I have been partly paleo for about a year. I would eat paleo at home, but when eating lunch with coworkers at restaurants it wast hard so I would just try to make the least damaging choice. My experience with the paleo way of eating during this time period was very positive. I felt better than I had since I was a teenager. I tried paleo on a fluke. I know someone with an autoimmune disease that had went on diets like paleo but more strict and had fantastic results. I originally intended to only go gluten free but my finicky taste buds turned that into a paleo complient diet (or Atkins). Since then I have added many new vegetables to my pantry and am I feeling great. Theres my background.
Now to the question. A few months ago I went almost completely paleo, no more cheating at lunchtime. My cheat was/is potatoes. I have included potatoes because I find it hard to get enough carbs to prevent weight loss. There have been two results of this. 1) I feel even better! 2) I get constipated. So far the only ways I have found relief from the constipation is eating a meal with grains (usually rice and never wheat), adding milk back for a day or two, or large does of magnesium supplements. I have actually been on 500mg daily of magnesium glycinate for a couple of years for tight muscles. If I take it I can touch my toes, if I don't take it I can only reach six inches away from them. I drink plenty of water and take a probiotic supplement as well.
I need some advice. The closer I get to a completely paleo compliant diet the better I feel. But went I comply with paleo rules I get constipated. I search forums for answers and find several ideas. But I'm looking for a definitive "manual" for paleo constipation. Does one exist?
Less important question: why do grains loosen me up? I mean, they don't have much fiber if any at all. But if I eat them I don't have to worry about constipation. If I go back to my old diet that included grains of all kinds my skin around the stomach area gets red, dry, and itchy. But I was regular....
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on July 12, 2018
at 11:01 PM
I'm having trouble navigating this string on my phone, but I wanted to thank the poster who updated this thread in response to my comment. I alread have green tea every morning. The smoothie sounds a bit caloric for me. Very interesting about the salt!! I will try increasing that.
on January 19, 2018
at 11:35 PM
Thanks for your input. I can't believe that the fiber from grains kept me regular before paleo. I get ten times the fiber now. the grains i ate befor were bleached flour and white rice. I'm beginning to think I have an actual reaction when I eat grains and my digestive system pushes them through as fast as it can to rid my body of them.
I've read that paleo will make you stools smaller and you shouldn't expect to go as often. That makes since to me, but impacted stools are not fun. and I'm dumbfounded that I have to eat something i believe hurts me to clear my system.
on January 19, 2018
at 03:27 PM
I highly recommend juicing and trying out kimchi or sauerkraut. Strong coffee should help as well. When I have issues, I usually increase my intake of greens and/or kimchi. Also, extremely ripe bananas will help you with bowel movements.
Your question about grains - it depends on what grains you were eating. It could be that your major fiber intake was from grains and was never replaced with another source while going grain free.