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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Hi I just don't know where to begin! for one i get nasty belly aches after I eat and once the belly stops being "uncomfortable" then my lower belly regions hurt/ache. Makes me feel like i am going to be sick-usually I would have had a can of ginger ale but I have stopped drinking pop. secondly- as with many people, I am struggling with breakfast - I love - love toast. I have made some of the paleo/primal bread suggestions. I will admit i do like oppsie rolls. three-is popcorn okay to have? Did I mention I love chips too?!? I want to change - I need to change just seem to be- well slipping. what is that saying: the spirit is willing but the body is weak?! I am middle age female- have been working away at a paleo/primal lifestyle for about a month now

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on September 21, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Click "Edit", add details of your food and general health info. It helps a lot.

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on September 20, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Hi Michelle, nuts could be causing you some issues, as well as flax if you arent use to them. I see you mentioned below you were going to google GAPS, most definitely do that. I did GAPS intro for 3 months and now full GAPS/Paleo...I soak all my nuts and dry them and no issues digesting them....but if you arent completely dialed into your eating it can be hard to target the issues unless you do elimination (gaps can help you do that). You probably should eat some carbs, just keep around 50gr per day to help weight loss. Choose things like carrots (boiled), zucchini, squash to help tummy

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on September 20, 2012
at 05:42 PM

avocado oil potato chips are good too! I find them at the co-op and whole foods.

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on September 20, 2012
at 04:27 PM

You have to figure out why you want the snack. Because it's comforting? No amount of eating fat will help that. because you're hungry/need energy? Then I agree with Chris. How about: a handful of nuts, jerky, an advocado or olives, salmon, a can of tuna, etc. Lots of fat out there, mayo is not the only choice.

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on September 20, 2012
at 04:04 PM

what would you suggest - I have a mental picture of sitting down with the jar of mayo. Ketosis - that sounds scary, more to google thanks for your help chris

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on September 20, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Gonna Google GAPS thank you for your help

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:53 PM

A suggestion for your chip cravings, assuming you have self control and aren't doing low carb. Trader Joe's and Sprouts have olive oil potato chips that hit the spot with a little less guilt.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Thank your for your responses here is some additional info for the belly aches - it be anything from eating a flax/almond muffin to meat(I would have to say more along the line of beef) . Although eggs are okay. I haven't been keeping track as to tell you how much I have per day but carbs next to none, protein every meal and fat w/e maybe on the meat or say mayo -butter. I am trying to lose weight but over all healthy eating-no gluten and wheat-weight loss just an added bonus. I am active in my day to day life but by no means a athlete. To be honest -

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on September 20, 2012
at 02:37 PM

Michelle, we are going to need more info to work off here. What foods are you eating before the stomach aches begin?

As for cravings, are you eating low-carb? Adding some carbs back into the mix may alleviate those symptoms.

Corn is not paleo, regardless of its form. That said, 80/20 rules apply.

TBH, it sounds like you are in carb withdrawal and perhaps your current diet is not ideal for your particular system. What are your goals?

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on September 20, 2012
at 02:42 PM

for the belly ache maybe some soothing natural tea like camomile (without caffine) or mint.

but first and foremost what you are eating is likely not helping you, popcorn is extremely difficult to digest and will likely aggrivate an already aggrivated system.

Best thing you can do is start with baby steps, you already removed the soda, sounds like you have removed gluten (look for alternatives that help fill the void of those foods). Gluten takes about 15 days to leave the system...so give it time.

How many carbs are you eating per day?? protein and fat intake?? are you tracking? Are you trying to loose weight? do you exercise? so many questions but helpful if you want more assistance.

You could be detoxing from sugar or salt or both as well......its hard at the beginning because you wont feel well right away if you are withdrawling from things you need to detox from.

Pick one thing and take it out, giving yourself a week or more to adjust, then move onto the next.

Unless you are super strong and can take it all out at the same time (I never could!)...make allowances for yourself to be successful....don't set yourself up to be overwhelmed to fail!

Also, GAPS suggests a glass of room temp. water first thing upon rising, waiting 20-30 minutes to eat or drink anything else. Do this daily, every day and you might find things settling down for you. I'm not sure exactly what it does, something about diluting the acids and preparing the system to start working.....but it did wonders for me...something so little gave me huge improvements in my digestive distress.

Breakfast alternatives seem to be the hardest thing to adapt to, myself included. I suggest googling paleo breakfast or GAPS breakfast, there are TONS of recipes out there. I have a whole bunch on my pinterest, theres tons of free sites with recipes.
eggs, waffles/pancakes, homemade sausage, eggs w salsa/avocado, italian eggs w cream, breakfast egg muffins of numerous varieties, savory and sweet breads (can make toast or french toast or even sandwiches), fruit/yogurt, smoothies, protein pancakes....

64143ef2a5eb650fea2e6daf7d4a31f3

on September 20, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Thank your for your responses here is some additional info for the belly aches - it be anything from eating a flax/almond muffin to meat(I would have to say more along the line of beef) . Although eggs are okay. I haven't been keeping track as to tell you how much I have per day but carbs next to none, protein every meal and fat w/e maybe on the meat or say mayo -butter. I am trying to lose weight but over all healthy eating-no gluten and wheat-weight loss just an added bonus. I am active in my day to day life but by no means a athlete. To be honest -

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on September 20, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Hi Michelle, nuts could be causing you some issues, as well as flax if you arent use to them. I see you mentioned below you were going to google GAPS, most definitely do that. I did GAPS intro for 3 months and now full GAPS/Paleo...I soak all my nuts and dry them and no issues digesting them....but if you arent completely dialed into your eating it can be hard to target the issues unless you do elimination (gaps can help you do that). You probably should eat some carbs, just keep around 50gr per day to help weight loss. Choose things like carrots (boiled), zucchini, squash to help tummy

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on September 20, 2012
at 02:41 PM

I have a suggestion for the chips. Make kale chips! Pull the tough, woody stalk out of the center, tear into bite-sized pieces, put on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 400 until dried. Watch carefully because it can burn quickly. The last time I made it, I left a bit of water on the leaves so the salt would adhere, so it took longer. Usually, 10-15 minutes is enough for me.

I prefer to use Dinosaur kale (lacinato kale) to the curly kale. It's less bitter. I have not come across other varieties in my area.

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on September 21, 2012
at 01:31 AM

I really struggled with bread, breakfast cereal and chips too. I experienced extremely strong cravings for bread, so strong it made me feel like a drug addict addicted to bread! This in itself was worrying and a strong motivation - I felt like if my body is this physically hooked on something, something is wrong.

I think it's a combination of lots of little habits over time that will get you there:

  • Have an alternative snack ready to go, something that fills that hunger hole. For me this is carrots, apples and cheese, always on hand.
  • Buy less of the 'bad' things, and keep them out of reach or out of sight so that you're not constantly tempted/reminded
  • Pay attention to your body and how it feels when you eat good food, and really focus on the goodness of eating healthy, fresh food. You'll start to notice the good food making you feel good, and the bad food giving you short term highs and then making you feel bad.

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Michelle, check out:

http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/

Especially look at the bottom left for FODMAPS, SIBO, etc. If you are already prone to IBS type symptoms, paleo can actually make it worse. I followed her SIBO protocol for about a month and it finally took away my gut pain. Before paleo I did not have IBS, but paleo seemed to bring it out. I know, it's so hard when you feel like you've finally found the answer, and then ugh!

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:23 PM

What i do when i crave non paleo food is eat as much fat as i can. From my understanding a big reason you are craving non paleo foods is because you haven't ate enough fat. Unless you are going through ketosis. Even if you are i'd still recommend eating a lot of fat just to be safe.

Good Luck!

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on September 20, 2012
at 04:27 PM

You have to figure out why you want the snack. Because it's comforting? No amount of eating fat will help that. because you're hungry/need energy? Then I agree with Chris. How about: a handful of nuts, jerky, an advocado or olives, salmon, a can of tuna, etc. Lots of fat out there, mayo is not the only choice.

64143ef2a5eb650fea2e6daf7d4a31f3

on September 20, 2012
at 04:04 PM

what would you suggest - I have a mental picture of sitting down with the jar of mayo. Ketosis - that sounds scary, more to google thanks for your help chris

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Here's the only trick that worked for me. When I started, everytime I reached for a pretzel or a chip or whatever I would say to myself, "It is ok for me to eat this pretzel, because I care more about it than I do my health" -- Stopped me in my tracks every time. After detox I did not have the cravings anymore. You just have to push through it!

As for the stomach issues, I definitely recommend GAPS.

But also you need to really look at what you are eating. I realized that I was snacking on very high fiber vegetables that were the cause of my digestive distress.

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on September 20, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Gonna Google GAPS thank you for your help

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