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    this may sound odd, but it seems that every time i eat a lean cut of chicken (my mother-in-law made me a half a boneless, skinless breast on the grill, she loves low fat), i get horrible stomach pains. i ate it atop a small salad with plenty of oil and pecans for fat, and it was a really small piece of chicken. but it NEVER fails that i have crippling stomach pain in my upper abdomen, right between my ribs, every time i eat a lean cut of chicken. i then have a horribly painful, loose, and time consuming (45 minutes, twice today!!) bowel movements 2 days afterward. this isn't a one time thing, it is every freakin time! it possible that it's too lean? am i crazy? i love to eat fatty skin-on drumsticks etc, but i just can't digest lean chicken. is it possible to not possess enough bile to digest it? anyone else?
    ps sorry for the gross toilet story. it wasn't pretty.

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    Could be a number of things including lack of HCL, undercooking the chicken, ect... What happens when you eat other meats? If you're not producing enough HCL it could cause stomach pains when consuming proteins...
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    • #3
      It could be a poultry allergy. Do you get the same reaction from dark meat?
      Give me liberty. Exploration of other options will be vigorously discouraged.

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      • #4
        i'm not certain what hcl is, i just know it has something to do with digestive enzymes. is it possible to try adding something to my diet to increase the hcl in my body?
        i feel like if i eat small meals, very slowly, i can digest chicken somewhat. but still with difficulty.
        it seems as though dark meats don't give me such a volatile reaction. i eat such small portions of beef and other meats at a time that it's hard to say. i have been eating small bits of meat throughout the day because i feel a little more ease when i'm not eating big meals. i had been thinking all along that i wasn't producing enough of some digestive liquid/enzyme at one time to digest big (normal sized) meals. it's getting old. and painful.
        thanks for any help, guys!

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        • #5
          Might want to get your HCL tested (digests protein), if you're not producing enough then you're not digesting or absorbing it. Eating the fat makes it easier on your digestive system because more enzymes are released, and eating in small portions is ok because maybe you can produce small amounts of HCL, just not enough.

          You can supplement with HCL, but Id advise you go see a GOOD practitioner first. Might want to run a IgG antibody test to see if you have any sensitivities with poultry.
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          • #6
            i just moved to a new city, and don't have insurance or a doctor for a while. i think i'm going to have to try and crack this one on my own for a while. any tips? just small meals and good fat intake?
            can't thank you enough for the help!

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            • #7
              Yeah if it hurts, don't eat it. Your body won't lie to you if you're not lying to it with fake processed foods.
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              • #8
                i wonder if there is a way to stimulate my body to make more hcl on it's own? what would cause such a drop in the first place? my appetite used to be outrageous. can you recommend any foods or supplements to try?

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                • #9
                  More protein haha... There are HCL supplements, but I really don't recommend that without proper testing. A deficiency of HCL could be caused by gastrointestinal stress and problems from eating inflammatory foods, and bad lifestyle factors..
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                  • #10
                    Actually, there's a pretty simple way to tell whether or not you have low HCl. Get some supplements (with betain, another digestive enzyme) and take one after you eat. If you feel nothing, the next time you eat, take two. Do that until you begin to feel heartburn, and reduce the number of pills until you don't have heartburn anymore. If your levels are good, you may get heartburn when you take the first one. Have a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it ready just in case.

                    There are other things that you can get that will stimulate digestion.
                    Bitters
                    ginger tea
                    chewing gum
                    aloe vera juice

                    If low stomach acid is indeed your issue, the small meals are best, chewing your food very thoroughly and very little water or other liquid (unless it's ginger tea before or after your meal) while you're eating and for some time afterward so as to not dilute your stomach acid any more.
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                    • #11
                      am i better?

                      i must say, for the past 4 days, i've been eating super fat-fatty foods, chewing like a crazy (50 times per bite!), and eating small meals spaced at least 3 hours apart. i'm taking pineapple enzyme chewables before meals, and i've also added fish oil and b12 supplements in the a.m. since my digestion has been on the upswing, just to see if my energy levels improve... they freakin did like you wouldn't believe. i feel like i'm 20 again! my bowels have never been happier., and after months without one, i've started my period again (sorry dudes, TMI). i'm no longer in crippling pain. my abdomen was always feeling like it weighed a hundred pounds, and like it was tearing away from my body. my legs felt like rocks stuck in the ground, and no i'm not overweight. i just couldn't move. for the last year, i haven't been pain free for 2 days in a row, and had such low energy levels i couldn't walk up stairs at times, had a difficult time standing up or even walking across the room. i just physically couldn't. as young as i am (27) i was tested for MS, arthritis, and all types of cancer and horrible things once a month or so. i was exhausted, and at times thought i was dying. dying! i feel great right now, and hope it's not a fluke. i really hope i'm on to wellness here. it's been a long and painful road for me.
                      i was on a vegetarian diet for 10 years, and low-fat vegetarian diet per dr. recommendation for the last 2 years. i was told i have ibs, and the best thing for that is avoiding fats and meat. i was lied to. on a whim i began to eat meat last summer, thinking "things can't get any worse than they already are" regarding my health. they only got better. now maybe i just need to refine my eating habits until my body heals? i've been back eating meat for 9 months or so but guess i went nuts when i should have eased into it.
                      i can't wait to be really physically active again, and plan on sprints tomorrow morning!
                      thanks again for the advice, i feel like i'm in debt to you who took their time and listened to me!
                      stay tuned for more questions, keep your fingers crossed for me!

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                      • #12
                        chicken

                        Glad you're doing better! Just wanted to add that there's some interesing threads over at celiac.com by people who can only eat certain brands of chicken.

                        http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/to...1&#entry603078

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                        • #13
                          yeah, i'm def. not celiac (i've had all of the fun colonoscopy stuff done already), though this was certainly not some great brand of chicken.
                          though, usually i have local stuff that's pretty clean, and even that gets me.
                          thanks for the help!
                          ps it's gross that they put that crap into feed to make them look yellow.. wtf?

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