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Hack my diet/health problems?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I swear, the more I learn the less I know.
I originally was just eating straight up paleo; steamed/raw veggies, no grains/gluten, grass-fed meat, fish, healthy fat, fruit. When I was lifting 3 times a week, and during my crossfit time, I would eat potatoes or sweet potatoes post work out. I have done various intermittent fasting schedules, and now do approx. a 16/8, which tends to work the best for me.
I eventually began to lower my carbs more and more and then cut them out completely for a while. I found that cutting fiber (after reading Fiber Menace) dramatically helped with my IBS symptoms of bloating and gas and distention. However my nice flat stomach and feeling great lasted a short time. I became severely constipated, something I never experienced before although I have had various other IBS symptoms for most of my life. Although it may have related to an increase in cheese intake, I have never had this issue before so I don't know. For 3+ months I had bowel movements few and far between despite all my efforts. I felt full and looked pregnant all the time.
This pain and stress in turn caused me to binge-eat, which certainly didn't help the problem. Now I have abdominal pain, especially on my right side, with a constant feeling of needed to go, but having nothing to push out. This so-called constipation is even more baffling because when I do go, it's not hard stool at all, and it's no great build-up of stool either.
Also very important to note is my history of disordered eating. I am now 22 (female), and have not eaten in a normal way since I was 13. (Anorexia-->non-purging bulimia-->BED).
Right now I need to address this current abdominal problem, and I wonder what has helped other people through difficult bowel problems (assuming this isn't something more serious). I have been to a gyno very recently and ruled out most possible gyn problems (as the discomfort is sometimes in my pelvic area I thought I should check).
Now, I have a doctors appt. next month, but I'd like to start my recover now. Not to mention my inherent distrust of doctors.
I am also more confused than ever on macronutrient ratios, fiber, raw vs. cooked, etc. HFLC? HCLF? More veggies/less veggies? Starches? Rice?
Did I cause myself this abdominal issue?
Why do we binge eat? (I would especially be interested to hear opinions on the theories presented in the Brain Over Binge ebook, and experiences with that).
Also, what specific health problems do years of binge-eating and fasting cause?
God, I know this is like 50 questions in one. But a lot of the people on this website have some good theories and anecdotal experience.
All the conflicting ideas and WOEs that different gurus, doctors, and laypeople come up with leads me to believe we really know very little about the path to good nutrition and health, as well as how variable it can be for any given person. But I guess I could use a little perspective and insight on my own experience, and advice on how to continue from this point on.
Thanks for reading.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

a similar dinner. Do not starve yourself. When you workout (lift weights, pleas start if you have not already), you can consume some starchy carbs post workout. Along with a positive mindset and consistency, you now have the street smarts. Just put it to use.

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on September 20, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Absolutely would. Sent you an email.

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Definite thumbs down to the raw onion - for someone who suffers from bloating and gas, they are enemy number 1!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:14 AM

We share some remarkable similarities in our stories. I want to write something lengthy to you. I think I may have some ideas to help. I'm at luckym76@gmail.com. If you want to hear from me shoot me a line.

4e98420c55180862f3a3815339749ed4

on September 20, 2012
at 12:03 AM

yeah I have no idea what normal eating is either! But I know if I eat when I'm hungry, its high in fat and nutrients, and I put a few more carbs in around my workouts, my weight is good. I really have to listen to my body, yes it's cliche but it works, dont listen to the signals to binge, just let a grumbling tummy be the indicator you need nourishment. Yes food tastes so good sometimes its hard to stop the "autopilot", but you can. Fasting is not realistic to me unless I'm literally in a survival situation!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:49 PM

...you can find me on Facebook if you want proof that I am, in fact, carved from stone.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:47 PM

yeah that's right. CTFO. There is no rush but there is a better life to be had. Let me know if you have any more questions. I hate it when people are trapping themselves, cause I definitely was there once too and boy does it effing suck.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:46 PM

yeah that's right. CTFO. There is no rush but there is a better life to be had. Let me know if you have any more questions. I hate it when people are trapping themselves, cause I definitely was there once to and boy does it offing suck.

0d7be15fd1a76c7a713b0e2e75381e75

(307)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Thank you for this comment! I guess I'm kind of scared to stop IFing because it seems to work so well for losing body fat. Also I have being eating so weirdly for so long I don't exactly know what normal people do... just eat when "hungry?" Thanks again, it's so helpful to get ideas from people who understand BED and have experienced it.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:43 PM

a problem. Just keep it to less than 2oz a day and you'll be fine...otherwise the calories will add up fast. Don't starve yourself, but don't over eat. You should eat to take away hunger and fuel the body, that's it.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Thanks for all your insights! I think what I'm most getting out of your comments is ... stop bingeing, and chill the fuck out. Will do! Was lifting before my abdominal pain, as soon as that is resolved I will be back at it since it's my favorite thing ever. Keep on flaunting them abs and congrats on recovering and eating well.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:34 PM

And please just stop binge eating. It is very bad for you body but 100% reversible. Don't starve yourself. Eat a protein and nut breakfast most days. I eat 120g of lean meat (chicken breast , lean steak, pork tenderloin) and 30g of nuts (mac nuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, etc). This will set you off on a good start. From there, eat a nice salad for lunch, limiting the nightshade veggies and mostly leafy greens (I always add red onions and some purple cabbage..along with protein and about 15g nuts). Eat a snack (another small salad is good...or just raw veggies) and

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:31 PM

vegetables, and some dense starchy carbohydrates after weight training. That is a sure-fire, guaranteed way to get a good base of fitness and health.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:30 PM

...I just read you other question. fats are good but there is no need to go overboard and swing from a low fat diet to a very high fat diet. Eat sensibly and light. Eat just enough and not more. Keep protein the base of each meal. Don't worry about the omega 6 in nuts- that is all pseudo science theory- look to people getting the results you want not textbooks and "gurus" who don't have what you're looking for. In real life, HGs eat a lot of nuts, sometimes making them the predominant source of calories. In real life, most people who look really good naked eat lean meats and nuts, fresh...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:26 PM

are salads with a little bit of meat and some nuts. I often have a protein shake after lifting and a casein based shake before bed if I am hungry. Seriously you'll get through this in time and be just fine. Take a breath.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:25 PM

a problem. Do not over think it too much. Perfect is the enemy of good I think someone said once. I guess sweet potatoes are fine, but I don't think they are ideal. I prefer potatoes or even grains (like sourdough rye bread is what I have been eating) because I feel they digest better. That's just me though...experiment. You will be fine just keep your head up and don't think so hard. Seriously. Relax. Take it one step at a time. Make smart food choices. I eat 4 meals a day. A breakfast that is either meat and nuts OR 2 slices of toast with cottage cheese and sardines. My other meals

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Yes, thank you. I have come a long way from where I have started and I am proud to flaunt if, even if at times coming across as arrogant or over-confident. And I just prefer leaner meats because I stay leaner and build more muscle eating them leaner. Also, wild animals are leaner to begin with. Nuts are zero concern for me. Hunter Gatheres will eat vast quantities of nuts high in omega 6, and are generally considered very healthy people. I think o6 only becomes a problem with a lack of omega 3, but all green plants, grass fed animals, and some nuts contain omega 3 as well, so it shouldn't be

0d7be15fd1a76c7a713b0e2e75381e75

(307)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Oh and nice abs (assuming those are yours)! Looks like you've conquered your demons and have a great body to show for it... That's where I'd like to be headed.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Thank you for the encouraging comments. I particularly like your take on the binge/fast cycle, and how it is a habit. Viewing in that way has been the best thing for me. Indeed, it is a function of my mind persuading me to binge, and the fact that I have become habituated to it makes it easy to keep doing. (Side note: this is in line with the Brain Over Binge idea). Why lean meats? What about the omega-6 content in nuts? What's wrong with sweet potatoes? I agree that not everything is about diet, thank you for reminding me :)

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4e98420c55180862f3a3815339749ed4

on September 19, 2012
at 11:18 PM

as a binge eater I can say fasting doesn't work for me, I enjoy eating and its a fight to tell my brain no, too stressful, it was enough to quit binge eating, let alone to expect to not eat at all for extended periods! yes brain over binge ebook is fantastic, really lets you work with your brain to beat binging, to make a conscious decision to eat etc. I am training in powerlifting, so I know from experience that fasting is no good for a strength athlete, and my binging was more because i just wasn't getting the nutrients i needed. I still have a "pig out" now and then on paleo desserts, dark choc or nuts, but my attitude has changed and my decisions are better. Fasting is not ever going to work for me and I'm ok with that, I dont want to not eat, I dont want to go backwards with my training, and I dont want to pretend I live in a cave and can only eat when i find a bunch of berries, I'm modern human simply trying to look after myself.

0d7be15fd1a76c7a713b0e2e75381e75

(307)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Thank you for this comment! I guess I'm kind of scared to stop IFing because it seems to work so well for losing body fat. Also I have being eating so weirdly for so long I don't exactly know what normal people do... just eat when "hungry?" Thanks again, it's so helpful to get ideas from people who understand BED and have experienced it.

4e98420c55180862f3a3815339749ed4

on September 20, 2012
at 12:03 AM

yeah I have no idea what normal eating is either! But I know if I eat when I'm hungry, its high in fat and nutrients, and I put a few more carbs in around my workouts, my weight is good. I really have to listen to my body, yes it's cliche but it works, dont listen to the signals to binge, just let a grumbling tummy be the indicator you need nourishment. Yes food tastes so good sometimes its hard to stop the "autopilot", but you can. Fasting is not realistic to me unless I'm literally in a survival situation!

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on September 19, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Hi. I am a 22 year old male who became anorexic at 12, diagnosed with anorexia at 13, and generally spend the next 3 years of my life in and out of hospitals. It was very bad. Of course, when you are under eating your bowel movements will be less frequently simply due to the fact that you aren't eating as much. But, also due to the fact that your metabolism has slowed and is sluggish. This generally goes away though within 6 months of returning to normal eating and exercise patterns.

I think a lot of digestive issues and things that generally undiagnosable but manifest a wide array of physical symptoms really originate in our minds. I absolutely believe this. When you are sick, you want to think that it is everything else but that one thing (an eating disorder). This will likely relieve itself only when you are in a better spot emotionally, which also means physically. So, get into therapy and dealing with your emotions and feeling them.

The binge fast cycle seems like a terrible thing to get into. It is a bad habit, and needs to be broken. So just stop. Yes, easier said than done, but that is the only solution. Just stop. Not tomorrow, not next week, but now. Make the decision and do it. There is nothing FORCING you to keep persisting in your ways- you are choosing to. Exercise some free will and stop being bad to your body. Things will normalize in time, but be patient and keep your eye on the prize. Eating disorders are brought on ourselves, and overcome ourselves.

I would eat a diet that is mainly salads with lean protein and nuts. Add in raw red onions to all of your salads ( I find them particularly good for digestive motility). Occasionally eat a steamed green vegetable like broccoli, but not daily. Eat lean proteins and add in healthy fats from nuts. That is the basis of a very healthy paleo diet. If you workout, add in some starch (potatoes NOT sweet potatoes or even quinoa or some other start you tolerate). Limit fruit consumption. Although it is good for digestion, it is bad for body composition and mental clarity.

Stop thinking that everything can be healed by your diet. Often physical symptoms originate in the subconscious mind. Best of luck.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:49 PM

...you can find me on Facebook if you want proof that I am, in fact, carved from stone.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Yes, thank you. I have come a long way from where I have started and I am proud to flaunt if, even if at times coming across as arrogant or over-confident. And I just prefer leaner meats because I stay leaner and build more muscle eating them leaner. Also, wild animals are leaner to begin with. Nuts are zero concern for me. Hunter Gatheres will eat vast quantities of nuts high in omega 6, and are generally considered very healthy people. I think o6 only becomes a problem with a lack of omega 3, but all green plants, grass fed animals, and some nuts contain omega 3 as well, so it shouldn't be

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:26 PM

are salads with a little bit of meat and some nuts. I often have a protein shake after lifting and a casein based shake before bed if I am hungry. Seriously you'll get through this in time and be just fine. Take a breath.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:30 PM

...I just read you other question. fats are good but there is no need to go overboard and swing from a low fat diet to a very high fat diet. Eat sensibly and light. Eat just enough and not more. Keep protein the base of each meal. Don't worry about the omega 6 in nuts- that is all pseudo science theory- look to people getting the results you want not textbooks and "gurus" who don't have what you're looking for. In real life, HGs eat a lot of nuts, sometimes making them the predominant source of calories. In real life, most people who look really good naked eat lean meats and nuts, fresh...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:46 PM

yeah that's right. CTFO. There is no rush but there is a better life to be had. Let me know if you have any more questions. I hate it when people are trapping themselves, cause I definitely was there once to and boy does it offing suck.

0d7be15fd1a76c7a713b0e2e75381e75

(307)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Thanks for all your insights! I think what I'm most getting out of your comments is ... stop bingeing, and chill the fuck out. Will do! Was lifting before my abdominal pain, as soon as that is resolved I will be back at it since it's my favorite thing ever. Keep on flaunting them abs and congrats on recovering and eating well.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

a similar dinner. Do not starve yourself. When you workout (lift weights, pleas start if you have not already), you can consume some starchy carbs post workout. Along with a positive mindset and consistency, you now have the street smarts. Just put it to use.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:31 PM

vegetables, and some dense starchy carbohydrates after weight training. That is a sure-fire, guaranteed way to get a good base of fitness and health.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 20, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Definite thumbs down to the raw onion - for someone who suffers from bloating and gas, they are enemy number 1!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:25 PM

a problem. Do not over think it too much. Perfect is the enemy of good I think someone said once. I guess sweet potatoes are fine, but I don't think they are ideal. I prefer potatoes or even grains (like sourdough rye bread is what I have been eating) because I feel they digest better. That's just me though...experiment. You will be fine just keep your head up and don't think so hard. Seriously. Relax. Take it one step at a time. Make smart food choices. I eat 4 meals a day. A breakfast that is either meat and nuts OR 2 slices of toast with cottage cheese and sardines. My other meals

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:47 PM

yeah that's right. CTFO. There is no rush but there is a better life to be had. Let me know if you have any more questions. I hate it when people are trapping themselves, cause I definitely was there once too and boy does it effing suck.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:43 PM

a problem. Just keep it to less than 2oz a day and you'll be fine...otherwise the calories will add up fast. Don't starve yourself, but don't over eat. You should eat to take away hunger and fuel the body, that's it.

0d7be15fd1a76c7a713b0e2e75381e75

(307)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Oh and nice abs (assuming those are yours)! Looks like you've conquered your demons and have a great body to show for it... That's where I'd like to be headed.

0d7be15fd1a76c7a713b0e2e75381e75

(307)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Thank you for the encouraging comments. I particularly like your take on the binge/fast cycle, and how it is a habit. Viewing in that way has been the best thing for me. Indeed, it is a function of my mind persuading me to binge, and the fact that I have become habituated to it makes it easy to keep doing. (Side note: this is in line with the Brain Over Binge idea). Why lean meats? What about the omega-6 content in nuts? What's wrong with sweet potatoes? I agree that not everything is about diet, thank you for reminding me :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:34 PM

And please just stop binge eating. It is very bad for you body but 100% reversible. Don't starve yourself. Eat a protein and nut breakfast most days. I eat 120g of lean meat (chicken breast , lean steak, pork tenderloin) and 30g of nuts (mac nuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, etc). This will set you off on a good start. From there, eat a nice salad for lunch, limiting the nightshade veggies and mostly leafy greens (I always add red onions and some purple cabbage..along with protein and about 15g nuts). Eat a snack (another small salad is good...or just raw veggies) and

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