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Hey all, I'm new to these forums. I've been a vegetarian for six months and I've never felt healthier in my life. I have more energy, better sleeping patterns, and generally am in a better mood all the time. I'm not vegan, but I happen to be lactose intolerant so I can't have any dairy in my diet. When I used to eat dairy I would literally be in bed because of the gas pains and bloating. However, for the past month or so, the bloating has returned and it is worse than ever. I am in shape and I have a slim figure but when I get bloated I look like I have a soccer ball under my shirt!!! Its so uncomfortable.<br><br>
My question is, how do you all deal with this problem?? I can't see a doctor because I'm abroad for a few months without insurance. I don't eat meat or dairy products and I get bloated on days that I don't consume gas-inducing vegetables (beans..) What more can I do??
 

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drink plenty of water<br>
examine your diet, you may have an intolerance to other foods other than dairy<br><br>
i get very bloated and cramped when I eat soy and tofu, so now I don't eat it anymore and don't have those issues.<br><br>
other foods that may cause issues are wheat and unsoaked beans.<br><br>
soaking beans greatly reduces digestive problems, a long soak helps break down the sugars our body can't.<br><br>
also there are digestive enzymes in pill form and in foods like pineapple and papaya, its a good idea to eat these foods to see if it helps with your digestion.
 

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My gastro has me taking encapsulated peppermint 30 min before each meal. Easy to try, anyway.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> no fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I've heard good things about gripe water.<br><br>
Fatty (especially fried) food seems to be a trigger in a lot of people.<br><br>
I find lying down for a good fart quite good too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I'll have to try encapsulated peppermint and gripe water...I can't say I've ever tried either.Its so difficult trying to figure out which foods to avoid! I've cut down on fried foods a bit and I feel better but I also think it might have to do with the actual amount of food I've been eating (which is much greater than usual since I'm on vacation.)
 

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I find wheat did that to me. I changed my diet to spelt and it was happening to a lesser degree but when i went gluten free the horribly bloating and wind went a way.
 

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Ask your doctor for an allergy test and have them look for celiac disease. That might be the culprit. Good luck.
 

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google "FODMAP" and read about this diet. Works for a lot of people with IBS.
 
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