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Fell off the band wagon and constipated for 10 days!


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After day 10 of being severely constipated, I was feeling very depressed I caved in and ate a bunch of junk food and now I feel even more terrible. It's not an excuse, but the truth. I'm wondering if I should just start my 30 days over or try something different. I just don't understand how this healthy way of eating could cause such constipation. In any case, I do have an appt. with a specialist on Thursday. What would you do in regards to continuing with Whole 30?

In regards to the contipation I did all the right things like lots of veggies (cooked and raw), meat, good fats, sweet potatoes, Natural Calm Magnesium, prunes, digestive enzymes and nothing.

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Hi There,

Sorry about hereing your troubles. But know this - you are not alone. I had bathroom issues until about Day 17 on my first whole 30. Some people have more problems than others.

A lot of people believe that our bodies run well and instantly react positively to whatever we give it. Especially good whole food. Well our bodies got used to the food it used to get energy from - bread, cereal, yogurt, cheese, cookies, a lot of processed food. (Not saying that you did eat all that stuff but a lot of us did) A lot of food that give us bursts of high energy then and hour so later - let us crash. So after years of consuming this our bodies don't know what to do with this new food (a whole vegetable, a whole egg) and kind of goes "Hey what are you giving me here, I don't know what to do with this stuff" so it takes time to adjust. You are making your body work harder under a kind of stressful situation. If you have years of bad eating habits behind you - it's going to take longer to adjust. Think low octane fuel for your car vs high octane. Your car is still going to run on low octane. But your going to have more things clogging up. Whereas High octane burns cleaner. Car runs better. performs better long term.

You are doing the right thing for your body. Really you are. Your body just needs some time to catch up. Basically it's the transformation of running on sugar vs being fat adapted. Getting most of your fuel from fat as opposed to sugar. Meaning not hungry between meals, thinking more clearly, having more energy. You just need time to get there. And 10 days is a fabulous start.

But try to focus on the positives - other than the consitipation - have you been feeling better mentally? There is something in that.

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Been in your situation!

Try adding fermented foods like sour kraut and Kambucha at least once a day... Some times our guts need the flora for a restart....

Drink more water

Add a serious amount of kale,collards,mustard greens,bok choy,spinach ( dark thick leafy greens )

I think the food we ingest on W30 is so clean our bodies are sucking it all up and getting as much nutrition as possible, you may not have that much waste product as your volume of food may be up, but its not that caloricly dense compared to a typical western diet.... We are in healthy shock, as we are so used to eating garbage!

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Thank you Carlacinni. You could say my body is has been confused. Prior to whole 30 I ate pretty healthy except for my junk food binges every few weeks and I was eating dairy, oatbran and stevia. I haven't been consistent so that is probably why my body is saying what is up?! I will start my Whole30 over tomorrow since I didn't do good today.

Other than being bloated and constipated and I do feel good about the food I am eating and I wasn't craving between meals and there's a lot to be said about that. It's hard to focus mentally on all the good things when I am so focused on this issues.

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JWLS

Yes I would try to focus on the good things that you are noticing rather than focusing on the bad. Definitely easier said than done when you are going through it. Restful sleep did not come to me until Day 21 (frustrating) but when it did - it was great :)

So best of luck to you!

Oh BTW - 4 eggs a day IMO is not too much. I am a 2 egg a morning myself but there are many out there who eat more than that.

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I am 23 days past Whole30 (almost no reintro foods) and my digestion only starts to be normal. I've also noticed positive effect of drinking bone

broth.

Thank you Nadia for saying that- it's exactly what I needed to hear today.

And to the original poster- Congratulations on your new Day 1- I had a restart myself and it was incredibly transformative!

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I hope you see that you are not alone. I admire you for asking for help, owning your slip, and starting over. I have a couple of suggestions, but one may not be Whole30 approved and you may want to do it today. ;-)

1. Sign up for the daily e-mail. I learned about beverages that could help my tummy. I drank a lot of ginger tea/water and some carbonated water in the first week and I think it helped a lot.

2. Try alternating hot and cold beverages (some hot tea followed by very cold water usually works) to activate your system. We learned this for backcountry medicine because the food we fed to teenagers was sometimes very new to their systems and could cause problems.

3. Look into tea made with senna and licorice root. I used to get one called Smoothe Move, but I don't have the box to see if it is compliant. If it is, you may want to make a weaker tea than suggested and drink it right at bedtime because it can be very powerful.

I used to be severely anemic and I had to take a ton of iron. I was taught to increase my vitamin C intake to help keep things moving. I am not suggesting a supplement, but maybe a conscious look at the nutrients in your food. (I was never given true science, but I did have positive benefits. That could have been my mind.)

So, I am sharing these to help you feel some relief. I am not sure if you can do these things during your Whole30, but I do hope you get relief. I totally get what happened and I hope this next attempt goes better!

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Fenderbender I will buy some sour kraut and kambucha tonight.

Do you think having 4 eggs a day is too much? I have 3 eggs in the morning and 1 at lunch.

I was kinda worried in the back of my mind from all the " cholesterol bad.. Vegen good" brainwashing we are all exposed to, but I stuck with what was gut feeling( no pun )

I went 120 days and really only ate one sushi off road meal since . I eat 3-6 eggs per day... Plenty of red meat ( only 100% grass fed) tons of chicken, fish, at least a full can of coconut milk/ day.... All " saturated fats"

I just got my blood work done and guess what? Triglycerides at 49. Total cholesterol 229. LDL 128 ( upper end of normal). HDL 101 !!!! Ratio around 2.2.... Freaky good!!!

So I'm over the magic 200 number but my HDL is double what is considered good, if it were only 50 my totals would be 179 with a 3.3 ratio which would still be considered excellent!

So in my case.... This really really really works!!! These are the best numbers I have ever posted

YES, eat your eggs daily. :) :) :)

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Thank you Nadia for saying that- it's exactly what I needed to hear today.

No worries, hope everything comes to norm for you soon. As Tom wrote in his reply to my venting post it's the expectations that make it worse. It took me almost twice as long to start feeling (20 days after) the benefits of WH30. My sleep is just starting to improve and my tummy finally agrees with food and works properly. It's like convincing your body that the change is permanent and it has to adjust. Just think that every effort you make daily counts and feel good about yourself.

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