High carb diet with an extremely sensitive stomach... Is it possible?

Answered on February 10, 2014
Created November 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I used to be able to eat basically any food I wanted and digest it just fine, but over time I became sensitive to more and more foods and now I have problems with even the least allergenic foods. Surprisingly I digest dairy (conventional, pasteurized, homogenized dairy) just fine. As for high carb, it's just what I prefer for training and mental clarity, so don't tell me to start eating low carb to fix this. Starch sources like potatoes, bananas and other tubers are ones I can't digest well, but I can digest white rice just fine. For a while, I was eating a diet of white rice ( i was probably going through 2 and a half cups dry every day), whole milk (usually 6-8 cups) eggs, plenty of vegetables, and small amounts of fruit, with no oils or fats, and no sweeteners. I felt great on this, but I couldn't get over the low nutrient density of white rice, so I went back to eating tubers and bananas and since then my digestion has only gotten worse. So what do you think i should do, go back to eating the diet that made me feel best despite the low nutrient density of white rice, or look for other carb sources

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on November 29, 2013
at 12:15 AM

looks like you 'broke' your digestion. rather than limit your food diversity, you should try and address your gut issues (otherwise it will only get worse).

it is highly likely that your gut bacteria balance changed when you dropped the tubers & bananas, & it just needs time to adjust to digesting these foods again.

introduce any new foods (inc foods you ate in the past) in small amounts to begin with, this will give your gut bacteria time to change and adapt to any new foods. 'Supplementing' with potato starch (PS) for resistant starch (RS) may help as well. Again, start small, ie. with 1 teaspoon PS per day & work up to 1 to 1.5 tablespoons p/d (3 to 4.5 teaspoons). Some people intake more PS p/d than this, but that could be overkill...idk

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