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Wife has an odd feeling while eating Paleo

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Created July 06, 2012 at 12:22 PM

My wife has had an odd feeling while eating Paleo. She has muscle cramps in her stomach after eating Paleo. I have already done some diagnosis and it sounds to me like she needs to eat more fiber. Although she is reporting no problems in the bathroom department. She is not having her cycle, and she has no additional health concerns other than wanting to eat better and loose a few pounds.

Am I correct about the fiber? Could it be something else? Could be it too little salt? Please help me hack my wife's symptoms!!!!

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Glad she is feeling better!

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on July 12, 2012
at 12:46 AM

OK...HERE IS HOW SHE FEELS NOW. Sounds like Dragonfly was dead on. The feeling has passed as she eats more paleo meals...she even reports that she does not miss grains one bit!

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on July 09, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Thanks Cheryl. It sounds like the symptoms are passing so it might just be that is the issue. However, this last weekend we had to refrain a bit from eating Paleo. We went on a SCUBA trip and had meals prepared for us. We stuck to fruits where we could, but one night was sketti night so we had to have some. Thankfully the chef loved grilled chicken and beef!

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Interesting, thanks for the FODMAPS tip. I am eating fruits like crazy right now, but so far have not had any issues. I will let my wife know.

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:24 PM

No, about the cycle, I meant to say that she is not menstrating at the moment so that is not the cause of the muscle cramps. Sorry for the confusion.

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I second this, she might try scaling back on the fat per meal or space it out more to see if this helps and then build more slowly up to higher amounts. I get this sometimes when I go crazy with the butter and/or coconut oil, it can make your tummy ache. And it has never seemed to cause bathroom problems. As far as her missing her cycle, I'm not too sure on that one, but I don't think lack of fiber would have to do with that one either.

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on July 06, 2012
at 12:28 PM

What makes you think she needs more fiber? And how long has it been since she's missed her cycle? Sometimes it can just get delayed a little bit.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 06, 2012
at 12:46 PM

We don't need a lot of fiber, contrary to popular belief.

It could be too much fat at once. A lot of fat in one meal (especially coconut oil) can cause digestive issues until she gets used to it.

Also, Google FODMAPS.

1955b5516a3eaedce732f4ea8bb3fa6c

on July 06, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I second this, she might try scaling back on the fat per meal or space it out more to see if this helps and then build more slowly up to higher amounts. I get this sometimes when I go crazy with the butter and/or coconut oil, it can make your tummy ache. And it has never seemed to cause bathroom problems. As far as her missing her cycle, I'm not too sure on that one, but I don't think lack of fiber would have to do with that one either.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:24 PM

No, about the cycle, I meant to say that she is not menstrating at the moment so that is not the cause of the muscle cramps. Sorry for the confusion.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Interesting, thanks for the FODMAPS tip. I am eating fruits like crazy right now, but so far have not had any issues. I will let my wife know.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

(664)

on July 12, 2012
at 12:46 AM

OK...HERE IS HOW SHE FEELS NOW. Sounds like Dragonfly was dead on. The feeling has passed as she eats more paleo meals...she even reports that she does not miss grains one bit!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on July 12, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Glad she is feeling better!

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on July 06, 2012
at 04:19 PM

When you state "in her stomach" I am guessing you mean just that - in her stomach. I believe this is because she is having trouble digesting so much protein. I had those issues when I first went Paleo. It has no passed, thankfully. First thing, don't drink any liquid an hour before meals - water or other liquids dilute the stomach acid and, therefore, hinder the body's ability to digest the protein. She might even need to get some Betaine Hydrochloride prior to meals for awhile to help get the stomach acid production started. Let me know how she's doing.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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on July 09, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Thanks Cheryl. It sounds like the symptoms are passing so it might just be that is the issue. However, this last weekend we had to refrain a bit from eating Paleo. We went on a SCUBA trip and had meals prepared for us. We stuck to fruits where we could, but one night was sketti night so we had to have some. Thankfully the chef loved grilled chicken and beef!

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on July 06, 2012
at 11:58 PM

How long has she been eating Paleo? Is she 100%?

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on July 06, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I have seen a recomendation that you wean yourself off of wheat over a two week period...

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on July 06, 2012
at 06:38 PM

It really depends on what Paleo foods she is eating. I have found that a good balance is best. A lot of veggies, some starches, some fruits and notes, some meat and some fat. Too much of anything can cause stomach and other issues.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I had this problem after eating too much coconut (ate an entire coconut with additional coconut mana over the course of two days). HUGE problems with stomach cramps. I was told:

"It's possible that the coconut in excess is causing yeast die-off reaction in your gut as it is a strong anti-fungal agent. It may be a sign that you need to include a strong probiotic supplement for a while as we all have disturbed gut flora from years of eating gluten. It could also just be a sign of a mild allergy (and some do in fact have that allergy)."

Also:

"When a pathogen is being killed, debris and material from inside the cell may squish out, or there might be by-products produced. And just like an animal is killed and leaves a carcass behind, micro-organisms leave a dead 'body' behind. These substances need to be eliminated from our bodies. The body sees them as material that is 'toxic' and much be removed - detoxification. The debris may invoke the immune system to act as well. While this is going on, the person may feel sick in the stomach, like he has a flu, headaches, chills, or other common effects seen when the body is trying to fight off invades and clear matterthat should not be inside us.

The term die-off refers to these symptoms we experience as the body tries to clean out the gunk. The exact symptoms will vary by person. This has also been called the Herxheimer effect."

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