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    Question for those who have read Fiber Menace & Gut Sense

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    I've been perusing the Gut Sense website (at work, no less - yikes) and am having trouble locating a section/page where he clearly and concisely lays out what NOT to eat. If I understand correctly, it seems that raw veg is a no-no?

    I've battled with constipation/painful bloating issues for at least the past 10 years and was hoping Primal was my answer; however, it seems that after incorporating lots of veg into my diet (primarily in the form of salad), my GI tract becomes discontent. Until coming across the aforementioned site/info, I never would've thought it was the salad's fault - but is it? I'd hate to stop eating salads (which I have daily, with lunch and a smaller one with dinner) if I'm off track.

    Those of your familiar with the info, especially if you implemented Monastyrsky's advice and noticed an improvement in the way you feel, etc., please share you wisdom & experiences.
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    I've been on a low fiber diet for a long time very successfully and so have many other. I don't miss salad at all. I like this clip from Dr. Greg Ellis
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    He never outlines a specific diet. In the book, he describes his own, which is largely based on white rice. He basically says to pick your favorite low-carb/low-fiber diet and run with it.
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    I think it is best to let people structure their own diet. Dr. Ellis does the same
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    I suppose what I was essentially looking for was a list of high fiber foods, things that should be avoided. From what I've read so far, I've gleaned that many of my primal staples (raw veg / salads, nuts, occasional fruit) seem to be high fiber and therefore detrimental to digestion. I'm not looking for a "diet" to follow, per se, just general guidelines of, "Hey, don't eat this or that because it'll make your g.i. problems worse."
    One of the main reasons I began eating primal is to improve the way I feel & eradicate my digestive issues - it's frustrating that the foods I've come to rely on and truly enjoy seem like they could be part of the problem. What's a gal to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheebie View Post
    I suppose what I was essentially looking for was a list of high fiber foods, things that should be avoided. From what I've read so far, I've gleaned that many of my primal staples (raw veg / salads, nuts, occasional fruit) seem to be high fiber and therefore detrimental to digestion. I'm not looking for a "diet" to follow, per se, just general guidelines of, "Hey, don't eat this or that because it'll make your g.i. problems worse."
    One of the main reasons I began eating primal is to improve the way I feel & eradicate my digestive issues - it's frustrating that the foods I've come to rely on and truly enjoy seem like they could be part of the problem. What's a gal to do?
    High fiber:
    Most all fruit, something like muscadines grapes doesn't affect my bowels though
    Leafy greens obviously
    Broccoli
    I would think most all green vegetables are really high in fiber

    Low Fiber:
    Avocado
    Mushrooms
    Garlic
    Onions
    Tomatoes if you remove the skin
    Nut butters don't seem to bother me like nuts do

    Just what I can think of off the top of my head. Correct me if I'm wrong about any of these.
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    Thanks, Bennett ~ this is a helpful start.

    Lunch yesterday: scrambled eggs & cooked green beans (with a copious amount of Kerrygold butter). For dinner the Mr. cooked up some delicious bone-in porkchops (again with butter - yum). No feelings of puffiness today ~ yay.
    Today's lunch: scrambled eggs, few slices of turkey & a bit of cheese. I felt odd not eating any veggies, but the only way to find out if they're the culprit is to ban them for a while. I do love my grape tomatoes, sweet peppers & various leafy greens ~ this is not going to be an easy experiment; however, if it results in better digestion, it'll be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheebie View Post
    Thanks, Bennett ~ this is a helpful start.

    Lunch yesterday: scrambled eggs & cooked green beans (with a copious amount of Kerrygold butter). For dinner the Mr. cooked up some delicious bone-in porkchops (again with butter - yum). No feelings of puffiness today ~ yay.
    Today's lunch: scrambled eggs, few slices of turkey & a bit of cheese. I felt odd not eating any veggies, but the only way to find out if they're the culprit is to ban them for a while. I do love my grape tomatoes, sweet peppers & various leafy greens ~ this is not going to be an easy experiment; however, if it results in better digestion, it'll be worth it.
    good luck! and maybe try the bigger tomatoes as its easy to remove the skin. that's the part that gives me problems
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    Pheebie :-)
    I'm conducting a simular experiment so let's keep each other informed on what's good and very bad :-)

    You are ahead of me on meats, I'm coming in as a recovering raw vegan, but I was mostly fruit the last couple of years b/c raw veggies destroyed me! Btw -YES, salads slow down the system for some of us. I so so miss salads!

    When I have experimented with meats, by far the least cooked was the best for digestion and having the least potential for constipation. I've will eat uncooked meat over cooked or this one reason.
    I'm off fruits, but if you have them eat one type of fruit alone w/o other foods first thing in the AM.

    As far as produce low in fiber go with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, zuccini. Here is a trick I do - blended soups! the fiber in the produce is broken down nicely.

    I'm really hoping to get to where I don't "eat" fiber foods. Maybe some juicing veggies. If anything I will use the low fiber produce as condiments instead of my main item (as I still do). I'm nervous though b/c I filled my tummy to the brim with only fiber foods for yrs, it would shock my system.

    One more thing... I bought a huge aloe leaf and filleted it to add the gel to smoothies. I think it is helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BennettC View Post
    I've been on a low fiber diet for a long time very successfully and so have many other. I don't miss salad at all. I like this clip from Dr. Greg Ellis
    Dietary Fiber covered by Dr. Greg Ellis - YouTube
    Bennett,
    I'm very curious to know what the low fiber diet looks like? Please share what you eat on that lifestyle?

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