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A poop question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 04, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I started a peleo diet (my first try at this) 2 days ago. I seem to be pooping quite frequently, and it's floating and borderline loose. This is not the norm for me.

The last couple of months my diet was not fantastic, and I was having a terrible bout of migraines requiring a lot of medication (have had migraines since I was 7, but sometime 'flurries' of them hit me for multiple days at a time). I adopted the diet to try to clean up my diet in general to possibly aid with the migraines and general health (not for weight loss).

So is this a common reaction when changing to this diet suddenly? Or could this be my body purging out a ton of nasty stuff? I am just curious if others have had this reaction, or if it's a sign that the diet may not agree with me.

Thanks

053f78114fa7296043a6c917ea089003

on September 06, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I think it was a combination of too much fat, and too much nuts and seeds. I wasn't eating a ton of coconut oil or anything, it's more just that I hadn't really been using anything like that before startin g the diet. Same with nuts and seeds. While I wasn't going crazy on either, I think it was too much. I laid off both a bit yesterday, and things seemed to already improve a bit with the last 2 BM's. Thanks!

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 05, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Fermented foods rock.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 05, 2012
at 03:35 AM

aka fiber .

Fab409ac4a30957e3ed508514f7bff02

(295)

on September 05, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Depending on your previous diet/lifestyle, it can be a big change for some people. Plus you've only been at it for a short time. I wouldn't worry much about it unless it goes on for weeks.

053f78114fa7296043a6c917ea089003

on September 04, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Thanks, so it sounds like it's a matter of tweaking the diet. The only thing I really eating a significant amount more of is nuts and seeds, so that might be the culprit. AT this point I am still craving a lot of things, so nuts and seeds are an easy fallback snack. I'll lay off them a bit and see what happens.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on September 05, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Might not be fiber at all. After all conventional wisdom says the fiber in grains are good for us, but it turns out it's not.

Might be things like probiotics from homemade fermented foods would work better. Or bone broths (as the glycine is very healing to our guts.)

Could also be trying to eat lots of fats too quickly before being adapted. i.e. if you start doing coconut oil and try more than a few teaspoons at first, you'll find, um, explosive results. :) Typically you'd want to do a little bit at a time and work up to a few tablespoons a day.

Could also be a gut flora die off as the diet changes. (Again, fermented foods can help here.)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 05, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Fermented foods rock.

053f78114fa7296043a6c917ea089003

on September 06, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I think it was a combination of too much fat, and too much nuts and seeds. I wasn't eating a ton of coconut oil or anything, it's more just that I hadn't really been using anything like that before startin g the diet. Same with nuts and seeds. While I wasn't going crazy on either, I think it was too much. I laid off both a bit yesterday, and things seemed to already improve a bit with the last 2 BM's. Thanks!

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E9a668f7e80156b0df5df3c3751618ed

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on September 04, 2012
at 09:56 PM

There can be many reasons for this. nuts & seeds: There are ppl (like me) who are not able to digest them well. A possibility is to soak them before (to get rid of enzyme inhibitors that cause digestive problems).

fat: You are supposed to eat fat without worrying, but it can take a while for your body to adjust. If you have problems after a really fatty meal, try lowering your fat intake somewhat (temporarily). I had this problem.

btw, I also have problems with fermented foods and veggies that contain a lot of fiber. We are all different. I guess I am more of an egg-meat-person.

053f78114fa7296043a6c917ea089003

on September 04, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Thanks, so it sounds like it's a matter of tweaking the diet. The only thing I really eating a significant amount more of is nuts and seeds, so that might be the culprit. AT this point I am still craving a lot of things, so nuts and seeds are an easy fallback snack. I'll lay off them a bit and see what happens.

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on September 05, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Floating and loose could be a result of too much fat. Are you going crazy with added fats? If so, consider backing off and working up slowly to allow your body to adjust.

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on September 05, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Both my husband and I had similar problems when we started eating paleo, and it seems to be a fairly common complaint. The usual advice is to make sure you're eating lots of vegetables, not a lot of nuts, and take a probiotic to get you through. I'd add to that to avoid drinking alcohol, which seemed to make it much worse, and to make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Hang in there- it passes, and then you'll feel great.

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on September 05, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Celery, eat a bunch of celery, that'll do the trick.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 05, 2012
at 03:35 AM

aka fiber .

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 05, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Moar fiber. Greens n stuff. Probiotics good too.

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