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Fasting and Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I was wondering about fasting while being on the Paleo diet for only two months.

Has anyone that's on a Paleo diet, whilst also having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), experienced fasting (between sunrise to sunset)?

I keep reading that hunter-gatherers used to eat in abundance, but I'm sure they went long stretches without eating any food and I wonder if it was easier on them or not, because of their general diet, low carbs, high protein and so on.

Fasting whilst going Paleo means that I'll be missing 2 meals of the day. I can imagine I can handle this given I have an idea of what is recommended for me to eat before opening my fast, and after breaking it at Sunset.

However, given that I have IBS, I'm not sure how this will play out. Is it risky? Will it cause pains, even if I stick to my Paleo diet plan despite missing two consecutive meals?

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on June 06, 2011
at 08:16 AM

I forgot to add - I really need carbs when I break a fast. I add a sweet potato or 2 to the first small meal. I find them heaps easier to digest. Having said that, though, fasting has been good for me. I can easily manage about 20 hours. 24 is pushing it, so I don't go for that long.

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:46 AM

Thank you Rhubarb, this sounds legit. I'll look into it more. @Jac, I was concerned about the same thing. I mean, to eat in one go at the point of ending the fast at the end of the day might cause tummy problems as such. So a breakfast and evening dinner plan will go a long way.

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at 06:42 AM

This is really interesting, Laura. May I ask if you had gone hours without eating/drinking at all, and felt ok? As in, did you not have any snacks during the day at all? I ask because I'm wondering if the IBS acts up on a completely empty stomach for hours. My IBS (outside of the Paleo diet) reacts to long periods of not eating anything, as well as eating almost just about anything. Nonetheless, I'm really interested in the fact that you mentioned fasting coming to you naturally as per Paleo. That's a plus.

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at 06:38 AM

thanks ben61820... I've noticed there's some other threads about fasting and I'll be checking into a few of them, but I decided to be case specific first cuz I've not officially started Paleo yet, and so I'm wondering what are the implications of fasting during the early months of Paleo. Does my body have to first be used to Paleo before IBS pains are reduced? That sort of thing. However, I may find some direction from the threads that already exist, so I'll check it out.

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at 12:53 AM

Good thread you got going but you should use the search box for fasting, intermittent fasting, etc. - lots of similar threads out there.

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I have the same experience. My ibs is hugely improved. My only advice is to plan your break-fast carefully as going from very empty to very full can trigger a flare. I usually have 2 small meals about an hour apart, rather than one big meal

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Hi Shaz....I also have IBS....mine is mostly due to lifelong non-celiac gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. It is going to take awhile for my digestive system to heal but in saying all of this....I listen to my body when eating food and when actually getting around to eating. My IBS has cleared 75% on Paleo and the fasting for me comes naturally. I am rarely hungry until around lunchtime and then even in the evening I have to sometimes force myself to eat some protein even before bed so I don't wake up during the night hungry. I have not ever planned a fast...on paleo it just happens for me. I have found VERY positive results with my IBS on Paleo. Hopes this helps.

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:42 AM

This is really interesting, Laura. May I ask if you had gone hours without eating/drinking at all, and felt ok? As in, did you not have any snacks during the day at all? I ask because I'm wondering if the IBS acts up on a completely empty stomach for hours. My IBS (outside of the Paleo diet) reacts to long periods of not eating anything, as well as eating almost just about anything. Nonetheless, I'm really interested in the fact that you mentioned fasting coming to you naturally as per Paleo. That's a plus.

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Fasting is recognised as a legit method for helping the gut lining to heal. It basically gives your digestive system down time to rest and repair.

You should also look into bone broths, no doubt the best dietary tool to repair the gut.

I used to have IBS, the paleo diet mostly sorted it out. Bone broths and some fasting from time to time (mind you I usually only have 2 big meals a day as I just don't get hungry) sorted out the last 10%.

Best of luck.

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:35 AM

I have the same experience. My ibs is hugely improved. My only advice is to plan your break-fast carefully as going from very empty to very full can trigger a flare. I usually have 2 small meals about an hour apart, rather than one big meal

D94ced4db468b456393a44107913355a

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:46 AM

Thank you Rhubarb, this sounds legit. I'll look into it more. @Jac, I was concerned about the same thing. I mean, to eat in one go at the point of ending the fast at the end of the day might cause tummy problems as such. So a breakfast and evening dinner plan will go a long way.

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

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on June 06, 2011
at 08:16 AM

I forgot to add - I really need carbs when I break a fast. I add a sweet potato or 2 to the first small meal. I find them heaps easier to digest. Having said that, though, fasting has been good for me. I can easily manage about 20 hours. 24 is pushing it, so I don't go for that long.

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