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
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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.
on October 30, 2011
at 05:18 PM
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!
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