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I have recently, in the last month, been switching to a more plant-based diet. I have been a meat eater all of my life and I have decided to switch to eating more veggies and fruits for disease prevention and other health reasons. My husband and I are both experiencing severe digestive issues ranging from terrible gas and gas pain to all out diarrhea. We feel like this might be normal, but does it go on forever? Please tell me that it eventually goes away.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:">
 

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When my bf and I started dating, he went from an all out meat-and-junk-food diet to eating a veggie meal or two a week. At first, he had AWFUL gas and it would go right through him, as if his body was just meeting fiber for the first time. Now, two years later, he eats a mostly veg*n diet because we live together and I cook, and when he's out with friends and eats red meat, he gets the awful gas and the runs, but has no problems with veg food.<br><br>
It will eventually go away!!<br><br><br><br>
(Sorry I can't speak from my own experience, its been so long since I switched... I don't remember any problems though, and I've always eaten tons of fruits/veggies)
 

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It goes away.<br><br>
Try to eat beans carefully, try more tofu in the beginning until you have adapted. Fruits may contain quite a lot of sugar and this might bloat you too.
 

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Do you eat a lot of whole grains and beans?<br><br>
It might be the increase in fiber in your diet that is causing you ga<br><br>
This IS normal for a lot of fiber in the diet so suddenly brough on...<br><br><br><br>
I used to eat a whole bunch of dried figs before I went to bed and in the morning the consequences were NOT pleasent
 

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That is probably all the fiber cleaning out your colon of all the stuff that is stuck in there that didn't move very quickly (meat takes forever for the body to digest - it can sit in the colon for quite a while). This is a good thing to get your body cleaned out a bit. It will pass.<br><br><br><br>
Beans never give me gas but I know it does in a lot of people so I would say ease up on the beans too.<br><br><br><br>
Eat lots of fiberous foods like carrots and other roughage and drink alot of water and juices. Make sure you chew really well too.
 

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Also, you said you were going more plant-based, but just in case... If you happen to be replacing meat with a lot of dairy, you might be discovering that you are lactose intolerant.<br><br><br><br>
Sometimes I get digestive issues from eating too much starch in one meal.<br><br><br><br>
My guess, though, is that your body is just adjusting to getting more fiber and such and will eventually calm down. I didn't get this problem, but I went vegetarian very gradually and have IBS anyway, so I wouldn't have known the difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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