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Please help, ready to quit

Answered on May 26, 2014
Created May 24, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I started paleo/primal 3 weeks ago. Since 10 days ago I've had really loose stool and cramping that is getting worse. I have cut dairy out and it's made no difference. I have been 100% paleo until last night where I had some chips in an attempt to help. It made things worse.

I cook with olive or coconut oil and occasionally butter. I eat lots of spinach and kale and Savoy cabbage. I also eat a lot of fish, chicken and beef.

It's getting to the point now where I just want to quit. I thought by now if be feeling better not worse, and that this problem would have started within the first week, not 2 weeks later! Any advice on what I can eat to help that is paleo friendly, and how long this will last? I don't want to give up, but I have 2 young children (2.5 yrs and 7 months) where I am breastfeeding the baby still. I am eating as much as I can, not going hungry. I only drink 1 cup of tea in the morning and the rest of the day is water. No squash, no fruit juices and no alcohol. I do occasionally have a green smoothie for breakfast but that's it.

Thanks in advance

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:17 PM

I'm going to recommend a very un-paleo thing: saltines. You've completely screwed up your digestion with a drastic change. Reboot back to your original diet, then make gradual changes towards paleo (perhaps not 100% paleo for an endpoint either!)

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:16 PM

also think about your other new foods/oils & whether they may be the issue. another option is to eliminate multiple new foods & once you are good (hopefully soon) reintroduce slowly one at a time

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:15 PM

I would expect the fruit actually to be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms described. Going low-carb is a shock to the system, don't do it suddenly.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:15 PM

sorry to hear you're not fixed yet.

if you do not think it is gastro, then it would seem that you are reacting to something that you have introduced to your diet. hopefully it is just one culprit, multiple culprits will make it harder. so you would need to go through a process of elimination.

if you did not eat coconut products in the past, i would start here. some people react to coconut. so stop all coconut products...oil, milk, cream, meat,.... & see how that goes.

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on May 24, 2014
at 03:12 PM

At this point, I would probably say, add back some potatoes and rice only.

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on May 24, 2014
at 03:03 PM

Thank you, so I should basically eat the SBD (British) until stomach back to normal and then start again?

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on May 24, 2014
at 09:33 AM

Thank you, shall try this out!

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 24, 2014
at 07:41 AM

perhaps have a look at 'The Perfect Health Diet' if you have not seen it before...

& get some 'safe starches' in to you eg. white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro,

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on May 24, 2014
at 09:33 AM

Thank you, shall try this out!

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:55 PM

I am glad you saw a doctor. I think whatever is going on is beyond the Paleo foods you were eating. A bug or other medical condition brewing that just coincidentally showed up after your diet change.

Keep bugging the doctor if you are not getting better--doctors seem to be really slow at recognizing when there is something going on beyond simple gastritis. Push fluids, try some plain gelatin in tea as it will help hydrate and soothe your gut.

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on May 26, 2014
at 07:55 PM

I'm hoping it will get better. Day 12 today of this now and it's really affecting me :-( in in agony with my stomach and watery stool constantly. I've loved on rice, banana and bone broth for 3 days now and it's not helping :-( went to out of hours doc yesterday and he thinks it's gastro, but none of my family are sick and this has been going on almost 2 weeks! I'm at a total loss

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:16 PM

also think about your other new foods/oils & whether they may be the issue. another option is to eliminate multiple new foods & once you are good (hopefully soon) reintroduce slowly one at a time

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 26, 2014
at 11:17 PM

I'm going to recommend a very un-paleo thing: saltines. You've completely screwed up your digestion with a drastic change. Reboot back to your original diet, then make gradual changes towards paleo (perhaps not 100% paleo for an endpoint either!)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on May 26, 2014
at 11:15 PM

sorry to hear you're not fixed yet.

if you do not think it is gastro, then it would seem that you are reacting to something that you have introduced to your diet. hopefully it is just one culprit, multiple culprits will make it harder. so you would need to go through a process of elimination.

if you did not eat coconut products in the past, i would start here. some people react to coconut. so stop all coconut products...oil, milk, cream, meat,.... & see how that goes.

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on May 26, 2014
at 04:38 AM

It may be the coconut oil, which caused me some GI distress at first, but eventually my body adjusted. Same with the leafy greens, they just passed through me at first, but I don't have these problems anymore. I second that its just the adjustment process. I'd keep up the coconut oil and greens and maybe cut the green smoothie. It sounds like you're doing a good job by staying away from the coconut water, fruit juices, dried fruits, etc. Keep it up, it will get better! Make sure you're getting enough protein!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 26, 2014
at 11:15 PM

I would expect the fruit actually to be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms described. Going low-carb is a shock to the system, don't do it suddenly.

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on May 24, 2014
at 05:38 PM

It's kind of in the grey area in the paleo world, but as far as those foods go, white rice is a pretty good food to try. You can use it as a transition-tool to get you through until you pinpoint what is causing the gastric upset. White rice is low toxin and a stable starch, you should be ok implementing it into your diet for now. Just keep in mind that it doesn't have to be permanent.

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on May 24, 2014
at 12:30 PM

Do not make drastic changes to your diet. People must not have pets anymore, as switching cat/dog food tends to cause digestible upset and you end up with poop everywhere. Similar principle in humans. Surprised folks have as much as success as they do with plans like Whole30 which essentially tell you that you have to suffer through the discomfort to achieve paleo nirvana.

How do you do gradual paleo? Make a dietary change over a period of weeks. Replace 1-2 servings of grain-based starches with starchy veggies (e.g. potatoes) and non-starchy veggies (essentially everything else). If you're not accustomed to fibrous veggies, then you need to adjust. Week 1, also cut out unhealthy fat sources and replace with healthy sources, cut dairy (if you want to), etc… Week 2… continue replacing processed grains with unprocessed veggies/starches. Week 3… you can probably cut out all grains at this point. Congrats, you transitioned without a low carb flu or digestive upset!

Now, if you want to go low-carb, start a 3 week plan again… replace paleo carbs with non-carbs. Starchy veggies get exchanged for fibrous ones. Gradually. You won't go through a low-carb flu.

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on May 24, 2014
at 03:03 PM

Thank you, so I should basically eat the SBD (British) until stomach back to normal and then start again?

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