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Aug 9, 2006 07:55 PM

Glorious Bounty of Summer...makes my stomach hurt.

So much beautiful little time.

I haven't turned on my stovetop in weeks except to boil water for pasta. There's too much fresh produce to believe.

From my garden: gorgeous heirloom and other tomatoes, basil, peppers, apples, squash (now gone)

From my Mom's garden: more tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, corn, blueberries

From other friends and relatives: peaches, figs

From the farm stand: nectarines, plums, blackberries, raspberries (now gone), watermelon

I've done nothing but eat fresh veggies and fruit as fast as I can. I've lost a couple of pounds, but my stomach hurts off and on. A friend of mine has the same complaint. A quick google tells me that TOO much fiber can actually give you some stomach distress. I've had to cut back a little. (in particular, I think the cukes are killers)

Anyone else find they are eating just a little TOO healthily?

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  1. Too much fiber as well as acids in the fruits and veggies can cause stomach distress. Cooking food and and carbs can 'cushion' the effects on your stomach. No matter what those raw people say... :/


    1. Watch out for that watermelon - it's easy to eat too much of it.

      1. I definitely know the feeling you're describing. It's why I rarely eat just fruit in the morning. If I do, it's something low acid like a banana or avocado. More irritating than that slight pain is how awful I feel if I don't eat any meat for more than a day or two. I always feel a dull hunger no matter how stuffed I actually am. I definitely need meat to "cushion" what you describe as overly healthy eating.

        1. Yup, I've been overdoing the cherries and figs. I have no self-restraint...

          I find having eggs for breakfast, and a yoghurt snack during the day helps. The eggs because, well, they're binding, and the yoghurt to give the healthy bacteria in the intestines a little help. Fage and stonyfield are two brands which have active bacteria in them, IIRC.

          And as other posters said, don't give up on the carbs. Mix in some rice, or pasta, with your vegetables, etc. If the worst comes to the worst, I go out and eat thai food or dim sum. Nothing slows down my digestive tract faster!