I've had GI issues for years, even on paleo. Things improved, but I wouldn't call them good.
Eventually I got fed up with intermittent diarrhea, and cut back to the simplest diet I could think of. I epretty much ate this way for three months:
* Pastured beef/chicken/fish
* Sweet potatoes
* Blueberries, and peaches (I read they slowed bowel motility)
* Some offal (mostly liver)
There were a few other things, but those were the staples. And my bowels regularized. I also had no bloating. Diarrhea stopped. The major thing that prompted this was eliminating nightshades, after testing determined that they messed me up.
I decided to add back in more foods. It started when I went back to the gym in December (I had been off for surgery), and I had some of their whey protein shakes, with banana and milk. That was a mistake. I had bloating pretty much from that point on, but it was the holidays and I had a few other atypical foods because I was at my parents. Everything was paleo, I just mean I was eating things I wouldn't usually eat.
I thought things would normalize now that I'm back, but they didn't. Starting in later December, I had added the following things in, since diarrhea had stopped for a while. Could any of these be the problem:
* spinach, celery, cucumber (raw)
Are any of those likely culprits? I can eliminate them to test. I've switched to minor constipation, rather than diarrhea, which is not a feeling I'm used to.
Am also wondering if coffee has anything to do with it. I usually have 3-5 cups a day (small aeropress cups), which is more than I used to drink before I got an aeropress at home. I could experiment with cutting out coffee for a bit, or switching back to the cafe coffee I was drinking previously. At present I don't tend to use the washroom until I've had some coffee.
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on January 30, 2014
at 07:42 PM
When I used to eat sweet potatoes, they would make me bloat like a balloon. That's my experience, maybe it's yours as well. High starch and fiber can cause your gut to become distended and swell up somewhat.
on January 29, 2014
at 10:27 AM
Hi. The post on this link for Thursday Jan 23rd I found VERY interesting.
His comments on too wide a range of foods confusing the gut bacteria and too much hygiene being counter productive made a lot of sense to me. Just scroll down until you find it.
on January 29, 2014
at 05:46 AM
In my experience, Paleo/SCD/GAPS can fix 90% of the gut problems out there. But if these diets alone can't fix gut problems, there are either of these three things going on: 1. superbugs, 2. protozoa/parasites, 3. FODMAPs intolerance. For two cases I was involved recently, it was a FODMAPs intolerance. The fact that you got better on this simple diet that removes all FODMAPs, to me, it says that this might help. Basically, if I were you, I'd continue doing Paleo, but I'd also remove FODMAPs in addition to what Paleo removes.
As to why you had this flare on last month, it could be one of the listed foods (usually, people who are fodmaps intolerant are also intolerant to almost all 8 common allergens), but it could also be the antibiotics from your recent surgery. See, if you were given strong antibiotics, they killed out all your gut flora. All the hard work you did all these months by eating only 4-5 foods to replenish your gut, probably was wiped away in one sweep by antibiotics. If I were you (I'm not a doctor), I'd do a Paleo+Fodmaps, and see where that gets me.