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Digestion Question--Please hack this!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

OK, I started eating paleo about a week and a half ago. I USED to eat LOTS of grains & sugars. Here is the list (short) of what I have been eating: eggs, ground beef, coffee w/ a bit of heavy cream, ham & bacon--both natural, uncured, no nitrates, chicken, carrots, green onions, SMALL glass of natural OJ, apples & bananas (occasionally), salads, broccoli. That's about it. I take coconut oil daily (1 Tbs) and have for almost a year along w/ some adrenal support, vit. c, vit. d, zinc, mag, krill oil, & probiotic all for well over 2 yrs.
Since starting paleo and cutting out grains, my food seems to be coming through somewhat undigested...and when it wants out, it wants out IMMEDIATELY! Most people seem to be having the opposite problem... Is this just me getting used to my new intake? Or am I missing something? Thanks to everyone for being helpful!

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:09 PM

No such thing! They are different- probiotic is good bacteria, I don't know a whole lot about enzymes but they help digest food. Our bodies do make our own enzymes, but I guess not always enough. I'm gluten intolerant, but sometimes I can cheat without symptoms by taking enzymes.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Thanks... rather an embarassing topic, but lots of people like to talk about poop on here I've noticed! LOL Thankfully it's usually just a single event shortly after eating.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:05 AM

so, here goes an ignortant comment: is a probiotic and digestive enzyme different?

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:04 AM

undigested meaning it looks pretty much like it did when it went in...like it's taking the express lane to the exit...

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on November 15, 2011
at 05:50 PM

^ Almost definitely this ^

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Just wanted to add that a diet rich in grains and sugars will definitely be processed much more differently than a diet based in whole foods...so I do think it's natural again for the food to come out undigested a bit in the beginning for some, depending on how bad you did eat before you went paleo...I might also cut out the little bit of cream in your coffee just in case you might be a tad sensitive to dairy...as eating a diet low in dairy can exacerbate it's effects on your system when you do eat it in smallish quantities...

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Cfec4f7412ba8430a965cc117b53b22b

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:11 PM

Hi! To tell you the truth, sometimes with paleo (and any "new" way of eating encountered by the digestive system)... there will be a period of adaptation for your body... I think if you can continue to do as great as you have been for at least another 3 weeks (give it 1 month total), your body will adapt to this newer way of eating and your digestion should make its way back on track. The human body is made to adapt to anything you throw at it but if you've been eating not so good for many, many years, it is definitely natural to have your system respond or react differently...

I would just wait it out for a few more weeks, being sure to monitor your body's response carefully... if nothing changes, then you might want to see a doc just to make sure it isn't anything else serious but to me it just sounds like your body is trying to detox itself and trying to adapt to paleo...and this process (as sucky as it is) can take time but the more strict you are in your way of eating, the more likely it is that the food will begin to process better and your system will become more efficient. Hope this helps!

Cfec4f7412ba8430a965cc117b53b22b

(50)

on November 15, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Just wanted to add that a diet rich in grains and sugars will definitely be processed much more differently than a diet based in whole foods...so I do think it's natural again for the food to come out undigested a bit in the beginning for some, depending on how bad you did eat before you went paleo...I might also cut out the little bit of cream in your coffee just in case you might be a tad sensitive to dairy...as eating a diet low in dairy can exacerbate it's effects on your system when you do eat it in smallish quantities...

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 15, 2011
at 05:50 PM

^ Almost definitely this ^

A3bca1c6a1a3fcbad56fae8bb6fb6c1f

(95)

on November 16, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Thanks... rather an embarassing topic, but lots of people like to talk about poop on here I've noticed! LOL Thankfully it's usually just a single event shortly after eating.

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:26 PM

You might temporarily cut out the magnesium as it can lead to symptoms like this. Also, are you taking coconut oil on it's own? Maybe use it for cooking instead. I've had similar trouble with eating too much oil at one time. Other than that, give it a few more weeks. You should adjust. Good luck!

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:17 PM

I agree with midnight; any new way of eating can result in some digestive issues. If stuff is coming out undigested, you may not be chewing enough, or maybe digestive enyme capsules would help? Another factor could be if you've increased your fat intake, that can cause food to go through the digestive tract more quickly; maybe scale back a bit on the fat and try to increase it gradually. Stick with it, you'll be glad you did! :)

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on November 16, 2011
at 03:09 PM

No such thing! They are different- probiotic is good bacteria, I don't know a whole lot about enzymes but they help digest food. Our bodies do make our own enzymes, but I guess not always enough. I'm gluten intolerant, but sometimes I can cheat without symptoms by taking enzymes.

A3bca1c6a1a3fcbad56fae8bb6fb6c1f

(95)

on November 16, 2011
at 01:05 AM

so, here goes an ignortant comment: is a probiotic and digestive enzyme different?

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on November 15, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Vitamin C can also have this effect - perhaps on the new diet, you need less supplementation?

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on November 15, 2011
at 05:38 PM

What do you mean when you say undigested? Is it undigested fat? Or undigested cellulose (like corn, rice bran, etc)?

A3bca1c6a1a3fcbad56fae8bb6fb6c1f

(95)

on November 16, 2011
at 01:04 AM

undigested meaning it looks pretty much like it did when it went in...like it's taking the express lane to the exit...

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