South Beach Diet - SBD & Constipation




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JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 09:18 PM
Ok, so ever since I went on this diet I've been constipated more than usual (I say this cause I've always had this problem all my life on/off) and nothing seems to work to regulate me. Sometimes I have to take that nasty lemon sour liquid Magnesium Citrate I think it's called. Am I allowed to take that while on this diet cause I think those are loaded with sodium, am I right? I don't have medical insurance so can't see the doctor about it.


chronicdieter
07-31-2008, 09:21 PM
Jellybean - try increasing your intake of beans - it really does make a huge difference! :carrot:

JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 09:23 PM
Jellybean - try increasing your intake of beans - it really does make a huge difference! :carrot:


I don't eat beans though, can't stand em. Can't eat bran either


Thin4Good
07-31-2008, 09:29 PM
I can't understand how this is a problem if you are eating all the veggies you are supposed to be. I have never been so regular in my life. - I would think that either you are dehydrated or you are not eating your veggies. Possibly both.

JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 09:34 PM
I can't understand how this is a problem if you are eating all the veggies you are supposed to be. I have never been so regular in my life. - I would think that either you are dehydrated or you are not eating your veggies. Possibly both.


No, veggies never helped me, neither did it for my father.. The constipation seems to run in my family and the only thing I have ever found that helps me is lots of ice cream which I can't have now. And I'm certainly not dehydrated I drink Green Tea like crazy daily.

I know I've been really tired alot lately, and that's usually an indication of constipation as well.

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:04 PM
mmk....green tea is a diuretic.....if you don't drink water - and a lot of it, you're going to be constipated.

Try drinking as much water as you do green tea for a week and see if it helps.

Just because something is a liquid doesn't mean it is going to hydrate you....

Belle Mer
07-31-2008, 10:05 PM
Caffeinated green tea? If so, caffeine is very dehydrating and make constipation worse. Plain water will help constipation, as well as a product called "Swiss Kriss." It has Senna in it. If you can't find it, get any natural laxative with senna or cascara sagrada. They are natural herbs, and don't have much sodium, if any.

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:07 PM
also, constipation and lethargy are both symptoms of malnourishment....

JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 10:12 PM
also, constipation and lethargy are both symptoms of malnourishment....


LOL, I'm anything but malnourished. I was fine the first two weeks starting the diet, wasn't tired and had some energy. Maybe it's those SBD dinners, but I hate to cook on a daily basis, just wears me out, especially when it's hot as **** in the house.

JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 10:13 PM
Caffeinated green tea? If so, caffeine is very dehydrating and make constipation worse. Plain water will help constipation, as well as a product called "Swiss Kriss." It has Senna in it. If you can't find it, get any natural laxative with senna or cascara sagrada. They are natural herbs, and don't have much sodium, if any.


I drink decaffeinated green tea.. What exactly is Swiss Kriss?

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:14 PM
I drink decaffeinated green tea.. What exactly is Swiss Kriss?

even decaf green tea is still a diuretic. drink some water...

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:17 PM
LOL, I'm anything but malnourished. I was fine the first two weeks starting the diet, wasn't tired and had some energy. Maybe it's those SBD dinners, but I hate to cook on a daily basis, just wears me out, especially when it's hot as **** in the house.

why don't you cook once a week and throw it all in the freezer in single portions....same idea, better for you.

malnutrition is not just lack of food, but lack of the right nutrients for your body to thrive...a friend of ours was just diagnosed with severe malnutrition...he ate frozen hungry man dinners and fast-food all the time. He's 150 lbs. overweight.....yet his body doesn't get the nutrients it really needs. Just eating food isn't good enough, to be healthy, one needs the right combination of food.

I feel like a broken record talking to a wall here...:dizzy:

JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 10:22 PM
why don't you cook once a week and throw it all in the freezer in single portions....same idea, better for you.

malnutrition is not just lack of food, but lack of the right nutrients for your body to thrive...a friend of ours was just diagnosed with severe malnutrition...he ate frozen hungry man dinners and fast-food all the time. He's 150 lbs. overweight.....yet his body doesn't get the nutrients it really needs. Just eating food isn't good enough, to be healthy, one needs the right combination of food.

I feel like a broken record talking to a wall here...:dizzy:


Oh I didn't know that you can still be malnourished eating junkfood, I always just took multivitamins in case I didn't get all the nutrients. I had to take em when I was younger too cause I was anemic. I have been eating my fruits and veggies, though can't have much of strawberries as they give me headaches and won't have cantaloupe which I love until tomorrow night.. ever since this diet I've had no need to take aspirin or heartburn medication either.. that's why I'm sticking with it.

Good idea with the cooking and then freezing, never thought of that.

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:30 PM
Well, based on what you've posted on what you've been eating....you haven't been getting enough nutrients (even if you do eat some veggies and fruits - remember that whole 5 servings a day thing). If you're taking a Centrum multi-vitamin or something similar, you might as well stop....they don't get absorbed by your body much before you pass it..

It is very easy to become malnourished...

I remember many people telling you about cooking and freezing....

JellyBean32882
07-31-2008, 10:33 PM
Well, based on what you've posted on what you've been eating....you haven't been getting enough nutrients (even if you do eat some veggies and fruits - remember that whole 5 servings a day thing). If you're taking a Centrum multi-vitamin or something similar, you might as well stop....they don't get absorbed by your body much before you pass it..

It is very easy to become malnourished...

I remember many people telling you about cooking and freezing....


I take OneSource Pure Performance Multivitamins

I must've been malnourished all my life then and never knew it.

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:36 PM
Shocker. I know.

Belle Mer
07-31-2008, 10:39 PM
Swiss Kriss is a natural laxative. It has the herb Senna in it. Senna, Cascara Sagrada, and Psyillium Husks are all natural laxatives with no chemicals or sodium.

zeffryn
07-31-2008, 10:41 PM
Belle - Senokot is also very rich in senna.

Thanks for the recommendation of Cascara Sagrada :)

ladybugnessa
08-01-2008, 07:35 AM
i have IBS and i every so often I have to take a laxative... but if you take a fiber supplement every day (such as metamucil) in a large glass of water you should feel better.

depending on laxatives is not a good thing. If you struggle with constipation it might be IBS... that's the most common form.

Zeff is right water will help.
she's also right about being malnourished. so easy to do and be obese even...

Jellybean it just seems that everything we tell you is blown off with, "yeah BUT".... makes it hard to want to help....

JellyBean32882
08-01-2008, 08:19 AM
i have IBS and i every so often I have to take a laxative... but if you take a fiber supplement every day (such as metamucil) in a large glass of water you should feel better.

depending on laxatives is not a good thing. If you struggle with constipation it might be IBS... that's the most common form.

Zeff is right water will help.
she's also right about being malnourished. so easy to do and be obese even...

Jellybean it just seems that everything we tell you is blown off with, "yeah BUT".... makes it hard to want to help....


I've tried the Metamucil, Fiber Choice, just about everything, doesn't work.

Although, after I had my dunkin donuts latte lite last night, it helped my bowels then.. and it was a large latte. So I cheated a little, but got to crap, that's all I cared about. I got right back on track.

Ruthxxx
08-01-2008, 08:31 AM
TMI - I think we've said all that can be said on this topic.

weezle
08-01-2008, 08:43 AM
:carrot::bravo::cb::cp::hat::dancer::encore:
:cheer2::congrat::broc::cheer::balloons:

Yet another Bathroom Celebration!!!!! :D

JellyBean32882
08-01-2008, 08:45 AM
LOL

zeffryn
08-01-2008, 09:00 AM
:carrot::bravo::cb::cp::hat::dancer::encore:
:cheer2::congrat::broc::cheer::balloons:

Yet another Bathroom Celebration!!!!! :D

hrm....I don't think I've ever celebrated a bathroom victory....

would there be alcohol? This pregnancy is driving me to drink...



but I'm not going to...

JulieJ08
08-01-2008, 01:57 PM
Senna and cascara may be "natural" but you do not want to use them regularly. They stimulate the colon, and if used too long, the colon can stop working.

SkinnyDogMom
08-01-2008, 02:16 PM
The first couple times I did SBD phase 1, I had the same issues. It was not for lack of veggies or fluids. I think that a carb heavy diet actually makes me "celebrate" more regularly.
I have found that eating beans each day helps...but you said you don't like beans.
I think dairy can help...the lactose probably works a bit of celebratory magic.
Instead of...or before trying a laxative...try just a stool softener. These are not addictive like a laxative and don't have the cramping side effects.

OR...eat a whole bag of sugar free candy...sure to do the trick...but watch out for those cramps!!!---This was a JOKE>>please don't try this for real.

zeffryn
08-01-2008, 02:31 PM
OR...eat a whole bag of sugar free candy...sure to do the trick...but watch out for those cramps!!!---This was a JOKE>>please don't try this for real.

Why, oh why didn't someone tell me this when I first started P1?

JellyBean32882
08-01-2008, 03:08 PM
Hey, someone said to drink alot of water, can it be flavored water? I just got the South Beach Tide Me Over Packets today, it tastes pretty good and has 5g of fiber.. which is odd cause usually no flavored packets have fiber as far as I know, LOL

Thin4Good
08-01-2008, 03:13 PM
those have fiber, protein, and calories.

They are not the same as drinking water. They are intended to "Tide you Over" when you can't have a snack or meal but are hungry (like when you are preparing a meal) - Not to be used as a meal replacement of course -

briezee
08-01-2008, 03:15 PM
I must be the only one who has the opposite form of IBS (used to go #2 5 or 6 times a day). SBD has done wonders on helping my IBS.

I've always been afraid of the sugar alcohols in the sugar free candy. I know one of them is really bad for dogs, but I can never remember which one (and my dogs get into almost everything).

ladybugnessa
08-01-2008, 03:16 PM
I must be the only one who has the opposite form of IBS (used to go #2 5 or 6 times a day). SBD has done wonders on helping my IBS.

I've always been afraid of the sugar alcohols in the sugar free candy. I know one of them is really bad for dogs, but I can never remember which one (and my dogs get into almost everything).


actually I have the alternating kind... ugh...

JellyBean32882
08-01-2008, 03:28 PM
I must be the only one who has the opposite form of IBS (used to go #2 5 or 6 times a day). SBD has done wonders on helping my IBS.

I've always been afraid of the sugar alcohols in the sugar free candy. I know one of them is really bad for dogs, but I can never remember which one (and my dogs get into almost everything).


Wish I had ur bowels brie, I go maybe once a week if that, been that way since I was little.

zeffryn
08-01-2008, 03:46 PM
ok....no more 'bowel' talk.

the Tide Me Over drink mixes are ok....but you need to drink a lot of water (Do you hate the taste of water, is that what the problem is? I've never seen someone so opposed to water before) and the Tide Me Overs aren't meant to be used all the time. You should be getting 64 oz. of water or more in a day (half gallon....) which would translate to a **** of a lot of Tide Me Over mixes = $$$.

JellyBean32882
08-01-2008, 09:58 PM
ok....no more 'bowel' talk.

the Tide Me Over drink mixes are ok....but you need to drink a lot of water (Do you hate the taste of water, is that what the problem is? I've never seen someone so opposed to water before) and the Tide Me Overs aren't meant to be used all the time. You should be getting 64 oz. of water or more in a day (half gallon....) which would translate to a **** of a lot of Tide Me Over mixes = $$$.


Most times I hate water, ya.. except usually after eating McDonalds I'd get very thirsty and water would be what I always went to, but other than that, ya I do hate water, can't drink much of it cause I feel like puking if I do.

Loriann7
08-02-2008, 02:58 PM
Jellybean it just seems that everything we tell you is blown off with, "yeah BUT".... makes it hard to want to help....

My sentiments exactly, but heregoes... Jellybean, I like my water straight up with ice, I chew ice for some reason. But I've found that adding lemon is beneficial. And I find I like the taste (rather have straight water). How about cutting lemon in quarters and squeezing a quarter into your water! Trust me, it's tasty! Give you the water you need!

CyndiM
08-02-2008, 03:38 PM
I chew ice for some reason.

Weird thing I happen to know from a friend - chewing ice can be a sign of anemia. I have no idea why but her doctor picked it up at one point.

Loriann7
08-02-2008, 04:30 PM
Weird thing I happen to know from a friend - chewing ice can be a sign of anemia. I have no idea why but her doctor picked it up at one point.

Thanks Cyndi! I just did a quick research and some (not a lot)of the symptoms I do possess... Chewing ice, lack of concentration just to name two. I will be buying vitaminsin the near future. I already have vit. B12 so will start taking that again.