I'm 48 and very active. As I get older, whole grains mess with my stomach making me feel bloated and gassy. Does this happen to anyone else? I CrossFit so Paleo (I stay vegetarian Paleo) is the big diet - terrible for the planet but lack of grains did help my stomach. Comments?
I have no idea what "CrossFit" or "Paleo" is! but not knowing what else the diet is about, the only thing I can think is to try grains that are easier to digest , like white rices (basmati, jasmine) or try getting some digestive enzymes or explore the possibility that your body has developed a sensitivity to whole grains (or maybe just one of two types) so eliminate them all for a week or two, then add back one for a week and see what happens and do this with all of them one by one.
Thank you! These are excellent ideas. I don't eat meat and gave up dairy about three weeks ago. I'm a personal trainer and find with lots of my women clients over 40 that they just don't tolerate whole grains well.
I suggest enzymes. I also recommend taking a soluble fiber supplement before eating. BRAT (banana, white rice, applesauce, and toast) are the standard tummy settling foods. Also, peppermint capsules (haven't looked to see if you can get a vegan one), peppermint tea, gingeroot tea, chamomile, and fennel teas are all good for the tummy. So is mrashmallow root tea.
Peppermint tea is good for tummy pain and gas. Ginger is good for nasea and gas. Chamomile is soothing for everthing :) Fennel is great for gas. Marashmallow is soothing to the gut. Oh! I also take slippery elm with meals, and if you have constipation at all, make sure you get enough calcium, magnesium, and omega 3's!!
If you're going to eat a meal with whole grains, I would take a digestive enzyme and/or a soluble fiber supplement (like benefiber) 1st. Chew your food slowly and take your time, making sure not to eat under stressful conditions if you can avoid it. When you're done eating, get up and walk around! (I don't mean run a marathon, :p just do the dishes, go for a stroll...get moving a bit! This helps digestion.)
One more thing, don't take peppermint if you have GERD or heartburn problems. Ifyou are allergic to ragweed, stay away from chamomile.
Hope this helps! :) It has helped me quite a lot!
Good luck, take care!
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