constipation from low carb....

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  1. largemansmay***

    largemansmay*** Black Belt

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    What do you guys do to solve this. I am eating an apple, a good serving of almonds, and probably a cup of assorted veggies a day. This doesn't seem to be enough fiber and I'm a bit constipated. What do you guys do for this?
     
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    Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    You can add fiber supplements, powdered psyllium to your protein shake and it'll actually slow the absorption of the whey, which is a good thing.

    Also, make sure your fat intake is high enough, and that you're hydrated enough. It's not always fiber that's the culprit here.
     
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    largemansmay*** Black Belt

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    I drink a lot of water actually. I will see what I will do about my fat intake. I actually think it is pretty high because I eat nuts, use olive oil on my salads, eat a few eggs with cheese and turkey bacon, and try to make sure to have some sort of fatty meat for dinner (and if it is boneless skinless chicken breast, I will coat it with ground pork rinds...it is delicious.)

    Anyway, I will see how things work out for the next couple weeks while keeping your suggestions in mind and see if I need metamucil. Thanks a lot.
     
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    If your total vegetable intake per day totals one cup, you've probably got more problems than constipation. Kale chips are a pretty delicious snacking food that would serve the purpose. Add in some more broccoli and cauliflower and chances are you won't need any sort of supplement and you'll be getting a better micronutrient load as well.

     
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    Search "constipation," "regularity," etc. on Robb Wolf's site. I remember him talking about constipation for people switching over to Paleo and/or lower-carb eating on one of his podcasts. Rather than butcher his advice, I suggest searching there, let me know if you can't find what you're looking for.
     
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    Figs, molasses (black strap if you can get it), spinach, carrot. If your serious about keeping your bowels in shape think seriously about getting a Colema Board. Starting fresh really helps you notice what foods are causing blockages.
     
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    largemansmay*** Black Belt

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    My 1 cup estimate for veggies was probably pretty low...I am probably eating 1.5-2 cups, and I eat a big spinach salad too. But I figured spinach didn't have much fiber.
     
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    largemansmay*** Black Belt

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    Has anyone else noticed the irony of the band "cake" being played in a primal recipe video?
     
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    Metamucil before bed.
     
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    just add a psylium product at some part of the day. i add some to any shakes i have throughout the day and before bed.
     
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    You could also try magnesium citrate before bed as well. Can help a little bit with sleep.
     
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    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    Drink more water. Thats it.

    You could also up the fat, as sinister said. But really up your water intake and you should be fine.
     
  13. Blackice

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    For me Chia seeds mixed with ground psyllium husk and inulin do it for me. The chia seeds were definitely the difference maker.
     
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    Holy fuck dude, I tried a serving of chia seeds in water a few weeks ago and took the most epic dump of my life. I think chia seeds on their own will do, adding psyllium might be overkill.
     
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    Coffee every morning sually does the trick for most. Another good thing is to munch on sunflower seeds They have plenty of fiber and protein.
     
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    More water.
     
  17. ChinUp

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    yes ironic.

    Do you pay attention to food combining ? Poor combinations can neutralize the beneficial effects of what your eating & cause backups in your bowel. You could well be loosing the usefulness of spinach on your bowl function because your putting it onto a poor combination (protein & starch for example) still in your gut.
     
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    LOL well maybe it WOULD be fine on its' own I don't know. What I DO know is that even with combining those other 2 things, I still don't take the kind of epic dump you speak of, and I don't go 3 times a day like Sinister. Once a day for me is good. It used to be a LOT worse than that. However...maybe I'll try JUST the chia seeds and if I really don't notice any difference then I can save myself some money and have you to thank. >: )
     
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    Sinkamas, which looks somewhat like a turnip, is a great little fiber veggie. I see them more at Meijer and larger grocery stores. It's crunchy and goes well chopped up in a salad, or by itself.
     
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    Believe it or not, heres what happened to me:

    When I started a low carb diet, I thought I was getting plugged up too. Pissing me right off. Then I realized that I was just eating more efficient foods, and was producing far less waste. I'm a ritual-shit man, if I don't have a good shit or two a day, something isn't right. I found I was still aiming for those good shits, but in reality the efficient food resulted in only a good shit every 2 or 3 days.
     

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