Hey Y'all, Here's the first part of my new article, "How to Avoid Gas and Bloating on a Raw Food Diet"
One of the most common comments I get from people beginning to incorporate more raw food into their diets is that they are gassy and bloated! This is very common when beginning a raw food diet and can have a few different causes.
Improper Food Combining
The first cause is eating improperly combined meals. There are many different food combining rules and in my experience several of them can be disregarded. However, there is one rule that is more important than all the others. That is - do not combine fat and sugar. On a raw food diet, your main source of carbohydrates will be fruit and your main sources of fat include avocado, nuts, and seeds. This basically means that you should not combine fruit with any of those sources of fat. This is because fruit digests much faster than fat. While the fruit is waiting for the fat to be digested it begins to ferment which causes gas. Even though this is the most important rule it too can be broken occasionally. If you are experiencing bloating I recommend that you follow all of the food combining rules and break one at a time to see which combinations do and don't work for you. All of that being said, if you are eating a standard american diet (SAD) and incorporating more fruits into your diet it is best to eat them alone first thing in the morning before eating any other foods. Also, do no eat any fruits after eating other foods to ensure optimum digestion.
Check out the rest of the article here.
What about water? I have a hard time getting my 3Liter a day because I get so bloated if I add water. I also separate my meals, I do 6-7 bananas then wait a few hours, I have the stomach and intestines of a newborn so I can't overload my digestive system with too much at once.
Also why is lettuce so dang hard to digest? I can do banana decently but lettuce require so much digestion effort, I must wait 2-3hours before adding water or anything else otherwise I get worse symptoms. I know my body needs it because I crave lettuce really bad at times.
Hey Alex, water definitely plays a roll as well. I find that drinking it slowly helps with me rather than drinking a liter or more at once. Eating too much at a time can definitely cause bloating as well.
Personally I find that blended greens are much easier to digest. I have a friend who had very poor digestion and could hardly digest greens at all and she had very good results after following the recommendations in David Klein's book Self Healing Colitis and Crohn's. Even if you don't have one of those issues in particular it is still very helpful it seems.
Hope that helps! Happy digesting! ;)
Erin, if I may ask, what did she do that helped?
Hey Alex, I'm not sure of all the details. It's an entire eating plan. I know it includes juicing grapes and celery at certain points of the day and not eating whole greens because they can be hard for people with impaired digestion to digest. Instead of a green salad at night he recommends sweet potatoes I think, but she didn't eat much of them. Just one or two. I'd recommend getting the book or finding someone else who knows more about it. Like I said, it's a whole meal plan.