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Fats, fodmaps and diarrhoea (day 8)


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Apologies for my first post being so, err, intimate!

 

I'm 41, lactose intolerant 20+ years but only worked it out & eliminated dairy about 3 years ago which has had the most remarkable effect on my health. However my bowel still doesn't behave particularly well. 

 

I eliminated high fodmaps about 6 weeks ago although I can't say it made much of a difference to my gut.

 

Now I am on day 8 of Whole30 (including the fodmaps rules). 

 

Whilst I'm not having the extreme gut symptoms that dairy would give me, I still haven't had a formed bowel movement since starting Whole30. 

 

I haven't fancied raw foods since starting so tend to eat stirfrys for most meals. I have a max of 1 coffee and day and drink hot water other than that. I am eating nuts (macadamias and cashews) which I only just got to the part in the book today that suggests they're not great for gut issues.

 

I know from past experience that if I have a lot of fat then I get diarrhoea. If this is the cause, is my gut likely to toughen up and get used to it over time?

 

Many thanks in advance x

 

PS other than the gut issues and some cranky headaches I feel great, I even had some weird periods of euphoria on day 3 and 4! 

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Ya, I'd say eliminate the nuts altogether (known to cause gut issues!) and try other fat sources and see how you go.  Avocados might treat you better than coconut which is better than nuts etc.  You can try upping your veggies too and include starchy veggies to help with stool bulking.

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Hi Ladyshanny and thanks for your response  :)

 

Avo's are limited to an 1/8 of a fruit on fodmaps which I can't see would make enough of a difference to my overall fat intake to bother with. We do grow our own pigs on grass and I have got plenty of home made pork dripping so I'll try that for a few days in lieu of the coconut fats.

 

And I'll omit nuts too (sob!)

 

Thanks again xx

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You probably don't need your gut to "toughen up," but you may need a digestive enzyme to help you fully process the fat you are eating. Your gut will grow the bacteria it needs eventually, but it can speed the process to take digestive enzymes for a month to get you up to speed quickly. Another help is taking a probiotic. I took one called Prescript-Assist while on anti-biotics and it got me in good shape after just a few days. 

 

 
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Also if you can get some bone broth into you it might help  things "tighten up" in that department.

 

I used to have this issue too and I found that bone broth or a collagen supplement helped immensely.

 

Oh that's interesting Carlaccini, can you tolerate fats perfectly well now? And do you need to keep drinking the broth to maintain that?

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Hi Ladyshanny and thanks for your response  :)

 

Avo's are limited to an 1/8 of a fruit on fodmaps which I can't see would make enough of a difference to my overall fat intake to bother with. We do grow our own pigs on grass and I have got plenty of home made pork dripping so I'll try that for a few days in lieu of the coconut fats.

 

 

Lard sounds perfect!  And the avos were just a suggestion.  You could try homemade mayo also or a drizzle of olive/avocado/sesame oil if you want.

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I have never really had an issue with fats - I don't tolerate avocados at all - so I don't eat them.

Olives - I have a preference for black olives

mayo - I kind of love too much ad will use it on practically anything

coconut - I am suspecting I have some slight issues with my good friend coconut - but I suspect that coconut is the main culprit for making my stool so soft. (Sorry TMI) Specifically coconut milk - which I like having in my coffee.

 

Broth will definitely tighten things up for me, collagen works a bit but not like bone broth does.

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