I am very new to the Paleo Diet and have been having some issues with what I think is digestion. Every day, all day long I have a huge empty pit in my stomach and a lot of gargling. It doesn't hurt, more uncomfortable than anything. I don't feel hungry either. Is it my body still adjusting to not having any processed foods, or am I lacking in p/f/c somewhere?
I'm 5'7" 155lbs, not very active as of right now. I am looking to lose weight. My daily menu looks something like:
Breakfast: 2-3 eggs scrambled with green peppers, mushrooms and spinach. 2 pieces of bacon, and maybe an apple
Lunch: Salad with romaine lettuce, spinch, cucumbers, tomatoes, avacados and a balsamic vin. and a chicken breast/turkey wrapped sandwich with all of the above.
Dinner: Fish/beef/chicken with a side of vegetables ie asapragus/brusslel sprouts.
asked byKatie_20 (5)
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on January 05, 2013
at 12:04 AM
Katie, good timing. Read this http://chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-solutions-ii-its-all-about-the-gut
Katie, you need to exercise! Don't think gym, think walking, sprinting, body weight exercises, etc. Don't worry about what the scale says, focus on how you feel and look.
Making a change from SAD to paleo is a big shift. Don't be afraid to eat, make sure you eat enough. Read, read more, experiment and learn. One size does not fit all.
on January 04, 2013
at 10:55 PM
Hi Kaite, congrats on making positive changes. You don't say how long you have been eating this way so yes you could be still adjusting,& also could you point out any new foods in your daily menu? Reason being, you could be reacting to one of these foods. In my non expert opinion you look like you are eating a good varied diet by your list, as for lacking in protein/fat/carbs, even if you were on the low side of any of these i wouldn't have thought it would give you digestive issues anyway. You could maybe just really pay attention when you eating & concentrate on how you feel shortly after certain foods, like an elimination list. Just as an afterthought, i personally can't eat cucumber unless i scrape out the fleshy seeds, i get terrible gas & cramping.
on February 02, 2013
at 02:38 AM
My stomach has always been loud too since starting paleo. I learned that eating more and drinking more water helps, since it avoids air bubbles that cause the noise.
Also my doctor said that the stomach tends to make more noise when you are less stressed out. Interestingly, I think that means your body is adapting in a good way, and doesn't have to work as hard and stress out over SAD food!
on January 05, 2013
at 12:33 AM
Maybe also add some good, healthy fats into your menus? Flaxseed oil, coconut oil, pasture fed butter (Kerrygold is wonderful, available at Trader Joe's and other places). And I agree with Ken, even if you pull out a yoga mat and stretch for 10 or 15 minutes. Reach up and out. Touch your toes. Dance if you like. Movement has a beautiful effect on cleaning the blood, getting oxygen throughout the body and makes you feel good!
I find that cooking in advance (making my bone marrow and broths, chicken broths, etc) and freezing for the week really helps me. I can take a quart of broth and meat out of the freezer, defrost in the sink and have a meal very quickly by shredding some kale and adding precooked sweet potato. Go back through the threads and read what others do for quick, healthy paleo meals!