Hi I've been transitioning to raw vegan for the last 2 months, focusing on LFRV since the start of the 2nd month. I Feel good, love the benefits (minus the urgent need to use the bathroom sometimes). However at night I've been making big salads like I see other 80-10-10ers do on youtube - and those leave me feeling awful. I get bloated for the following several hours and the pain in my stomach makes me hunch over and keeps me from falling asleep. I thought maybe the salads were too complex so I simplified them to a head of Romaine, cherry tomatoes, and some simple dressing like Mango blended with tomatoes. But its still bad! I was thinking about juicing my greens like I did in the first month of my transition, is that a good idea? If it doesn't work I might just cut out greens for the time being, is that unhealthy? By the way, as of right now I'm eating about 2 cooked meals a week: rice with steamed veggies usually. Those days I have no gas problems but am not sure if they are adding to the overall problem. Any suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated.
I have a few suggestions so hopefully I can help :)
Firstly, you could be sensitive to tomatoes as a lot of people are, and so these could be what's causing the problems. Secondly, if you think the greens are hard for you to digest, you could make green smoothies and blended salads instead of just eating your greens whole. These would be easier to digest, but not as 'processed' as having green juices. Thirdly, are your greens organic? If not, you could be reacting to chemicals/pesticides on them.
Hope some of this is helpful, and let me know if you have any more questions :)
Have a great day,
I definitely have that too but like esperanza cutting out tomatoes makes it better
dang, I love tomatoes. But I'll try without them for the time being hopefully it helps. Thanks for your responses!
Hey there! Sometimes I have the bloating and I find then when I just throw a bunch of fruit like blueberries, strawberries and apples on a salad I do much better processing them. Sometimes I will throw on cucumber or onion if we have some chopped up here and there....but a fruit on greens salad seems to be marvelous for me. Good luck to you...stay away from high acidic veggies or fruits until you figure out what is hurting your tummy so much. Peace friend.
Something that helps me that may help you:
Close your eyes and picture yourself in a tropical forest.
You've come across an area with fresh leafy greens.
You stop and think for a moment...
Do you have the will power to spend hours collecting an assortment of fruits and nuts, then finding a rock and smashing them into a liquid like paste (or chewing them up and spitting them out) to make a complex fruit dressing that replicates something that you've never heard of and doesn't exist in the wild? I know I wouldn't.
Say the area with fresh leafy greens that you've stumbled upon is 2 miles away from the area that had tomatoes. Would you walk an additional 2 miles just to grab tomatoes to go with your fresh greens? I'd like to hope a human would use it's energy more efficiently.
Now, find a leafy green that's simple and easy to eat by itself. (organic will taste the best, home grown even better) Baby spinach is a great one to start with.
Fill a bowl or bag with baby spinach. Close your eyes. Grab handfuls of said leafy green then: Eat, chew, digest. If in this moment you grow tired of eating the leaves: Stop, eat something sweet, drink some water and try again later. Do this until you've built up an appetite to eat more greens; by themselves, without dressing, and in a single sitting.
If you don't enjoy this now, it's because you're not used to eating them this way on a day to day basis (like you would be in a natural setting). As you go longer without salt, and stick to organically or home grown greens, the leafy greens will taste better and digest better without the dressings or supplemental flavors.
Train yourself, get used to it, re-develop your taste buds and above all else: Keep it as absolutely simple as possible at every meal.
Wow.. thats inspiring! I'm definately going to try that method of eating greens. I have trouble eating salads but really want to...I know it's good for me. Thank you for sharing your awesome idea!
What time are you eating your dinner and what time are you going to sleep usually?
Ouch! Mango and lettuce don't digest well for me... I cannot eat fruit with greens or I have the same problem as you. Try keeping sweet fruits away from your greens and only use fruits like cucumber or tomato. Good luck!
Universal Mind you are a badass dude. I'm gonna give that a try today forreal. This week I juiced once which didn't give me gas but made me feel weird, then the next day I ate gourmet raw which made me feel flat out sick. I typically try to eat my salad by 6:30 and I go to bed by 10...this doesnt include this week...this is a bad week lol. I'm definitely going to try the singular lettuce thing, when I go extreme at anything I do alot better
The mango could be the issue, mango + green just sounds like a bad combination. I normally use lemon juice and 1/4 an avocado.