Can a relatively low-sugar diet cause constipation? Lots of TMI and perhaps NSFW within...
: long-term vegetarian, have never had ANY problems with constipation before.
Approximately one month ago, I cut out most of the overly processed & sugar-laden food from my diet. I did this primarily because my sugar cravings were gettting out of control (waking up craving brownies and cake is no way to live) but also because I just wanted to be more healthy in general. Enter extreme constipation. Whereas before I was having a movement once or twice a day with absolutely no strain, now I am lucky if I feel the urge once a day and it takes several minutes and lots of straining and shifting around on the toilet to get anything moving. I am seriously afraid of getting hemorrhoids. Also, (and I suppose obviously) pre-diet change, I seemed to be evacuating within 18-24 hours of consumption. Now it is closer to 48-72 hours. Can simply cutting out processed and high-sugar foods cause this? It is truly the only thing in my diet that has changed, and if anything I imagine I am getting more fiber, in the form of increased intake of fruits and vegetables. A typical day's menu (in order of consumption):
Hard-boiled egg, sprinkled with salt
Bowl of Hot Muesli
*6 Fiber Capsules
4 servings of vegetables
Fat-free greek style yogurt
with chopped walnuts and bit of honey
Sliced apple with peanut butter
1-2 slices cinnamon raisin bread
with butter OR bag of natural microwave popcorn
*6 Fiber capsules (again)
Either sliced hard-boiled egg with butter or sliced cheese on 2 pieces of sprouted multi-grain sandwich bread
Maybe another piece of fruit (usually a mango) OR baby carrots with hummus if I'm feeling like a snack
*I added the capsules after the first 2 weeks when the problem became apparent, and am careful to get LOTS of water (10-12 cups a day)
So, is this something that will go away in time as my body adjusts, or am I missing something crucial in my diet? Even with the capsules, I am still having problems with constipation. Thanks all!