Chiaya Posted April 12, 2012 Share Posted April 12, 2012 I wasn't planning to start a log but I have several questions related to my situation. I don't know how often I'll post about what I'm eating but here's today. (And sorry this is so long...) Morning -"Veggie" soup (homemade chicken broth with onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and cauliflower), with a tablespoon of coconut oil melted into it - I didn't eat much of the veggies as I didn't feel up to it this morning, but I drank all the broth -Chai tea with homemade coconut milk Mid morning I will get hungry and have some almonds For lunch I plan to have chicken breast with steamed asparagus and steamed carrots Mid afternoon I will have an apple and/or one salmon cake Evenings are grazing time. I have a very active and high-needs 18 month old, so I eat what I can when I can, and after she goes to sleep I try to get enough in so that I don't get hungry in the middle of the night. So tonight, at some point I'll probably eat 2-3 mini beef breakfast sausages (homemade), half a sweet potato, macadamia nuts, a bit of the coconut "cream" I skimmed off the top of the milk this morning, and part of an avocado. I do usually eat right before I go to bed (not a huge meal, but something), which I know is not great but if I don't I will wake up famished. That's a pretty typical day so far on the w30. So here's my situation. I suspect I have leaky gut. Autoimmune disorders such as celiac, IBS, eczema and fibromyalgia run in my family. I have never been tested for anything, as my symptoms have never gotten to the point where I wanted to test, but nevertheless. My symptoms are that I've had chronic constipation my whole life (usually not bad enough to cause pain, but I typically go only once every 2-4 days) and my daughter basically came out of the womb refusing to breastfeed and has had numerous problems like eczema and obvious poor digestion. Despite our breastfeeding problems, she has always breastfed and still is, while her solid foods are 90% paleo. Around day 3 of the w30 I realized I should probably do the full autoimmune protocol. I took out eggs and nightshades (although I did have some well-cooked red pepper yesterday). I realized should also take out nuts but so far I'm having a tough time with that as I want to make sure I get plenty of varied types of fats. I also started supplementing with 4,000IU Vit D per day, fish oil, and high-quality probiotics. So here are my questions: -I had hoped by now (day 6) I'd be at least slightly more regular but I'm actually worse. What could cause this? Higher protein intake? Not enough water and veggies? (And related to that, since starting w30 I feel a bit dehydrated despite drinking more water than I used to - why would w30 necessitate higher water intake?) -For about the past year, nearly all of my meat and eggs have been grass fed and pastured. 3-4 times a week I eat a small amount of wild caught salmon. So I'm not TOO concerned about my omega3-omega6 ratio but I take the fish oil because it's recommended for the autoimmune protocol. I'm wondering if I might not need the fish oil. Should I stop taking it altogether? If not yet, how will I know when I can stop taking it? -I've heard that meals should be spaced by 4-5 hours. I cannot comprehend this. First, I've always been a grazer; second, when the cravings hit, I need to satiate myself with something; third, I actually do feel hungry more often than before w30. Plus I don't want to lose weight (I'm 5'3" and 110lbs) and I'm still breastfeeding so I need some extra calories to maintain my weight. So, are there cases where it's okay to eat more often? Or can I expect to get used to eating paleo and be able to eat bigger meals spaced out? Thanks for reading all that, and thanks for any input! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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