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    Hey guys,

    I've been primal for 9 months and I LOVE it. I started the diet to help with IBS symptoms and autoimmune issues, and for the first six months or so things were amazing, but about three months ago my constant bloating came back (I look pregnant all the time) along with diarrhea. So, I tried experimenting with the diet some more- no cheating, no sugar at all, no dairy, no FODMAPs, no alcohol, etc. Nothing helped. Once I cut out FODMAPs 2 weeks ago, the diarrhea went away and was replaced with constipation, I started eating FODMAPs again but still no change. The bloating in particular is driving me insane, I'm 21 and I have a pretty small frame, so it makes me pretty self-conscious. The last time I tried to be paleo (about 2 years ago) I gave up after 4 months because the diet stopped working. I love primal and don't want to eat any differently, but I can't stay on a diet that is making me feel miserable. I would really appreciate your advice. Thanks!

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    What do you typically eat?
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    • #3
      GAPS is something to really look into.

      Also, have you been tested for SIBO?

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      • #4
        I haven't tried GAPS yet but I did SCD before which is pretty similar, it worked for a while but also just stopped one day. I haven't been tested for SIBO but I was treated with Xifaxan with no results. I have Celiac and it seems I have just never healed with the gluten free diet.

        Breakfast for me is usually two eggs and some bacon, though lately it has been pumpkin or carrot smoothies which have pumpkin or carrot, some pecans, about 3 tbs of flax (which is why I'm drinking the smoothies), almond milk, about 1/4 banana and stevia.

        Lunch is usually a salad, this week it was a spinach salad with chicken, strawberries, avocados, and oil and vinegar.

        Dinner is typically chicken or pork, beef when I can afford it, and two veggies on the side.

        I was eating dark chocolate almost nightly but I've stopped for about three weeks now.

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        • #5
          might be the fiber? flax, pumpkin, carrots and raw spinach might just be too much for you.

          i make flax focaccia that i keep in the freezer, but i can't eat it everyday -- not even in small pieces.

          i do better with cooked greens rather than raw.
          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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          • #6
            I was thinking along the same lines. There is such a thing as too much fiber, and it's not hard to do.
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            • #7
              I am betting on the flax too. I don't know if ground flax has the same properties, but the whole seeds are not very digestible and go very gloopy. A sort of cross between egg white and wallpaper paste. You need to drink a lot with it to flush the stuff through.
              I'd say drop the flax, drink a lot and make sure you eat a decent amount of fat to lubricate things.

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              • #8
                with all that other fiber, and a damaged gut, why are you taking the flax at all?

                if it's a regularity issue, are you taking magnesium supplements?
                As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                Ernest Hemingway

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                • #9
                  I never understood flax. It's the same coming out as going in and while it's in, it doesn't seem to make me feel better at all.
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                  • #10
                    probiotics might be a big help here...I agree to maybe drop the morning smoothies
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                    • #11
                      ok where to start...*Sigh* from a comment you laid down you seem to be saying youre a very small. Looking at your general eating habits, i would say you have multiple issues. First being that youre WAY too low carb, which is why youre probably consistently failing. The simple fact is that youre young and small and need to get some carbs in you. secondly, get rid of the damn flax, why the heck are you taking that? fiber? theres absolutely zero reason to take fiber from something like flax, just eat a good amount of veggies(and even that is not NECESSARY per se). Up your calories in general, you eat like a bird lol i would say that you should actually try to overfeed yourself once or twice a week(not on junk mind you), you need to flood your body with nutrients, keep as high quality as you can, grassfed meats,organic veggies,tubers etc.. walk as much as you can! im not sure if you do any type of exercise, but id def. keep it short and sweet for now, maybe one or two sessions 15-30 min max of some bodyweight/weightlifting and then just move your ass around alot(yoga is great for just building some strength and flexibility with zero cortisol release). Make sure you get 2-3 meals a day, eat big,eat good, dont be afraid of carbs, stay away from flax crap. Good luck and be patient! give things time to fix themselves, ex: if you reintroduce carbs do it slowly and dont be afraid if you feel kind of funky at first its natural, alot of people go too low carb,feel great,2-3 months later get digestive issues/skin issues cuz they went too low carb and messed up their thyroid and cortisol, reintroduce, feel funky cuz their body isnt used to carbs anymore and then quit again. you need the carbs but you need to be patient with it. feel free to hit me up with any questions,cheers!
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                      • #12
                        just to add in some stuff i forgot, its always a great thing to introduce a bit of fermented foods(pickles are awesome and easy to make), get some bone broths in this is fantastic for healing the gut and a big energy booster,make sure youre getting a good amount of sea salt in(many people go way too low once they go primal), and some kelp(or seafood in general) to get your iodine and selenium levels up. Many people dont get enough magnesium and vitamin D, so id def. recommend supplementing them(and those are the ONLY supps. i recommend)

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