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    Every time I eat any kind of veg, I get gas that is so intense it hurts my stomach. I've had days where i've been cramped up unable to move due to eating veg. This is really putting me off my diet and I've tried removing and adding certain vegetables but it makes no difference. At one point I even suffered a bad case of gastritis due to the severity of the gas I were getting.

    I'm not sure what is going on with my body. I know that I find veg really difficult to eat because I can't stand the taste. Anyone else been through this?

  • #2
    Is this with raw and cooked vegetables, or just raw?
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    • #3
      When I first started paleo my tummy had issues transitioning to higher vege intake. If you haven't been doing this for very long, maybe wait it out? I know the couple weeks was well worth the wait considering the stomach issues I had prior to paleo.

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      • #4
        I had this same issue. It went away after a few weeks but ya it hurt bad. I found I had to get use to eating large quantities of coconut... Now I eat coconut butter by the spoonful!

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        • #5
          The veg that I eat are cooked. I've tried boiling, steaming and frying. I'm not used to eating vegetables, so is this a transitional thing?

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          • #6
            Some people have trouble digesting either raw or cooked veg. You might try some raw and see how that is for you. Also, the cruciferous veggies can be harder for some folks to eat--that's broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, etc.--so if you're mostly eating those, maybe back down on them and increase the quantities gradually. You could also look into an enzyme supplement. If you haven't eaten many vegetables until starting primal, your body may need a little help adapting. I'd also eat some cultured/fermented foods to aid digestion.
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            • #7
              It's a transitional thing. Well, at least it was for me. I felt terrible and gassy the first few times that I had Brussels sprouts. After eating them 3-4 times, I no longer have any issues.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChasePaleo View Post
                so is this a transitional thing?
                It took me about a month before things started to "settle." My tummy is great now, pre-paleo I had gas ALL THE TIME and switching just must have been a shock to the system. It was probably a combination of that and some initial healing. Why do things seem to get worse before they get better?

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                • #9
                  The same thing tends to happen if you go the opposite way too. I've done the raw vegan thing and went back to meat. The meat was hard to digest and made me have "rotten egg burps" *Yuck!*.

                  Your body gets used to digesting certian matter and when you bring in a totally different matter, it takes a while for it to start producing the right acids and such to properly digest it.

                  Slow and steady is the way to go.

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                  • #10
                    I think I might have an issue with fruit that way. I've rarely had gas since going primal but I also have cut down on my fruit consumption. I had a few dates and an apple while camping this weekend and was tooting shortly thereafter.

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                    • #11
                      I can't eat much fruit beyond berries. I have fructose malabsorption so it's an issue. For some it can be transient, an adjustment, but others it gets worse with age or always was a problem but became more evident when eating more fruit or eliminating other food items. It has to do with the balance of gut flora, which shifts with diet changes. I would advise continuing to eat veg but initially in smallish portions and slowly increasing the amount. If you never adjust then you likely have issues with FM. Most of us can eat some stuff but not others, or some things in small amounts.
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                      • #12
                        I discovered after reading one of the success stories about FODMAPS and the issues that some people have with things like fructose etc. I now understand why I feel terrible after eating many fruits and veggies. cutting out all fruit (except some lemon juice) and many veggies (esp onions) has really helped! Try googling FODMAPS and see if that helps.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                          For some it can be transient, an adjustment, but others it gets worse with age or always was a problem but became more evident when eating more fruit or eliminating other food items.
                          Pre-primal, I ate that typical CW diet full of "healthy whole grains" with lots of fruits and veg. I probably ate at least two servings of fruit every day and they were often high-fructose fruits like apples and oranges.

                          I remember reading once that the average person is flatulent over 20 times per day. So the fact that I tooted a few times a day didn't seem alarming. Well, just because the average person is flatulent doesn't mean it's not a sign something is wrong. Even though I eat a good amount of veg on primal, I so rarely have gassy symptoms that it's really startling to me when it happens. I think eliminating the grains and cutting way back on fruit really helped. Maybe I do have fructose malabsorption. I haven't had this issue with berries and I have been gassy after indulging in sweets. Well, I guess that's just another good reason not to eat that stuff.

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