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Feeling Sick from Paleo, Frequent gas :(

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Hello,

I'm a 24 year old girl, 5'4" originally 129#, who has never been able to stick to any sort of "diet." I've never been overweight, but am what some might call "skinny fat." I'm getting married this year, and wanted to feel great again, and heard SO many wonderful things about Paleo.

I've been eating this way for 32 days now. I've been able to stick to it fairly well, with only the occasional legume or dairy product. I LOVE cooking this way, my cravings for most carbs have been curbed, and I feel better and notice that even though I've only lost 3 lbs, I seem to be losing inches.

Recently, to get better results I started adding in aerobic exercise. Now I'm noticing that I feel pretty nauseous after I work out, even for 12 hours afterwards. My stomach seems to be a mess, and my gas is AWFUL! It is NOT pleasant, and this has never happened to me before.

I'm just so discouraged because this is the first thing that I've been able to stick to, and I don't think that its cooperating with my body. I'm afraid that I'll have to give it up, and I feel really bad about it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on February 02, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Ashley, aside from fiber, veges contain toxins, so at least cooking them might be a good idea (it also makes fiber better digestible)

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on February 02, 2013
at 12:48 PM

Michael, great link, thanks!

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on February 02, 2013
at 12:46 PM

elduderino, does anyone has useful data on anything? This is my IMHO of course.

54f8bcc34b2aac365707ebce1b61b4dc

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:21 AM

You're not the first person to suggest starches or gluten free carbs. I'm gonna try that.

54f8bcc34b2aac365707ebce1b61b4dc

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:20 AM

I definitely eat majority vegetables. I do protein at dinner, but most other meals are veggies.

54f8bcc34b2aac365707ebce1b61b4dc

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:19 AM

For breakfast I have a smoothie with fruit/almond milk because I don't really enjoy fruits much. Its the quickest/easiest thing I've found that works for me. Lunch I do a LOT of salads. Dinner yesterday before I worked out I had stuffed acorn squash with onions, apple, kale, and ground turkey. I eat lots of veggies and chicken typically. I do eat eggs, maybe as a dinner during the week, and as breakfast on the weekends. I don't have problems with them. I have been consuming a higher amount of almonds than usual.

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:23 PM

Please list more specifically what you are eating. Lots of Paleo foods can be gassy for some people. I don't do well with eggs, nuts and high-FODMAP veg.

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on January 31, 2013
at 12:14 PM

@ elduderino It 'might' suppress the immune system. I suggest you go to this thread and beyond, things are probably not as definitive as you imply. http://paleohacks.com/questions/134129/more-carbs-less-carbs-for-immune-health#axzz2JY2SAgQD

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on January 31, 2013
at 10:51 AM

Going low on carbs suppresses the immune system and leads to bacterial overgrowth? Do you have any remotely useful data on that? Maybe that's the reason epileptic kids treated with ketogenic diets drop dead like flies from pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.

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757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on January 31, 2013
at 05:08 AM

It could be two things or both. If you're not so good at absorbing fructose(and there's a lot of that in Paleo fruits and veggies) and since now you're probably eating more of it, that usually causes gas and discomfort in the abdomen. All that gas can really hurt, especially when one starts moving or exercising. That could really make you nauseous. Another thing, I had both, is when you have Leaky Gut after years of bad diet, the lymph nodes all over the abdomen become overworked and swollen. I can feel mine on some days. That really hurts (don't your lymph nodes in your neck hurt when you have a throat ache?) and is a very good reason why you would feel nauseous after any kind of movement (I even felt horrible in a car, moving around would make me so sick. Now after 3 months of Paleo and LOW FODMAP it's 80% gone.) Hope this helps. Take care

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on January 31, 2013
at 05:50 PM

The gas comes from plants. Coconut caused me to have some serious flatulence. Recently I noticed avocados can encourage it too. I think there's a lot of stuff in plants that we can't really digest, but the bacteria in our guts will go to town on the stuff.

You are feeling nauseated, not nauseous, because if you were nauseous you'd be making other people feel sick. (I've made the same mistake.) That sort of exercise is also probably not helping because you will also get hungrier and tend to eat more overall, whenever you stop feeling nauseated.

Lift some heavy stuff instead. You shouldn't want to weight less, you should want a different body composition. You may very well weigh more once you get where you need to, because muscle weighs more than fat.

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:49 PM

You should focus on bacon, it's the one food you really need.

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:43 PM

I'm a runner and I've noticed that my stomach responds that way depending on what I eat before working out, typically fruits (bananas, apples, oranges) will cause me to respond that way IF I don't mix those fruits with protein. I would just play with it until it works.

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Cut out the exercise and see if it goes away. If it does then try something other than aerobics like weights, yoga, pilates. Start lightly though. Hope you feel better, let us know.

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:24 PM

I was doing the same thing for a while - it was not enough carbs. Now I always eat a cup of blueberries about an hour before I exercise, and it has taken the nausea away. If I feel sick after, I eat a little protein.

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on January 31, 2013
at 10:41 AM

There is a never-ending discussion about carbs in the paleo world ("safe starches"). My stance is that, for grown-ups, it doesn't matter that much.

I don't know what causes you passing gas and feeling nauseous. I suggest that you try three things:

  1. Add some "safe starches" (google) before and/or after workout
  2. Get a probiotic with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium
  3. Experiment with your workout, perhaps aerobic isn't the right one for you

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:21 AM

You're not the first person to suggest starches or gluten free carbs. I'm gonna try that.

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5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:34 AM

Do you eat more vegetables/fruits? Undigested fiber can feed bacteria in your guts which produce gases.

Another danger is going low on carbs, which might suppress your immune system - which again, leads to bacteria overgrowth.

I totally don't get why paleo means low carb for so many people around here. For me it is avoiding seeds (lower amount of nuts, totally avoid grains, beans) and seed products (vegetable oils).

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on January 31, 2013
at 12:14 PM

@ elduderino It 'might' suppress the immune system. I suggest you go to this thread and beyond, things are probably not as definitive as you imply. http://paleohacks.com/questions/134129/more-carbs-less-carbs-for-immune-health#axzz2JY2SAgQD

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on February 02, 2013
at 12:48 PM

Michael, great link, thanks!

A402a961303d312055dc0b253f29deac

(320)

on January 31, 2013
at 10:51 AM

Going low on carbs suppresses the immune system and leads to bacterial overgrowth? Do you have any remotely useful data on that? Maybe that's the reason epileptic kids treated with ketogenic diets drop dead like flies from pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on February 02, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Ashley, aside from fiber, veges contain toxins, so at least cooking them might be a good idea (it also makes fiber better digestible)

54f8bcc34b2aac365707ebce1b61b4dc

(10)

on February 01, 2013
at 03:20 AM

I definitely eat majority vegetables. I do protein at dinner, but most other meals are veggies.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on February 02, 2013
at 12:46 PM

elduderino, does anyone has useful data on anything? This is my IMHO of course.

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on January 31, 2013
at 05:29 AM

I think your title is misleading...

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on January 31, 2013
at 03:44 AM

It sounds like your body is responding poorly to your aerobic exercise more than to your paleo diet. Would you consider switching it up temporarily and trying an anaerobic centric exercise program like sprint 8? I notice a happier gut in myself when I incorporate HIIT and I think it might fit your situation nicely.

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