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  • #31
    On a 90% primal diet I now only go once every 2 or 3 days. One much appreciated benefit is that when I go for a run I no longer have to find some bushes to squat down behind after a couple of miles!
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    • #32
      Less for me as well, both volume and frequency
      Male, 32y, 6'0" tall
      SW 306lbs (6/1/12)
      CW 244lbs (1/17/13)

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      • #33
        it hasn't really hasn't changed for me yet. 3 to 5 x a day and all over the bristol chart. :C

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        • #34
          Less for me (frequency and amount). I usually am more predictable now though. Since giving up sodas, much less gas as well.
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          • #35
            Count another for a significant decrease in trips to the bathroom. Basically every other day. I've been assuming it's the switch to real nutrition.

            Adding any grain in, even polished white rice in a tiny amount, results in, uh, instantaneous transit of all shipped goods.

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            • #36
              Drastic reduction once grains were gone...ate a third of a corn cob for dinner one night which turned up the volume again, temporarily. Way less gas, too...yay!
              Age 55, post-menopausal, primal since August '12 with some dairy, lots of seafood, following PHD and the 5 Leptin Rules. Taking ThyroGold, eating RS and zero wheat with great results. My Primal Journal

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              • #37
                Less for me.

                Unless I've been on a fruit binge...
                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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                • #38
                  I don't worry about frequency really....If I'm eating a very meat dense diet then I assume that I will go less frequently and have less volume. This is completely normal. If you eat tons of sweet potatos for instance you will notice more frequent and increased volume. Again, completely normal. You can not dictate to your body that "I need to go every X often". Just doesn't work that way.

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                  • #39
                    Went over to Gut Sense and maybe found the science behind all this:

                    Stage 4. Treatment of constipation with fiber
                    Medical professionals and Dr. Moms alike recommend dietary fiber and fiber laxatives to “naturally” alleviate hardness, particularly when stools are small and dry. Fiber bulks up (enlarges) and moisturizes stools by either retaining water, blocking water absorption, or both.

                    The most apparent damage from fiber in enlarged stools are mechanical, related to its sheer physical bulk. Fiber is the only commonly consumed nutrient that reaches the large intestine undigested and expanded up to five times (500%) its original weight. On the other hand, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats leave behind less than 5% of undigested solids.

                    Here is the same math in weight units: once in the colon, 100 g of fiber turns into 500 g of undigested residue, while 100 g of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates digest down to less than 5 g of solids. Thus, per unit of weight, undigested fiber is 100 times more dense than all other nutrients (500 g / 5 g = 100 ). That's why doctors refer to fiber-free diet as low density, and a high-fiber—as a high bulk diet or roughage.

                    Historically, indigenous diets, even plant-based, were low-density. That‘s because prehistoric people didn't have the means and skills to grow, process, and prepare high-fiber food. For these evolutionary reasons, human digestive organs haven‘t adapted to high-bulk diets, and remain as vulnerable today as they did millennia ago.

                    Unfortunately, enlarged stools require straining, particularly as you get older. Welcome to Stage 5.
                    Gut Sense: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Recovery

                    There's a big difference between 500 and 5 grams.

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                    • #40
                      So I dont have to strive for the whole soft(ish) "S" poop anymore, that is good cuz it ain't happening anymore.
                      65lbs gone and counting!!

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                      • #41
                        (@ this thread: Oh good, I was wondering on this exact subject. ) Historically it has been "normal" for me to do so once every few days, followed by a period of then once every day or every other three times in a row, and it's similar, albeit slightly less on Paleo/Primal than compared to when I was downing wheat/gluten, low-quality dairy, tons of refined sugar in tea, processed stuff, vegetable oils, etc. galore.

                        Originally posted by Legbiter View Post
                        I have less frequent but more battleship/cruiser sized offerings to the porcelain gods since going primal.
                        ^ that. But unlike before, no pain associated with them since...not...bricks...

                        Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
                        I noticed a significant reduction in BM when I went paleo and dropped grains. I used to go once a day, now I'm lucky if I go twice a week. I also have some autoimmune issues, and likely a leaky gut, so I'm never sure what's related to those issues and what's a result of "my body processing food more efficiently" as my husband tells me (still trying to figure out if this is true, too!). I can go 4+ days without feeling any need to go whatsoever, sometimes i have that "weight/pressure" telling me something's there waiting, sometimes i feel nada.
                        Ya, that. Recently, there was a 6-day gap, but no biggie I guess... The critical difference is no pain or discomfort of any kind.

                        (As for my conditions, I have no idea what I do / don't have...)
                        Last edited by Archaeloidic; 09-17-2012, 08:52 PM.

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                        • #42
                          At first I was pretty concerned about how I'd only have a BM every other day since cutting out grains, thinking I was suffering from constipation. But, then I read about what constipation really is; there's a difference between "feel the need to go, but can't" (constipation) and "I just don't have to go" (not constipation).
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                          • #43
                            I depends on your fiber intake. When I used to eat ton's of veggies and salad and nuts and ect I would regularly have 2-3 movements a day. Now I don't force myself to eat all that and I usually have 1 a day. We lack the enzymes to digest plant cellulose so it simply goes down you intestinal tract and out the other end. More waste = wasted food
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                            • #44
                              I don't know what you guys are up to but my BM have sped up. I go every day, sometimes even twice. Sometimes (depending how much I eat in a day) on given days I have gone as much as 5x in 1 day...starting with a bigger load, and ending the day with a tiny marble.
                              I've been following the PB for 2.5 years and I couldn't be happier with my BM. My entire life I've had chronic constipation and the only way for me to go was to take a laxative sold over the counter at a drug store. Sometimes I didn't go for 3 weeks!!!!
                              My stools were extremely dry and lumped up into a huge ball which was hard to pass.

                              Going often makes me happy and it gives me a refreshing feeling in my midsection

                              My bowel movements take no more than 36 hours and are perfect according to the Bristol Stool Chart....usually within 24 hours whatever I ate comes out the back side. I know this because (of course) I always turn around and inspect my own crap. I sometimes drink or eat certain things on purpose that don't really digest (broccoli) or color the stool (red beet juice) to test the timing of my digestion.

                              Some might say such a speedy digestion isn't good and I miss out on nutrients and therefor could suffer malnutrition...NOT with everything I'm eating!

                              PB has done the exact opposite for me than for most and I'm happy about it.

                              BUT, I have to mention that I strictly followed Konstantin Monastyrsky's book Fiber Menace at the start of my primal journey and healed my gut accordingly.


                              Your lack of movement is caused by the excessive amount of indigestible fibers.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Issabeau View Post

                                My bowel movements take no more than 36 hours ......
                                Holy shit! .....I know you meant transit, but couldn't resist.

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