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Help! I've been raw for nearly 10 years and the last 2-3 yrs. my digestion of veggies has gotten worse.
I use to have salads daily, and even before i was raw i had a daily huge salads full of greens and veggies.
Now every time i eat Any veggie that has fiber (lettuce, jicama, carrot, broccoli) my stomach goes into knots, pain, gas, constipation etc...
(all i have found that works okay is tomato, cucumber, and small amount of zucchini)
i take enzymes (for yrs) religiously but it has never helped.
Does this mean i need to cook my veggies again, and avoid lettuce salads too?
Has anyone had this happen to them? what did you do??
Glad I can be of some help ; ) It's nice to hear of others who are going through the same problems so we can help each other figure it out.
I seem to be fine with unlimited amounts of veggies in realistic portions. I'll have to check how many carbs I'm getting but I do know that even a couple of apples a day on top of all the veggies is too much for me and gives me acne. My skin was so bad on 811. People always say it's just detox, so I tried eating boiled potatoes for weeks with no fruit and my skin was just as bad. As far as I know, boiled potatoes aren't very detoxifying lol.
I'm not sure if my stomach has shrank. I can fit quite a bit of veggies in there, but I'm sure it's gone down. I do need a decent amount of volume from veggies to feel satiated though.
As for the bowel formulas, he has said that they are not at all habit forming. All 5 of his formulas basically soothe and alkalize the entire digestive tract and pull waste out of the body. The difference between the numbers are #1 has no movement properties whatsoever. It just heals. It's meant for people who are moving their bowels a bit more than they'd like, maybe with diarrhea as well. I found that formula to be a bit too slow moving for me. #2 was much better for me, it's similar to #1 but it does have cascara sagrada, but just enough to act as a gentle mover without causing dependency. The higher the number the formula, the stronger the movement power so it really depends on your needs. #5 would be for severe constipation and I wouldn't stay on a formula like that for very long, the goal is to move down in numbers until your digestive tract is healed and you don't need any of the formulas anymore.
I'm taking #2 right now and I'm also curious to see what happens when I stop. I'm coming from a background of Ulcerative Colitis for like 8 years so I've damaged my bowels quite a bit. It's so much better now though after 4 years of eating better. My digestion is better than most people I bet so that's saying a lot. It seems I am prone to constipation if I'm not careful though and this is primarily a nervous system issue. That's one of the keys in overcoming constipation. Regenerating the brain and nervous system along with the adrenal glands will provide the colon with the electrical/nerve energy it needs to function.
I'm wondering if water fasts have helped digestion improve for people?
I'm doing 8/1/1 now (just started a couple weeks ago) and it's helped a lot so far. But if I come across some of these issues that others have had, I wondered if some water fasting would help as well?
That's how I found out about raw foods, David Kleins book. It helped me to get off all medication and start the healing process but it felt like I was in a perpetual detox nightmare lol. I never thought it could be the sugar itself that was actually causing me problems. Even though I would often fall asleep after fruit meals. I just kept reading books and eventually found out about low carb diets and figured I would veganize them ; )
With the herbs, you will probably need to take them for little awhile to see results, but they do work. The bowel formula you will notice within a day or so positive results, but I've noticed the other ones are slow but steady. My blood pressure used to be 85/58 before I started taking herbs for adrenal and kidney function. Anything below 118 for the first number indicates adrenal fatigue, and anything below 60-70 for the second number indicates kidney weakness. Last time I checked I was at 110/68 so I've made a huge progress and feel much better! I've been taking the herbs on and off for like 6 months maybe. It would probably have worked faster if I had just kept taking them continuously until I was better, but it gets expensive.
I've heard of hydro C but not sure how it works. I know the guy from Fiber menace can't have a bowel movement without it so I'm not sure if it's habit forming or what. I'm a big believer that we can regenerate anything back to near 100% function so whatever his diet and protocol is, I'm not sure that it's a very powerful regenerative solution. That's my opinion.
I still eat 3 meals a day. I like starting the day off with the green juice because it's delicious and refreshing ; ) I treat it like a vitamin and mineral supplement not a meal to satiate me. I'm usually eating a meal like an hour and a half later. Seems to work well like that for me. It's pretty cool, I ate lunch the other day at 1:30 and went to meet a friend and hung out all day and had plenty of energy and wasn't hungry until I got home and ate dinner at 8:30 so, 7 hours between meals and I was fine. That would never happen to me before on a high carb diet. It's a goal of mine to be able to eat more fruit but for now, they do more harm than good so I just avoid them.
What does a typical days food look like for you?
I got into it, because I was searching for a more "mono" raw version diet for a while. I was constipated up to 4 days in a row (after having some meat). Heartburn was happening at every meal. I was too tired to do anything. I saw the 8/1/1 plan and read the book, it sounded great for my digestive issues.
I grew up eating really processed foods, hardly any fruits and veggies. I've increased my fruits and veggies since I've been aiming at high raw food lifestyle, but I also had a high bmi.
Well, at the very least I think this will be a good cleanse for a while, but I will watch for signals of things getting worse rather than better.
So far I feel great. The heartburn has almost completely stopped. Almost no constipation. Teeth sensitivities almost gone. Energy up and very little fatigue. I think my body is loving the fruits, greens, and veggies increase.
I'm eating around 1400 to 2000 calories a day (I'm not going for the 3000). Mainly just eating when hungry.
I've found too that cucumbers, zucchinis, tomatoes, and bell peppers digest as fruits and with fruits, so that has helped to not combine them with veggies or salads. I have no digestive issues eating those now.
Ya it's important to include enough fats for energy. I was scared of fat too from all the low fat crew, but there are some pretty healthy looking high fat dieters out there like Lou Corona and Nora Gedgaudas that inspired me to give it a more serious look. Plus I feel better eating fat than I do eating carbs so there is some personal validation there too. There are many paths to health so it's reassuring to see people thriving on all kinds of different diets. I'm open to returning to high carb one day. I will probably work more on myself with the herbs through the winter and see if I'm ready for more fruit in the summer. I live in Toronto so it's not like it's a tropical fruit paradise here ; )
Apparently protein is very satiating, but I try to keep it to the bare minimum for maintaining my muscle mass and building hormones, which doesn't seem to be very much. I'll have to measure my intake one day. What I do know is, if you have any sulfury smelling gas, you are probably eating too much protein and not digesting it properly. Incomplete carbohydrate digestion produces gas that doesn't smell. I experimented upping my protein with more almonds and spirulina and it didn't take much for me to start getting gassy again. Plus there is other anti-aging benefits to restricting protein. Thankfully fat is pretty satiating, but it's a very fine line between satiated and nauseous for me lol. I tend to feel better the less I eat anyways.
I don't do anything specific to relax my bowels really. I find, not overeating helps tremendously. Peppermint tea used to help a lot too. I used to be a major pothead and that helped instantly lol. I could feel within minutes my entire digestive tract just relax. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending that though ; ) Maybe if you make a tea with it and don't mind forgetting where you put your keys lol. Deep breathing is also great!