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Vegetables & Digestive Issues - Why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I've somewhat narrowed it down & i seem to have digestion issues with some vegetables, i won't go into the gruesome details (unless asked) but whenever i have some red meat, especially beef, the issue completely goes away.

I'm thinking that meat could digest slower so gives my system a rest but veggies are a bit rougher going through.

Its weird, if anything I have to push harder when on the toilet when eating meat (TMI!) but the digestive issue still goes away. Given the nature of the problem I would've thought pushing harder would make it much worse.

Its a shame as i only recently started enjoying raw vegetables & salads again as it's getting warmer in the UK, they taste & feel great when eating them, but its weird how they can taste so healthy & refreshing but cause me such digestive problems, any ideas on what could be causing this?

Im thinking of eating nothing but animals for a few weeks, then reintroduce one veggie at a time to see what exactly is causing the problem... i'll report back, but id like to know if anyone has had this, or why it could be?

Thanks

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 26, 2013
at 07:21 PM

ok update with this incase anyone reads through this thread again, it was definitely broth that was curing this problem not really red meat. When drinking broth i can handle a daily salad & some veggies just fine. Drink broth!

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on June 06, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Do you feel your missing out by not being able to eat brocoli & other veggies? I've eaten brocoli almost daily for years and it feels so totally against everything i THINK i know to now consider it could be bad for me, i really like raw brocoli as it has such a cooling effect but apart from that i was losing my taste for it cooked anyway, its funny recently ive been feeling to eat many many more sweet potatoes. Could you share how you went about your elimination diet please? Did you follow FODMOP? GAPS? or just eat animals then slowly add? Cheers

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on June 06, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Anal fissures! I've had them! Sadly, also diet related. I still can't eat certain vegetables. Broccoli, for example. But red meat, no problem. Basically the only thing vegetal I can eat in quantity is the sweet potato.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 06, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Thanks for the link, lots of info, shame about the avocados I LOVE them! Im glad I can still have spinach to get some greens, id appreciate any other links anyone has with a more concise list of foods high/low in FODMAP's, cheers :)

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 06, 2013
at 03:42 PM

Anal fissures, im at least happy that I know how to get rid of them, red meat

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 06, 2013
at 03:41 PM

Thanks for the link, I trust Kresser's knowledge & he seems to hit the nail on the head here, all the veggies I've been consuming although in small amounts are the ones high in insoluble fibre, in the nicest possible way im glad its not so uncommon. Moar meat & taters! :)

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:14 PM

Digestion issues is vague. Not that I want to know the gory details, but there's a whole spectrum of digestion issues, not all of them lead back to the same cause.

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:34 PM

It could be that your stomach just isn't built to handle so many raw veggies (and thus insoluble fiber). The fact that you have started eating raw vegetables at the same time that you've started having digestive problems points to an issue with fiber. Eating tons of veggies isn't healthy for everyone (no matter what those pesky guidelines say).... so yes, cut back on high fiber vegetables a little!

A Guide- http://chriskresser.com/got-digestive-problems-take-it-easy-on-the-veggies

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 06, 2013
at 03:41 PM

Thanks for the link, I trust Kresser's knowledge & he seems to hit the nail on the head here, all the veggies I've been consuming although in small amounts are the ones high in insoluble fibre, in the nicest possible way im glad its not so uncommon. Moar meat & taters! :)

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on June 06, 2013
at 12:57 PM

Read into GAPS and FODMAPS, it could be you have issues with gut bacteria. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/fodmaps-and-paleo/

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 06, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Thanks for the link, lots of info, shame about the avocados I LOVE them! Im glad I can still have spinach to get some greens, id appreciate any other links anyone has with a more concise list of foods high/low in FODMAP's, cheers :)

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