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Posted by: 19419 (Guest), Sunday, July 8, 2012, 12:51am
Hi there, I know this is kind of a gross subject, but I recently started eating 90-95% off of my highly beneficial list, and the other 5% of the neutral list. I am a type O+, have been eating all dark leafy greens (2-3 times daily), plus other veggies and nuts for snacks. Red meat with dinner and an egg at breakfast. I have not had any fish lately, except for a can of tuna the other night. Almost no carbs and even very little fruit (as I am trying to go without sugar for a couple weeks to cleanse)

Since the I started eating this way I have been experiencing what looks like black oil spots on the surface of the water, sometimes a lot, some times a little. I have regular bowel movements, the oil is separate from the poo. Sometime even if I just have to pee, and pass a little wind, it will happen. And it turns out it's not black, but dark dark green rather. Does anyone know what this is? I do not get cramps or feel sick at all. Could it be my body detoxing, as I was not eating very healthy before? Or is it undigested fat from all the meat I am eating (I never really ate meat before this)? Any insight is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 12:56am; Reply: 1
I wouldn't worry.
Soon, there will be people who will answer better than this, but sometimes the color of food we eat shows up. Also, since you are eating wonderfully, it has to be detox, IMHO!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 2:19am; Reply: 2
If you never ate a lot of meat before you might be better starting off very slowly. give your self a chance to get used to it. also keep portion size to between 2 - 4 oz and perhaps only one every couple of days.

there is no rush... oxo
Posted by: Conor, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 2:56am; Reply: 3
Possibly it's related to the tuna you ate. Have found at least 10 instances in various online forums of people with similar symptom(s) whose primary commonality seemed to be a recent ingestion of tuna, either raw (sushi) or canned. Too, a number of them self-reported that they were following a form of paleo diet.
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 3:13am; Reply: 4
Maybe tiny gall stones?  ::)
Posted by: Conor, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 4:25am; Reply: 5
By the way, did you see this recent thread discussing an almost identical issue?

Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 7:59am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Conor
Possibly it's related to the tuna you ate. Have found at least 10 instances in various online forums of people with similar symptom(s) whose primary commonality seemed to be a recent ingestion of tuna, either raw (sushi) or canned. Too, a number of them self-reported that they were following a form of paleo diet.


I agree with Conor, not only from reading other people's experiences, but also from my own. It's the reason I stopped eating it altogether, although I have to say that in my case the oily substance was more orange than green.

Try to cut out the tuna and see what happens; if it's not that, you can investigate further.


Posted by: 19000 (Guest), Sunday, July 8, 2012, 2:52pm; Reply: 7
What brand of tuna is it?  It's probably not even tuna.  Same thing happened to me just last week (except yellow green oil) with a can of low mercury "tuna" from Stop and Shop.  Here's the link I posted in that other thread that explains it further:

http://voices.yahoo.com/oily-bowel-movement-concerned-1636603.html?cat=70
Posted by: JJR, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 6:55pm; Reply: 8
I'm not sure why no one has said this earlier, but in the GTD book for explorers, it explains that when your liver does a detox, there can be green in your BM's.  And oil, I think, can be stored in your liver.  And yeah, your gallbladder might come into play here too.  I, personally, doubt it was the tuna.  But I really don't know.  I eat tuna regularly and don't experience this.  Especially if you're saying it was just one can.  When you detox, all kinds of strange things can happen. And Mr.s T is probably correct.  If you're eating good foods that are good for your type, it will incite detoxing.  Most likely.  But I'm not a doctor and shouldn't be viewed as one.  I'm just telling my perspective from personal experience.  I've had green in my BM's before too.

Just my 2 cents.  
Posted by: 19000 (Guest), Monday, July 9, 2012, 2:49pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from link:

"I got on the internet and entered "oily bowel movement" into Google. I started reading all sorts of stuff about why you could have oily stool. There were lots of reasons...everything from diet pills to celiac disease. But none of these descriptions seemed to fit. So I kept reading.

Then I started coming upon some forums where people were describing the same dark-orange, oily stool problem. It turns out that these people all ate a type of fish before this happened. And guess what? My wife and I had fish the night before! Apparently there is a type of fish that can cause this result in some people (my wife didn't have this problem). The fish is called Escolar. It is a type of mackerel that is found in tropical waters.

Unfortunately for consumers, escolar is sold in the USA under many different names (deceptively, I might add). It is sometimes sold as "butterfish", "white tuna", "orange roughy", "codfish" or "sea bass." My wife and I had what we thought was sea bass the night before.

The fish accumulates large quantities of wax esters in its muscle meat, which cause the resulting oily orange diarrhea. Apparently, the diarrhea can occur anywhere from 30 minutes to a day or so after eating the fish. And for some people, eating this fish can cause other symptoms like nausea and vomiting too.

There are several counties that have banned this fish from being marketed. Lucky for us, we in the USA get to risk a lovely little surprise every time we eat one of these mislabeled fish!"


So okay it might just be normal detox thing for you and not the "tuna" or could even be something else.  You also didn't mention having diarrhea so disregard this.
Posted by: Conor, Monday, July 9, 2012, 4:38pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from JJR
I'm not sure why no one has said this earlier, but in the GTD book for explorers . . .

Because the original thread poster didn't mention being an Explorer (nor does the avatar indicate such); s/he only mentioned blood type, recent foods eaten and defaecation issues (too, s/he posted the thread in the ER4YT forum).
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, July 9, 2012, 4:42pm; Reply: 11
Some of the green color could come from the dark green veggies you've been eating.

It definitely sounds like some sort of detox to me. You basically have two choices: keep eating this way and let the detox run its course, or add in some more neutrals and/or carby veggies to slow down the detox to a more comfortable level.
Posted by: JJR, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 3:34pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Conor

Because the original thread poster didn't mention being an Explorer (nor does the avatar indicate such); s/he only mentioned blood type, recent foods eaten and defaecation issues (too, s/he posted the thread in the ER4YT forum).


Everybody's liver detoxes from time to time. Not just explorers.  My point was that was where this information is found.  
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