New Year New You. That means going organic, eating whole foods, complex carbs, tons of veggies and cutting out the processed foods and excessive sugars. Awesome. But for some god forsaken reason this whole ‘eating clean’ thing is giving your stomach aches, gas and acid reflux.
Crazy to think but this is completely common. And unfortunately this is something I struggled with. I eat pretty healthy. I do cheat here and there but for the most part I eat clean and mainly just whole foods, nothing processed. The thing is greens make make sick. My stomach feels like it is in complete knots, I bloat, and hurt.
Why? Vegetables contain a high amount of fiber. Fiber is beneficial to the body pushing waste through your intestinal system. However, eating too much fiber can causes gastrointestinal discomfort. This is why eating too many veggies in one sitting can cause gas, bloating and discomfort. Raw veggies contain a fiber known as cellulose. However, the body cannot always produce the enzyme to help break down cellulose thus causing gastrointestinal pain.
If you are someone who suffers from stomach pains after eating greens try avoiding insoluble fibers such as:
- Greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, mesclun, collards, arugula, watercress, etc.)
- Whole peas, snow peas, snap peas, pea pods
- Green beans
- Kernel corn
- Bell peppers
- Onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, garlic
- Cabbage, bok choy, Brussels sprouts
So if you are on a health kick and wanted to incorporate more veggies into your diet try buying greens that are soluble fiber, squashes, carrots, zucchini, avocado, mushrooms, cucumbers, just to name a few!