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Two weeks paleo with excessive diarhea

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I've been eating Paleo for sixteen days. Generally I eat meat with at least two meals; usually chicken or ground beef. I also eat a lot of greens and other vegtables as well as 3 servings of fruit per day. The last few days I have been having severe diarrhea, I am menstruating currently so its normal for me to have slightly loose stool during this time, but mostly I'm expelling primarily water. Is this normal? Or should I be concerned?

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on August 06, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Excessive diarrhea? As opposed to non-excessive diarrhea?

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Maybe you should stop doing it then?

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at 01:50 PM

Diarrhea is not normal. When you say you eat a lot of greens and other vegetables can you give some details as to which ones you are eating and how much?

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at 01:44 PM

Do you feel sickly or pretty much normal? My first few days Paleo I had very runny poop, which I researched and determined was excess glucose leaving my body. Is that accurate? I have no idea.

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:50 PM

It's most likely a die-off reaction from removing starches and other carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables are mono-saccharides so are fine). It's likely you had a gut flora inbalance that is now correctly itself.

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on August 06, 2012
at 05:57 PM

During my first 30 days of strict Paleo I had really loose stools as well. When did the issue manifest itself?

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on August 06, 2012
at 10:56 PM

(ha I was the opposite when I started! Not sure which is worse. I hope your symptoms stop soon!)

The only other thing I can add here is that I personally associate loose stools with food intolerances. Have you ever been tested? I have many food intolerances and discovered they are easy to develop after eating the same items repeatedly. Since your diet is now a bit more limited, perhaps you are repeatedly eating something that is causing the inflammation? For example, one sneaky culprit is eggs. I am severely intolerant to soy (loose stools literally within 15 minutes). I had the same effect with eggs and realized the chickens, even though organic, were being fed evil soy!

I took the ALCAT test, which my insurance mostly covered through my D.O. Between that and Paleo, definitely a life changer!

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on August 06, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I don't think that excessive anything is to be considered normal, especially if all was well the first week on.

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I've been doing Whole30 for the last 27 days and I haven't had a solid poop since day 2.

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Maybe you should stop doing it then?

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