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  • Non-Primal Husband with Stomach Issues

    So, my darling husband is not primal and has stomach problems when he consumes certain things. When he eats coconut oil, coconut milk, oily meat, eggs, other oils he gets a stomach ache and has indigestion and then burps for hours. I don't know what to feed him anymore! All of the food he can't eat are foods that make me feel good and all the foods that make him feel good (grains) I can't eat. What should I do??
    Other than that he is a pretty healthy guy. About 5'9" and 150lbs and is physically active and does things like chops wood and haul heavy things. I just don't know what to feed him!

  • #2
    My non-primal DH (5'10" and 160 lbs on a good day) has some gastro issues too, although it's not usually fatty foods that bother him. We think it might be undiagnosed IBS, but doctors have been useless and insist he's the healthiest person in the country despite his gastro issues, crappy immune system and a host of other things. He's pretty much voluntarily dropped grains (except a slice of toast in the morning and the occasional bowl of cereal) but this hasn't resolved his issues. Have you looked into the possibility of him having IBS or other ailment?

    Also, what is oily meat? I gotta say, that doesn't sound appetizing to me, and my stomach could digest rocks. :-)

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    • #3
      Sounds like he's not producing enough stomach acid or bile or something. Hypochlorydria is the name for the former. You can take Betaine HCl or ox bile or both, but I'd do some research on my own before choosing to go one of those routes.
      The Champagne of Beards

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      • #4
        When I say oily meat, I mean meat cooked in oil like butter or olive oil. And not even in excess

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        • #5
          I second the thought of low stomach acid. He could even try a shot of apple cider vinegar before meals to see if that helps with digestion.
          Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AuroraB View Post
            I second the thought of low stomach acid. He could even try a shot of apple cider vinegar before meals to see if that helps with digestion.
            I was gonna suggest after meals, but same suggestion. shooting it straight can be off-putting, so I will put a capful of ACV in a shotglass, top it off with tapwater and shoot that if I get indigestion.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AuroraB View Post
              I second the thought of low stomach acid. He could even try a shot of apple cider vinegar before meals to see if that helps with digestion.
              That's an interesting idea... maybe that would help.

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              • #8
                you said he is not primal, is he eating wheat and dairy??
                5'7'' 127 lbs, primal since August 2011

                My journal:
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78819.html

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                • #9
                  Most meat doesn't need oil or butter, so just leave it off his. Don't get me wrong a buttered steak is a dream, but not necessary to make it good. Also, have him read this weeks success story, kind of sad really but eating primal has helped him.
                  Primal since 4/7/2012

                  Starting weight 140
                  Current weigh 126

                  www.jenniferglobensky.blogspot.com

                  Jennifer

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                  • #10
                    Ever considered it is just the different microbiota make up each of you have because of your different diets.
                    If he feels fine eating the foods he eats, then likely nothing wrong with him.

                    It takes a while for the microbiota to shift over to different dietary intakes, so unless he is keen to switch to primal, gradually that is, then you really can't determine if he actually has a fat digestion condition.

                    Although, just re read your OP, the egg thing is a bit of a question, do boiled eggs have same effect?

                    What is his cholesterol like, if he is in the low range, that may be a clue as it is essential for bile production & fat digestion?
                    "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                    • #11
                      Has your husband been on a salt restricted diet?

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                      • #12
                        If he does not want to eat your diet, leave the poor man alone. If he feels bad on his own choice of foods, suggest he go to a doctor. If he won't, ignore his complaints.
                        "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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