it with stock and a little fat and salt - roll it into balls. Delicious. Or this: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.se/2009/04/new-way-to-soak-brown-rice.html

E0e9255281093b2d518b56d5217a0955

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Hmmm... which is healthier... having poo stay inside your gut for days while sticking to an extreme diet plan based on guesswork about human habits long before recorded history or...eating a few servings a food eaten daily by millions as they have for millenia with no ill effects and having a proper poo?

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:48 AM

I completely agree with your answer to his question. But want to add on his behalf that it has only been 23 days he's been a PH member. It can be very intimidating here, and that may not be the reason for his reticence in answering, it could be that he does not feel his potential answers would be beneficial or add a new aspect to the discussion. I could be completely wrong on all accounts, but I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Either way, +1 for you because I do agree with your answer.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:28 AM

It may work (as they are very high in fiber), but lentils are NOT Paleo.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:27 AM

yep, that's what i'm sayin. Soluble = starch; Insoluble = leafy. Spinach is a good one leafy as it's also rich in magnesium.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on October 19, 2012
at 10:12 PM

For good poos, I make sure to get a good balance of starch and leafy vegetables. Even buying frozen mixed vegetables is better than relying solely on starch to meet your poo needs. I also take 500mg of magnesium before I go to bed.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on October 19, 2012
at 08:58 PM

more fat, more insoluble fiber (to counterbalance the soluble you are getting from the rice), more magnesium-rich foods, and/or less (or no) rice, which is notoriously constipating.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 19, 2012
at 08:38 PM

With a name like POOP MASTER MC, I think Andrew should listen to you. What better source of information about bowel movements?!?!?!

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 19, 2012
at 08:33 PM

You have posted several questions (and never a single answer about anything) about avoiding vegetables and vegetable hate.

Whether you like it or not, whether you think it is necessary or ideal or whatever in the abstract, maybe you should just suck it up and try eating some. Abstract ideas about vegetables not being necessary are irrelevant if they are necessary for you personally to poop properly.

Then, if eating some vegetables helps your digestive problems, you can decide whether you hate constant constipation more or less than eating vegetables, and make your decision with more information.

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on October 20, 2012
at 02:48 AM

I completely agree with your answer to his question. But want to add on his behalf that it has only been 23 days he's been a PH member. It can be very intimidating here, and that may not be the reason for his reticence in answering, it could be that he does not feel his potential answers would be beneficial or add a new aspect to the discussion. I could be completely wrong on all accounts, but I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Either way, +1 for you because I do agree with your answer.

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 19, 2012
at 08:37 PM

I eat a lot of the baby carrots (yeah I know they aren't really baby carrots), I snack on them. Pretty easy to go through a pound in a day, they make me poop like a farm animal.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on October 21, 2012
at 09:57 PM

If you're looking for someone who knows their shit....

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 19, 2012
at 08:38 PM

With a name like POOP MASTER MC, I think Andrew should listen to you. What better source of information about bowel movements?!?!?!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on November 01, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Except that he's a troll 99% of the time, Luckie.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 19, 2012
at 08:39 PM

if you are backed up, your body doesn't like something you are eating or needs something else. maybe try cutting out the rice and just adding one veggie you do like. i'd rather eat a serving of veggies a day than be in pain from not having a bowel movement. my GI doc said that paleolithic people averaged 4-5 bm's a day, so i don't think it's a good idea to not have at least one bm a day.

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Magnesium!!! Get natural calm and put some in some tea before bed. A heaping spoonful is all you need. It literally works with in a day!!

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7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

on October 19, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Consume more raw probiotic foods to enliven your gut flora. And try controlling your rice intake ??? this is really not making you regular :) I would also recommend eating a few pieces of lard in the morning as it promotes bile and literally makes you poo :)

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on June 27, 2015
at 12:51 AM

White rice causes constipation for most people. Switch to brown rice and try to cut down on carbs/starch in general, not completely - 30% carbs per meal is fine rather than 70%. Try eating probiotic yogurt every day or snack on prunes every day. You'll see an immediate change.

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De5dde8145914770507a2b006b58c04f

on November 02, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Suffering from constipation can be friggin traumatic. I know as I've had it but fortunately I have cured my own chronic constipation and also helped many others overcome their own constipation too.

I break overcoming constipation into Diet, Physical, Mental.

Diet-wise I recommend getting around 60-70% fats, 15-20% carbs and 15-20% protein. Protein can be a little tough on people who are currently constipated so even going down to 10% protein for some is needed.

Replenishing and rejuvenating your gut health is key. Consume both broth at every meal. Consume probiotics at every meal - start small and increase your intake. Lots of good fats - butter, lard, coconut oil, etc. For carbs eat your vegetables - get at least 100g of carbs a day. If you're eating high amounts of fiber than you will have to slowly decrease it. Excessive amounts of fiber is bad for you and your bowel. Fiber bulked stools to the point where they stetch your colonic walls and damage them. I have started a constipation blog over at http://realconstipationremedies.com which will answer a lot of your questions. If you have any more questions just shoot me an email over to [email protected]

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Lentils are good for you. Better than having it rot in your system. Pooing once a week is not healthy

http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2010/06/weston-prices-advice-to-those-on-a-budget.html Dr. Westin A Price point 10 in link says so. He says great source of protein as well.

Its bad too have poo rot in your gut like that don't be so dogmatic about paleo legumes are great for regularity. The phytins get cooked off, flimsy argument. Legumes packed with fiber, protein, and minerals.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?pagewanted=all This article is fascinating. Talks about longest living island in Greece. Largest componenet in diet is lentils.

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on November 01, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Cut out the white rice and if you must have a starch source, replace it with potatoes which are higher in fiber and more nutrient-dense. Consider introducing fruit into your diet - best to eat it on its own for breakfast. Try to overcome your aversion to vegetables by trying a different variety and seeing which ones you like.

0
3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

on November 01, 2012
at 01:15 PM

Try magnesium glycinate...this form works great.

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on October 20, 2012
at 07:02 AM

Andrew,

Other than raw carrots, I hate vegetables and I used to eat about 5 servings or less per month. Every time I tried to eat more vegetables it lasted for a day or two then I went back to my usual eating patterns.

I found the solution while listening to the Joe Rogan podcast...green smoothies!

Now, about 5-6 days per week I put a little bit of water and ice in my blender and fill it halfway with various vegetables: kale, broccoli, spinach, beets, baby tomatoes, etc. and blend that vile stuff together. Then I add a couple pieces of fruit (apple+banana, 2 apples, apple+pear) and a big handful of frozen blueberries and blend it all up. The result is about 32 ounces of a thick purplish-green liquid that looks disgusting but actually tastes pretty good.

I drink that and then when it's time to eat, I eat what I like (meat, eggs, fruit) without ruining my meal by adding vegetables.

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79d9a05714efb2f41cc85a406048e668

on October 19, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Probiotics are KEY and have been really helpful for me, but it has been a long journey. Also getting thyroid normalized helped as well. Do you have a good digestive enzyme? Also up the fats, I noticed when I went low fat (before I had good digestive enzymes) i would be backed up for a while.

Try also taking some Magnesium Citrate tablets after you meals, that will really really help. I also take an extra amount at bed time.

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on October 19, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Maybe you would be interested in the http://www.gutsense.org website.

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E0e9255281093b2d518b56d5217a0955

on October 20, 2012
at 01:37 AM

LENTILS. I'm telling you, lentils will clean you out. You don't need to eat them every day, but find a lentil dish you like (soup is a good bet) and eat it two days in a row. BOOM.

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on October 20, 2012
at 05:09 AM

Also, soaking will make lentils more digestible (in the same way cooking meat makes it more digestible).

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on October 20, 2012
at 02:28 AM

It may work (as they are very high in fiber), but lentils are NOT Paleo.

E0e9255281093b2d518b56d5217a0955

(184)

on October 20, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Hmmm... which is healthier... having poo stay inside your gut for days while sticking to an extreme diet plan based on guesswork about human habits long before recorded history or...eating a few servings a food eaten daily by millions as they have for millenia with no ill effects and having a proper poo?

E0e9255281093b2d518b56d5217a0955

(184)

on October 20, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Yogurt, supplements, juice-smoothies, etc are definitely not paleo either. So if they're OK, I don't see why a bit of lentil soup is a problem.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 20, 2012
at 05:33 AM

And if were talking about extreme diets let's talk about the "I hate vegetables" diet. What's worse, having your poop stick inside you or eating some damn broccoli?

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on October 21, 2012
at 10:02 PM

If you're not interested in paleo reenactment, why down vote people specifically for recommending a non paleo food? I don't understanddd.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 21, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Because taking a health based approach as opposed to a reenactment approach isn't any less Paleo. It's a different perspective on the same diet. I take the principles from pre-agricultural diets and lifetstyles and apply them in a way that fits modern society and my needs. No one does a complete reenactment of paleolithic times, anyway, because that would be extreme and silly. Unless you're out there hunting and gathering all your own food, in season, and all that jazz, you're also applying the principles and not doing a full reenactment.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 20, 2012
at 05:31 AM

Downvoted because lentils are most definitely not paleo. You don't have to agree with everything paleo but if you want to post on paleohacks you should understand that if you post recommendations for non-paleo foods others will disagree and point it out. I also wonder why your posting on paleohacks if you think of the Paleo diet as you have described above.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 21, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Because taking a health based approach as opposed to a reenactment approach isn't any less Paleo. It's a different perspective on the same diet.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 21, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Paleo as in promotes health or Paleo as in a farcical reenactment of what cavemen ate? I go with health and save my reenactments for Civil War battle scenes. Much jazzier. (FYI, yogurt is Primal even if not Paleo. Also, I'm not big on supplements or smoothies either, but I don't see the problem with them if someone else's needs are different than mine.)

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