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Gas & abdominal pain... whhhhyyyy????

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Created April 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I've been eating paleo for 6 months now. I don't make any exceptions in my day to day diet, but when I cheat (maybe 2 days a month; usually due to a social event), I eat whatever. Anyway, one of the big positive changes I had with paleo was the disappearance of IBS symptoms that I used to suffer from. My stomach has been in perfect working order; no gas pain, regular "healthy" bowel movements, etc... However, for the last couple of days, I'm experiencing quite a bit of abdominal pain and a lot of very unpleasant gas. I ate off paleo 5 days ago (not excessively) so I would think that if I was feeling the effects of that, it would have cleared up by now. A little about my diet: I eat a lot of eggs, at least 3 a day. I eat grassfed beef more than any other meat at this time. I don't eat an excessive amount of of fruit; usually 1 or 2 pieces a day. I haven't touched a legume in 6 months, no grains except those cheat days, the only sugar I consume is the minimal amount in 90% dark chocolate. I'm part of a local farm co-op and eat lots of veggies; especially green leafies. I don't use honey, only pure stevia when I need a sweetener. The only dairy I use is heavy whipping cream for my coffee... and yes, I still drink coffee, but considering trying (again) to wean myself off. I've recently introduced a vitamin D supplement & fish oil in to my regiment but no other vitamins. I'm sure this will eventually clear up... but it's a pain, literally, and has lasted for a couple of days. I'm also feeling run down & not quite as Wonder Woman-like as I did in my earlier days of paleo. I'm thinking there is something I need to tweak but not sure what. Has anyone else experienced an unexplained & unpleasant change in their digestive processes?

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on April 20, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Not according to SCD, which is the diet developed for IBS/IBD. And nobody said to eat big amounts of honey, just a teaspoon every few days is enough.

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on April 20, 2012
at 08:55 AM

I would just be careful with honey though... its high fructose content can be problematic for people with IBS & fructose malabsorption!

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on April 20, 2012
at 02:23 AM

id kick the vitamin d supplement entirely if you can get 20 minutes of sun time in. i agree with NewEra-- uncooked veggies will do that to me too! at least steam them, it helps. you may wanna try to cut out the eggs and whipping cream for a few days and add one or two eggs back in and see how you feel... you could be negatively reacting to the protein in the eggs. the casein the whipping cream could also be upsetting your stomach. hope you feel better!

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:33 PM

+1 for fodmaps.

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on April 19, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I'd agree with the vit D supplement and fish oil that you just started, perhaps its not clean or is too much to start with? Try removing it and adding it in more gradually after making sure there are no additives such as soy/gluten etc.

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on April 19, 2012
at 08:52 PM

If I eat too many raw veggies, I get it. I had IBS formerly too. Prunes will give me fits also. Could you be working out too much? Or could it be near your cycle? PMS isn't exactly the same for me every month. Some months I get grumpy guts the week before. Also, are you taking the vitamin D with food? Maybe there is an additive in there that's making a problem. Is it soy/wheat/gluten free?

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on April 20, 2012
at 07:53 AM

I had IBS too, and I do Paleo for 7 months, it went away. Three things need changing in your diet in my opinion:

  1. The cheating with grains has to go. For us with IBS, gluten intolerance is almost a given. And according to Robb Wolf, eating even a small breadcrumb, will enable its gluten to damage our gut for up two weeks! So if you want to cheat, eat a potato. Or 5 bananas. Not grains.

  2. Stevia is not better than honey for us with IBS specifically. Honey is a mono-saccharide, which means that it's easy for our body to absorb it and break it down BEFORE our bad gut bacteria get to it. Stevia, not so, it's not exactly useful either. Raw, unfiltered, and local honey is GOOD for IBS, because it has anti-microbial and anti-allergen properties.

  3. I would highly recommend you start making your own goat kefir. Goat/sheep dairy's casein is more tolerable than that of cows (when Robb Wolf wrote that book, his mind was on US cows, not goats), and fermented dairy contains little lactose (e.g. hard cheese, home-made kefir & yogurt). Kefir is 5-10 times more potent than yogurt, and it's very important for us with gut problems, since it repopulates our gut with good bacteria (nearly everyone with IBS also has a SIBO issue). Yogurt's and probiotic pills' bacteria do NOT colonize the human gut, they're incompatible. All my symptoms of IBS went away after started kefir (before that, while on Paleo, I'd still get 1 small symptom per week).

Also, what about the rest of the other important Paleo foods? Do you eat offal? Fermented foods? Sea vegetables? Bone Broth? Cooking with coconut oil?

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on April 20, 2012
at 08:55 AM

I would just be careful with honey though... its high fructose content can be problematic for people with IBS & fructose malabsorption!

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on April 20, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Not according to SCD, which is the diet developed for IBS/IBD. And nobody said to eat big amounts of honey, just a teaspoon every few days is enough.

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Google FODMAPS.

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:33 PM

+1 for fodmaps.

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on April 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Sometimes these things can be gastric flu. I had it just recently. At first I thought it was something that I was eating that was not agreeing with me.

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on April 20, 2012
at 07:21 AM

Even if it has been 5 days since your last "cheat", you could still be experiencing problems because of that. Otherwise, the FODMAP theory is definitely a good place to look at. Did you eat any vegetables or fruits that you don't usually eat? Sweeteners?

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:15 AM

This is a shot in the dark, but is it possible you are pregnant? Morning sickness can feel like that and the increase in estrogen can cause gas.

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Try blending those veggies, cooking them more, pickling them and other ways to make you digest more of them before your guts biota gets to it. Or simply eat less vegetables :)

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on April 19, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Everyone's different but causes of abdominal discomfort for me are too many cruciferous veggies, fruit with a low glucose/fructose ratio, and too much grass fed beef.

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