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Alien Cat
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I have been doing really well in my compliance since the beginning of the month and have almost eradicated wheat gluten, dairy, and added sugar.  (I still have some half and half in my coffee or tea (1 - 2 cups per day) and I use honey in some things in place of sugar)

However I am not having regular bowel movements...in fact, I was far more regular before I was eating this way.


I am on a very strict budget so my diet isn't very exciting...mostly variations of
beef
tuna or other fish
rice (brown, white or jasmine)
vegetables (basically anything not on the avoid list)
fruits (apples, prunes, dates, bananas)
almond butter
water
seltzer (with lemon or lime usually)
green chai tea
chicken
egg whites (yolks upset my stomach)
dark chocolate for dessert

Can anyone help?  I am concerned that the bowel issue is telling me that I am doing something wrong and I just can't figure out what it is.


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How much rice are you eating?  My body gets very clogged up from a lot of rice.  And how about beneficial oils?  Do you get any?  Do you use olive oil?  Goldie who is type O always said she got relief from constipation with olive oil....so maybe try that.

Prunes and apples are good...Are you allowed to have pineapple?  

How much water or liquids are you drinking per day?

Have you tried lemon/warm water/a pinch of sea salt first thing on an empty stomach?  I find that
to be helpful.

That's great that you've been able to give up wheat, gluten, sugar and most dairy...

Your diet seems fairly good...How are other gluten free grains listed for you?  Millet, quinoa,
amaranth?   I'm wondering if rotating other compliant grains might be a way to find out if the rice is becoming too binding.  


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have you tried magnesium?  I'm using a lot, by tab, as oil, and with claim (a drink) and I'm just now having reg. movements after 3 or more years of constipation.  Ruth make a magnesium soak using Epsom salt which is inexpensive.  I like Ancient minerals which isn't  cheep, although the 8oz bottle last me 6 or more months and I spray it on 2x a day.


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Make sure all the rice you eat is brown. White rice is one of the most constipating foods for me.
How much dark chocolate do you eat? That is kind of sticky in the bowels if you eat too much.


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try the liver cleanse periodically


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Are you eating enough servings of vegetables?



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Vegetables are the food that sorts this out. Compliant steamed leafy greens, broccoli & zucchini drizzeld with olive oil and fresh lemon juice, green smoothies, green juice, sweet potatoes (top with ghee or butter), carrots and red bell pepper....

When you are constipated, peel the apples.


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I was going to suggest vegetables, too.  When you look at your plate, they should be the largest quantity of all the things you see.  Ensure you are getting enough fiber.  And enough water.  Don't be too protein- and carb-centric, have them in proper amounts, but emphasize vegetables more.  Make sure your carbs are complex (brown rice) and not simple (white rice).  And ensure you are getting some form of exercise so things are not just sitting there in your gut.
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It sounds like there's something unbalanced in your gut. Os generally do well with low-ish carb and high-ish fat. If whole eggs are hurting your stomach, but egg whites are fine, then you're probably not digesting fat properly and, as a result, you're probably not getting enough fat in your diet. That can certainly lead to constipation!

You might need some digestive enzymes to help you digest fats and/or some liver supporting herbs. The liver creates bile, which your body uses to digest fats. If something is wrong with your fat digestion, the problem probably stems in the liver.


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Good comments above, I would also pay attention to the liver, lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning,  some liver herbs (St Mary's thistle, roasted dandelion root) as a warm herbal tea,  maybe chew on some raw granny smith apple just before lunch a well as a little carrot, and raw beet, fresh mint to stimulate the liver.
If you like spices, sautee some in ghee and serve over veg.
Drizzle olive oil and lime juice over salad or veg at lunch time.
Do a little yoga/stretching morning and evening.
Be wary pf tje dark choc - in Trad... Chinese medicine, it disturbs liver chi - due to a heating quality,  and the Ayurvedic (trad... Indian healing) drs also warn against chocolate/cocoa due to the way it affects the digestive organs, esp if there is some imbalance already - such as weak kidney yin or adrenal stress.  Chocolate is a starch, it is from a bean/legume and some people will be senstive to this, which can then lead to migraine or pain in shoulder.  To satisfy sweet tooth, try and have fruits in morning, ie stewed apple/pear/fig/prune with some spices like aniseed, clove, cardamon. The warm fruit can help relax the bowel and clear the digestive organs as ayurvedic doctors advise people.
I'm also having probs with egg yolks but I feel it is due to the slower metabolism through my middle organs ie liver/ gall bladder / pancreas.  
Once things improve for you, I'd try again with just one whole egg at lunch time with some warm rice and suitable vegetable, with fresh coriander(cilantro) as digestive function is often stronger around 11:30am - midday.  chicken also good around lunch, or fish.
Veggies like pumpkin/ orange squash, sweet potato, zuccini, asparagus, green beans, spinach help.
I also find a nice warm vegetable soup at night works best, spices in ghee adds flavour, it re-balances the vata dosha, which in Ayurveda refers to the quality that governs nervous system function which has to be strong for digestion to work well.
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replace the banana with some papaya if you can find it in the store or just leave the banana out for now, maybe add in one dried fig to your morning stewed fruit.  follow up with some warm cooked grain maybe. the banana can still cause probs in some people, it may taste sweet but according to Ayurveda has a sour post digestive effect (vipak) if liver function is a bit sluggish. I was advised to do this myself last year. Also, banana is tropical and may not be the best choice in a winter season in terms of fruit. which leads back to apple/pear/prune.
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replace the banana with some papaya
A very good advice!!!




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I forgot to mention about the wonderful effect of fresh tumeric, I put some in my lunch time vegetables, or small salad, and a little in evening soup. It is good for the liver and for antioxidant effect.  Fresh ginger helps too. Alien Cat, I'm sure all will improve soon for you, keep trying different things, and if things still are difficult, then decrease the beef... or just eat a very small amount at lunch time; just an idea based on my experience, today I enjoyed some lightly steamed low-fat fish (smooth dory fish) as part of lunch with white basmati rice and veg, some salad to begin. Us people with slow oxidation rates, can't handle the animal fats too well, and I know I don't want any fats to putrify inside or slow down digestive function or cleansing in the lower intestine. Don't worry, ghee I still have, esp for evening meal as I believe very much in ghee.
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if things still are difficult, then decrease the beef
What for decrease beef? Why assume that Alien Cat exaggerates on beef of all foods? Surely beef is THE staple protein for O's. It is invigorating and supporting for all systems.

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Us people with slow oxidation rates, can't handle the animal fats too well
Who are us? O's?

Dr. D always recommends to prefer lean cuts.

I eat only one kind of lean cut - rumpsteak - which is the most tasty to me, usually about 120-150 grams. I stew it with olive oil, cranberry extract, turmeric, sweet paprika, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, rosemary, paresley or cilantro, zucchini, celery. And water. It's ready after 1/2 and hour to 1 hour of cooking on low heat.


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Vegetables are the food that sorts this out..


I agree 100% with you, Yaeli. Vegetables raw or cooked have worked for me all my life without fail. Especially green vegetables. Five cups per day... At least.


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I don't think it's the meat or the veggies.  As someone who came to this way of life in the mid 90s with terrible bowel problems, ulcerative colitis, I understand how difficult it can be.  I doubt it's the meat.
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I have never had a problem with constipation that couldn't be fixed by eating a LOT of vegetables. Another thought, though, is that the healing may be moving along so fast that there is a traffic jam! Plenty of fluids to the rescue!!


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Something which seems to always work for me is sliced sweet potatoes steamed until soft and topped with butter.


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Quoted from yaeli

Dr. D always recommends to prefer lean cuts.

I eat only one kind of lean cut - rumpsteak - which is the most tasty to me, usually about 120-150 grams. I stew it with olive oil, cranberry extract, turmeric, sweet paprika, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, rosemary, paresley or cilantro, zucchini, celery. And water. It's ready after 1/2 and hour to 1 hour of cooking on low heat.


Sounds delicious! Must try it, the flavour combination is very appealing to me.  
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have you tried magnesium?  I'm using a lot, by tab, as oil, and with claim (a drink) and I'm just now having reg. movements after 3 or more years of constipation.  Ruth make a magnesium soak using Epsom salt which is inexpensive.  I like Ancient minerals which isn't  cheep, although the 8oz bottle last me 6 or more months and I spray it on 2x a day.


hi, can you please suggest me which type of magnesium do you use?thank you


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Sorry I missed your question Santina.  "Calm" is a powder which should be added to hot water, you can then add ice. I like it hot. It is a Anti-Stress drink which I like to drink before I go to sleep it is made with magnesium carbonate. I like the cherry flavor. It is made by "Natural vitality" I get this at my local health food store.

The magnesium oil is "Ancient Minerals" Magnesium chloride. I've found the spraying once a day covering legs arms stomach  doesn't work for me as well. I just spray the bottom half of my legs morning and once during the day and at night, doesn't seem to sting, oh, and I also get at least the tops of my feet. I get this online at Amazon.

Both cost, but they do last a long time.

The only other sup which I will take for a couple of months is the polyflora the NAP has for Os  I take one tap with water before bed. (It's in my bedside dresser)

After years (last two really bad) I'm reg. and feel so much better. If I have a hurried morning, keeping this routine I will make up for it in the evening or be reg. the next day.

I don't have any tabs left, and don't plan on replacing them as I don't notice they help me.

lots of veggies, and liquid

hope this helps and give you some idea on what might help you.


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Much cheaper than Ancient Minerals is this product from Swansons.  If you read description of both
formulas, they come from the same Zechstein sea bed.  Ancient Minerals is merely a brand and
Swanson's sells their own label..  I've tried both products with the exact same results.

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-ultra-dr-barbara-hendels-magnesium-oil-3-8oz-bottles-liquid

I've taken Natural Calm  on and off...I find I need to get the dosage absolutely correct
because too much can cause diarrhea. But it tastes good and is very calming.  I like the cherry
flavor the best too.... Also I take magnesium citrate in pill form which always works well.

Don't want to hijack this thread....FYI, there is a long thread on magnesium.  Just wanted to share a link
on magnesium deficiency for anyone who is constipated but also has other issues related to a mag deficiency.

http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-diagnosis


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Hi yaeli - how are you? yes, I am aware of Dr D's reason for beef, however some people (we are inviduals) can't digest it well or easily, it can cause imbalance, as per the Tradional chinese and Ayurvedic doctors philosophy, esp in a woman who no longer has a menstrual cycle.
As I mentioned before, a type O may be ok with beef when they are younger, but sometimes it is not the best protein later on in life, depends on what is going with the physiology in the neuro-endocrine and digestive systems, and how well the elimination is working.
So for me, I do much better with easy to digest fish, a little of low fat fish, plus the wonderful sardine which has too many valuable nutrients/minerals, and is an economical fish to buy and quick to cook, or I just buy some tinned smoked sardines.  Other oily fish good, so long as I eat lots of veg, such as low starch greens.  Fish/seafood also good for the kidney meridian which can be weakened over many years.  
My system certainly does not react well to red meat and the reasons are well documented in books written by Ayurvedic doctors and TCM practitioners.  I find chicken soup invigorates me more than other foods, esp if I add the TCM herbs in a soup pack bought at the Chinese grocery store, like ginseng, different roots, Chinese yam, a few goji berries, one Chinese date - and add some vegies towards end of cooking.  A weakened system doesn't really need foods which are heavy and take a long time to digest esp in someone who has a very slow oxidation rate in the cells - a slow oxidizer needs protein regularly from easy to digest proteins which have as little fat and toxins as possible, I also get my iron from nuts/seeds, greens.  I'm sure Dr D would understand we all need to find what works for us, and although some people may think beef will make things ok, sometimes it is more complex than that.  I remember when I used to eat a lot of beef when younger, I was often anaemic, so one needs to pay attention to digestive function as a whole unit, and avoid foods or lifestyle which weakens the system and allows toxicity to build, which in turn means organs/cells die prematurely, and as I now know, takes a long time and hard work/patience, to rejuvinate these cells / organs again.
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