Hi there, ive been on the Whole30 diet for 10days now and in general its going really well and im sticking to it religiously. However i seem to be getting quite a number of gut issues, mainly cramping about an hour after eating and then i seem to not have the ability to keep anything in!!!! I realise my body is going through some changes as a result of this change in eating habits, but is this normal?? if this is not, can anyone suggest anything i can do? My diet has been good and varied, plenty of red meat, poultry, seafood and vegies of all kinds along with some nuts and good fats, avocado, coconut etc, im also just started taking magnesium citrate yesterday as i was told this would help. Any suggestions welcome
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on November 24, 2012
at 11:21 AM
Firstly, eat a piece of fruit a day, don't cut all sugars down. Whole30 is not normal Paleo, it's too strict, and it focuses on weight loss rather than general health/maintenance.
Secondly, Paleo is not only about what you remove from the diet (e.g. grains, legumes, sugars, vegetable oils, cow dairy), but also what you ADD to it. Bone broth, offal, seaweed, fermented veggies (e.g. live sauerkraut, kimchi), oysters, and even some home-made goat kefir (amazing results for gut issues when fermented for 24 hours to get rid of lactose), are things that people should start eating to find their health back.
So if you're getting these gut issues now that you cut down starches/sugars, it means that you had a gut problem that you didn't know about: a sensitive gut flora that went berserk after its food was cut down. Now that the problem showed up, eat properly to fix it. Even if you lose the desired weight a month later, it's not the end of the world.
From vitamins, some Mg is not bad when taken before bed. Also consider D3 (check your blood levels first though), fish oil, and maybe K2-Mk4.