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Convince me not to go back to the S.A.D

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I've had many good experiences with paleo - im less moody - controlled emotional eating - stronger - clearer mind

but now that i'm on paleo ( 5 months ) I am/get - Constipated - bloated - struggling to find my own health solutions as i'm quite young. - and on occasion get compelled to binge on S.A.D foods as i feel restricted - hating the loneliness I feel when i go to family and they think im crazy.

I know the truth about the S.A.D diet, i know about how grains, excess fructose, sucrose and dairy is bad, so that's stopping me at the moment, I'm only young, I can't cook very well, I'm in high school and it's so hard to go out and enjoy food with friends. I've thought about being more leanient with paleo but my ldl ( pattern A though) is on the highside and I heard excess carbs make it worse.

I just feel like i'm in some kind of catch 22. If I go back to S.A.D these problems i listed i had on the S.A.D might come back, if I stay with paleo I seem to be stuck with stomach/colon issues, so then i would make it worse?

Call me stupid, emotional or a wuss, but at the moment i'm constipated and my stomach feels like it's beating itself up, just one of a million times i've been in this situation.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:51 PM

coconut vinegar!

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

(25)

on January 29, 2012
at 10:06 PM

Very good video

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

(25)

on January 29, 2012
at 09:53 PM

ah yes i've heard of that! (I researched brown rice after this post) Is there any particular vinegar I should use?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Thanks AB. Can't wait to see your answer for my tongue scraper question. I'm sure you offer tongue scraping services to the opposite sex with your "tongue scraper"

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Nice vid Richard

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on January 29, 2012
at 02:09 PM

If you choose brown rice, soak it with a little bit of vinegar for 6-8 hours to reduce the phytic acid.

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on January 29, 2012
at 12:34 PM

If you have a slow cooker and can get hold of some bones, you just need to cook them long enough. http://paleohacks.com/questions/63285/how-do-people-eat-gelatin-from-broth-and-why

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:33 AM

will do. Where can I obtain Gelatin?

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on January 29, 2012
at 09:51 AM

Gelatin should take care of the constipation, and if you're willing to try stop eating eggs and nuts and nightshades.

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on January 29, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Vegies Low GI fruits ( occasionally) 85% > Dark chocolate as treat Eggs Any meat Coconut milk/cream/oil ( no additives) Olive/Olive oil Occasionally White/Green/peppermint/Chai Tea Nuts - Macadamias preferably

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

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on January 29, 2012
at 09:30 AM

You have explained things very well and starting tomorrow I will introduce brown rice to my diet. I definitely think I could have the same issue as you. Thank-you so much for your detailed explanation I also have eaten way too many nuts because of the convenience, I believe that could be the reason why my ldl is a bit high.

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

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on January 29, 2012
at 09:27 AM

You have explained things very well and starting tomorrow I will introduce brown rice to my diet. I definitely think I could have the same issue as you. Thank-you so much for your detailed explanation.

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on January 29, 2012
at 08:57 AM

What do you eat?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 29, 2012
at 08:46 AM

I dare you to go back! I don't think you will be able to forget paleo that fast...

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on January 29, 2012
at 09:12 AM

I had the same problem. I spoke to an integrative health doctor, and he said that in general, paleo is a great diet for most people, but there are some people who get bloating and constipation from too much protein and fat. I was one of those people. I of course ignored him and just tried to do paleo harder, until it got so bad I actually resented eating. Then, during the Thanksgiving holiday, I decided I'd just enjoy the food a bit, ate waaaay more carbs than normal, and I felt better than I had on a strict paleo diet. No bloating or constipation at all.

Now I eat brown rice regularly in exchange for some of the calories from fat and protein. I even eat bread occasionally, and yogurt (I grew up with yogurt so I tolerate dairy well). If I eat too much protein and fat, I will get cramps, bloating and constipation, especially if I don't eat rice with it. It is sort of a moderator for all the heavy fats. Now that I eat rice and more carbs, I have more energy, better digestion, and much better athletic performance (I was training CrossFit twice a day, but until I started eating rice, I was always groggy and sore).

Note: nuts will wreak havoc on your digestion, especially in the quantity most paleo diets include them. Avoid almond butter and sunflower butter except as an occasional snack, and try to limit yourself to no more than a handful of nuts a day. I made this mistake too, eating way too many nuts because I didn't get enough calories from a regular paleo diet, could only eat so much fat without getting sick, and refused to eat carbs to make up the difference. Cutting out the nuts fixed the digestive issues almost overnight. Secret: peanut butter doesn't do that, and organic peanut butter won't kill if you need a quick boost of protein and fats...

Don't go back to SAD, with all its sugar and refined carbs, but stick to the quality standards of paleo, and the general idea of more protein, healthy fats, and lots of veggies. Just think about replacing some fat calories with healthy whole grains (rice has no phytic acid or gluten, so it's a good one, but sourdough bread, sprouted bread, or other whole grains can work if you tolerate them well...but don't let the word get out ;-).

Also, don't stress about breaking it a few times. If you're healthy, your body will be able to moderate one bad meal every now and then. What's the point of being healthy on paleo if you're so frail you can't handle anything but pristine food? And being tense about food will cause digestive problems as surely as poor diet. That might help with eating with friends.

Good luck.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on January 29, 2012
at 02:09 PM

If you choose brown rice, soak it with a little bit of vinegar for 6-8 hours to reduce the phytic acid.

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

(25)

on January 29, 2012
at 09:30 AM

You have explained things very well and starting tomorrow I will introduce brown rice to my diet. I definitely think I could have the same issue as you. Thank-you so much for your detailed explanation I also have eaten way too many nuts because of the convenience, I believe that could be the reason why my ldl is a bit high.

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

(25)

on January 29, 2012
at 09:27 AM

You have explained things very well and starting tomorrow I will introduce brown rice to my diet. I definitely think I could have the same issue as you. Thank-you so much for your detailed explanation.

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

(25)

on January 29, 2012
at 09:53 PM

ah yes i've heard of that! (I researched brown rice after this post) Is there any particular vinegar I should use?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:51 PM

coconut vinegar!

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Hi minerale,

Adding some fermented foods like kefir and homemade sauerkraut might help with your digestive problems.

If this video doesn't convince you to stay with paleo then almost nothing else will:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KLjgBLwH3Wc

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on January 29, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Nice vid Richard

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Thanks AB. Can't wait to see your answer for my tongue scraper question. I'm sure you offer tongue scraping services to the opposite sex with your "tongue scraper"

Fb689ae63ad9d3d920c8a5e14b5efff1

(25)

on January 29, 2012
at 10:06 PM

Very good video

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6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

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on January 29, 2012
at 09:53 AM

I have 3 proposals for you. Water, water, and more water.

Most of us don't drink enough water, period. When you are on Paleo, your requirements for water may even increase from when on SAD. Dehydration is a classic cause of constipation.

I would focus on sticking to what you eat but make sure you drink 2-3 liters of water spread throughout the day and see how it goes. What could be better than eating the Paleo diet you KNOW is right and good for you AND getting rid of the annoying side-effects you are currently experiencing? SAD certainly isn't going to be better...

And, btw, as long as eating out with friends isn't an every day occurrence, then apply the 80/20 rule and just enjoy going out with them now and again, no matter what is eaten. DOn't beat yourself up for having a social life!!!

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on January 29, 2012
at 08:22 AM

I suggest you try and remove some foods and then reintroduce them one at the time to see what's causing your issues.

Examples: nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes), nuts, coconut products, dairy.

Including MORE foods, especially wheat, will just makes everything worse.

Then of course nobody forced you to start this diet, paleo should be about freedom so you should eat whatever you feel like.

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