New member here! We've been vegetarians since December, 2016. As time as passed, I've dealt with evening bloating and general discomfort. My gastroenterologist asked "why did you become a vegetarian" but never indicated he wanted to help me adapt to my new life choice. What do the seasoned members of this forum recommend to provide some relief?
Vegetarian diets do not create health problems.
Sounds like you might be developing food allergies. Bloating is a common symptom of food allergies.
Just need to get that assessed.
If you don't want to get assessed through a mainstream doctor, you can always try a Holistic MD, an integrative medicine MD or an Osteopath.
If your gastro guy asked why you became a vegetarian, your gastro guy is just a jerk. Many doctors are. Many doctors actually specialize in being jerks. Many of them seem to enjoy it.
Here's an article from the nationally recognized, mainstream medical clinic, the Mayo Clinic, confirming that a vegetarian diet can be healthy:
Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition
A well-planned vegetarian diet is a healthy way to meet your nutritional needs. Find out what you need to know about a plant-based diet.
A vegetarian diet can meet your nutritional needs if you make wise choices.
In the meantime, just generally, typical food allergies include wheat and milk. So, you might want to reduce them a bit until the doc determines what is going on.
Also, the cruciferous vegetables...broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. ---- all tend to create a lot of gas, especially if raw.
So, I would go light on those and eliminate eating them raw until the doc checks you out.
and here's a general article, again from the Mayo Clinic on reducing bloating:
Belching, gas and bloating: Tips for reducing them
Belching, gas and bloating can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Here's what causes these signs and symptoms — and how you can minimize them.
Find out how you can lessen uncomfortable belching, gas and bloating.