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Digestive Problems while on the Paleo Diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I have been on and off Paleo for about a year and a half...for the last 2 1/2 months I have been pretty strict. I have had digestive upset since I started being strict. Loose bm's and horrible gas. I am addicted to sugar and have had a hard time giving it up and feel I have replaced it with fruit and nuts. Perhaps too much fruit and nuts. I am feeling like I am resistant to losing weight. Any suggestions?

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:45 PM

Have you looked into FODMAPS?

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Yes thanks Sam! I discovered about 7 months ago some of the foods that give me problems are fodmap. cooked tomatoes do me in but eggplant seems to not bother me. Don't know what it is about the sardines though.

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on March 12, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Have you looked into the FODMAP diet? The foods that are bothering you (other than sardines) are all FODMAP foods. Google it if you don't know what I am talking about. When I follow a Paleo FODMAP free diet my chronic heartburn (everyday for 10+ years) is 99% better.

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on March 12, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Fruit and nuts have been problematic for some folks, in terms of digestive problems as well as gas. I'm hesitant to say that you have fructose intolerance, but I would suggest decreasing your intake of fruit and nuts, especially if you're prone to crave very sweet foods. Nuts can tear up my digestive system, and fruit, even though is natural, still has sugar.

Instead of fruit and nuts, up your veggie and meat/fat intake at meal times, and add in some sauerkraut, kimchee, or pickled vegetables. Fermented foods have helped me greatly. You could also try some apple cider vinegar diluted in water before meal time, and slightly after meal time too.

Experiment though, it seems you've already identified the fact that you replaced sugar with fruit and nuts. Try removing them?

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on March 14, 2012
at 01:11 PM

Some do very poorly on certain veggies such as cabbage and broccoli. Even worse than grains for some. Cabbage really does a number on me.

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on March 12, 2012
at 04:28 PM

This could be an intolerance for something or it could be too much of something. A handful of nuts or a small amount of coconut oil would be one thing; making "paleo desserts" or coconut milk smoothies may be too much. Having 1 or 2 pieces of whole fruit might be fine, but eating 5 every day could be a problem, etc.

All you can do is test. You might find if you cut back on fruit and nuts that's all it takes. If not, I'd go at least a week eating nothing but meat--probably just your favorite kind--and non-starchy vegetables that you know you tolerate well.

Every few days, then, you can add a food and see what happens.

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on December 01, 2012
at 01:41 PM

I too have the same issue. I started the Paleo a few weeks ago and was always regular prior to the diet. Now, loose stool, bad gas. Not sure what the issue is. I'm eating a mix of fruits and veggies, protein. My diet was good before but just now eating more fruits and veggies. It is like my body is using the unprocessed foods so I have less to eliminate and without the fiber of breads, the result is loose stool. I'd love some suggestions of what to do. I'm considering getting off the Paleo if this persists.

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on March 14, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I also find I get problems from raw veggies... I take Mat Lalonde's recommendation to make sure veggies are well cooked, and I personally also put pastured butter on them as well. I think that would neutralize the lectins in the veggies. Incidentally I was listening to Mat on Jimmy Moore's Ask the Low Carb Experts yesterday and he said that the lectin in peanut is not destroyed by heat, so something to keep in mind.

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on March 14, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Awesome thank you everyone for your responses. I will definitely take your advice!

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on March 12, 2012
at 04:37 PM

So I notice that if I over-eat something paleo I still get heartburn. It's not everything but I've isolated onions and sardines. If I eat the whole sardine can I get wicked heartburn. If I cook with a little onion I'm fine but beyond that it upsets my stomach. I can always tell if I'm not digesting something well because it sticks with me for hours--burping etc. Ewww. It is likely putrifying in my stomach/intestines. I agree with Knarf on the fermented foods and bone broth is helpful too.

On the fruit..some give me upset stomach and others never. Grapes I cannot tolerate and I have to be uber careful with cherries. Almonds I cannot hardly tolerate but pistachios don't bother me at all. Maybe track which ones bother you too?

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Yes thanks Sam! I discovered about 7 months ago some of the foods that give me problems are fodmap. cooked tomatoes do me in but eggplant seems to not bother me. Don't know what it is about the sardines though.

8960effe0a2d790a15f343be0ca8d52e

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on March 12, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Have you looked into the FODMAP diet? The foods that are bothering you (other than sardines) are all FODMAP foods. Google it if you don't know what I am talking about. When I follow a Paleo FODMAP free diet my chronic heartburn (everyday for 10+ years) is 99% better.

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