Gassy and Week.

I love the way I eat, and I love why I chose to eat the way I do. I love the control it gives me over my food intake, but the gas is killing me! And I can't seem to build muscle the way I used to. I know I need more vitamin E, but my protein intake is great. Beans, soy, whole grains, nuts... I'm still holding on to some fat, and my arms look like twigs. Any help out there? I train 3 days a week with weights.

Ethree Ethree
41-45, F
2 Responses May 12, 2009

I don't have the gas problems you may want to try Gas x if you don't like any of those foods. With flax seeds what I did I got spectrum with berries and I sprinkle them in my oatmeal or applesauce. It's pretty good.

Flax is an excellent source of e vitamins, as are avocado and wheat germ. Flax is great for baking, and I like sprinkling wheat germ over snacks (or just about anything).<br />
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As for the gas, try eating more fermented legumes and make sure your soaking legumes thoroughly before cooking them. Sprouted lentils are delicious. I really like tempeh, miso, and natto, but they're all much more helpful if they're still alive so read labels and look for live cultures. Natto bacillus is a hearty bacterium that can survive in your gut and is great at breaking down complex plant proteins; natto is definitely an acquired taste, but I love it now.

Yeah, I was going to recommend some kind of probiotics to ease up gas problems. They help me a lot and I go through "phases" of gassiness a few times a year. Keep 'em in the fridge, or at least somewhere cool and out of direct sunlight.

Soaking beans overnight and then rinsing them before cooking helps, as does sprouting.