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Paleo foods that help with bowel movements?

Answered on September 27, 2013
Created September 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I think the question is pretty self-explanatory lol since I started strict paleo two weeks ago I've had some trouble with this aspect of the lifestyle.

Also I've heard spinach and coconut flour but nope, don't work for me.

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on September 26, 2013
at 03:54 PM

This is great advice. I used a gradual approach and my bowel habits seem to have gradually improved - with a few huccups as I learned what I needed.

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on September 27, 2013
at 10:19 PM

Any change in diet can cause funky changes to happen to your digestion. This would explain it if you're new to paleo. Eat plenty of vegetables, homemade bone broth (the geletain will help the muscles in the intestines), get enough probiotics (this can be a big factor) so consume fermented foods and beverages like kombucha, water kefir, and sauerkraut, or take a supplement, and get enough healthy fats, like coconut oil, grassfed tallow, pastured lard, and grassfed butter/ghee, which help slide things along. Or, if you're in doubt, you could always try the old favorite, prunes!

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on September 26, 2013
at 03:41 PM

I have 2 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds soaked in almond milk every night after dinner (I add a bit of chocolate protein and frozen berries to make it an awesome dessert). I wake up in the morning and boom...thanks Chia

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on September 26, 2013
at 02:38 PM

It took me a few weeks of going paleo before my bowel movements started becoming more regular. I count it as part of the overall adjustment my digestive system had to go through when I cut out grains. Now, I eat lots of fruits and veggies and go easily everyday.

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on September 26, 2013
at 05:46 AM

For me it amounts to intestinal bacteria. Sauerkrout and fermented foods work for me.

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on September 26, 2013
at 12:25 AM

And this is a great example of why a gradual approach is superior to going paleo cold-turkey. Our GI tracts like a routine diet and when you go bam!-paleo! overnight, it's going to be problematic. It's also the prime reason folks experience discomfort when they "cheat" on paleo. 80/20 folks generally have less issues.

I don't think it will find much support here, but dip back into your previous dietary habits, maybe 50% paleo, and then dial the old habits/foods out over another week or two.

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on September 26, 2013
at 03:54 PM

This is great advice. I used a gradual approach and my bowel habits seem to have gradually improved - with a few huccups as I learned what I needed.

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on September 25, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Gelatin is helpful for many. You can buy the processed stuff or make your own by slow-cooking (like in a crock pot for 8 ours) things like ox feet ox tail, or chicken feet. When the broth cools in the fridge and turns all thick and gelatinous (under the solidified layer of delicious fat, of course) then you know you've done good. You can heat it back up and use it as a base for all kinds of soups (not at all gelatinous when heated) or experiment with different uses. I'm just starting to increase the gelatin in my diet.

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on September 25, 2013
at 09:01 PM

Sweet Potato or Yams, bake or microwave add butter. Or partially cook, then fry in Coconut oil/butter and be prepared to get hooked. I like mine dusted with Curry Powder before frying. I split one with my wife every other day and it also helped restart weight loss at a Plateau point.

Prunes remind me too much of Senior Living in Florida and I don't want to think of that! LOL

Probiotics as VB mentions work well, but I needed the starch to help.

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on September 25, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Prunes soaked in water. They clean you like a drain pipe. If you don't care for prunes, have some prune-looking plums.

Also, consume at least one tablespoon of olive oil with each meal.

Have some probiotics with each meal - sauerkraut or pickles.

Good luck!

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on September 25, 2013
at 08:46 PM

I've found that most fruit berries are great regulators.

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