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Tummy troubles and relief

I used to suffer from terrible stomach aches and cramps. Terrible is an understatement–the pain was similar to when I’d eat dairy in my pre-vegan days. I suffered from tummy troubles for years because I am lactose-intolerant. I never made the connection that dairy foods were the culprit, and surprisingly, neither did any of the doctors I visited.

Going vegan didn’t exactly eliminate my excruciating stomach cramps. As a newbie vegan, I ate an irresponsible amount of fried and processed food, all riddled with oil. I didn’t know this at the time, but fatty foods were causing my stomach pains. 

Eating low fat works for me

The high carb low fat lifestyle has been the only solution for me. I never have debilitating stomach aches when my diet is clean. Anytime I splurge on a fatty meal (especially one containing oil), I expect to suffer the consequences. Because of that, I’m indulging in treats less and less.

If you are new to the HCLF lifestyle (welcome!!), bear in mind that it will take time for your digestive system to adjust to all this fibre. In the beginning, you may feel bloated after eating lots of fruits and veggies. Don’t panic! You will get used to it, I swear.

Hopefully, you can find some relief with these tips: 

  1. Make sure you are hydrated. Try drinking a litre of water at least 30 minutes before your meal. If you are dehydrated, you will suffer from stomach cramps as your body tries to digest all that fibre.

  2. Eat fruit before cooked veggies because fruit digests faster than cooked veggies. When I did eat fruit (like grapes) after my steamed veggie dinner, my body would try to quickly digest the grapes while still working on digesting the veggies, and my stomach would act up. Now I eat fruit all day long and then have a large steamed veggie meal for dinner. If I’m still hungry after dinner, I’ll eat more steamed veggies. 

  3. Try simplifying your meals. You might be eating too many different types of fruits or veggies in one sitting. You can’t go wrong with a monomeal, where you eat one type of fruit until you are full.

Good luck!

Do you suffer from tummy troubles? How do you find relief?

By Lisa

In Oct. 2014, I quit my job and started downsizing my life by selling and rehoming all my belongings. Even though I’ve moved around all my life, I officially left the States in Dec. 2015 and have been travelling abroad ever since. I hope to inspire you to simplify your life so you live with intention. I’m an avid writer, videography enthusiast, and a major foodie with a passion for sustainable living.

7 replies on “Tummy troubles and relief”

Hi! I started at cleanse that I read about from the book The Medical Medium. I am on day 2 of my cleanse. Its all veggies and fruits for 28 days. Like many I am having a hard time embracing the theory of a vegan diet. The high carb, low fat, don’t eat alot of fruit cause if the sugar theory. Do you know of any resources I can look up? I was following an autoimmune paleo diet already.

I recommend reading 80/10/10 by Dr. Doug Graham. That is the definitive guide to eating a high carb low fat whole foods (mainly fruits) diet. The Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall is also excellent. Dr. McDougall advocates for a high carb low fat diet but focuses more on starchy foods like pasta, rice, and potatoes. Good luck!

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