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Getting too much fiber on Paleo!

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Created February 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

So I've been paleo for over a year now, and one of the biggest concerns I've noticed from new paleo-ers is that they can't get enough fiber. I've got the direct opposite issue; too much, way too much. Loose stool all day every day. I don't feel like I eat an excessive amount of fruits and veggies at all though, I try to keep things pretty even between my protein fruit and vegetable consumption. Has anyone else had this issue? What should I do, maybe just up the protein? Has anyone else dealt with this?

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Thank you so much!! Very helpful!

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getting-too-much-fiber-on-paleo!

Fiber includes:

  1. insoluble fiber / 'roughage'
  2. soluable fiber
  3. resistant starch

Eat less of #1, which can cause very loose stools, as well as be the most traumatic type of fiber for those with IBS, colitis, crohn's, etc. #1 includes the bulk of greens and veggies - although many of them will offer #2 and #3, as well.

Eat a majority of resistant starch and soluable fiber. This will add an appropriate amount of shape and bulk-by-water (instead of bulk-by-roughage, which can be ... rough) to make stools easy and quick to pass. You're best bet here is foods like sweet potatoes and squashes - the soluble-fibrous foods that also contain resistant starch after being cooked.

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Thank you so much!! Very helpful!

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:19 AM

My stools are also often loose, and a quantity of green leafy stuff usually goes right through me (sorry for the TMI). I am also sensitive to fiber but other things can set off my digestion too.

I have found that some sweet potato with skin really helps keep me normal/regular. This is relatively high carb so I try to limit it (small or half potato) or limit it to after workouts. Bananas and plantains also help but not as much.

Coffee really messes with my digestion too, which is too bad because I love it and need to drink some kind of caffeine for work. But when I drop coffee (not all caffeine but just coffee) my stomach really settles down.

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on February 21, 2013
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after i read the book fiber menace, i have cut down on my fiber a lot. i had no idea i was eating so much- usually over 35 grams a day. the author recommends 15 grams or less a day. insoluable is the wost type of fiber as greymouser states. i stopped eating all green leafy vegetables and limiting my fruit intake. this has cut down on my bowel movements and firmed them up a little bit.

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