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#1 Postby Lindsay76 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:45 pm

Ok - I know noone likes to to discuss this . . . but, I can't imagine I am the only one who deals with this. . .
I eat 80 -90% fruits and vegetables - both raw and cooked . . . in addition, I consume small amounts of nuts, tofu/tempeh/soy products and whole grains - maybe one, sometimes two servings a day.
Well, I get terrible gas pains . . . they make me so unfortable - they sometimes limit my acitivity and make me cranky!!
I know about soaking the nuts and grains - but, I don't think I eat enough of them to matter.
I really think it's the fruits and veggies . . . I try to chew well - but, this is not a strength of mine ...
Any tips are greatly appreciated!! Is BEANO vegan?????????

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#2 Postby veganpotter » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:31 pm

No beano isn't vegan but there are digestive enzymes that may help you out.

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#3 Postby Kon » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:34 pm

Do you eat lots of cherries?

maybe you could try to eat things seperately to see if anything stands out

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#4 Postby Lindsay76 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 4:38 pm

Nope.

None ...

I thought the only other culprit could be the Nutiva Protein powder I put in my smoothie in the morning - I only do 1/2 the recommended serving.

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#5 Postby CollegeB » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:51 pm

It could be all the protein but one thing that really helps me out is not eating fruit before my meals of beans, and I do that for meals which will have tofu and other things. Acid soothe is a vegan gas aid. It works well, and i dont think its too expensive but my health food store has not gotten in the stuff they said they would yet. So I am without.

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#6 Postby Lindsay76 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:49 pm

I'm forgoing the hemp protein today to see what happens . . .

I have a feeling I just CAN'T digest it!

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#7 Postby Odidnetne » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:22 pm

Lindsay76 wrote:I'm forgoing the hemp protein today to see what happens . . .

I have a feeling I just CAN'T digest it!


Hemp is one of the easiest digesting foods you could eat. It would more likely be the beans before the hemp.
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#8 Postby Lindsay76 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:27 pm

Maybe not me . . .
Doing great today so far and by now I'm usually pretty uncomfortable. . .
I think it's pretty funny that I've just been dealing with this . . .
Thanks for everyone's input!!

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#9 Postby davidmNY » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:26 pm

Yeah - gas is unfortunate but, great in a comedic situation with the kiddies. Seriously though - depending on how thick the skins are on certain fruits usually determines the amount of gas for me. More gas seems to be produced breaking that stuff down. I absolutely HAVE to peel apples. Fresh peppers give me minimal gas but, definitely enough to notice my stomach squeaking and I seem to be doing fine with the cherries - pretty thin skin on those. Too much onion seems to be a definite no-no for me and brocolli and brussel sprouts always act different depending on the situation but, I love them too much to care.

I just go with the gaseous flow. Not much else I can do about it. O yea - I had to cut out young thai coconut water as well because that was a culprit too. Must be the type of fat it was or something.

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#10 Postby Neven » Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:22 pm

I had probably similar if not the same problems as you have, and i noticed tat it was when i ate mostly raw fruti, veggies etc.
i guess its not from the protein because i eat nowadays a lot more protein than then and i don't have that big problems with gas.
Of course, I still fart from time to time. :twisted:

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#11 Postby oregonisaac » Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:50 pm

I find hemp protein to be incredibly heavy, I do better mixing some raw hemp seed in with my foods lately for digestive comfort. Works great in salad dressings. I also like food processing hemp seed with a banana and a little vanilla bean or carob.

Gas is something I think of as a sign of bad food combining and digestive trouble. You can read a lot of standard "rules" out there, but I have figured out what works for me through trial and error.

I have found dried fruits are bad in general also.

I almost never have gas if I am eating well, and definately have not felt digestive pain in quite some time.
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#12 Postby Lindsay76 » Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:45 pm

Oregonisaac - I think from my experience . . .I totally agree with you.
Even though the protein says it's just ground raw hemp - something about it - maybe the fiber content - just doesn't jive with me .

I did one tablespoon (one quarter the recommended serving) and I seem to be all good today.

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#13 Postby Troy » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:14 pm

Alright, I'm bumpin this back up. Having difficulties lately... silent but deadly difficulties. :fart: I can you usually diagnose the problem and "nip it in the butt" (pun intended) but I think I might have some difficulties with this one. Usually I feel I get excess gas from too much refined grain fiber, ie. the Ezekiel 4:9 cereal that I eat, but I've cut back on that and increased my consumption of berries lately and mixing them in smoothies:

30 grams Ezekiel 4:9
300 grams Fruit (Choosing one from: Blueberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, or Cranberries)
5 oz -----Leafy Greens --- (Kale or Spinach)
1 Tblspn Udo's DHA Oil
30g protein from Rice or Gemma (powders)

This puts this smoothie around 75g carbs, 15g fat, 36g protein, and 15g fiber, give or take a little for choice of fruit. Now it seems like this may be the culprit as I have been having two of these a day for the last few days.

---I read that salicylates may cause gas and blueberries, cherries, grapefruit are high in salicylates. Could this be it?
---Or is it the abundance amount of fruit in one serving causing it?
---Or the combining of other foods with the fruit?
---Maybe I need to supplement enzymes or probiotics..? Would that help?
Recommendations are welcomed... please!


I like the addition of more berries (fruit) to my diet instead of dominating my carbs with grains. But I don't want to resort to wearing these bad boys :arrow: :arrow: "Under-Ease" Anti-flatulence underwear... three letters... h-o-t! I also prefer not to take simethicone, activated charcoal, or alpha galactosidase.

Geez it just seems like it is always something with me and gas... I go for such good periods with none and something comes up. Things that I know personally cause me to be flatulent:

Loading on creatine
Refined grains
Dairy (back in the day)
Wheat products (back in the day)
Too much fiber
Eating too fast
Drinking too much water with a meal
Not letting the air settle out of a smoothie
Dried fruits
Starchy Veggies
Excess amounts of powder protein... (why does this have to be? :?).. and especially if I drink it too fast.
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#14 Postby Zack » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:30 pm

I am always fine as long as I eat vegetables raw. If it's just fruit beans nuts grains then I have problems.
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#15 Postby Troy » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:40 pm

Zack wrote:If it's just fruit beans nuts grains then I have problems.


I'm not sure I understand what you are saying... just fruit by itself, you have problems, or the mixture of all those foods?
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