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Paleo diet makes me sick to my stomach.... what do I do?

Answered on February 06, 2014
Created January 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I've been doing paleo for quite some time. I was hoping to reap the benefits of the diet, but instead, it makes me feel like I'm on the verge of throwing up. This is not a sugar withdrawal or starchy carbs craving; I know the difference. The sick feeling comes after cooking paleo meals (that usually involve oils, meats, seasoning). I feel nauseous. I've never been able to handle digesting high fat meals, but was hoping my body would adjust to healthy fats, but I feel even sicker when consuming coconut oil or red meats (which I never used to eat before). I'm well past the "adjustment period", and am feeling glum. Lately I've been sneaking in "regular" meals (still healthy, but with potatoes, or rice, or beans), and I don't get nauseated at all. Do you all think genuinely the paleo diet is not for me? I'd love some insight, so I can know whether to continue to add back in the banned carbs and starchy foods while still remaining healthy. Basic line is, I feel tired, nauseated and overall sick when I cook healthy paleo meals. I don't feel these things when I have meat with some rice, fruits and veggies. What's the deal?

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on January 28, 2014
at 12:12 AM

Papaya enzymes may help!

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on January 26, 2014
at 06:37 PM

What kind of paleo diet are you eating? Is it normally very low in carbs? If so, try eating starch with your fat and see if you do better.

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on February 06, 2014
at 11:59 PM

Thank you for all the replies thus far. I'm now even more confused, as I've recently introduced beans, rice, potatoes, and oats into my diet regularly. I don't feel nauseous, which is at the forefront of why I'm considering not being paleo anymore. I have diagnosed intestinal issues, but they remain the exact same whether I eat paleo for two weeks straight with no cheating, or I eat the "not allowed" foods. I also avoided any foods known to trigger digestion issues, but my problems didn't budge. I feel no different between eating a nightshade vegetable or going a month without a single one. ??

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on January 30, 2014
at 02:45 AM

Paleo does not equal high fat or high protein. These things are important, eat them in whatever ratio works for you. But dont make yourself feel worse just because of what you read on the internet. Stay in tune with your body, and eat whats right for you- even potatoes and rice. Some traditional diets are high fat, some high protein, some high carb. Find your sweet spot.

As long as there no processed crap, I would put my whole hearted stamp of approval on whatever sort of diet you follow.

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on January 28, 2014
at 07:20 AM

Ahhhh who cares what "Paleo" means and whether you are "Paleo" or not, you are an individual and don't have to be beholden to a label. Experiment and find what works for you, and keep calibrating it a bit here and there until you feel good AND get whatever health benefits you seek.

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on January 28, 2014
at 04:58 AM

I second what Janknitz wrote above. It sounds like you may be suffering from issues with a leaky gut. I am had similar kinds of side effects when I started paleo, after being a vegetarian for 8 years. When I would eat a high fat meal ,my heart would race and I would feel like shit. It took a combination of spending a month on the Paleo Auto-immune protocol and some time for my body to transition, and now I've never felt better in my life! If you are going to add carbohydrates, I would encourage you to start with fruits and starchy roots like sweet potatoes, cassava, yucca, etc.

Potatoes are nightshades and can adversely affect your ability to heal your leaky gut (if that is what is actually what is happening).

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on January 28, 2014
at 12:11 AM

You may want to talk to your doctor about an existing intestinal issue. Fact of the matter is that there are a lot of people out there with intestinal issues and meat makes them sick! They never even knew they had digestive issues until they tried paleo.

A40f5960d5b205203aa957970801999c

on January 28, 2014
at 12:12 AM

Papaya enzymes may help!

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on January 27, 2014
at 06:11 PM

It may be that you are sensitive to these things, or your vegetarian days did a number on your gut so you lack the enzymes to digest them. Piling on fat and meat you're not tolerating clearly isn't working. Maybe you need to heal your gut first, and get your digestive system in order. Sounds like a perfect reason to see a good naturopath.

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on January 26, 2014
at 08:19 PM

No, I haven't looked in to the Perfect Health Diet, but I will now, thanks!

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7b6cb89932b60477352dc113c084b602

on January 26, 2014
at 08:19 PM

Almost all the "feel good" stories and "I beat my sugar cravings" and "I lost weight and cleared my skin" and whatever else on the topic of going paleo includes people (specifically women) ditching most fruits and all starches except sweet potatoes. And none of my paleo blogs call for rice, white potatoes, beans, sugary fruit, etc. So that's why I'm confused. But the diet of high fats and veggies is really getting to me. But then, if I go back to a normal eating routine including rice, beans, etc, I won't be paleo anymore. So that's my whole thing. I don't see how adding the "banned" foods back in to my diet would still give me the option of being paleo. I wouldn't be anymore. I'd be more Mediterranean. So is it true, the paleo diet doesn't work for everyone? Surely I can't be the only one who gets sick when adhering to the diet rules. Guess I just need someone's blessing to go off the diet....:)

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on January 26, 2014
at 08:03 PM

i don't see how eating meat with fruits, veggies, and rice would be AGAINST paleo whatsoever... so do that? i mean, rice is supposedly a safe carb on the perfect health diet. have you researched that book/blog?

i'd avoid what you're currently doing because it obviously isn't working for you. no need to make yourself sick just to follow some stupid rules.

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on January 26, 2014
at 06:52 PM

Paleo information? A lot of top rated cook books and blogs. Same as you, most likely. If you're referring to the beans and rice, most paleo recipes and blogs stay away from it. And I've witnessed many "burning at the steak" comments by readers when a paleo blogger devises a recipe that uses one of the "forbidden" ingredients. So, as a general rule, I know those aren't allowed.

My problem is meat and the fats. I can't digest them, and I feel sick after eating them. It's not as if I eat a lot of meat, but even having some bacon with eggs makes me nauseated. For a while I thought maybe I was allergic to coconut oil, but any other oil has the same result. Also, I absolutely cannot do dairy, but I have never been able to, pre paleo. I'm allergic, and even ghee makes me sick. :( I don't know why my body isn't adjusting, but I'm tired of being nauseous and wonder if going back to my low fat, lean meals will make me feel better. I originally went on the diet to help with mood swings, acne, weight loss and just to feel better. Unfortuantly my acne is terrible, mood swings still here, and I've gained weight, not lost. Darn!

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on January 26, 2014
at 06:22 PM

Eat some starch then. Potatoes are perfectly paleo. While not technically paleo, beans and rice are ok.

Curious, what's your source of paleo information?

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