4

votes

Why am i so bloated all the time?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I am badly bloated most of the time,especially after drinking and eating,even from little food.I am also prone to severe constipation due to laxative abuse perhaps.I know,my gut flora is out of balance and it seems like everything gets stuck in my large intestine and ferments.It's awful.I tolerate fiber and carbs poorly, noticed it makes constipation only worse.My intestines are just out of function.Hope to get some advice to survive.

My food is mainly pastured fatty cuts of meat,lard,kefir and yoghurt,little honey now and then.

Breakfast is usually nothing Lunch:small bowl of fatty cuts of beef/lamb/pork Snack:kefir Dinner:Fatty piece of meat/fish Snack:yoghurt

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on November 01, 2011
at 02:22 AM

*shrug*White rice is safe for most people following FODMAPS protocol and I also have no issue with it. White rice is also not mentioned in any info on resistant starch I've ever read.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 31, 2011
at 01:20 PM

What makes you think that rice carbs are not fermentable ? Resistant starch is part of it.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 31, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Agree with Animalcule! Ketosis also suppresses appetite fairly intensely; if you're underweight to start with, you may accidentally deprive yourself of much-need calories because you think you're less hungry than you really are.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 31, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Agree with Animalcule! Ketosis also suppresses appetite fairly intensely; if you're underweight to start with, you may accidentally deprive yourself of much-need calories because you think you're less hungry than you really are.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on October 30, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Hmm, eggs aren't likely to be causing you an issue then! I can sympathise with you on the overeating/bingeing issue, I've suffered with binge eating for years but feel that Paleo has really helped. My bingeing has become much less frequent, less severe and less debilitating in the last few months. The sugar content of honey would definitely induce a binge for me - Have you tried to eliminate honey at all? Also, I have had to completely stop eating butter as it is a huge binge trigger for me. Maybe if you literally get rid of both and make sure they're not in your house, that might help?

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on October 30, 2011
at 07:52 PM

infection of some sort?

C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

(725)

on October 30, 2011
at 07:12 PM

dairy does that to me.. try cutting out yogurt and see if it helps

Bee4e0fda817da9857443bd40f552a75

on October 30, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Hmm...I have already eliminated eggs several months ago,but nothing changed so far.I am also extremely underweight and prone to overeating,sometimes bingeing on honey and butter(together) heavily.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 30, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I'm not a trained healthcare professional but I've had a lifelong problem with bloating on all types of diets. I just started using HCL (hydrochloric acid) tablets and I can't believe how much it's helped. My stomach has NEVER been this happy!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 30, 2011
at 05:49 PM

Disbiosis. Order VSL#3. Consider antibotics prior to it, with professional input.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on October 30, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Edit this post to include what you actually eat in a day. Otherwise it's a total shot in the dark.

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers

10
26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on October 30, 2011
at 08:33 PM

With most cases of IBS too much fiber is bad, too much protein is also bad, avoiding fermentable carbs is essential (google FODMAPS), and many health-conscious people drink too many fluid (pee shouldn't be clear) which doesn't help.

Many people are sensitive to dairy products. Lactose is highly fermentable. So is fructose which honey is very high in. If you eat any artificial sweeteners, stop - they are terrible for someone with your problems.

If I were you I'd take out the yogurt/kefir and the honey and slowly add: seafood, eggs, plenty of non-fermentable/easily digested starches from white rice (white potatoes also agree with me but that varies), and limited amounts of greens of all sorts, carrots, parsnips, tomato (all safe according to FODMAPS but play it by ear), and hard and soft raw cheeses (like Brie and Parmesan) if you like dairy. This type of diet gives you many more and varied nutrients as well as more easily accessible energy (glucose). You should be eating more fat and starch than protein (by the gram).

MY IBS and lifelong severe bloating is cured while eating low-FODMAPS 'paleo' in this fashion, it is possible! I also put on some healthy weight for the first time in a decade.

ETA: You say you are severely underweight and binging on odd foods; this makes it even more essential that you do not eat low carb and eat a highly nutritious and VARIED diet! Your body is crying out for nutrition and energy, and keeping yourself in ketosis is a very very VERY bad idea for most underweight people. Binging on honey might be the very worst thing someone with your issues can do, most honey has more fructose than HFCS.

ETA2: There's really no such thing as overeating or 'binging' when you're emaciated. It's just called being hungry. But of course it's important to eat the right foods (good fats, appropriate starches, adequate quality proteins, and greens) when you are too thin and have a high appetite, which should itself curtail cravings for inappropriate ones.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 31, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Agree with Animalcule! Ketosis also suppresses appetite fairly intensely; if you're underweight to start with, you may accidentally deprive yourself of much-need calories because you think you're less hungry than you really are.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 31, 2011
at 01:20 PM

What makes you think that rice carbs are not fermentable ? Resistant starch is part of it.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 31, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Agree with Animalcule! Ketosis also suppresses appetite fairly intensely; if you're underweight to start with, you may accidentally deprive yourself of much-need calories because you think you're less hungry than you really are.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on November 01, 2011
at 02:22 AM

*shrug*White rice is safe for most people following FODMAPS protocol and I also have no issue with it. White rice is also not mentioned in any info on resistant starch I've ever read.

1
421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

on October 30, 2011
at 05:18 PM

Hi NickTheRealEater

I guess it's pretty difficult to determine what the exact cause is but I had a similar experience when I first started Paleo and it lasted for months until I realised that I have an intolerance to eggs. I had bloating, constipation, eczema, intolerances to nuts (these intolerances have completely cleared up since I've stopped eating eggs).

Do you eat a lot of eggs? If so, have you ever tried eliminating them from your diet? Maybe if you try not to eat eggs for a month or so as a test - Just to see what the outcome is?

Also, you could try eliminating other items from your diet and gradually re-introduce them one by one? This is generally helpful to determine what you may be sensitive to and what could be causing intestinal issues.

Do you take coconut oil regularly? This generally helps with constipation and I've found it to be therapeutic for my gut and intestinal issues.

I know that every case is different but your issues sound like a carbon copy of mine - Hope this advice helps!

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on October 30, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Hmm, eggs aren't likely to be causing you an issue then! I can sympathise with you on the overeating/bingeing issue, I've suffered with binge eating for years but feel that Paleo has really helped. My bingeing has become much less frequent, less severe and less debilitating in the last few months. The sugar content of honey would definitely induce a binge for me - Have you tried to eliminate honey at all? Also, I have had to completely stop eating butter as it is a huge binge trigger for me. Maybe if you literally get rid of both and make sure they're not in your house, that might help?

Bee4e0fda817da9857443bd40f552a75

on October 30, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Hmm...I have already eliminated eggs several months ago,but nothing changed so far.I am also extremely underweight and prone to overeating,sometimes bingeing on honey and butter(together) heavily.

0
4d541d381ba26f12aafed7a1d3d02b09

on May 29, 2012
at 08:33 PM

I'm not underweight but far from overweight and suffered from binge starve eating disorder, Paleo is brilliant for me cos i can eat healthily and not fear the foods I'm eating therefore don't starve or binge. Think I still don't get enough cals (126lb 5ft7) but I'm always bloated and feel fat as a result of this, just hope my symptoms don't come back as a result of my mind thinking I'm getting bigger. I find fasting helps me - cos even when I want to binge its impossible to cos ur tummy gets full really quickly after a 24 hr fast. ..on a seperate note- thanks for tip about eggs, I'm gonna cut them out and see how I feel. X

0
61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on October 30, 2011
at 10:05 PM

I had a good gorge on fried food crap and M&Ms a few weeks ago. Gained 8lbs in 2 days, lost it all over the course of the next week. Any to think I used to eat like that all the time!

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!