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Hack my stomach/Am I sick?

Answered on March 06, 2015
Created January 14, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Hello,

I've been eating primal/paleo since around Thanksgiving (7 weeks). I tried paleo in March of last year but that didn't last long. I've gone from weighing 225lbs down to 205lbs which I'm pretty pumped about. I seem to have more energy, more deep sleep, and a better mood as well.

However, the last few weeks I've felt odd in my stomach. I don't know if I'm not eating enough or something else. I will get these noises in my stomach like hunger pangs. Other times it will just make loud gurgling noises (and I won't feel hungry). Sometimes when I feel the loud gurgling noises its right before I go #2. My bowel movements seem to change even during the day...normal..diarrhea...constipation..normal..normal..diarrhea..diarrhea..constipation..etc. etc. You get the idea. Lately its a brown/green color.

Here is sample of what I eat:

Breakfast - 4 eggs/4 pieces of bacon or just a handful of nuts like almonds/walnuts...or I will skip breakfast. I usually have a cup of coffee every morning (with half & half and stevia).

Lunch - Salad with chicken...mushrooms..carrots..nuts..homemade dressing which is just olive oil and vinegar. Other lunches may be leftovers from the previous night's dinner. So maybe a 5oz piece of salmon with steamed veggies (with butter) and some nuts.

Dinner - Typically dinner is just a nice piece of meat (fatty cut of steak, chicken breast, pork chop, salmon, etc.) with veggies topped with butter. I will occasionally also have sauerkraut at dinner.

Snacks - I don't snack during the workday. Maybe I should. I usually will snack on some nuts before dinner..or have a few pickles...or both. Then after dinner I might have a few glasses of red wine and some dark chocolate.

Dairy - I will have half & half with coffee. Also, some cheddar on my salad or just plain as well. I don't actively avoid dairy.

Fats - Coconut oil (spoonful in my mouth or for frying) - ghee (frying) - butter (plain or cooking) - fish oil pills - avocados (2/wk) - fatty cuts of meat. I definitely do not fear fat except for corn oils, veggie oils, etc.

Alcohol - Usually a few glasses of red wine a few days per week. Other times when I cheat I will have some beers. I only experienced one heavy drinking day since I started paleo which was NYE/NYD.

Other Cheats - Corn Tortilla chips..white rice for sushi - bowl of chilli a few times.

I wonder what the heck is going on. The stomach noises are annoying and so is the wide range of #2 adventures. I am happy about the weight loss. But even the weight loss is scaring me...maybe its too much?? I weighed in earlier this week at 210 and now I'm 205. Just seems like a lot in a week.

Any advice would be appreciate. I apologize for such a long post.

Thanks,

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:50 AM

I ended up taking a probiotic daily and stopped using artificial sweeteners. I've also been taking a multi-vitamin and I feel better.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 15, 2012
at 02:57 PM

It's just a bit yucky- no pain!

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on January 15, 2012
at 11:37 AM

The quick changes in your bowel movements can indiciate a sensitivity to your food. Maybe start a food diary and log everything you eat, every reaction and the exact time. Also you could eliminate the most common culprits for say 2 weeks. (dairy, eggs, nuts, coconut, ...)

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on January 15, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I love sauerkraut, but it does not love me back. It causes me to have serious digestive issues. I believe that cabbage contains FODMAPS?

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 14, 2012
at 10:51 PM

This happens to me when I take a probiotic...

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

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on January 14, 2012
at 10:43 PM

That doesn't sound like fun. Oh well.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 14, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Good thought Melissa re: stool panel.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 14, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Maybe it would help to eat more live sauerkraut, yogurt and pickles and skip some of the nuts for awhile. Sounds like your intestinal bacteria are confused right now!

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

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on January 15, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I love sauerkraut, but it does not love me back. It causes me to have serious digestive issues. I believe that cabbage contains FODMAPS?

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on January 14, 2012
at 10:51 PM

This happens to me when I take a probiotic...

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on January 14, 2012
at 09:56 PM

I would see a doctor and get a stool panel, because if you have a parasite or an infection, what you eat is just not going to matter and you are going to become frustrated. If it turns out you are OK, I would research FODMAPs and possibly do an elimination diet based on that concept. Some of the vegetables you are eating, dairy, or even coconut (if it has guar gum) could be responsible.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on January 14, 2012
at 10:43 PM

That doesn't sound like fun. Oh well.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:57 PM

It's just a bit yucky- no pain!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 14, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Good thought Melissa re: stool panel.

8aaf45dcdbc21a2144df0006180fe60e

(108)

on February 07, 2012
at 04:50 AM

I ended up taking a probiotic daily and stopped using artificial sweeteners. I've also been taking a multi-vitamin and I feel better.

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on March 06, 2015
at 10:30 PM

This is a sign of adrenal fatigue. A regular doctor may not be much assistance. Surprisingly my chiropractor knows a lot about female hormones and adrenal fatigue so he helped me, but if i were you I would focus on your hormones.

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on January 14, 2012
at 11:44 PM

It may just be that by eating Paleo, you've added so much fiber to your diet by way of vegetation that your body can't cope with it. Hence the stomach gurgles and vacillation between diarrhea (cha cha cha) and constipation.

I get constipated if I don't eat starch on a regular basis. And by "regularly", I mean at least once every day.

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