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

  1. #11
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    Aug 2012
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    Just bought some magnesium. Hope it helps.

  2. #12
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    Jul 2012
    I think everyone has already said what I would say. I've been mostly primal for like 4-5 months and have had the same digestion issues recently. Used to go like clockwork after coffee every morning, then it was like every 3-4 days (with me totally freaking out about it). I realized I wasn't experiencing any discomfort, and I searched this forum for constipation and found a thread that talked about why the digestion changes, so that made me feel more at ease (too lazy to find it for you, but search constipation and you will find it.) Now I am taking a probiotic and being sure to drink enough water and my digestion changed again, now a little bit passes all day long. Meh, my stomach feels good so that's enough for me.
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  3. #13
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    Dec 2011
    Are you taking any meds? Some drugs have constipation as a side effect.
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  4. #14
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    May 2012
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    I found I poop a lot less and I have been primal for ~3 months. Before primal, I would go several times a day and had a good bit of gas (this was from a young age too, imagine 2nd grade with a first name that rhymes with farter and being gassy). Now once a day after coffee and I am fine. Almost no gas unless I cheat and overall every venture into the bathroom is much more satisfying. Stick with it, eat a bit more fat (bacon) and your body will adjust.
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  5. #15
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    Jan 2012
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    Could be too much insoluble fiber (leafy greens, blueberries, among others)
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  6. #16
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    Sep 2011
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    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.

  7. #17
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    Jun 2012
    New Mexico
    Quote 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,
    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).

  8. #18
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    Jan 2011
    Orem, UT
    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!
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  9. #19
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    Jun 2012
    Indianapolis, IN, USA
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    Take a magnesium supplement as suggested above. You are likely suffering from magnesium deficiency.

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