Originally Posted by Wildside
I am on my 5th day of eating Raw and I am totally constipated!!! who would have thought that eating fruits and veggies would cause constipation...if anything I thought it would be the exact opposite. my daily foods include lots of fruit (banana's being the main one, grapefruit, apples, mandarin oranges, pears, mangos etc) and veggies (mixed greens (the same one's steve is eating), cucs, tomatos, carrots, celery, etc) I have been taking a couple teaspoons of flax seed oil, some sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, some walnuts. I make green smoothies and sometimes juice some veggies. Anyone have any idea why I would be constipated? or what I can do to unconstipate myself?
I'm getting a little discouraged with the 100% raw food diet due to the constipation and no increase in energy.
thanks for any advice.
Hey - My wife and I cook for Unitarian Universalist summer conferences, and we usually cook vegan. I had someone explain to me why it was that we were causing meat eaterns some severe distress. Apparently, their digestive systems are used to passing things through slowly to get all the nutrients out. A high-fiber diet passing through slowly apparently clogs the system up because the body has time to get all the water out.
After a week or so, things should clear up. Have lots of water in the meantime, and see if you can find some prunes to juice (drink just the juice, not the fiber!)