When you are an omnivore your body (read whole intestinal tract) produces a set of digestive enzymes to digest that type of food. When you completely change the food you eat it takes a while for your body to adjust. You need to drink a lot of water, add kombu a Spanish herb called epazote and all of the other ideas here will help with the gas but just time will also heal this problem. It took me a few months, but I went cold turkey into eating beans and lentils 2 times a day plus lots of cruciferous veggies too! But now I have NO gas at all ever. I can eat lentils and broccoli/cauliflower all day long...LOL! If you are uncomfortable, you can take this transition a little slower. Buy Beano and use it in every bean and high fiber veggie dish too. It adds the enzyme. Good luck to you!
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When you say 'bloated' do you mean you have a lot of gas? If so, make sure you are rinsing your beans before cooking/using them. If you're using canned beans, rinse the heck out of them before using them and, if you're cooking dried lentils, rinse them before cooking them and rinse them VERY well after they are cooked. Don't use the liquid from the can if canned lentils are used.
I was extremely gassy the first week I started cooking Vegan and my DIL gave me this tip. Cured the gas.
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hang in there as beans, lentil and veggies are all full of fibre and plenty of water,so they are dragging it into the gastro track which is good thing, but that' is what is making you feel bloated, your body will eventually adjust , be patient but do not give up on the beans, rice and veggies they are all good and healthy, and will help you achieve your weight if that's your aim, cheers Stoley
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Your body will get used to it...every transition has certain physical manifestations though it varies from person to person. Indians put ajwain seed in the cooking water with beans to improve digestibility. Kombu also helps. Discarding the soaking water should also be standard procedure, along with skimming off the foam when beans are beginning to boil. If you're eating canned beans all bets are off, I have no idea how they make those things or whether they are more or less likely to produce gas than home cooked beans. My observation - pardon - is that vegans do not have worse gas problems than the average omnivore. In fact probably less.
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broccoli will definitely not help, as it is a gas-producer for most people. are you soaking the beans overnight before cooking them? This will very likely eliminate bloating. also you might try cooking your beans with 1/2 teaspoon cumin to reduce gas production. hmmmmm - maybe this could work with the broccoli too????
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