View Full Version : Help with fat digestion
10-05-2007, 11:20 AM
I hope you all might have some ideas about this. I've been raw for 4 months now. 2 weeks ago my body kind of did this flip... I can no longer seem to digest fats. This goes for nuts, seeds, avos and any oil. I've tried mono eating the fats and have been super careful with food combining. Every time I eat them, yikes... my tummy hurts, swells up and I can actually hear and feel gas bubbles gurgling around. It's really uncomfortable!! 3 days ago I stopped eating fats altogether, just fruit and vegies to give my digestion a break. This is all good, but I'm starving and my SAD food cravings came back with a vengeance. It's like some part of me needs the “full” feeling that fats provide. Not to mention, I don't think I could keep this up forever, it's kind of restrictive and sorta bland. Any thoughts here? Will this fat intolerance go away? Is there anything I can do to help heal??
10-05-2007, 11:23 AM
interesting...I wish I had answers for you or even knew of someone else this happened to; but I don't :confused:
maybe try some enzymes to help and gradually increase the fat to see what happens?
10-05-2007, 11:26 AM
I know you can't do anything about the avocado and oils, but are you soaking the nuts/seeds? I'd probably take the digestive enzymes. I think lipase is the enzyme needed for the breakdown of fats.
10-05-2007, 11:27 AM
I tried some enzymes after the first few days, and nada. So weird!! Thanks though!!
10-05-2007, 11:28 AM
Yep, I soak all my nuts and seeds... :)
10-05-2007, 11:37 AM
well, when SAD i have precisely what you describe. painful gas and bloating following ingesting certain foods. for me, it is not solely fats. it happens when i eat acidic fruit, (SAD dairy is the worst), and sometimes randomly.
Raw helped a lot actually -- somehow revved up my digestion.
generally it is recommended to do exactly what you are doing. remove all culprits and then slowly add back in.
are avos and oils better than nuts? they are for me.
i also actually have to mix foods rather than mono-eat for best results. so nuts in a recipe are fine, on their own not-so-good.
i wish i had answers. just commiserating.
i do best with avocados, nut butters/tahini, and oil.
minimal nuts as part of recipe are okay too.
10-05-2007, 03:45 PM
Do you still have your gall bladder?
I ask because I do not (have mine) and occasionally I notice fat floating in the bowl. My fat tolerance has been low for years. Maybe this is why I have absolutely no interest in nuts.
10-05-2007, 03:54 PM
I've still got my gall bladder :)
10-05-2007, 03:56 PM
Hmmm. . . . I agree with kiropa that slowly adding things singularly may help isolate problem.
Hope someone more knowledgeable chimes in here.
10-05-2007, 04:05 PM
Coconut is supposed to be the easiest fat to digest.
10-05-2007, 09:28 PM
I think I will avoid fats for a bit, a two day melon fast and then add some fat, coconut oil to start. Maybe it's just some adjustment/detox thing :)
10-06-2007, 02:36 PM
i think oils are supposed to be the hardest to digest. 1 drop of oil can slow digestion by a couple hours. i would say that when you incorporate fats back into your diet, just put like a quarter of avocado into a blended soup for like the second meal of the day.
also, where do you live? i live in florida, and my body is adamant right now that i dont need any fat. its 90 degrees out so it makes peerfect sense.
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