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Black beans - your take

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Created June 06, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Paleo or not? What's your PERSONAL reaction to them?

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5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

No reason at all to feel bad about not eating something that causes you so much discomfort. Isn't that what Paleo is about. Some people never figure out the things bother their bodies. Went to a chili cook off today. Mine was the only beanless entry. 3# of grassfed, bunch of fresh tomatoes, zuccini and peppers(jalos and bells). Tasted the 7 others and I'm suffering for it! Probably take a week to clear the junk from my system.

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on October 16, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Thanks, Curmujeon. Your chili recipe sounds delicious! I'd love a copy, if it's not top secret. ;D I hope you feel better soon!

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on October 16, 2011
at 02:54 AM

No real digestion issues, just joint and muscle pain and stiffness.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on June 07, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Aww, thank you, Kinetic! x) -blush-

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on June 07, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Thank you, kinetic! :)

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on June 06, 2011
at 11:57 PM

"It'll hurt like the dickens at first, but plod through, mate! It's worth it!" Hahah. I had missed reading your responses.

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on June 06, 2011
at 10:35 PM

same here! they dont affect me badly at all. they never gave me gas or abdominal bloat, etc. i never got headaches from eating them either. I guess now i just avoid them for ideological reasons (they're not paleo bc they have a more damaging lectin content than most foods).

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3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

on June 07, 2011
at 01:52 PM

I've eaten them every morning for years cooked with lots of lard and/or beef tallow and with wonderful results. I can coast for many hours without getting hungry...my blood sugar doesn't drop. I remain very sated. I prepare them based on the soaking/basic beans method in Nourishing Traditions. I then steam them for a couple of more hours with the lard or tallow. I don't get any gas from them. Cooking beans with a piece of raw, peeled ginger helps to eliminate the gas factor.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 06, 2011
at 08:54 PM

i dont eat them. too carby. i dont have the same belly issues a lot of people have, but we mostly soak 'em. i really really miss refried black beans with jalapenos and cumin with lots of cilantro, diced onions and queso fresco on a corn tortilla. i do miss that.... it hardly interferes with my daily functioning though. im living fine without them, and probably better.

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on June 06, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Many SAD Nutritionists/Dieticians want you to believe that a bit of gas and bloating when first eating beans is normal, and that you'll eventually acclimate to them if you keep stuffing yourself with them. (What the heck kind of sick mindset is that, anyway?! "It'll hurt like the dickens at first, but plod through, mate! It's worth it!" >.<)

For me, that could not be further from the truth. I could never fully digest beans, even after being a vegetarian for several years and relying on almost exclusively for protein. Can you tell that my veggie years were absolute misery? Ugh.

I don't touch them now. I don't crave them or miss them or the pain associated with eating them. I'm much happier eating a dead animal of some sort for protein. :)

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on June 06, 2011
at 11:57 PM

"It'll hurt like the dickens at first, but plod through, mate! It's worth it!" Hahah. I had missed reading your responses.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Thank you, kinetic! :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Aww, thank you, Kinetic! x) -blush-

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

No reason at all to feel bad about not eating something that causes you so much discomfort. Isn't that what Paleo is about. Some people never figure out the things bother their bodies. Went to a chili cook off today. Mine was the only beanless entry. 3# of grassfed, bunch of fresh tomatoes, zuccini and peppers(jalos and bells). Tasted the 7 others and I'm suffering for it! Probably take a week to clear the junk from my system.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on October 16, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Thanks, Curmujeon. Your chili recipe sounds delicious! I'd love a copy, if it's not top secret. ;D I hope you feel better soon!

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on October 16, 2011
at 02:54 AM

No real digestion issues, just joint and muscle pain and stiffness.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on June 06, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I have HUGE digestion issues with any sort of bean. I don't go near them.

I'm pretty sure there is no paleo faction that considers these to be acceptable which is fine by me.

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on October 16, 2011
at 02:54 AM

I had no issues with any sort of bean and continue to have no issues despite not eating them but very occasionally. Not 'kosher' paleo, but not the worst thing ever either. Don't make them a staple in your diet, but an occasional serving isn't terrible.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on October 16, 2011
at 02:31 AM

I have them no more then once a month. I like animal protein far better then any bean!

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:01 PM

I've always not felt well after eating any beans. I didn't eat them even when I was WAP, still don't eat them.

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:49 PM

I don't normally eat them since going paleo, and they've always caused gas pains and heartburn, so I haven't missed them.

But I had a bowl of beans and rice the other day and had no trouble at all.

I'm wondering if eating paleo and taking my probiotics has made it easier for my stomach to handle things it didn't tolerate before.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on June 06, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I love them and never had issues with them but they gave my husband terrible digestion issues. Even though I'd soak them overnight. I occaisionally miss them but they're just too Carby for me and I always tended to over eat them.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I do not want to share my reaction to them. It's not something I discuss in polite company. I would not eat black beans or any other kind of beans (except maybe green beans). Nasty stuff.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on June 06, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Before Paleo, I was the Black Bean Queen! I made black bean brownies, black bean soup, chicken salad with black beans thrown it. Low fat / high fiber! What could be better!

I had no issues with digestion or gas/bloating when eating them, but they may have had a lot to do with my water retention issues. I have completely cut them out now and don't really miss them.

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on June 06, 2011
at 10:35 PM

same here! they dont affect me badly at all. they never gave me gas or abdominal bloat, etc. i never got headaches from eating them either. I guess now i just avoid them for ideological reasons (they're not paleo bc they have a more damaging lectin content than most foods).

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