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Low Fat PB + Cutting Back On Veggies

by Courtney on June 23, 2011

I had every intention of staying out of trouble in the kitchen today. Honestly, I did.

But then I came across a recipe this morning on FitSugar for Low Fat Peanut Butter Raisin Spread.

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Umm, hello loverrrrr.

I whipped up half a batch of the recipe, using Sunflower Seed Butter in place of the peanut butter (only because it’s what I happened to grab first) just to make sure that I liked it.

Well, I like it. A lot. It’s got somewhat of a chewy texture, it spreads smooth, and it carries the flavor of the nut butter and raisins fantastically. And it’s low fat. Woooo!

So far, I’ve determined that it’s deliciously enjoyed:

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  • As a dip for carrots and celery

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  • Off of a spoon or a knife
  • Off of a finger, or an elbow…but we won’t get into that. Smile

The pairing of the Wasa cracker and dippage with veggies came at today’s lunch.

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In addition to those goodies, I also enjoyed one of my favorite Chobani combos:

Lemon CHO + blueberries + granola

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There’s just something about the lemon + blueberries that I love. It’s awesome. Top that with the addition of more Sunflower Seed Butter Granola, and this bowl was off the charts.

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Totally delish.

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Where Are All The Veggies?

You may or may not have noticed (some of you guys are quite observant!) that I haven’t been eating as many veggies as usual lately.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen me tweet last week about my lack of stomach pain; when I say lack of, I mean pretty much zero stomach pain.

You guys probably already know that tummy pain is typically a daily occurrence for me, but I’ve just sort of learned to deal with it. However, while I was away last week, I couldn’t help but notice that my usual pains were practically non-existent…along with my intake of veggies. I felt great! (Especially for eating a boatload of carbs & ice cream. Winking smile)

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The only veggies that made their way into my belly were in the form of a Mahi salad and some random carrot sticks or grilled zucchini here or there. That was it.

Usually, I’m downing a salad beast loaded with as many veggies as I can fit at least 2-3 times a week, on top of extra veggies to snack on.

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What can I say…I like ‘em!

So with that being said, I’m now attempting to cut back a bit on them a bit. For the most part, I’ve still felt pretty good since I’m gotten back home, so we’ll see if it still makes any difference. I’ll still enjoy them, just in moderation, like everything else.

I guess maybe you CAN have too much of a good thing?

Questions for the Afternoon:

Do vegetables (or any other food groups) ever bother your stomach?

How many veggie servings (avg) do you try to get a day?

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I always get a stomachache if I eat too many veggies! I try to cut back on them too and focus on some carb action as well. Usually if I eat a carb with my veggies, my stomach won’t hurt so much!

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2 kate June 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

veggies usually dont bother my stomach thank goodness thats 75% of my diet I dont know what I would do without them!!!

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3 Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) June 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m really bad at not eating enough veggies… I get 2-3 servings per day.

I find that sometimes I’m bloated after eating veggies… which is super lame! I try to eat healthy and i get a food baby as a reward? What?!

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4 Courtney June 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Girl, I hear ya!

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5 Carol @ LuckyZucca June 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I can never figure out what gives me belly aches! I’m glad you were able to put your finger on it.

Lemon chobani is my absolute favorite. So delicious! Have you ever tried to freeze it? Maybe with the blueberries mixed in!

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6 Courtney June 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I’ve never frozen the lemon flavor but I HAVE frozen the 2% mango…YUM!!

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7 Carol @ LuckyZucca June 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

ooo I will for sure have to try that!

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8 Emmarie June 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Do you think I could substitute craisins or dried blueberries in the spread?

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9 Courtney June 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

It’s be worth a try? I don’t know if the craisins would plump up like the raisins did, but I’ve never worked with dried blueberries, so maybe they would? Make half (or even a quarter) batch to test it out!

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10 Jackie @ Baking Charms June 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Too much fiber = stomachache for sure! I have similar daily stomach problems and it seems to feel best with more protein instead of more veggies… and sadly, no fruit :(

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11 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign June 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

That spread sounds really good–I bet it would be delicious on toast!

Veggies don’t bother my stomach but rich or fried foods do…things such as butter, french fries, etc. usually do a number on me. That and Chinese food as well! eek.

I try to get 4-5 veggie servings each day…I definitely overdo it on the fruit servings–what can I say? It’s my favorite!

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12 emily June 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Veggies are a big stomach upsetter for me. I LOVE steamed broccoli, but I have to force myself to stop after the first serving. Also, things other than yogurt that are heavy in milk (possibly lactose) make me feel ill. I switched to almond milk earlier this year, and my life is so much nicer!

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13 Cara June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I always get a stomachache when I eat too many veggies too. In fact I just ate a huge thing of roasted veggies for dinner and my stomach hurts. I always try to have some carbs with a salad or a lot of veggies, it typically helps!

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14 Angela @ Pinching and Packing June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Veggies don’t bother me, luckily. I can’t eat any fake sources of fiber though, like vita muffins or fiber one bars. Those really do a number on my tummy!

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15 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Veggies definitely give me extra stomach pains since they have SO MUCH FIBER! But with lettuce and carrots, I’m usually fine. It’s always the broccoli that gets me! But if I’m feeling veggies, like a giant salad, I usually just go for my cravings and deal with the pain.

That spread sounds so interesting! I’m sure it’d be awesome on a PB&J sandwich :)

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16 Carly June 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Oh my goodness this post SPOKE to me!! I have been getting serious bloat lately…after lunch on Tuesday my stomach was bloated until this morning. That day I ate a ton of veggies including a monster salad and way too many brussel sprouts at dinner. This is day two of trying to eat less veggies and I can’t believe how hard it is. It is actually nice to hear that others have the same issues…but what the heck!? Stomachaches from eating vegetables? Not fair!

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17 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission June 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I get stomach pains daily, even on non-veggie rich days. I don’t eat that much dairy either, or gluten, so it’s difficult for me to pinpoint what causes it. Probably too much fibre. I’m glad you’re not having stomach pains anymore! Maybe the carbs & ice cream diet is the way to go ;) And I have to try that spread! I’d make it with almond butter, but I really want to try sunflower seed butter!

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18 Erica June 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

veggies don’t really bother me (although i don’t really eat a lot of it…*bad me*) but quinoa on the other hand….stomach ache city!!!

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19 Samantha June 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’m pretty lucky in the tummy department – only mass amounts of junk food make me feel ill.

I go in waves of getting enough versus not getting enough veggies. I am trying to make a more conscious effort on getting more – both fruits and veggies!

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20 Lindsey June 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

For sure! Some veggies are worse than others (broccoli and tomatoes) for me. I find that when I balance veggies and carbs they bother me less. Dairy also bothers me sometimes, so I am careful on how much I eat of it and when. I don’t really look to how many servings of veggies I eat but just that they are there. If my supper is going to lack them, I make sure to eat a huge salad for lunch or vice versa.

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21 Nicole @ Of Cookies and Carrots June 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I dnt’ really TRY to get a certain number of servings but I am constantly wanting to be chewing on something which means LOTS of vegetables. But I DO know when I overdo it I wind up with some serious stomach pain…. and I think I’m typically a little more bloated than I need to be as a result of my massive veggie consumption.
I also think that i wont’ be able to afford quite as many veggies when I’m not living at my parents house/on a school meal-plan next year so I’m hoping to cut back at least a little bit… but theyr’e just soooo good…

and that peanut butter spread looks DIVINE. :)

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22 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I love lemon Chobani! It’s the one flavor my husband doesn’t like so I buy a bunch knowing they’ll all be mine :)

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23 Ebru June 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Veggies don’t really bother my stomach but I know another thing that does! Bagels! It doesn’t always happen but I have had countless occasions where I had to deal with gastric acid and it’s not fun at all! Too bad I love bagels, I just hate that I never know when it will happen! I don’t overdo veggies and really try to not overdo anything but I do eat a side salad with lunch and dinner made with bunch of ingredients like, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, spinach, shredded carrots etc. I also keep grilled veggies (like zucchinis, eggplants, onions) on hand and use them to make grilled veggie sandwiches on days when I feel lazy to put together a normal lunch or dinner. Glad you feel better! :)

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24 Tanya @ Sunday Baker June 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Yes! Well, not all vegies, but any that are very high in fiber. I get bloated and so gassy it’s embarassing, lol! I did notice that if I eat carbs with my fiber I’m less gassy/bloated, but its still there. Doesn’t seem to stop me though for some reason!

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25 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for sharing – perfect for when I run out of PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin!

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26 Abby June 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Yum! Don’t mind if I copy your lunch!! Lol. Parts of it anyways :)

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27 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health June 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I actually get stomach aches if I don’t eat veggies…weird. I always try to have some sort of vegetable at lunch and dinner, not sure how many servings though! I need to try this lemon chobani!

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28 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

That spread looks incredible! I’ll have to try it.

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29 Kara June 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Broccoli gives me the worst stomach ache! Along with power bars! The only granola-type bars I can eat are the clif-kid Zbars (I tried them because of you btw :))! Maybe it is a certain type of vegetable and not all of them but you think so because you are combining them? I work at a student health center and we have kids that are sensitive to specific vegetables like carrots, peas, or broccoli! Glad your stomach is better though! Stomachaches are the worst, you literally can’t do anything if you feel bad enough!

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30 Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I get tummy pain quite often… usually it’s a piercing pain and I notice sometimes it comes from raw veggies! I cut back on the salads and I noticed a lot. Cooking veggies and eating oats and bread before I eat veggies has really helped as well. It’s a pain, but it just takes time to figure out what works best for you!

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31 Alexa @ Simple Eats June 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I love veggies, but I’m definitely more of a fruit gal. I could eat bowls and bowls of every fruit!

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32 Jillian @ sprinkle massacre June 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I am the same way — veggies kill my stomoch, but I still continue to eat them. I feel like I can’t really cut back anymore…I usually throw spinach in a smoothie in the morning so it’s broken down for me already, but if I east veggies for lunch, right after is when it always kicks in.So sad! :(

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33 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles June 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love the blueberry/lemon combo! One of my favorite treats in college was lemon sorbet from Coldstone with some fresh blueberries!

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34 Courtney June 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Props to you for getting sorbet from Coldstone. I just want to drown myself in cake batter premium ice cream with every chocolate topping available when I go in to that place. ;)

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35 Niki (Life's a Payne) June 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I love the raison and chocolate combo. I may test the recipe out with the addition of a little cocoa powder. Thanks for sharing it!

Also, I find if I eat a lot of RAW veggies I can get a bad tummy, but cook them and I am A-OK!

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36 Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) June 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I’m in the same boat as you with the stomach pains. I’m still trying to figure out how exactly to eat to make my stomach happy, but I think gluten is definitely a culprit. I haven’t noticed if veggies affect me, but I don’t think they do. It’s definitely true that too much of a good isn’t a good thing anymore!

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37 Katherine June 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I think fruit beats veggies any day :P

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38 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Too many raw veggies wreak havoc on my stomach. So maybe try eating more cooked instead of raw! I know for me it makes a difference.

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39 Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique June 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The spread looks delicious. And, that’s very weird about the veggies – but, if you are feeling better..I too would cut back. :)

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40 Audrey June 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

On average I get 4-6 servings of veggies a day, plus 5 servings of fruit. I love me fresh veggies and fruit, but not raw veggie ;).

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41 Lauren (Sugar Spice and Daisies ) June 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I used to have stomach issues with veggies, but only certain ones. I am fine with baby carrots and tomatoes (even though technically a tomato is a fruit…but I still call it a vegetable!), but I don’t eat califlower or broccoli raw ever. Do you usually eat veggies on an empty stomach? That could maybe be an issue too. Maybe try adding a little more protein with your veggies? Good luck! Hope the tummy pain stay away! :-)

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42 Nicole @sugarcoatedsisters June 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I never really monitor my intake of veggies, but I’m pretty sure I get WAY more than the daily recommended value. Sometimes I get stomach pain, which is probably because I have too many. I think my salads generally average about 4 of the bag’s “servings” and sometimes my tummy hates me for it!

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43 ellalinea June 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I used to eat buckets of vegetables and I’d be so gassy oh my god! Btter don’t come in the room then haha, don’t say I didn’t warn ya ;)

Since I’ve started to eat all the foodgroups in moderation.. I feel a lot better :)

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44 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers June 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I try to get at least half my lunch and about half my dinner to be veggies, with snacks in between on occasion (some good hummus and carrots to crunch on, you know the deal). That being said, when I first made the switch to lots of veggies in my diet, my body was sort of like, WHOAH THERE BUDDY what the heck is this? and did all sorts of craziness in my gastrointestinal region. Over time, I assume it has recovered, but the initial switch… let’s just say I was spending more time in restrooms than I had before, and not just to read the lovely graffiti…

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45 Hannah June 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I have the same issues. i love veggies- some days i eat more than others.
for a couple days i did the Dukan Diet- during that time i did not eat any veggies or fruit- and I felt AMAZING!! weird.. how its supposed to be healthy- yet you get bloated!!!

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46 Lexie June 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Oh my gosh…so glad to hear so many people with stomach issues. Everyday around 4 or so, my stomach starts getting so much pressure in my lower stomach and sooo bloated! I eat a lot of vegetables, but I can’t go just stop eating them :( I am wanting to make a doctors appt to see if it is a certain food allergy.

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47 Courtney June 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Me too! That’s actually my worst time…between 3-4 and then it lasts all night!

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48 Shana June 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I already commented but I need to do so again because this is so me! The afternoons are the worst!

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49 Lexie June 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

Have either of you thought about eliminating gluten? I keep reading about people with stomach issues that say once they did it helped tremendously. I am not sure what to do, but I know I get so frustrated with it.

Courtney – mine last all night too once it starts! Mornings are my favorite b/c I feel so much better.

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50 Courtney June 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’ve thought about it, but I really can’t find a correlation between the two. I can have a huge bagel or snack on bread and I seem to be ok?

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51 Sarah June 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

My boyfriend hates when I eat salad because he KNOWS I’ll complain about my stomach hurting later. I, too, have been trying to reel it in with the veg consumption. Side note, I’ve found that cooked veggies don’t cause as much pain (probably because the fiber has been broken down a bit)

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52 Khushboo June 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I eat a LOT of vegetables but am trying to cut down because I think it’s causing me to miss out on so many other nutrients! I’m still stuck on that ‘weight loss mindset’ that veggies should be a big portion of your meals to limit your calorie intake!! It’s kinda hard for me to NOT go overboard because I genuinely love eating them!

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53 Jessica June 24, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hey girl! I’ve had to many issues with this and saw many a fancy stomach doctor in NYC. Culturelle (probiotic) has helped me A LOT. I take it in the morning. Also, too many veggies for a lot of people can delay stomach emptying. Same goes for whole grain breads, brown rice etc. I cut out all those “healthy” foods for about a month and saw SERIOUS improvement. Right now I’m in the process of re-entering the harder to digest foods in small doses and it’s really helping me learn which vegetables give me the greatest amount of problems (i.e. GAS) Good luck! Patience is key. And if you’re craving fruits and veggies smoothies and pureed foods are much easier to digest.

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54 Courtney June 24, 2011 at 7:52 am

Thanks, Jessica!

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55 Annamaria June 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

You should try boiled veggies! My Dad has Diverticulitis, which is inflamation of the lower intestine, and he can’t eat any raw veggies or leaves, nuts, basically all Fiber-filled foods. For him, not getting enough fiber creates a problem though, obviously, so he has gotten used to boiling everything until it is supperrrr soft and great on his intestines :) Some of my favs are boiled zucchini with lemon and olive oil, and cauliflower with olive oil and pepper! Btw eating veggies with olive oil aids in digestion when raw veggies by themselves can be hurtful. Still nutritious, easier to digest, and yummmmy!

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56 Courtney June 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

Boiled, really? That sounds really interesting…is there a special way to do it?

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57 Annamaria June 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Just chop up the veggie and put it in boiling water (salted water if you want more flavor) until it softens up! With frozen broccoli it only takes about 5 minutes, but with fresh veg like zucchini it could take up to 30 so try looking up the right times :)

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58 Maddy June 24, 2011 at 6:31 am

Vegetables are always my favorite part of any meal. Often I’ll just snack on/make a meal out of raw vegetables, but I’m noticed since starting to read your blog that I, too, get very bad stomach pains after a veggie-binge (or even just a serving!). How unfair – I thought veggies and fruits were supposed to be nothing but good for you?! But I’ve read that, often, the intake of extra fiber along with the composition of raw vegetables can REALLY hurt the stomachs of some unlucky individuals like ourselves. Our stomachs apparently don’t create enough stomach acid to digest the vegetables? Something like that. Not. Cool. Hang in there!!

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59 Lora @ BootyGotBling June 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

This is so ironic!
After prepping for my last show, I had the EXACT same thing anytime I ate clean foods!!! It was so weird… I had eaten clean for 12 weeks to diet down for show day, then once I competed, I enjoyed many treats and desserts. Once I felt like I SHOULD start eating veggies again, I did. But I was ATTACKED my HORRIBLE stomach pains!!! I wasn’t craving good clean food either– I was making myself eat it because I knew it was the right thing to do. After trying this for a week with pain day in and day out, I said ‘F iT!’ and ate like absolute crap for 3 weeks straight. No stomach pain!! After 3 weeks, my body started CRAVING the good clean stuff again, so I hopped back on the wagon… SO SO SO strange, I know. But now I believe that your body even needs a break from ‘perfect’ sometimes!! It will pass! :)

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60 Amy June 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I’m going to get tested for food allergies I get stomach aches everyday. Dairy and wheat both really bother me. Since going gluten free its much better but I still get tummy aches daily. I’m worried that maybe I eat too many nuts and have diverticulitis.

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61 Kristen June 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

fruit I can eat All day. Everyday. Veggies….not so much. I wish I had better recipes or ideas for them!

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62 Shana June 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I’ve been having terrible stomach issues lately but was in denial that it could be all the veggies I eat (probably 5-10 servings per day). Seeing your blog made me realize that maybe I need to cut back on the veg and give my digestive system a break for a while. Its so sad that the foods that are so good for us are the hardest to eat. Very unfair!

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63 Yaara July 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

Hey Courtney!
I just came across your blog. It’s great. Your work outs rock..I can’t wait to try them. I’m so glad I found someone else that gets “food babies” from too many veggies. I loooove veggies too and consume huge salads for most of my meals. I’d say 80-90% of my diet is veggies. But it’s really taken a toll on me-I seem to constantly be bloated. However–I do find that when I steam my veggies the bloating isn’t as bad. I hope it gets better for you!! :) Keep the workouts comin–they’re great!

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64 Courtney July 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

Thanks, Yaara! And thanks for reading :)

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