I’m sorry that I didn’t write this post right after Week 4. It has been 3 months since I went paleo starting with the Whole 30. Just in case you missed them:
Let me tell ya, I’ve pretty much drank all the Paleo “koolaide.” I had some friends in Germany when I used to live there who were paleo, and I thought they were absolutely crazy for doing it. I thought it was too restrictive, and I was all about “moderation.”
What I have learned over the years is, when you have stomach issues like me, there is NO SUCH THING as moderation. This especially goes for people who have gluten intolerances (like me). I do not understand why people continue to eat it even though they know it causes them issues. It is kind of like people who still smoke even though they have been diagnosed with COPD or lung cancer. I don’t get it.
Anyway, after the Whole 30, I missed my New Mexican cuisine, and ate some tacos, rice, and beans. My stomach was upset and bloated for 3 days afterwards. I tried this a few other times with some grains and legumes, and it was the same story. I felt lethargic as soon as I got done eating it as well. It looks like I won’t be going back on the grains/legumes on a regular basis. I might be able to get away with it once every few months, but 2-3 times/ week is not happening anymore. Gluten does not happen willingly (talking about cross contamination here), and has not happened willingly for the last 2 or 3 years. That isn’t going to change.
Going paleo has definitely helped with the bloating that I normally experience, but it hasn’t really helped with the constipation. My energy levels have increased, which I’m loving, and I’m sleeping better than I was before. I bought Diane Sanflipos’s book, Practical Paleo to help me with the constipation issue and the overall transition to the paleo lifestyle. I mentioned in one of my paleo recaps that she had a page about “poop” in her book which was very helpful. She suggested in her book to try eating more probiotics to help my digestion. I’m not a fan of sauerkraut or kombucha (at least I wasn’t at the time) so I opted for a supplement. It was a cheap supplement from the commissary, and after two months of taking it nothing changed.
On Friday, I had the privilege of attending Diane’s book signing where she had a Q & A session for an hour before she signed my book.
Most of the questions asked by the attendees were answered in her book, but I shared with her that I was not having luck with the probiotic supplement. She brought up some very interesting points:
* I really need to check my thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism runs in my family, and it is often a cause of constipation.
* I needed to read her guide to healing a leaky gut in her book. I don’t know how I missed it. That book has so much useful information in it, I feel like I need to read it again.
According to her “leaky gut healing guide,” in the book I need to be taking: L-glutamine between meals to help with gut lining repair, quercetin to help with inflammation, and to take omega-3 and fat-soluable vitamin-rich fermented cod liver oil/butter blend (Green Pastures). I order the capsule form of the fermented cod liver oil/butter blend online this weekend and hope to get it soon. The bitters is to increase my stomach acid content, and the Usana vitamins are for my possible calcium deficiency. I had to analyze my diet in my nutrition class, and it turns out that I’m not getting enough calcium since dairy also upsets my stomach. I also heard on a Balanced Bites podcast that a calcium deficiency could be causing my sugar cravings. It is worth a try.
* Along with those supplements, I need to inoculate my large intestine with good bacteria. I need to start EATING my probiotics, hence, the kombucha and sauerkraut. She suggested that I start off with 1/4 cup of sauerkraut with every meal. If I start off with too much, my gut could get very upset.
* She also referred me to a holistic nutritional consultant which I might try if all of this doesn’t work. The holistic nutritional consultant had $350 to $550 packages. That is money that I do not want to spend unless I have exhausted everything I can do on my own. If you are wondering why I just don’t go to the doctor, the last time I went, I just got prescribed stool softener pills. I don’t have a problem with my stool being too dry (sorry if this is TMI, but everyone poops, right?). In fact, whenever I actually do go every 5 days, it is diarrhea. So, they were of no help. However, I probably should go in there now that I have a better idea of what could be the problem, and see where that takes me if this stuff doesn’t work.
I will now leave you with cute pictures of my babies. I tried to tell myself how cute they were and that I love them after they chewed up my husband’s down feather jacket and one of our computer cords last week!
And finally, Kai is his new Cozy Cave bed! I think he likes it. My husband and I are excited about possibly getting more sleep if he sleeps in his bed rather than ours!
Oh, and one last thing, my physical therapist says that I may be ready to “jog” next week. So excited!!!