Bloating by ‘Health’ Foods

Ever since doing that detox earlier this year I’ve been really trying to only eat healthy foods, and avoid the foods that bloat me. For everyone this is different, but for me potatoes, soy, dairy, and processed foods are culprits that I still eat, but try to do so only when they are the best option available. On that detox I learned what it feels like to not be bloated, and it feels good! For all you people out there who can eat whatever you want without consequence, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. For the digestively challenged, bloating is a way of life. So, a few days ago I noticed not only was I bloating a lot, my stomach was uncomfortable in a new way, but a way I remembered from years before. It definitely couldn’t be gluten this time around, so I got even more serious about (mostly) just eating whole foods, and yet the tummy problems just continued, and even got worse. I finally made a doctor appointment, fully expecting them to tell me yet another food allergy had surfaced, but before I even got to the doctor’s office I realized in my whole foods diet I had suddenly been eating a lot more dried fruit, specifically mangoes and tomatoes. There is this awesome dish that PCC’s deli makes which I’ve been making at home for a couple of weeks now and have been overly enthusiastic about the sun dried tomatoes. The recipe is here: PCC Texas Quinoa Tabouli and as long as you eat it in moderation it is quite healthy. The doctor agreed that my symptoms were most likely from the uptake in dried fruits I’d recently added to my diet, and further explained that those were highly acidic foods and that although I’d never experienced heartburn, some people have the acid issue lower down. That makes sense, especially since I once went a little overboard with dried apricots and had similar gastric issues. So much for trying to be healthy. I suppose the lesson here is moderation, which is hard when sun dried tomatoes are so darn good. Oh well, at least she didn’t tell me to give up coffee, although she did say to cut down a bit. Is tea acidic?


About kristenannmoore

Gluten free, mainly vegetarian herbalist living in beautiful Western Washington, but love to travel. My two boys have various other food intolerances including gluten, so I think and write about food quite a bit. Author of the children's book, The Knight Owl, which has it's own blog:
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