Hey guys...I've been a vegan for 3 years and on again/off again LFRV (I know the benefits and had amazing health and digestion for 6 months as LFRV). I'm attempting to transition back to LFRV after going back to traditional vegan diet and recently gluten free, but I'm having an IBS episode where it makes it difficult to eat anything at all. I've been drinking water and had a banana smoothie earlier which seemed to go well.
I'm looking for any help with what I should be eating that will be easy on my digestion but will help me to gain the nutrients I'm currently losing. I'm in this 100% for good, but the IBS is making it hard to eat much at all.
Thank you :)
Sorry about the symptoms.
You may want to try a fruit island such as eating one type of fruit like bananas for about one week. This allows you to have energy for living life, but at the same time, promotes healing of the digestive system.
As your digestive system allows, start incorporating about 1-2 pounds of lettuce greens a day:
I will share some thoughts here from our Banana Wagon Tour:
Causes if Indigestion and Bloating on HCRV
Make sure you are eating on a hydrated system as it can be difficult to eat and or digest fruits on a dehydrated system. When rising in the morning drink 3-4 cups of water or more, then wait about 20 minutes before eating. This may be a good habit to follow throughout the day.
When to eat and hydrate for max life performance Posted by Durianrider
How to Pick Ripe Fruit Posted by Freelee
Cruciferous and Root Veggies Not Recommended
For optimum digestion, avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, spinach, and cauliflower, and root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and tubers. Some of our members have had problems such as sour stomach, stomach pains, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, acne and skin eruptions, blood in stools, and or slowed digestion which makes it difficult to eat enough calories during the day.
This is a list of naughty and nice fruits and lettuce greens:
Eating High Fat Not Recommended
Eat little or no overt fats like those found in nuts and avocados. Blood lipids and fats sludge up the blood stream preventing absorption of vitamins and minerals and calories leading to deficiencies and tiredness and not being able to perform optimally. Fats can also cause digestive difficulties and do not mix well with fruits.
CHEAT DAYS = SICK DAYS!
Cheating with cooked food, and even steamed vegetables, can cause digestive upsets, detox symptoms, and a return of previous conditions. What many members who have tried to transition have experienced is that the longer they eat raw, the cleaner their bodies get. Their bodies will react violently when they cheat with cooked food. Symptoms may include upset stomach, vomiting, constipation, headache, acne, and other detox symptoms. The best way to describe it is sudden onset of flu like symptoms which may last 1-3 days.
Transition Not Recommended
One cannot ride two bikes with one bum!
Mixing a high fat diet and a high fruit diet can cause problems like Type 2 Diabetes, candida, and chronic fatigue syndrome, and weight gain. Fruits digest fast and do not mix well with animal products, fats, root vegetables like carrots, and cruciferous like broccoli that digest slowly.
Eating fruit on top of slow digesting food can cause the fruit to ferment leading to digestive discomfort and or pain, gas, bloating, and other problems like brain fog.
Juicing Not Recommended
Some of our members have had troubles with juicing such as indigestion, sour and or acidic stomach, acid reflux, blood sugar spikes, dizziness and brain fog, diarrhea, blood in feces, constipation, and inability to absorb and assimilate calories, vitamins and minerals in spite of high calorie count. The high sugar and acid content of some juices may give some people teeth pain and issues.
Juicing removes the fiber from the fruits n veggies.
Importance of Fiber on Any Diet
The soluble fiber in fruit and some vegetables may gel up inside the intestine. This fiber slows down digestion and regulates assimilation of nutrients as well as water absorption.
Diets high in animal products may have little or no fiber, and diets high in grain products that have insoluble fiber actually may scrape and irritate the intestines like shards of glass and do not digest well.
Fruits are high in soluble fiber which also causes easy elimination of feces just like toothpaste being squeezed from a tube. This soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel in the intestines. (Ref: Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber, Soluble and Insoluble Fiber)
Without this fiber, nutrients, calories, and carbohydrates can pass right through the system without being digested and assimilated and possibly lead to unwanted weight loss and or malnutrition.
It is better to train the digestive system right from the beginning to properly chew, digest, and assimilate fruits and leafy greens. If you are having a difficult time with calories, then smoothies might be a compromise. With smoothies, the whole fruits and greens are blended and some of the fiber is still intact.
Good luck and Peace, PK
Thank you for your reply PK!
I will definitely four on rehydrating my system and focus on banana island for a while to get back on track.