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    One of the "ah-hah!" moments I had that made me look into the Primal way of eating was how I would get a significant bloat after eating certain meals. I never really did the due-diligence to figure out exactly which food(s) were/was the culprit, but I did notice that when dropping wheat from my diet and eating like Grok, I stopped bloating as much after meals.

    Last night I went out for dinner and got a bun-less burger with bacon and bleu cheese and was going to call it a night... however more friends arrived and I ended up having a cider (alcoholic) and shared some cheese fries. When I got home, I felt very very sick and drank tea the rest of the night. I looked in the mirror before bed and saw the same pregnant-looking belly that I used to see before my Primal life. I took a photo, then took another when I woke up this morning.

    This morning, about 12 hours after eating:
    http://imageshack.us/a/img7/8979/beforefr.jpg

    Last night, post-meal:
    http://imageshack.us/a/img812/7430/afterm.jpg

    EDIT -- This afternoon, after eating a Primal breakfast, lunch and snack:
    http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4941/todayyt.jpg

    Does this amount of bloat seem normal for a big dinner, or is this the kind of thing that is caused by wheat consumption?

    I know that the cheese sauce was definitely real (not the nasty gloop from a pump) - made with butter, cheese, and abundant flour. That would be the source of the wheat.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
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    Cider is tricky, too. Lots of sugar, which along with the alcohol could definitely cause bloating.

    Try some dill pickles today!

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    Although I am gluten intolerant, wheat never gave me belly bloat. Dairy products did though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CradlingaLion View Post
    Cider is tricky, too. Lots of sugar, which along with the alcohol could definitely cause bloating.

    Try some dill pickles today!
    Interesting. I'll keep that in mind. Also... I hate anything that's pickled! Yuck! But, I'm still drinking a good amount of tea and had a peppermint oil supplement that my naturopath said helps with bloating.

    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Although I am gluten intolerant, wheat never gave me belly bloat. Dairy products did though.
    Good point, but I eat dairy about 5 times per week (raw cheese) and never had this kind of bloat afterwards.
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