Salads might be causing bloating, gas, and messy BMs (what to eat for lunch now?!)

Answered on May 24, 2014
Created May 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

All right, I've been following a Primal lifestyle (tending towards Paleo, too) for just over 3 years now and, pretty much every day, I'll eat a huge salad for lunch. Usually, it'll have some sort of greens (mix of romaine, spring mix, and spinach), half a yellow squash, half a zucchini, a bell pepper, half of an avocado, some tomato, and then some sort of protein (usually a turkey burger or leftover chicken from the night before). I look forward to that salad every single day!

For the past probably 8 months or so, though, I've noticed that I'll get super bloated and gassy, to the point of pain and stomach cramps, after my lunch. I'll have to mow through a Gas-X every 4 hours until I go to bed just to keep the pain down. Also, the next day, my BM is usually quite messy and smells disgusting (like, half a roll of toilet paper messy...to be fair, it's been like that since Day 1 of Primal/Paleo living). I've been keeping a food journal and, while I'm not entirely sure what is causing it akk, the bloating and gas usually start just after lunch and will continue on throughout dinner. I'm to the point that I'm just scared to eat anything except scrambled eggs or oatmeal or something.

So, I'm coming to you all for help:

1) Anyone experience this? Anything I can try or any advice?

2) What can I eat for lunch now? I feel like I'm missing out on all of the veggie goodness if I don't have a big old salad right in the middle of the day, plus it feels like I'm severely limiting my diet. Plus, if I don't eat it, I'm ridiculously hungry the rest of the day.



on May 23, 2014
at 04:28 PM

Try heating/cooking your veggies, I feel I digest cooked food much better than raw, I used to have a MASSIVE salad for dinner every night but once I started cooking my food I felt so much better, it was like I could feel myself getting more nutrition from my food, plus my BM's are now reliable.

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on May 24, 2014
at 10:58 PM

I think that @raydawg gave you a very detailed response your other question. It seems to me that your current situation is just a continuation of the previous one.

I agree with him... your gut bacteria appears not adapted to your current diet.

Did you try some SBO probiotics like he suggested?

Here's another source of info...Check out Dr Art Ayers... very smart guy and very focused on glut flora (among other things)




About four years ago (way pre-paleo) I had some major digestive issues after a couple rounds of antibiotics for a horrendous arm infection. I did the yogurt thing & stopped eating bread, at the time bread seemed add to the distress. I didn't know 10% of what I know now about diet but the problems finally (months later) went away, so I stupidly / happily went back to my regular diet.

Summer of 2012 I started my slow drift (~7 months) to paleo & I never intend to go back. I think my lack of distress & success with my transition to paleo was due to the very slow pace of my diet change.

People who do the cold turkey changes (Whole 30, etc) are a lot tougher than I am. I recommend slow & steady.

imo... the reason you feel a bit better "off paleo".... you're used to 'non-paleo' and paleo is disruptive. YMMV

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