Ok, I must ask something embarrassing! Forgive my brashness here - I'm slowly cutting out some unkind foods from what I eat. I started this week with dairy and meat. I'm encountering (ready?...) a lot of gas! Not stomach ache induced gas, just frequent gas. Ummm, have other experienced this? And goodness - when will it stop and my digestive track balance out?
LOL!! Bee i'm not laughing at you, i'm laughing at the situation, i have been vegan for 2yrs, and i'm almost 51...so i didnt know whether to blame the gas on veganism or age!! LOL!!! so i have that problem as well...really on the market for a vegan gas reliever, cause i know it drives my husband crazy, but he just walks in at the wrong time...hey!! Like they say, there's more room out than in!! We eat a lot of beans and different spices as vegans so that may be our problem...hope it gets better for you, but i'm gonna just go with the flow..and consider all a part of my good eating:-)
I'm not bothered by the laughter at all ~ I'm happy someone else has experienced this! I have found I fee; better in general without the dairy. But I thought it funny that I suddenly had gas! I'll just have to read up about vegan/veg gas relief. And yes, I did have beans in a minestrone soup last night (which was fantastic!) so this might be the culprit ;)
Hi bee! I think this is pretty normal! There are a few older posts on here about this, same thing happened to me when I cut out dairy. I found that vegan digestive enzymes really helped, and I also take a daily probiotic! Good luck :)
I have no gas, so it must be related to the things you eat. If you eat beans, are they canned, or did you soak and cook them yourselfes? Canned beans most definitely will give gas. Dried beans will not, if properly cooked: soak them at least 8 hours an lots of water. Then remove that water, rince the beans, and start to cook them in fresh water. Add a piece of kombu (seeweed) to the beans, it gives a mild flavor to them, but best of all, it absorbs or neutralizes the stuff that causes all the gas.. Cook for the first 10 minutes on a very high heat, while you scoop off all the white foam that forms on top off the water. After those 10 minutes, or when there's no more foam, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until they are soft or as you like. Usually it's about an hour, but there's no need to stay with them then. If you do it like that, you will no longer have gas caused by beans.
Perhaps you also started to eat more fruit? That may also cause some extra gas :)
I also don't get gas or when i do it doesn't smell. Unless i eat sugar then i get it imediately and stinky. Lol This diet works best for my digestion. When i used to eat meat i had gas all the time. I didn't have a period of time i had to get used to eating this way i felt great immediatly. On the other hand when i feed my husband the same thngs i eat it tares him up he's in the bathroom and gas and everything. I hate to say it but this diets not for everybody.
My husband had a lot of gas when we transitioned to vegan from paleo diet. He still does at times, but it seems it is more than just how beans cooked. We recently tried a raw challenge, and are now adding back some beans and cooked foods. He no longer gets gas when eating the beans without all the grains at the same time. We are eating high raw. Lots of fruit, greens, veg, potatoes of all sorts, pasta, tofu, nuts, seeds, and beans. It has helped to cut way back on grains. Also, if eat too fast, slurp down big smoothies, or combine too many types of foods at once can be places to look for potential excess gas.
Dr. McDougall says some gas is sign of healthy eating. He has an older book, Digestive Tune-Up you may be interested in. Pressure cooking beans w/ the kombu is great too.