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Suffering from IBS looking to take up the Paleo diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Hi,

I have been suffering with severe stomach cramps so bad I've been signed off work by my doctor. He suggested I remove wheat and dairy from my diet which is fine. My question is where do I start with the paleo diet? Can someone direct me to some kind of weekly / monthly meal plan?

Thanks for your help

Lee

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:17 AM

Also see this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/104178/specific-carbohydrate-diet-vs-gaps

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Buy coconut oil before starting and eat a teaspoon of it when you feel symptoms of "carb flu" - I swear it helps.

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Thanks very much for your help

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Wow I would just like to say thank your for all the support what a lovely community! I've been reading and I'm a Paleo lover already it just seems to make so much sense! I am going to go back to my doctor I should of asked more questions but sometimes it feels like what they say is gospel. Once again tho thanks everybody its really appreciated much love

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on February 23, 2012
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Has your doctor tested you for everything under the sun before calling it IBS? In my experience doctors like to say IBS but that really just describes the symptoms, not the cause. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), fructose malabsorption, parasites, candida, food allergies/interolances, Celiac, Crohn's, and dysbiosis can all produce IBS-like symptoms. Press your doctor for every test. Also, did this start suddenly, like after an infection, a course of antibiotics, a stressful event? Or have you always had issues?

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:44 PM

I'd say this is a good place to start: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

There is a lot of information on that page including sample menus. It's not the end all, be all of information... just a good jumping off point.

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I'll tell you that I was diagnosed with IBS as well and as soon as I started the Paleo diet all of the problems I had been having were gone. I recommend referring to websites for Paleo meals. There's no real weekly/ monthly meal plan that you HAVE to follow, as long as you're eating Paleo, you're fine. Refer to Robb Wolf's The Paleo Diet, which has a lot of great info as well as some recipes. But also head over to Nom Nom Paleo, Everday Paleo (both websites) to find an incredible amount of recipes you can add to your cookbook.

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I'd start with the FAQ on www.robbwolf.com or reading the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. You can visit his site at www.marksdailyapple.com. Both sites have excellent forums where you can find other folks going through the same things you are.

I'd also read about wheat withdrawal and low-carb flu. Sometimes the transition to a wheat-free diet can be very hellish for a week or two (fatigue, headaches, etc) before you really start reaping the benefits. Good luck!

When I first started paleo, I also relied on www.paleoplan.com for weekly detailed shopping lists and meal plans.

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Buy coconut oil before starting and eat a teaspoon of it when you feel symptoms of "carb flu" - I swear it helps.

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Thanks very much for your help

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Melissa over at huntgatherlove.com had a recent post about her struggles with IBS, and how paleo alone didn't fix it: http://www.huntgatherlove.com/content/why-paleo-didnt-fix-my-ibs

The resources others have listed are fantastic starting points, but don't get discouraged if basic paleo alone doesn't fix your problems right away. Just keep looking for new information and keep adjusting until you find what works right for you. Best of luck!

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Great suggestions so far. I'm sure you'll get more. I just wanted to jump in and throw some encouragement your way. My IBS has been cured through paleo eating. I hope you too find your answer in this way of eating. Good luck!

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:09 PM

I would read up on FODMAPs http://adietitiangonepaleo.wordpress.com/low-fodmaps/ and do a FODMAP-free paleo diet and then slowly reintroduce foods with FODMAPS to figure out which ones you are sensitive to

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on February 24, 2012
at 02:53 PM

In addition to the great suggestions and answers the others posted, here are a couple more:

The FailSafe diet gives a way to pinpoint problematic groups of foods and individual foods. It is an elimination diet. I have found it most helpful.

Some find that going as low fiber as possible helps. PFW's blog chronicles his experience of having been diagnosed with Crohn's and becoming symptom-free after a long stretch of eating no fiber.

I don't have IBS, but other digestive challenges, and found that eliminating all grains, legumes, nuts/seeds/their oils, sweet fruits, FODMAPS, and fruit with seeds helped tremendously. I eat very low fiber. I can eat two or three bits of cooked parsnips, but not more, for an example. I tend to use egg yolks, liver, brains, and yoghurt made from light cream for my carbs, and just a small bit of plant matter. Occasionally a pinch of bee pollen or a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice in a large glass of water. I eat 20-30g/CHO/d. I've read of folks healing at lower and at higher amounts of carbs.

Solving intestinal challenges seems to require an elimination diet, and not too much fiber, as far as I can tell, from the posts I've read at blogs and LC forums.

I wish you success. :)

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:40 PM

All great suggestions, but don't forget about probiotics for the "IBS." Check out the GAPS diet: GAPS

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I second the FODMAP suggestion.

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I was diagnosed with IBS too, last year. After 16 years of vegetarianism and eating grains like there was a prize for it, my guts were destroyed and I felt like crap 24/7. Paleo and a prescription probiotic has eliminated 98% of my problems. What I thought was a healthful diet was making me miserable. Read The Paleo Diet and Primal Bluepint, and make use of the links everyone else has posted. I think often IBS is a catch-all for "gee we dunno!" after all other tests come back negative. Good luck! If I can transition off of 16 years of vegetarianism to Paleo, anyone can!

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:17 AM

I would look at either the SCD or GAPS diet. http://www.siboinfo.com/diet.html They can both be made Paleo friendly. There is a special Kefer and Yogurt that people swear by. It is lactose free or low lactose...

http://www.siboinfo.com/ has some info. And if you are in Portland you can see Dr Allison Siebecker. You can Skype call her as well... She is Paleo friendly.

Some people get the diet lined out and then go for a dose of antibiotics. There is a very specific one that works and a bunch that do not... If you do it the other way around it will cause issues as it wil come right back... Info here: http://www.siboinfo.com/antibiotics.html

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Thanks Melissa for referring to my blog! I also added a list of low-, moderate- and high-FODMAP foods that people can use to adapt their diet to control IBS symptoms.

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