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Eating Primal for 5months and Can't move my bowels, why?

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  • #16
    Real, actual foods tend to produce less waste by-product.

    Agree with the suggestions of Magnesium, black coffee (these "work" for me too) and to make sure you're adequately hydrated.

    Remember though: Less crap in = Less crap out.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by acafer View Post
      Can anybody give me some advice?
      I have been eating Primal to a tee for 5 months I feel great, look great (lost 19 pounds) but my bowels are very sluggish. I maybe have a bowel movement once a week and it is not much. Funny thing is I am not blotted or gassy (which is awesome to finally get rid of). I eat tons of vegetables enough seeds and nuts and fat, good quality meat and eggs and berries as my fruit. I am also keeping myself hydrated. Exercising is not a problem everyday I am moving a lot.

      Is this normal? I visited my GI doctor this week for a checkup (I have a history of SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth which is gone!) he was concerned about my new way of eating no grains and told me to add the grains back so I have more bulk to move my bowels. Now I do not know what to do. Do I add back the grains that make me feel like crap just so I can move my bowels more than once a week? I do feel like I need to go but nothing moves.
      Any help would be greatly appreciated,
      Amy
      If you want to poo just because you think you need to, go ahead and add back in the grains. BUT if, as you said, you feel great and are not bloated or gassy, then keep on doing what you're doing. As others have said, your body is utilizing what you are giving it much better and it's using all of it. Count me also in the camp of only really going every two or three days or so. The only time that changes is when I backslide a bit and add in non primal foods. Nonprimal = unusable (IMO).

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      • #18
        Waste not, want not. You've probably gotten to a point where your body is using everything you're throwing at it. As long as you're not straining to go, or in any sort of discomfort, I'd say don't sweat it. If you want to poop more, eat more (personal experience)

        If it gets to the point where you're struggling to curl one out, I highly recommend prunes, chocolate, and miralax. Works like a charm for me!
        --Trish (Bork)
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        • #19
          Take a magnesium supplement as suggested above. You are likely suffering from magnesium deficiency.

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