Some great info from the 2 previous posts. I have also heard that if you are eating canned black beans, you can eliminate A LOT of the gas problem by thoroughly rinsing the beans.
I did this issue when I first started eating clean but it has since diminished (can't say it's totally gone!!!) Broccoli tends to be a pretty big trigger for and and it happens to be one of my favorite go to veggies (I steam them). But when I reduce my intake of them during the week I am better. So it has made me become more adventurous in my veggie options. Good luck!
Not everyone here on this team agrees on everything and that, of course, is just fine.
Though I am a firm believer in eating a lot of raw foods I also believe that there are some veggies that should also be eaten gently cooked to get even more out of them. I have read in more than one place that cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage etc.) can be problematic for some people when eaten raw. Gas is the most frequent problem.
You might back off from those raw cruciferous veggies and very gently steam them in a little water. They should still have a firm texture but just softened enough to bite comfortably into--NOT soft.
Also, what Evelyn says is true as well. Our bodies need time to adjust to radical changes. For example: people get gas from beans when beans aren't a regular part of their diet. People who are eating beans 2 or 3 times a week don't usually have that problem.
Also, (Ask Laura, she'll tell you!!) If you are gluten sensitive you will get gas from most grains. When the gluten grains are removed gas goes away. But that is only if you seriously think you are gluten sensitive.
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Knowing what your triggers are is a good start. Also, maybe adding things in baby steps? This might allow your body to get used to the fruits and veggies that you are now eating more of. Too much might be a shock to the system.
Working to eat cleaner is a goal that I set for 2011. In addition to the new found energy, I have also developed....gas! Any suggestions on how to handle the excess flatulence that comes from eating so many fruits and veggies?
P.S. I have already eliminated raw broccoli since I found this to specifically be a problem area. Cooked doesn't seem to be an issue.
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