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How can I get the nutrients I need when vegetables make me feel ill?

Asked by Aethelwine (42961points) August 17th, 2016

I get terrible gas, pain and bloating whenever I eat raw vegetables. Avacodos, bananas and grapes also bother me. I’m miserable for a few hours after eating any of these foods. I just ate a salad and now all I want to do is curl up in a ball and cry.

What alternatives do I have? I have classic symptoms of IBS-d but I have not been diagnosed nor have I spoken to my doctor about this. I will, but other medical issues have taken precedence over the past few years.

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canidmajor's avatar

After radiation, which burned my lower tract, I had to cook all veg for awhile, and making a smoothie helped a lot. It cut down on the work My poor abused gut had to do. Steaming is good in the summer, it can be done in the microwave without heating up the kitchen. Then you store them in the fridge until you use them.
Heat breaks down the fibrous stuff and compromises the cell walls so the veg aren’t as hard to breakdown during digestion.
Good luck, bad gut stuff sucks. :-(

Buttonstc's avatar

Obviously you shouldn’t be eating them raw.

Even tho it’s summer, there’s another great way to cook veggies without the nutrient loss that comes from cooking in water.

Roasting adds a lot of flavor and many veggies respond
Well to roasting. Particularly try, asparagus, beets, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes. Coat with a little oil and whatever spices you like. Put on a sheet pan at 350–400 until cooked thoroughly.

Even corn comes out great this way.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Are smoothies OK?

Most mornings I put in the blender orange juice, a banana, a few frozen blueberries and a fistful of spinach.

I am guessing not, but it’s my suggestion.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Tried enzymes like beano? Is this diet an abrupt change?

PriceisRightx26's avatar

In addition to alternative prep, walking helps a ton with gas. As well as probiotics. Hope this helps you!

janbb's avatar

What’s wrong with cooked vegetables?

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’d go with smoothies too. Blend them up – and yes, cook them first. You could even try some of those veggie-based nutrient drinks to get some vitamins into you. I hope you feel better soon.

And do talk to your doctor. You could have Crohns or something. You might need steroids to help things settle down.

Stinley's avatar

There have been some improvements in treatments for IBS recently so if you can get to see your doctor, you may be able to solve the problem as well as treating the symptoms.

In line with what others have said, be gentle with yourself and eat stuff that’s not going to cause a flare up. You could take a multivitamin to help supplement your diet if you have not been able to tolerate ‘healthy’ foods. Take care.

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