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That "bloated" feeling?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Hey everyone,

I wanted some personal anecdotes. There are many times I feel bloated and uncomfortable after eating. I used to relate it to overeating.

However, lately I've been experimenting with grass-fed meats and higher quality dairy products.This morning I drank some bulletproof coffee (just coffee and kerrygold), and then a few hours later I ate about 8 oz. of grass-fed beef patty. That's it. Although I didn't like the coffee all too much, I noticed how good I felt afterward, and after eating the beef I felt pretty darn good too.

Then my friend came over and surprised me with coffee--my old usual, venti coffee with lots of half & half. Now I'm starting to get that bloated uncomfortable feeling.

I don't want to get paranoid about this, but is this a feeling I should chase? Should I avoid the foods that give me the bloat? I also notice bloat when I eat carbs in the morning and not as much at night.

All theories appreciated.

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on June 18, 2013
at 04:17 PM

In this particular case, drinking twice as much coffee as you're used to might also be a cause. Regarding "high-quality dairy products," have they all been either butter or fermented dairy? If so, that doesn't rule out a lactose intolerance reaction to the half-and-half. If you've been consuming lactose already, then that's probably not it.

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on November 13, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Daryl, read my parenthetical comment about how coffee can be glutened.

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Coffee can be "glutened"? How so? And I've never traced my feelings of bloat back to gluten, but I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't sit well with me.

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Perfect solution from MathGirl72. Some of this requires a little experimentation. Not feeling bloated is normal, so you need to eliminate stuff that makes you feel bloated. If you are sensitive to a lot of stuff it can take a while, but once you're used to not feeling bloated you won't go back. Also you MAY be able to add certain foods back in after you've been clean for a month or so.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:26 PM

Sometimes coffee can be contaminated with gluten (something about the bags they are stored and transported in). The feeling you describe is exactly how I feel when I've been glutened. I'm not sensitive to dairy at all, but you could certainly experience the bloat if you have a sensitivity to dairy.

One way to determine whether it is the coffee or half & half that is affecting you is to recreate the coffee drink using the coffee you made the BPC with and half & half you purchase. Sometimes experimentation is the only way to get to the bottom of the mess!

84d4b987df825b96f06b2ec0aa3c181d

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Coffee can be "glutened"? How so? And I've never traced my feelings of bloat back to gluten, but I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't sit well with me.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on November 13, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Daryl, read my parenthetical comment about how coffee can be glutened.

Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

(1297)

on November 13, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Perfect solution from MathGirl72. Some of this requires a little experimentation. Not feeling bloated is normal, so you need to eliminate stuff that makes you feel bloated. If you are sensitive to a lot of stuff it can take a while, but once you're used to not feeling bloated you won't go back. Also you MAY be able to add certain foods back in after you've been clean for a month or so.

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on June 19, 2013
at 03:32 AM

DITCH THE DAIRY and DITCH the excess carbs that make you bloat. If you feel uncomfortable and you know why, then it's simple - get them out of your mouth!

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on June 18, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Sound like a food intolerance or sensitivity. Look into FODMAPS or GAPS. Could be gluten cross contamination, could be lactose, fructose, could be starch. Try NOW enzymes. Try BETAINE HCL supplementation or try probiotic powders or l glutamine.

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on June 18, 2013
at 07:58 PM

I used to get super bloated from coffee. It was almost like someone turned on an air hose and I could feel my stomach getting more and more distended and painful. It would then last quite a while. Anyway, I went paleo, started taking a probiotic and L-Glutamine to heal my very obvious leaky gut, and now coffee doesn't bother me. My guess is that your gut is generally irritated, and you should cut out anything that you think doesn't agree with you until you're on firmer ground, stomach-wise.

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on June 18, 2013
at 07:34 PM

here has been my experience with dairy and coffee: dairy-- for me grassfed high quality dairy is no problem, but ever sense i started eating the good stuff i get a bed reaction to 'conventional' dairy. before we went grain free i ate a slice of pizza at a birthday party, it had probably been a year since i had had 'conventional' dairy, and i literally thought i was going to die. this is after i had had no problem with dairy in my whole life. i wonder if our bodies get introduced to the real deal and they are like heck no i'm not taking the fake stuff anymore. coffee-- i am super picky about coffee, always have been. i love some good strong high quality coffee. since i have little kids i rarely go out and most of my friends drink good coffee too...so i'm always drinking the good stuff. this thanksgiving i had been eating clean for three months, super strict, and after our totally clean thanksgiving diner i had a cup of coffee my mom had fixed i got THE WORST heartburn. it was crazy, i drink lots of coffee everyday and it never bothers me. then i read an article on scdlifestyle.com that talked about coffee quality and gut issues. so...i can totally see a 'normal' coffee with half and half making you feel bad. your body is used to good food!

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Goat buttermilk or a fermented goes a long way. I have been doing it each meal and wow what a great feeling. If I travel I really miss it!!

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:57 PM

MathGirl72 is onto something. Some people are sensitive to many foods and they can have a heck of time figuring out which ones because most of our processed foods have so many ingredients and sometime different names for the same ingredients. Also a Paleo diet can be hard on a digestive system that is not used to it. Digestive enzymes are designed to reduce or prevent bloating caused by foods and weak digestive systems. I have great success dropping weight with low carb/high protein diets but bloat up often so I take enzymes before each meal and most of the time avoid bloating. Try an enzyme blend with a lot of different enzymes like Rezvera or Scitrition No-Bloat. Old school enzymes like Beano have just one or two enzymes where as new formulas have a bunch of enzymes that work on different foods.

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on November 14, 2012
at 01:12 AM

I recently cut out my morning goat kefir as well as nut butters, and my bloat is WAY WAY down. And I was only drinking 1/2 cup a day. Sounds like it yours could be a dairy issue, definitely worth trying to go without for a while.

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:08 PM

How sensitive are you to dairy? If things like half&half or tons of carbs are making you feel that uncomfortable, it might be a good idea to cut back.

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