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best vegetables if you have digestive issues..

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM

so basically all i can tolerate at this point is steamed vegetables,

ive been eating steamed broccoli everyday for the last 2 weeks, eating steamed spinach doesnt do well in my stomach for some reason.

any other vegetables that i can steam that would be easy on my stomach?

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on August 30, 2012
at 01:03 PM

I understand, but if you have digestive issues, wouldn't you want to eat foods that heal that? To me that's like saying you won't take probiotics because you don't like the die-off effect.

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:36 PM

cabbage can be super gassy for some. It's one of the FODMAPS.

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:34 AM

PARSNIPS- good for vitamin C, Folate, Potassium

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on August 30, 2012
at 06:47 AM

Herbal tea/infusions can get you a lot of the goodness too without the stomach troubles.

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on August 30, 2012
at 06:46 AM

If you can do steamed broccoli you are doing pretty well. I have a stomach of steel and sometimes it gets me. What about getting concentrated greenness in the form of small amounts of parsley, cilantro, and nettles. You get a lot of the nutrients without the bulk that way.

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on August 30, 2012
at 03:28 AM

i'd stop with the steamed broccoli. can you do raw sauerkraut? too bad about the steamed spinach as that seems most tolerated for ppl with issues. i'd say try steamed or raw carrots, or boiled bamboo shoots (in the can, already boiled)

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on August 30, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I agree with Renee, check out FODMAP!

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at 12:48 AM

What are the stomach issues related to? Did you just transition to paleo? If you did and it's a big change from before, it could be the fiber... I found that I has to ease into it to avoid similar issues.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:26 AM

To me broccoli is one of the worst since it's a FODMAP food (google that) and so very likely to cause gas. But if it's not bothering you, great.

Easy veg for me: spinach (not steamed - yech. sauteed or baby spinach salad), salad greens, swiss chard, carrots, beets, yams, squash, zucchini, mushroom, tomatoes (may not agree with you)

The toughest ones for me are peppers and onion.

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:34 AM

PARSNIPS- good for vitamin C, Folate, Potassium

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on August 30, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I agree with Renee, check out FODMAP!

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:10 PM

I've been suffering serious digestive issues and inflammation for more than 18 years and still have some. When I was vegetarian it was even much worse than now (that I'm Paleo).

Then one day, I discovered this site: www.gutsense.org and decided to dramatically reduced the consumption of veggies per day (no more that 25 grams) going against all the common-sense of all the medical doctors I had met.

I only eat avocado & blackberries. To get my carbs (without which my insomnia worsens) I eat boiled potatoes, carrots and pumpkins. By doing so, my digestion is (almost) perfect (no more bloating at all).

A few days ago I tried (after several weeks) to put some zucchini into my diet and I had constipation again for 2 days and serious bloating. This won't be forever but until my gut isn't completely fixed, I must take it very easy on the veggies.

I tried with using only high-fodmap free veggies, but it didn't work anyway for me.

Best, Michael.

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on August 30, 2012
at 08:03 AM

Chris Kesser tackles this point here : http://chriskresser.com/got-digestive-problems-take-it-easy-on-the-veggies

There's a distinction to be made between soluble and insoluble fibers within fiber foods. It's a very interesting read and a very useful one. Spinach for example isn't an optimal option whn you're having digestive issues

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I can't believe nobody suggested cabbage as the very first vegetable to consume.

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-cabbage.html

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on August 30, 2012
at 01:03 PM

I understand, but if you have digestive issues, wouldn't you want to eat foods that heal that? To me that's like saying you won't take probiotics because you don't like the die-off effect.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on August 30, 2012
at 12:36 PM

cabbage can be super gassy for some. It's one of the FODMAPS.

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on August 30, 2012
at 11:33 AM

For me, it is the tender salad greens that are the easiest on the stomach- baby romaine, baby lettuces, spring mixes, spinach, herb mixes, and arugula.

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on August 30, 2012
at 06:37 AM

I have all kinds of digestive issues and just recently figured out that I cannot have anything fermented :( That's too bad because I used to LOVE fermented foods.

Anyway, try eating ... raw vegetables. You will be surprised. At first you feel some discomfort, but then it disappears fairly quickly.

I always thought that with my gastric erosion eating raw vegetables will be a nightmare. Not true! I actually do much better with raw stuff than steamed (except for garlic and onions, of course).

Now I can have ANY vegetable steamed, boiled, baked or raw, even nightshades. Unfortunately, I can also have broth/meat/fish and nothing else so it is gets boring sometimes.

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