I don't bloat up but I have allergies to virtually all fresh fruits and vegetables to some extent. I went through allergy testing years ago after discovering I was becoming reactive to more and more produce types. Testing wasn't my favorite thing to do but it did tell me a couple of things; the ones I can eat with just minor itching and the occasional hive are those in which I've eaten all of my life. Unfortunately, being the picky eater I was as a kid means I can't introduce new ones now. The reactions are much too severe. Kinda limits my choices but, I can eat enough to keep me happy. Another good reason to keep variety in our kids diet.
Oh yeah. This makes my low-carb lifestyle much more challenging. I have a mean sensitivity to FODMAPs and nightshades. You can Google™ those. Lots of info out there.
For myself, I don't really need an elimination diet. My body tells me what it will not tolerate, in no uncertain terms! I used to get a lot of negative press about being "picky," but that's not true. I just can't assimilate some foods, and most of the veggies on those lists are in that category.
I can eat carrots, green/string beans, and small amounts of salad veggies (lettuce, raw spinach). I do mean SMALL amounts. Half a cup, maybe. Other veggies I can still eat, but they're off my chosen low-carb plan, like corn and beets and sweet potatoes (or even -ack- white potatoes!) and beans (lima or otherwise). I "cheat" on those occasionally. Green beans get boring after a while, even if you like them!
The effects of eating those things which seem to sustain other low-carbers make them strictly off limits for me. Anything in the cabbage family. Cauliflower is THE substitute for so many potato and pasta dishes, and I can't touch it, alas. Tomatoes (other than a tablespoon of ketchup or a bit of sauce in bean-free chili). Bell/sweet peppers. I used to be okay with mushrooms, but I've had to reduce those lately. I can still eat them, but only in small quantities, and infrequently. You just have to experiment.
I hear so many folks on their various dietary paths bemoaning their cravings and binges for sweets, breads... sheesh. I'd just like some veggies! a great big loaded salad as a meal! heck. You can have all the chocolate and donuts. Just give me a garden to graze through. Don't I wish. (yes, I DO!)
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I agree with Coach Tanya- go visit an allergist. I have food allergies along with all of the tree/grass pollen allergies, and I also have OAS (Oral Allergy Syndrome as Tanya mentioned.) I have to be extremely careful in what I eat and I carry an epipen at all times. I can have a reaction one day from a fruit or vegetable, but a week later, I can eat something without a reaction- it's sometimes a guessing game. Cooking and processing of food does not help me in every case.
If it were just bloating, I'd think it's something else, but puffy eyes are one of my very first symptoms when I'm eating an offending fruit or vegetable. From there I get hives, itchy throat, a cough, major bloating, and I get wheezy and my asthma flares.
I would meet with your doctor and find out for sure (even though those who suffer from OAS usually have to judge most foods for themselves over time, because there is no specific allergy test that determines OAS.) I have been allergic to tomatoes all my life and they are always positive on my skin tests, but one year they came up negative. Positive the next year.
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I was thinking along SLasalle's lines as well. If you just suddenly changed your diet, your bodyt may just be getting used to it.
But a trip to talk to your doctor sounds like a good idea.
I agree that you should see a medical professional....
You mentioned zucchini....it can cause gas and bloat. If you are uncomfortable a little prune juice will help relieve the bloat. Saturated fat can trigger bloat and so can wheat products. Have you tried celery which can relieve bloat...Eating an avocado and other potassium rich foods can combat puffiness and so can Fage 0% Plain Yogurt which is a good probiotic for bloat and gassiness...add some berries to sweeten.
Sugar alcohols in Sugar free foods can also cause discomfort and bloat...also Too many Carb's can cause gas & bloating such as rice, potatoes, and pasta, beans and peas.
Puffiness can also be signs of dehydration.
Avoid Gas producing Foods such as peas, cabbage, onions, broccoli, radishes,cauliflower, apples, bananas, and any dried fruit, any large amount of sugar, especially those contained in soda as sugar can cause gas and bloat too.
Consult your medical professional for guidance, as this is not meant as medical advice.
Including 2-3 ounces of protein in each meal can do wonders for reducing puffiness. Protein can act like a natural diuretic and help your body get rid of extra water.
I echo the recommendation to visit your medical provider and let them know what is going on. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) is an allergic response to raw fruits and vegetables. It is common in people that also suffer with hay fever especially when they are sensitive to birch and ragweed pollen. Foods such as apples, cherries, kiwis, celery, tomatoes, and green peppers can cause tingling or swelling in the lips, tongue, or mouth as well as watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. Cooking or processing the offending fruits or vegetables can break down the proteins that are causing the response and may allow those foods to safely be consumed. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new _food_allergy_guidelines_released
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Did you, by chance, start eating vegetables all of the sudden in larger amounts than usual for you? Sometimes, that can be the cause of such a reaction.
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Ii would suggest making an appointment with your Dr and explain what is happening. It could be that amongst other things, allergy tests might be needed.
Apart from that, do you consume much salt? (Either added or in ready-prepared foods.) That can cause puffiness, bloating and weight-gain!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 6/12/2013 (20:56)
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2 6/12/13 8:50 P
I was wondering if anyone else had a similar issue. I am reactive to all vegetables. I get instant bloating, puffy eyes and my scale goes up at least a pound if I eat vegetables- that includes greens, zucchini, etc. does anyone else have a similar issue?