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Recovering from major illness...having tough time eating meat/protein

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Hi there,

I've been paleo on/off for 2+ years and lost 40lbs....yay! Last August, I came down with a severe case of mono, was hospitalized, and have never been the same since. I've had severe gastro issues since and bloat from almost everything...I've been getting better with that after being diagnosed with SIBO and taking an antibiotic. I do get constant low grade fevers...maybe 1-2 times a week. The last week or so I've had one, but I just got done with law school finals, so my body is extraordinarily fatigued!

I've been strictly paleo since mid February. The last few weeks, I've been really into raw fruits/veggies...for protein, mostly chicken, tuna, halibut and lobster (I live in Maine!). Red meat is starting to repulse me. I used to eat a few steaks per week...but not now. I'm having problems getting protein in and I'm not sure what to do. I just dont enjoy it anymore...thats why i started eating lobster and halibut. Even those are getting old. Fats are tough, too...I used to go through sticks of butter every week, now it literally takes having guests over to use my butter. I am getting raw EVOO and some avocado (high in fodmaps =painful bloating for me!)I am getting a lot of coconut milk and oil in my daily smoothies. But not much from animal fat.

Since mono last August, almost a year later, I still get low grade fevers. Part of me thinks that when I have these fevers, I shouldn't eat much protein as it is too much work to digest? Today I ate a salad and also forced myself to eat a little 4 oz grassfed hamburger patty I cooked the night before. The taste/smell repulsed me. Why?!? (and no, I'm definitely not pregnant!)I used to have all sorts of protein on my salads...now I just want lemon/EVOO...a few pumpkin seeds and fresh veggies.

I can't scroll up to edit this as I'm on my iPad and apologize for my rambling...but basically, I'm trying to ask - if I'm not craving protein, but am craving raw veggies/fruits, should I just eat those until my love of protein returns? I know these fevers are tough on my body as it is...I don't want to be forcing protein if I don't have the energy to digest it!

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on May 13, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Try that link above to "More Than Gourmet." Their broth looks really decent in ingredients. I've heard it's good - on my To Buy list!

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on May 12, 2013
at 09:24 PM

I went to Express Care last night and was diagnosed with a bad UTI infection....I hope this is why I've been feeling off lately! It sucks I have to take antibiotics, but I'll supplement with oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, peppermint oil capsules and probiotics to help my poor intestines out. On a side note, I'm amazed, yet not surprised that I was craving lobster. I usually don't care for it, but the last few weeks I've been eating a lot. It turns out lobster is super high in iodine, which helps fight bacteria...so important to listen to your body! :)

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on May 12, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Yeah, the SIBO is tough. My gastro put me on rifamaxin (sp) an it helped with symptoms...I.e. less bloating. Unfortunately, I ended up going to Express Care last night for blood work as something just didn't feel right and I have a bad UTI...my only symptoms were fatigue and a lower back ache I thought was from exercise. Unfortunately, I have to take an antibiotic to clear it up. Part of me hopes that I've been fighting UTIs the last few months with my low grade fevers and this will clear it up. But now, it feels like i'll probably be back to square run with SIBO! I'll start probiotics soon!

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on May 12, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Thanks for the reminder about bone broth...how I wish I could buy it already made! I made it once and the odor was so off putting...but, I'll have to deal with that/leave the windows open.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 11, 2013
at 12:33 PM

I'm bracing myself for the attack of haters, but YES, I think that eating simply fruits and veggies for a short time can be very cleansing for your body! This is why vegetarian/vegan diets feel so awesome for people when they first start them. The key point is "for a short time."

I would recommend drinking broth as much as you can. Make your own, or purchase a good quality one. (here is one: http://www.morethangourmet.com/pantry-stock-sauces-gourmet-soups). The gelatin in the broth will help heal your gut, as well as get some minerals into you.

I went through a period into my second year of paleo where I ran a fever for a month. Fairly high, like 101+. I didn't feel that sick, just tired. (It was after a minor surgery, but they found no infection or problems). I never did figure out what it was. I took Quercetin to help my body with the fever, but it really had to run its course.

And certainly, if you prefer the seafood over red meat, go for it. I do think our bodies are zeroing in on a mineral/vitamin deficiency when this kind of thing happens. Also, it's what you have fresh and local, and there's nothing more paleo than that!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 13, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Try that link above to "More Than Gourmet." Their broth looks really decent in ingredients. I've heard it's good - on my To Buy list!

6cb9eb6228b5c0c358e4ac28f71a391d

(70)

on May 12, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Thanks for the reminder about bone broth...how I wish I could buy it already made! I made it once and the odor was so off putting...but, I'll have to deal with that/leave the windows open.

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on May 11, 2013
at 12:39 PM

If I'm not craving protein, but am craving raw veggies/fruits, should I just eat those until my love of protein returns? I know these fevers are tough on my body as it is...I don't want to be forcing protein if I don't have the energy to digest it!

Absolutely yes.

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on May 11, 2013
at 06:21 AM

Basically, you have a gut dysbiosis (do you still have SIBO?) that occurred due to antibiotic consumption. You might have some bad bacteria there as well. The best way to start is to get a comprehensive stool analysis (DNA with GI effects is great) and then work with it. Most likely, you will need a quality probiotic, and you will have to start with very small dosages. I would take care of SIBO first if you still have it, before taking probiotic.

Good luck!

6cb9eb6228b5c0c358e4ac28f71a391d

(70)

on May 12, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Yeah, the SIBO is tough. My gastro put me on rifamaxin (sp) an it helped with symptoms...I.e. less bloating. Unfortunately, I ended up going to Express Care last night for blood work as something just didn't feel right and I have a bad UTI...my only symptoms were fatigue and a lower back ache I thought was from exercise. Unfortunately, I have to take an antibiotic to clear it up. Part of me hopes that I've been fighting UTIs the last few months with my low grade fevers and this will clear it up. But now, it feels like i'll probably be back to square run with SIBO! I'll start probiotics soon!

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