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Look away now if squeamish - ready? right I am having a poo problem

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activate Fri 27-May-11 21:58:01

been on diet for 3 weeks

am eating lots of salad, veg, fruit, wholemeal and drinking lots

I have hard poo and about once a week

not right is it? help me what am I doing rong?

GreenTeapot Fri 27-May-11 21:59:29

Not eating enough?

Maybe a few dried apricots every day?

activate Fri 27-May-11 22:07:51

dried fruit better than fresh?

am eating loads - and trying to have healthy oils too

activate Fri 27-May-11 22:08:28

the last "good poo" (sorry, sorry) was aftewr a night on red wine - what's that about?

onepieceofcremeegg Fri 27-May-11 22:10:12


Try warm drinks. Hot water and lemon first thing in morning and at intervals during the day.

I used to find dried apricots useful.

foreverondiet Sat 28-May-11 22:51:50

Add 20g oatbran to your food twice a day (buy in in tesco near cereals or healthfood shop). Drink stacks of water. Eat a few prunes, ie 2-3 each day.

Ephiny Sun 29-May-11 09:37:07

Agree about exercising. If you're quite sedentary, you might find a good brisk walk every day helps to keep things moving smile

Maybe it's just your body adapting to less food coming through? It's not a long-term solution but you could try taking a Senekot or similar when you haven't been for a couple of days, and hopefully things will sort themselves out when you get used to the diet.

whitechocolatebuttons Sun 29-May-11 09:39:27

lentil dal. magic.

anon4now Sun 29-May-11 09:41:56

Try a double espresso or up to 1200mg magnesium - this is a muscle relaxant so has a laxative effect. Unlike herbal laxatives, your body won't get dependent on it.

anon4now Sun 29-May-11 09:43:06

Oh yes, and make sure you are drinking lots and lots of water. Food contains fluid so when you diet you automatically eat less and therefore take in less fluid - you need to drink more than normal to compensate. Lack of fluid can make you constipated.

WhatsWrongWithYou Sun 29-May-11 09:47:17

Pulses always get me moving - a good chickpea curry or veggie chilli with loads of kidney beans. Seems to speed up weight loss as well.

wildstrawberryplace Tue 31-May-11 09:22:52

psyllium husks (capsules or powder)?

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