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?
asked byShaz (40)
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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.
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.