The bean conundrum

So this is kind of an awkward post to write. I’ve been eating more beans and chickpeas, and especially trying to incorporate them into my lunches. The idea is to fill me up and keep me going, with healthy and frugal foods.

Which is all very well and good. Except I have quite a sensitive stomach (I used to think I had a mild case of IBS, but eating better, more home cooking, getting more sleep and reducing stress seems to have sorted me out) and my body is reacting pretty strongly to the beans. In short: they’re making me super gassy, which is uncomfortable and awkward at work.

Vegetarians, how do you do it?!

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7 thoughts on “The bean conundrum

  • Reply Rina July 18, 2010 at 14:41

    Beano? Don’t know if you have that out there though…

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair July 18, 2010 at 16:20

    The first few weeks that I was vegetarian and eating lots of beans I had the same problem. It’s seemed to even itself out though – I guess maybe your body just has to get used to it?

  • Reply The Everyday Minimalist July 19, 2010 at 04:06

    Apparently you get used to it.

    You have to basically keep eating it on a consistent and regular basis, and let your body get used to having to digest the sugars in the beans that it normally wouldn’t have to.

  • Reply Benjamin Bankruptcy July 19, 2010 at 16:30

    If you actually have “ibs” it’s a problem digesting the oligosacharides in the beans. Sue shepherds got a good book on it. Try this link http://shepherdworks.com.au/shop/irresistibles-for-the-irritable

  • Reply Jane July 20, 2010 at 04:25

    My advice is to take it slowly – your body should eventually adjust to the extra fiber. Also, I heard somewhere that rinsing the beans before you cook them can help. Good luck!

  • Reply Jane July 20, 2010 at 04:26

    Oh, P.S. I love your blog header! So pretty!

  • Reply Caitlin July 23, 2010 at 14:30

    We have been eating more and more vegetarian dishes as of late and I completely sympathize! It’s almost uncomfortable sometimes. After about a month of eating veggie (rarely any meat), my body seems to have adjusted and I don’t get such vicious gas pains as I used to. My husband, on the other hand, has only upped his level of gassiness and I’m afraid it will continue forever! :/

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