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  • So... what happens when you don't eat primal?

    My husband and I just completed a 30 day no sugar challenge with the idea that we'd see what would happen, maybe we'd go back to our regular way of eating, maybe not. We've decided to stick with the PB. Anyway, last weekend we had a day where we had to go 2 1/2 hours out of town for one day. We brought snacks and thought we'd be able to just get by on whatever veggies were going to be around, eat whatever meat we could, etc. Turns out the only food available to us was crappy, sugary, grainy, typical junk. I decided, because I was hungry and crabby, to just go with it - one day wasn't going to kill me. OR WAS IT?? Because the next day and the day after I had some... digestive issues to be delicate. Is this was gluten/sugar/grain/whatever intolerance is like? Is this others' experience as well? Does gluten give you the shits or what? I want to know, I don't really want to experiment with it again. That wasn't... pleasant.

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    Yup. Low carb diets followed by tons of carbs throws off blood sugar. And grains after grain abstinence triggers a potent "hey you stop poisoning me!" signal from the gut. The perfect storm!

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    • #3
      You start your body back to homeostasis, just a small amount of that crap can wreck your digestion. Some people have a bigger tolerance and others can have the smallest amount and be done in.

      I spent the past 6 days in Negril avoiding most grains except a few small pasta sides and my digestion was in chaos.
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      • #4
        Homeostasis? What is this homeostasis?

        I felt honestly like I was hungover for two days. And prior to this, I was an iron-gut - nothing ever really effected me too badly. If I didn't feel so freaking awesome eating primal, I'd curse myself for doing this. But now I know.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Qwerty View Post
          Homeostasis? What is this homeostasis?

          I felt honestly like I was hungover for two days. And prior to this, I was an iron-gut - nothing ever really effected me too badly. If I didn't feel so freaking awesome eating primal, I'd curse myself for doing this. But now I know.
          It is exactly like a hangover for me. Heart palpitations, sweating, GI issues, bloating. It's awful. Blech.

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          • #6
            I'm the same as you, Qwerty - a former iron-gut-turned-digestive-sissy. It's kind of amazing to see how we managed to down-regulate our response to grains all those years... Kind of a forehead-slapper to realize this late in life that that crap's utter poison. But, to your original topic, I'd call it a normal reaction for sure - not to mention a red alert to stick with Primal whenever possible! It's taken me 4 days to recover from Easter dinner... *merf*

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            • #7
              I've been sort of wondering this myself. After a month with no grains or sugar I ate Easter dinner at the in-laws: large biscuits (the kind out of the can) and large piece of sugary birthday cake. My m-i-l knows my husband and I eat a lot so she piled it on. I waited on something to happen but nothing did. Then came Monday. GI upset and insatiable thirst. Midway through the day I remembered the biscuit and cake.

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              • #8
                Grains definitely give me *ahem* digestive issues.

                I'm pretty sure they always have done, it's just I didn't notice until my digestion was actually working most of the time. :P

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                • #9
                  I just spent my first month paleo- then ate grains on Easter and had the runs on Monday. Yep.
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                  • #10
                    I never had digestive issues either...the only time I ever experienced heartburn was when I was pregnant and I was like "what is this?"..lol but now if I eat grains, (Easter was my birthday..and I gave myself a free ride) I blow up like a tick and look 6 months pregnant. No joke.

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                    • #11
                      My only exposures to grains since going primal in January have been very small. A bite here or there. I haven't had GI issues but my hands have swollen up pretty quickly after having wheat. I accidentally ate a bite of rice a month or so ago and didn't notice any effects.

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                      • #12
                        Mm... can I just say, I really hope this doesn't happen to me? AFAIK grains don't affect me any worse than they ever did. If you go from being able to eat a particular food to not being able to tolerate it, is that progress? Not the kind I want to make.

                        How to avoid this effect, and ensure our digestion stays resilient? Is the occasional wheat-cheat (for non-coeliacs, obviously) actually going to be helpful?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hilary View Post
                          Mm... can I just say, I really hope this doesn't happen to me? AFAIK grains don't affect me any worse than they ever did. If you go from being able to eat a particular food to not being able to tolerate it, is that progress? Not the kind I want to make.

                          How to avoid this effect, and ensure our digestion stays resilient? Is the occasional wheat-cheat (for non-coeliacs, obviously) actually going to be helpful?
                          I see nothing wrong with a wheat-cheat from time to time if you tolerate it well. Though it's not only coeliacs that are intolerant. I have Hashimoto's Thryoiditis which is likely why even a small accidental wheating makes my hands swell up. I've never been prone to digestive issues that I could sense. However, the basic theory in the primal/paleo world behind autoimmune issues is that they stem from gut permeability.

                          The idea is that damage to the gut over the years of eating inflammatory foods has allowed proteins from the food you digest to enter the bloodstream and spark an immune reaction. The protein structures in some of our foods is similar to the protein structures of various organs and glands. For instance, gliadin is similar in structure to proteins found in the thyroid gland. Antibodies against gliadin might go after similar protein structures. So if you're trying to heal up from these sorts of issues, a little wheat now and then may not be worth it.

                          I've heard that the gut can heal itself eventually if you eat right. Maybe some day I won't think anything of having a little white rice now and then. Gluten grains are probably permanently off my menu.

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                          • #14
                            I occasionally have a bit of rice because say someone has cooked for you and I don't want to cause problems. I don't find an adverse effect so long as I have a small portion and its not that sticky white rice cos the thought of that makes me gag. I'm getting the impression that people have different tolerance levels and that I can tolerate decent quality rice as the lesser of evils of all the grains. I also don't have issues with corn but my understanding is that in the US corn related products turn up in a lot of dishes whereas in the UK that isn't the case so I think I'm not really eating that much of it as I could be. Here the mainstay is bread and after that potatoes. Which are the two things that I cannot have cos I will feel wrong. I'm thinking that a lot of experimentation is needed to find the correct levels for you and that it may be "none" for some people.

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                            • #15
                              hmm... i am curious but not interested in finding out. last time i think i touched a grain was like 2004, maybe 05 and i dotn remeber ever having problems with them besides i was also living off like 200cals a day at this time (facesmack....)


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