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    I hardly eat legumes and grains anymore, but I still get bloated. I eat a lot veggies like carrots, beets, okra, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, cabbage, bitter gourd, snake gourd, and occasionally sprouts. Lots fish, coconut, eggs, meat. Some cheese, avocado, and curds. I used to drink a cup of raw milk daily, but am experimenting with cutting that out. I'm still getting bloated despite drinking less milk though. Is it the fiber from the veggies? When I eat only meat and rice, I don't get this bloated.

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    It's hard to say what is causing the bloating. The cause of the bloating will dictate the solution.

    It could be because of a sensitive digestive system that can't handle the fiber from the veggies you are eating, yes. How much salt do you use? It could be water retention from that causing your bloating, though, I doubt it. How about your daily carb intake? Being low carb is inherently water-reducing since carbs cause you to retain a fair amount of water as well. The lower carb you eat, generally the less water your muscles retain.

    So, it could be gas from fiber that your gut can't handle, in which case I would recommend some form of probiotics to help with the bloating (think fermented foods here), and also I would recommend that you consume maybe fewer veggies (but don't eliminate them entirely).

    If your carb load is fairly high (nothing wrong with that), just be aware that causes water retention that can lead to bloating and you might play around with dropping to a lower carb level for a while and see how that works out for you.

    If your sodium intake is on the high side, just drop intake down a bit and you should be fine.

    For water-weight and bloating issues things like tea and yerba mate which are diuretics (make you urinate more frequently) and exercise (you sweat, obviously) have both been known to be helpful in eliminating excess fluids from the body.

    There are a few other possible causes, but these are usually the most likely culprits that cause such issues. Play around with your diet a bit. It could also be an allergy or even just a sensitivity to a particular food substance you are eating. Experiment with total dairy elimination (even the cheese). Try dropping the eggs (some people are allergic to the protein in egg whites). Some people have intollerance to veggies in the nightshade family so try eating a diet free of nightshades for a while.

    Obviously, do only one of these at a time to pinpoint the exact cause, but primal eating is a journey, that may mean some extensive experimentation to find out what works best for you.
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    • #3
      I would cut the dairy first and see what happens. If there is no change eliminate something else until there is an improvement.

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      • #4
        It might be the veggies and the volume of what you're eating. I know I eat a ton of veggies and consequently get more bloated when I do rather than when I'm eating a ton of meat.
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        • #5
          In addition to everything else suggested, make sure you are getting probiotics in via supplementation or fermented foods.
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          • #6
            I am sure many would view this as a statement of the obvious. However, many don't realize the more water you drink the less bloat. Start chugging water. At first you may be uncomfortable but within a short time you'll feel and look much better. People that avoid water when they are bloated only make things worse.

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            • #7
              Thanks! Lots of helpful suggestions here to experiment with.

              I eat curd made from raw milk most days of the week. When eliminating dairy, does this include curd?

              My carb intake is probably 75-100g, mostly from veggies, as I don't consume much fruit or starchy tubers. I don't get bloated on rice and wheat the way I do with lots of veggies (too much sugar/starch triggers other problems besides bloat for me).

              Regarding drinking more water, I thought it's best to drink to quench thirst only? So I should force myself to drink more even when not thirsty?

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              • #8
                I think you should just eliminate ALL sources of dairy. Even if the curd isn't causing your issues, you can't rule out dairy unless you cut ALL of it.
                "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                • #9
                  coconut milk does it really bad for me.

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                  • #10
                    I will be very sad if the culprit is dairy, lol.

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                    • #11
                      I have occasional issues with tomatoes, avocado, coconut and potatoes making me reflux and bloat. For me, it seems to be about overdoing it on certain foods. Like when I did Whole 30, I ate a probably 2 avocados a day at times. Or too much coconut.

                      Half an avocado or a small amount of salsa or a small potato don't seem to cause issues. But it's easy to start eating large amounts of these foods when you limit your diet. It appears for me that dairy is not a culprit, but I don't over-do that. I keep it to at most 2 servings a day.

                      Maybe try and keep a food diary and see if you can ID any trends. That or try a Whole 30 and eliminate all the dairy and see what happens.

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                      • #12
                        What about fructose malabsorption? I had never heard of it till 2008 when the Gastro doc diagnosed me.

                        Surprisingly, a little fruit is ok, but coconut meat, and onions, garlic, wheat and a few other things called fructans are a bloating nightmare.
                        Everyone has their own personal gut limits of fructose, and some, like me, it's the fructans and amount that do it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                          But it's easy to start eating large amounts of these foods when you limit your diet.
                          Yes, this is true for me. I tend to eat a lot of eggs, avocados, coconut, curd, and veggies when eliminating legumes and grains.

                          But my bloating was much much worse when I was vegetarian, so legumes was a huge part of it. I'm less bloated now, but still bloated/gassy enough that it bothers me.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RenegadeRN View Post
                            What about fructose malabsorption? I had never heard of it till 2008 when the Gastro doc diagnosed me.

                            Surprisingly, a little fruit is ok, but coconut meat, and onions, garlic, wheat and a few other things called fructans are a bloating nightmare.
                            Everyone has their own personal gut limits of fructose, and some, like me, it's the fructans and amount that do it.
                            I have never heard of fructose malabsorption until I began reading MDA forums. But I don't eat much fruit except avocado... and not daily.

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