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Problem with fiber

#1 Postby Wamrage » Sun May 06, 2012 12:54 pm

I noticed when i eat a food that is rich in fiber i get very Bloated.If i eat for example 100 grams of adzuki beans i don't get bloated much but if i eat around 180 grams of adzuki or lentils i'm about to pop! I have to eat a lot in order to gain weight, is there any solution for this? Will my body adjust to all this fiber?

p.s. I started eating beans and lentils recently

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Re: Problem with fiber

#2 Postby midnight112x » Sun May 06, 2012 2:12 pm

i went through this a few weeks ago, about 6-8 weeks into going vegan. It will eventually get better. What i did was just eat some veggies/fruits that had less fiber and slowly added the beans back in

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Re: Problem with fiber

#3 Postby Wamrage » Sun May 06, 2012 4:02 pm

midnight112x wrote:i went through this a few weeks ago, about 6-8 weeks into going vegan. It will eventually get better. What i did was just eat some veggies/fruits that had less fiber and slowly added the beans back in


Good to hear.I'm looking to incorporate a lot of white rice in my diet but i had problems with it in the past, it made me sleepy because of the insulin spike.

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Re: Problem with fiber

#4 Postby stcalico » Sun May 06, 2012 11:54 pm

Wamrage wrote:Good to hear.I'm looking to incorporate a lot of white rice in my diet but i had problems with it in the past, it made me sleepy because of the insulin spike.



Try switching to brown rice or wild rice. It is complex carbohydrate and should give less of a spike. Also as soon as you hull the rice you lose minerals like iron and a little of the protein value of the rice.
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Re: Problem with fiber

#5 Postby Wamrage » Thu May 17, 2012 12:16 pm

stcalico wrote:
Wamrage wrote:Good to hear.I'm looking to incorporate a lot of white rice in my diet but i had problems with it in the past, it made me sleepy because of the insulin spike.



Try switching to brown rice or wild rice. It is complex carbohydrate and should give less of a spike. Also as soon as you hull the rice you lose minerals like iron and a little of the protein value of the rice.


tnx for the tip, altho brown rice makes me sleepy as well.I am not sure why because it doesn't have a high GI, maybe it's simply hard for the digestion and my brain shuts down so that my stomache can take all the work :)

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Re: Problem with fiber

#6 Postby Marcina » Fri May 18, 2012 2:25 am

If you're eating a lot of insoluble fiber, that adds bulk to the stool and can be tough to digest, especially if your body isn't used to it. Also, take a look at what you're eating along with the roughage: Are you eating anything afterwards with simple sugars such as fruit? The sugars in the fruit break down faster, and your stomach hasn't had time to digest your meal so the sugars basically ferment and cause gas and bloating. I used to eat an apple or banana for dessert after my meals and always wondered why I got super bloated afterwards and then I learned this.

Another thing to do is to take a fiber supplement. I know it seems weird since you're already eating a lot of fiber, but if you take something like Metamucil (psyllium fiber) it forms a gel in the colon and acts like a sponge. It allows for a quick, easy, and comfortable passing of stool and you'll feel great after (and your pants will fit better too!) I drink a glass of Metamucil every day. I also have a very lazy bowel, so no matter how much fiber I eat, everything just sits there.. My doctor told me years ago about Metamucil and it's the best advice I've ever taken.

Another thing you can do is take probiotics. These are awesome because the friendly bacteria help break down food in your gut. However, some types of probiotics can cause gas, so be careful. I recommend Bio-K because they have a drinkable vegan formula that's very tasty and has 50 billion live probiotic bacteria in each container.

Another thing that is great for bloating: Peppermint and ginger tea. You can drink these hot or cold with some lemon juice added and it will help ease the bloating and also act as a mild diuretic. I take peppermint tea to work because I have a desk job and sitting down after a meal makes it harder for the food to make its way through the digestive tract.
Taking a walk or stretching after a meal is definitely beneficial. Sometimes at work, I'll eat standing up. Everyone thinks I'm weird but it works! :P


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