I am brand new to this forum and brand new to getting out of the processed food world. I recently had gastric bypass surgery and since then I have become lactose intolerant. I think I was a little bit lactose intolerant before the surgery and I just didn't realize it until it has gotten a lot worse after.
After having surgery I can only eat small amounts and my body absorbs nutrients differently and I now have to have a protein forward diet. (meaning I must focus on protein first and then vegetables and fruits for carbohydrates) Anyhow, most GB patients tend to rely on drinking whey (milk based) protein shakes and eating a lot of dairy to get the required protein amounts. Well for the past few weeks I have been so incredibly miserable with gas, bloating, nausea and cramping...I thought maybe it was a side effect of having the surgery. Then I realized that maybe dairy was causing my issues. I removed dairy from my diet for a few days and I felt so much better.
Along with removing dairy, I also tried to eat all of my fruits and veggies in a raw form so that the digestive enzymes would remain viable for aiding digestion. I have been reading up a lot of information on whole foods, natural foods, raw foods etc.
Well yesterday I had some refried beans with cheese and sour cream and boy did my body have a fit! Now I know for sure to just avoid lactose all together.
I was having a tough time finding some sort of protein shake supplement that wasn't whey or milk based but my nutritionist suggested a couple of options. This morning I tried raw vegan brown rice protein in a smoothie with almond milk, raw coconut water, acai berry puree, banana, pineapple and chia seeds. I had absolutely NO intestinal issues at all. It is such a relief.
I went through my pantry and I have set aside all of my canned veggies and my grain pastas for the donation box.
What little I have left will be replaced with as natural/whole/unprocessed items as I can find. (like dry beans instead of canned) etc. I am also trying to purge out ALL refined sugars/ artificial sweeteners and white flours, crackers etc. Any new types of those things will be gluten free if at all possible. I do have a family to feed so I will be making this transition over the next month or so. Hopefully they won't protest too much. I have already began cooking with healthier substitutions and they haven't complained so hopefully there won't be too many bumps in the road.
Well, I look forward to learning as much as I can from members of this forum. I love to read a good blog with recipes, etc. Please if you have any tips for me feel free to share!
Does anyone have any recommendations for good whole foods or nutritional healing books?
My focus right now is to learn as much as I can about nutrient dense whole foods.
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