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Update to Bad Side Effect

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Well, sad to say my constipation issue is still going. I really thought by adding more fiber to my diet, this problem would ease itself out. But, here I am, still not able to take care of business. Per my doctor's instructions, I drank a bottle of Magnesium Citrate this afternoon and am awaiting the results...Incidentally, I know this is not a fun topic to discuss, but I am doing so because it is a part of my personal journey. I have never had constipation issues before and I don't like it. It is also worth noting that I already had a colonoscopy scheduled for the middle of February. I admit, I am now fearful that there may be something seriously wrong and this blog is a way for me to track what I am experiencing. So, the next step is to wait and see if the laxative works.
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  • -JAMES-
    Marcie, most whole plant products are great and low carb. Of course the exceptions will be fruits and starchy vegetables. So obviously no pineapple, rice, potatoes, pears ... Pretty clear on that. Otherwise if you are eating radishes, lettuce, celery, ... pretty obvious that these are low carb.

    If you are shopping and the product has a label it is super easy to divide the carbs by the serving size and make an on the spot choice. Sometimes you don't even have to pull out the calculator. Lets take a box of Cheerios, 26 gram serving, which says the serving size has 20 grams of carbs, 3 of which are fibre, leaving 17 grams of net carbs. .... No reason to pull out the calculator, NO REASON. Just put the box back on the shelf and walk away.
    1116 days ago
  • MARCIE18
    Thanks, James. Some of that stuff I can assimilate. I try to read labels but not as carefully as you are. Thanks so much for your help.
    1118 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    my "dedication to being healthy"? No, it is more like a fear of being sick.

    12 years of diabetes medication, and slowly going down the drain even with the pills, and then finding a dietary way out.

    Anyway, my list of go to snack foods:
    - sliced deli meat
    - cheese, especially those small prepackaged ones that travel unrefrigerated pretty well
    - source flavoured greek yogurts (read all labels, these have 5% of their weight as carbs, others can be much higher)
    - a square or two of dark chocolate (85% cocoa, and 2 grams of carbs per square)
    - Atkins Chocolaty Peanut Bars (these have 13 grams of net carbs per bar, so one a day at most, but I eat these rather infrequently now, they are also pretty pricey)

    I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but when shopping I read labels and I'm OK with buying things that have 6% of their weight, or less of course, as net carbs, so not counting fibre. If the item has no label, like vegetables don't, then I look it up on the nutritiondata website. I google "nutritiondata cauliflower" to quickly head to their cauliflower page and set the serving size to 100 grams, then scroll down the the carbs information.

    If it is more than 6%, like my beloved Atkins bars, which are 24%, the I resort to justifying it by counting carbs. My REAL goal is 40 grams a day or less. Of course if an Atkins bar makes me hit 50 or 55 that day, well, that is fine.

    The nutritiondata website has nutrition on both brand name foods, like say cans of coca-cola, as well as things that have no brand, like cauliflower.

    I also make a shopping list before I go and check out all the items ahead of time. If while shopping I see something not on my list I use my calculator with the nutrition label to calculate the carb percentage. If it has no label, like say kiwi-fruit ... then I wait until next shopping trip, unless of course I have internet access and can check in on the spot.

    Happy hunting!
    1119 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2017 11:20:01 AM
  • MARCIE18
    You are a true inspiration; especially in your dedication to being healthy. Can you give me a small list of your go to foods on a normal day? Just like to get a better idea how to apply your good advice on cutting carbs. Thanks for your help and congrats on your successes.
    1120 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    That was an attack I had thirty some years ago. I was on anti-inflammatories for along time, and about 15 years ago decided to see what life was like without the anti-inflammatories, and it wasn't so bad.

    For the last 5 years, low carb, it has been virtually perfect.

    Eating low carb, for whatever reason, does typically lead to fewer bowel movements. Its not you, its just part of the diet. You can try to counter that with extra fibre. Psyllium husks are great, they are inert roughage, but don't get Metamucil which is psyllium husks, and a LOT of sugar to make it sweet.

    But as I've written before, if you feel fine, don't worry that it isn't every day.

    1120 days ago
  • MARCIE18
    Hi James. Wow, it sounds like your condition is much more serious than mine. I thought my problem was due to not eating enough fiber. I didn't know carbs, or the lack thereof, have an impact. Last night was not fun, as the lax did its job. I will take your advice to heart and not worry. I feel fine in every other way and the pounds are coming off steadily. Thanks again. emoticon
    1121 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I think it is a myth that people need to have a bowel movement everyday. There is also the idea that you must eat carbs. Check up the Wikipedia article on Carbohydrates and you will see it says "not essential in humans".

    So, to get into details... I have ulcerative colitis, among other medical issues. This was so bad at one point with bloody diarrhea and uncontrollable weigh loss that I actually had a graph on my wall with my estimated death weight, and how many weeks until I got there (about 6 months), and I was plotting points on that graph as I was loosing about 3 pounds every week.

    The "constipation" that comes with eating low carb is a relief for me. As long as I'm physically comfortable, like I don't feel constipated, or cramped up ..., I don't care that I go once every 3 days.

    I just accept that its not every day, and I'm feeling great actually.
    1121 days ago
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