I've searched the Internet and through PaleoHacks sights to find an answer for my issue, but unfortunately have found conflicting information and found that most people with my issues are the result of gluten. This is not my case as I have eliminated all gluten and grains from my diet. Here is some background and the problems I'm having.
I'm a 27yr old female. After my first baby 5 years ago I was at 250lbs and only 5'9. I overhauled my diet and became a vegetarian. I started doing cardio, spin class, running, and weights. I dropped down to 185. Then I got preggo with my second baby. I maintained a vegan diet and worked out all pregnancy. After I had my second baby I was at 190. I started working out and continued as a vegan for another year, but my weight wouldn't budge! I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue by my naturopath. We found a great balance of natural supplements for me and I felt like a normal human! He advised me to go primal. I ignored it because I was a staunch vegan. My weight finally started coming off and I worked my way down to 165lbs before getting pregnant with my third baby. I have always had low iron levels, but with this pregnancy my anemia hit a crazy low and despite careful diet planning and massive supplements I was still needing iron transfusions. Finally I ate meat and my iron immediately leveled out. That was the proof I needed. I started eating meat a few times a week and was amazed at the energy I had! My doctor suggested I give up gluten for my thyroid condition, and I did. I had a beautiful healthy baby 9 months ago. After reading up on it I switched to a Paleo diet last month. I felt amazing! Sustained energy all day! Anyways, I've lost 10lbs just in the last month. But the last two weeks I have had some serious belly bloat and pain. Like pain that hurts enough to take my breath away. I look like I'm preggo again! I'm not, but my belly is so big! The weight is still coming off and I'm not having any other issues. I have recently baked a few things with almond flour and coconut flour. Since going Paleo I've also had diarrhea as well. What in the world is going on here? My typical diet looks like this: Breakfast: sauteed kale with an egg over easy and a slice of bacon Lunch: tuna with mashed avocado, cucumber, carrot, and onion Snack: almond butter and coconut milk smoothie. Four slices deli roast beef. Dinner: roasted chicken, cauliflower, green beans, carrots. No food after 8pm. Breakfast at 8am.
Why is my GI tract rebelling?
asked byLauren_M (5)
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on August 01, 2012
at 01:43 AM
Is your Coconut milk free of additives?
Any surfactant (guar gum, carrageenan, etc) gives me IBS within a few hours and it is painful enough to have me curled up on the floor. I'd also skip the deli meats as they likely have gluten/msg related ingredients that show up as "spices" or salt in the ingredient list.
on July 31, 2012
at 09:54 PM
Sadly, you may find you're having issues with one or more of the foods you're still eating. It could also be that your body, in its continued cleansing and healing, is sending toxins that have long been stored in your cells and organs, into your bloodstream to be eliminated. It could be lots of issues, which I'm sure is a large part of your frustration with the different things you've read and heard.
I've been dealing with similar issues for almost two years, now. I find I have to walk a very tight line where all food is concerned. Baked goods, even almond and coconut, have not worked for me. Currently, I'm trying a autoimmune supporting program and have eliminated all nuts, nightshades, and eggs from my diet. Dairy products are on that list, but I have not touched those in two years.
I realize that I have not given you an answer. I am afraid there may not be one single answer to your question.
on August 01, 2012
at 01:35 AM
You might want to rule out SIBO.
I personally would do some testing so that I know what I am dealing with especially since diet changes didn't work.
Genova Diagnostics does excellent GI testing.
This is good http://www.gdx.net/product/10006 Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis 2.0??? (CDSA 2.0)
Also this one: Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine. http://www.gdx.net/product/10096
on August 01, 2012
at 01:30 AM
Try Pepogest (enteric coated peppermint oil) 1 hour to 1/2 hour before meals, and see if that doesn't help. After a lot of experience in this same department, I have found that this does help "tune" up my digestive system, and that after a while I can stop using it again. For comfort in the meantime, take to charcoal capsules after each meal. Don't use the charcoal within a couple of hours of supplements or medication, however.