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chronic colon cramping, Paleo hasn't helped

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

As I have whined about before, I have IBS and my gut goes into a prolonged spasm (like, day-long) after every single #2. I eat low-FODMAP, no eggs or nuts. I eat 3 meals a day, each one comprised of meat or fish, a cooked fibrous veg (chard, bok choy, romaine), a starchy carb, and some fat.

I notice that more fat seems to make it worse. And that starch seems to help. So I'm thinking either reduce my fat intake or reduce my insoluble fiber (i.e. cut out the green veg). But I hate the idea of just eating starch and meat.

Wondering which I should try first: less fat or less insoluble fiber?

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on March 23, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Roth, that doesn't line up with what I've been told, or my own experience, but since I asked for feedback and you've offered some, I will definitely investigate.

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on March 23, 2013
at 01:46 PM

And starch causes digestive distress because it's difficult to digest, which puts excess strain on the GI system. Fats are the easiest macro to digest. Like I said, if you have IBS and you're consuming starch, you're not making your IBS any better.

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on March 23, 2013
at 07:09 AM

If you have IBS, you might have SIBO and then your gut motility is impaired. Get a hydrogen/methane test done if you have SIBO.

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on March 23, 2013
at 01:07 AM

Fat increases gastric motility,so how would more fat help?

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on March 23, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Roth, did you read what she wrote?

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on March 23, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Cut the starch out, increase fat intake.

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on March 23, 2013
at 08:56 AM

For me, fiber causes my bowels to cramp and collect gas that is produced when it ferments. I would try limiting fiber because it only took about 3 days for me to see a change. Have you tried replacing the starch with low fiber fruit? Grapes or orange juice might be good for carbs. Raw honey seems to be working for me as well, at least it has for this month since I introduced it. You might also try segregating some foods. I have better luck when I eat a meal of starch alone and eat my meat at the next meal.

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on March 23, 2013
at 05:55 AM

Less insoluble fibre seems an easier shift to try in the short term. You'd be reducing foods that don't have much energy density and so wouldn't to replace them per se (unlike fats)...>I can't say I have anything that's really substantive that could help I'm afraid...

I know you say starch isn't a problem and I dare say you know this, but sweet potatoes have some fodmaps, oxalates - could they be contributing to the trouble you're getting?

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