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Why did I become constipated on the autoimmune protocol?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I've been eating and living primally for the past couple of years, but my wife just started about a month ago. She began because she was getting very sick and needed to go on an autoimmune protocol (no nightshades, eggs, gluten, chocolate, dairy, nuts, high glycemic fruits, sugar, alcohol, fungi and whatever else I might be missing). I wanted to support her, so I joined her especially since I do the cooking and grocery shopping. Anyway, for me, it's been a pleasant experience for the most part except that I am having pooping problems now. I've always pooped pretty nicely on Paleo, but now I'm not going often and when I do it's difficult and more like pellets. Since cutting out all the possible inflammatory foods, I've added in Saurkraut and Kombucha; a lot more vegetables and a little more variety of starches (I've always eaten sweet potatoes, but now I've been eating plantains, butternut squash, acorn squash and others). So, why could I be having such problems? Has anyone else had a similar problem? Thank you!

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on July 10, 2013
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AIP is HARD! I think its really great that you are on board with her! Kudos!

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on September 04, 2013
at 02:27 PM

I have had similar experiences... I fixed mine by cutting down on insoluble fiber and bumping up soluble fiber like sweet potatoes and avocado. If I do have insoluble fiber in my meal I make sure to include soluble as well. Who knew daily snacking of raw broccoli was bad for your poop? Ha

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on March 25, 2013
at 11:38 PM

you could try magnesium or vitamin c supplements if it's really bothering you. the more fiber you eat, the more backed up you will be. all you're doing is adding bulking foods to an already backed up digestive track. try doing low fiber and see what happens.

do you really need to do the AI protocol anyway? i mean, i know you are doing it so your wife has a partner, but don't do it if you feel worse on it.

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on July 10, 2013
at 02:17 PM

AIP is HARD! I think its really great that you are on board with her! Kudos!

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