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    Is this diet right for everyone?

    Hello!!!

    I have been following this blog for the past two years and have had a few attempts at going primal. I love the idea and the science behind but I have a couple of problems whenever I start. Each time I tend to break out and get constipated. Once I eat grains again the constipation is gone. Maybe this lifestyle isn't right for me? I wanted to get some opinions on this topic. Are there any ways to tell if this lifestyle isn't for me? I want to continue with it but I don't like the feeling of being constipated and would like my skin to clear back up. Any feeback is greatly appreciated!!!!!

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    At the risk of sounding like your mom, eat your veggies and salads. I know everyone likes to post their latest bacon wrapped yummy delight on this site. That makes for good food porn but you need to balance out all that bacon with enough fiber to keep things moving.

    About the zit issue. When your body is overwhelmed with toxic stuff like artificial sweeteners, chemicals, etc. it can't keep up with processing them all out so, as a self defense mechanism, it encapsulates the toxins in fat and stores them away to get around to dealing with them later. Well, when you first go primal, you are giving your body such a break from all that toxicity that the stored toxins start to come out. Most goes out through the urine but some also comes out of the pores causing zits. Next time you get a zit don't think of it as an ugly thing spoiling your handsome face. Think, "Cool. There are some more of those nasty toxins leaving my body."

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    I don't think anything is right for everyone...

    I'd look deeper into what might be making you feel constipated and causing your breakouts so you can correct it if you want to keep trying it.

    If eating grains makes you feel better then go for it! Although I can't imagine that you would need large quantities to get those benefits if the grains are what is actually solving the problem.

    Were you wating a good amount of veggies or just meat?

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    Remember it's not set in stone. It's not a rigid diet, but a set of guidelines - you need to adjust it to find what works for you.

    I find that including at least a handful of macadamia nuts and a bit of coconut oil - and getting enough fats generally - is enough to keep the gut working smoothly. You might need to include some prunes, and extra starchy vegetables. Try having extra sweet potato rather than grains. I do include a little rice but try not to overdo it. Eat plenty of green veg. I prefer my vegetables cooked.

    Part of the problem with transition is that your gut flora need to ajust. So change things gradually and include some probiotics to help things along. Many people choose fermented foods for this, but that isn't practical for me so I have no issues with using probiotics. Not ideal, but it works for me. I know many will disagree and say go 100% and your body will make the change, but that didn't work well for me.

    Don't think of it as 'primal - or - not' think about making some positive changes. Ditch sugar and wheat. Even if you do nothing else, that's a massive step forward.



    For specific advice, you'll want to explain what you've been eating in detail so people can offer specific feedback.

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    You may not be constipated; you may just be producing less poo. Grains and legumes pass through you as an awful lot of bulk, remember.
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    Thanks for the quick responses. I have heard that the transition is different for everyone. I've never given it more than two weeks but this time around I promised myself 3 months at least. To answer jspradleys question, I would have a salad everyday with lunch and broccoli with dinner. Should I be eating more veggies? I also have some fruit at night. Usually berries.

    @Paleobird, I never realized that the acne could actually be a good sign. I just assumed it was negative. Very interesting. Thank you.

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    Took 3 months for my gut to adjust. Now it's better than it has ever been. I think it's more to do with gut flora than the veggie quantity--why else would it change over time?

    I took magnesium to help a bit during the adjustment period, and coconut oil can definitely get things moving too
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    I'm really sensitive in that area as well. Psyllium Husk works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt14 View Post
    Thanks for the quick responses. I have heard that the transition is different for everyone. I've never given it more than two weeks but this time around I promised myself 3 months at least. To answer jspradleys question, I would have a salad everyday with lunch and broccoli with dinner. Should I be eating more veggies? I also have some fruit at night. Usually berries.

    @Paleobird, I never realized that the acne could actually be a good sign. I just assumed it was negative. Very interesting. Thank you.
    I eat a lot more veggies than that and have never had a problem with constipation (or zits, but just lucky there). I usually have a salad (lettuce, snow peas, green beans, sometimes carrot, celery, occasional pineapple and/or beetroot, sprouts) with lunch and at least 5 veges with dinner. Typically sourced from onion, zucchini, green beans, snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots a couple of times a week, just depends what I have in the fridge.. Fried red onion is good for getting you to 'go'.
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    It's less of a diet than a lifestyle. And yes, you need a lot more than two weeks to see results unless you are pretty far to the morbidly obese range. You may need to suppliment with Gamma-linoleic Acid (GLA) to address your acne issue. Dr. Loren Cordain has a protocol for acne, check his web page. You may also benefit from 2 grams of EPA/DHA (fish oil) in the beginning too.

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