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    Ok so my wife and I have been eating Primal for about 3 months at about 70-80%, she is more on the 70% and I am closer to above 80. Recently, when ever she eats certain foods, be it a fruits or veggies her stomach blows up so she looks 7 months pregnant, and then the next morning it is gone. Has anyone ever dealt with this? Last night we had smoked sausage and cabbage, along with brussel sprouts and hazelnuts and she blew up, the other day she had a pear and the same thing happened. She is getting very fustrated and she cant figure it out and the dr.'s can't figure it out either.

    Please help, we will try anything!!!!!

  • #2
    Hmm, candida maybe?
    Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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    • #3
      Is she keeping a food log? That can be illustrative.

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      • #4
        brussels sprouts and cabbage..aren't those items that usualy produce alot of gas?... also, she could have digestive issues and should maybe practice food combining. many women, and men, especially middle aged, do well on having fruit by itself and not combining fruits with other food or nuts with other foods. Google it and read about it..it usually helps tremendously. A bit of a pain in the butt though but we have to do what we have to do. She also may want to take a good digestive enzyme before a meat heavy meal. just my thoughts... :-)

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        • #5
          Cauliflower! That could be my culprit!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mkunz View Post
            Recently, when ever she eats certain foods, be it a fruits or veggies her stomach blows up so she looks 7 months pregnant, and then the next morning it is gone. Please help, we will try anything!!!!!
            My wife has struggled with similar but not as "prolific" issues (7 months??? really???). She has not really embraced the PB life-style but whenever a bout of "ballooning" occurs, she will add probiotics, kefir, and yogurt and it seems to get things back under control. My take on it is that the gut flora gets out of balance and fermentation kicks in
            "I am a member of PETA...People Eat Tasty Animals"

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            • #7
              definitely some fermentation goin' on. yogurt is a good choice assuming she can tolerate dairy. get the no sugar added whole fat kind. cabbage is a bit gas forming though. i agree on the fruit. it should be eaten alone or with some good fat like coconut cream. this happened to me a lot when i ate grains though, funny how shes having the opposite effect. good luck. she may just need some time adjusting. candida may be worth looking into.
              Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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              • #8
                I would have this happen to me almost daily. My stomach was bigger than a pregnant woman, and it was very uncomfortable to say the least. I couldn't figure out why, so I just kept increasing fibre fibre fibre. I was miserable. Peoples eyes would bug out of their heads when they saw how distended my stomach would become. I also had, ahem, other GI issues.
                Then I discovered PB and went primal. It hasn't happened since. I still don't know exactly which food item caused it, but it must have been grain related.
                Perhaps that 30% non primal grain is the culprit.
                The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being proven right or pleasantly surprised.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pessimist View Post
                  I would have this happen to me almost daily. My stomach was bigger than a pregnant woman, and it was very uncomfortable to say the least. I couldn't figure out why, so I just kept increasing fibre fibre fibre. I was miserable. Peoples eyes would bug out of their heads when they saw how distended my stomach would become. I also had, ahem, other GI issues.
                  Then I discovered PB and went primal. It hasn't happened since. I still don't know exactly which food item caused it, but it must have been grain related.
                  Perhaps that 30% non primal grain is the culprit.
                  This is identical to my situation and experience. One of MANY reasons I'll never go back!
                  Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

                  - Robert Louis Stevenson

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                  • #10
                    I have had a long history of candida problems, I am best on 100% no grains, almost no fruit, limited veggies that can cause bloating (cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, sometimes cucumber). I keep my carbs below 50g a day generally. I take probiotics and eat full fat plain yogurt daily. Coconut oil, oil of oregano, garlic, and a few other items are all anti fungals....and when I am really having issues, I need to limit these and increase doses slowly.

                    Generally though, once I have limited my sugars and starches for awhile, done the probiotics and fermented foods, then I can start relaxing some of my food monitoring.

                    Could be that as you have gone primal she has uncovered an underlying issue and you are dealing with die offs too.......maybe.
                    Erin
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                    • #11
                      I can relate to this issue. You said she's about 70% primal? If the other 30% is in the form of wheat or wheat products, that may be the culprit. I can eat all the gas producing veggies with meat or fish without any problems but if I add bread or crackers to the mix, LOOK OUT.

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                      • #12
                        I ditto what Meadow said-- I do almost exactly the same thing. And yes, 7 months preggers I get, I have been that big before and it was crazy how distended my belly was getting.

                        My suggestion is to try a fully primal, and elimination diet. Eliminate all the grains, dairy, beans, fruit, etc for a month. Then add one item back in at a time, for a week or two and see if there's a reaction. That's really the only way to figure out what foods it might be.

                        Also, carbonated beverages, any diet drinks (things with aspartame) and alcohol can be huge culprits.

                        I know it sounds daunting to eliminate all of those, but until she does it will be very difficult to figure out what the problem foods are. Plus you need to eliminate for 30 days to let your guts rest and heal before retrying things. When I did my elimination diet, it took about 3 or 4 days but the bloating was totally and completely gone. Magical!

                        You can google "elimination diet" for a list of foods to cut out and how to reintegrate them.
                        sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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                        • #13
                          To echo Minxxa's post, I second the suggestion for trying an elimination diet. The bloating symptoms you describe do appear to suggest one or more food sensitivities or allergies. The False Fat Diet is a book that describes in detail how to implement an elimination diet plan:

                          The False Fat Diet by Elson Haas, M.D.
                          http://www.amazon.com/False-Fat-Diet...8719059&sr=1-1

                          Check out the reviews in the link above -- many of them are very encouraging. The fitness instructor with 7% bodyfat, and who still appeared to be 8-9 mo. pregnant, really stuck with me.
                          Last edited by healthseekerKate; 07-10-2010, 10:11 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Wife espolde?!





                            sorry

                            *slinks away*

                            Good suggestions in this thread btw
                            Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                            Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                            • #15
                              Geeze it sounds like me also!

                              Cept thats because I would stuff myself with so much food!!! lol

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