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10/1/13 2:41 P

If you still had constipation issues while you were eating vegetarian, (AND assuming you are drinking plenty of fluid??) then I would suggest keeping a diary, not only of food/liquid, but also the bloating and bowel movements (when, how much and 'texture') and see your Dr. It may be that you would benefit from a referral to a Gastroenterologist. I will caution you that altho' laxatives can be good on the odd occasion, I wouldn't be inclined to take them on a regular basis without a script from your Dr, for a couple reasons. One is that regular use can cause the bowel to become lazy, and the other is that not all laxatives are equal. Different types can work on different reasons for the constipation.


SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,291
10/1/13 2:04 P

Eating too much fatty food can be a cause of bloating, as fat takes longer to digest completely.
Carbonated drinks contribute to bloating, as well as, an imbalanced diet with too much salt intake, inadequate protein and water intake.

Maybe eat toasted rye bread with eases constipation and bloat because of the fiber arabinoxylan.

Eating an avocado and other potassium rich foods can combat puffiness by balancing excess sodium and reduce water retention . Also celery helps.

Saturated fat can trigger bloat and so can wheat.

Fage 0% Plain Yogurt is a good probiotic for bloat and cuts the odds of having tummy issues.

Fruits and vegetables are beneficial in providing constipation relief for one main reason — fiber and if you include protein at each meal it will do wonders for reducing puffiness. Protein can act like a natural diuretic and help your body get rid of extra water and bloat. 2-3 ounces will do it.

Avocados, nuts and Olive Oil and other healthy fats help keep digestion running smoothly with less bloat.

Sugar Free foods...foods that contain sugar alcohols do cause bloating and cramps.....

Consult your medical professional for guidance.

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10/1/13 12:02 P

What is an average day's menu for you?

10/1/13 9:20 A

Thanks! I have bathroom issues... I hardly ever go. I'm trying some herbal stuff to see if it helps me, but so far nothing. I even had to take two doses of a laxative before I would go. I would say that my bloating is due to that, but I was just the same as a vegetarian minus the bloat.

It's all so weird... I don't think I have IBS because I don't have cramping or pain or anything. I just don't have the urge to go, and just don't.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
10/1/13 9:12 A

In addition to the other response, perhaps you should evaluate if there are any specific types of meats that are giving you problems, or what you're combining with them, when they are consumed.

If you see your doctor, all that type of information will be helpful in evaluating the issues surrounding your problem.

Take copies of your tracker, make notes regarding what's going on in your body corresponding to each meal, and even bathroom issues, if necessary. The more information you go with; the better a knowledgeable response will be forthcoming.

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10/1/13 5:37 A

I wonder if when you were eating vegetarian you were eating less processed carbs or just cleaner eating, full stop. It MAY also be that you could be eating a lot of protein at a time, or that it is accompanied with a lot of fat in the meat, and your stomach is incapable of breaking it all down, properly.

Below is a link that MAY be helpful to you:

If it continues, and is problematic for you, then you might be advised to talk with your Dr and perhaps ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian.

Good luck,

10/1/13 12:07 A

I went vegetarian for a few months and I noticed that I wasn't so bloated all of the time. As soon as I started to eat meat again, my stomach grew. Is it possible that there is something about protein that my body doesn't like? Does this happen to anyone else?

It's easier to be a meat eater, especially with a family that loves meat. I don't care about it either way.... but I'm not really interested in going back to veggie.

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