Do you get bloated after eating lentils and beans while vegetarian/vegan??

malchusmommalchusmom Raw Newbie

I do get like that and i hate it. I am on my 7 day of the MC and i feel SOOOO GREAT!!!! No gas!!! but i am afraid once i go back to vegetarian lentils will mess me up and i don't want to but i looove beans and lentils. Any advice??



  • Chef ShuannaChef Shuanna Raw Newbie

    I realize I am probably going to be zero help here but thought I would say something anyways. I cant remember ever having this problem. I have been vegetarian for 15 years and vegan for 7 years so beans and lentils have always been a very big part in my life. I think because my body is so used to it, it just has an easy time processing it. I ate them close to everyday so it was a breeze for my body. Now heavy carbs watch out! Thats a whole different story. Think about how often you eat them and think about how you can maybe incorporate them more into your diet. Everyone is designed different so just because it wasn't a problem for me doesn't mean it wont be a problem for someone else.

    You could always take that bean-o crap. I personally wouldn't want to ingest chemicals and un natural ingredients just so I could eat beans but it could work. I would really just try eating them more often and see how your body deals with the constant ingestion of beans. How do you eat them? Are they clean or is it normally with cheese or other dairy products? Could it possibly be what your eating them with? Like the combination of the two is what's not working?

    Hope this atleast gave you something to think about...


  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie


    i can't eat beans anymore without my tongue feeling all weird and my stomach exploding.

  • malchusmommalchusmom Raw Newbie

    I am vegetarian but don't consume any dairy products but do seafood.

    I looove bean soups,i make them sooo delicious(making lentil soup for the family right now,lol)

    I can't live without them,i will have to do more deep research and see what is going on with this and why do they make me like that. WHY??????? =-D

  • I have just tried over the past few days to omit beans from my diet (I have been 70-80% raw since January 2009 - the only things I've really stuck to were soy products and nuts). I have omitted soy products and beans completely over the past few days and feel much better. Yet, I've started to experience withdrawal detox symptoms from the soy I think (headache, runny nose, sneezing, sludgy back throat). Anyone else had a similar experience? Also, I feel much better without the beans, in terms of digestion. However, I do get cravings to eat them still. is it a protein craving I wonder? I am just afraid to eat too many nuts, because of the fat.

  • malchusmommalchusmom Raw Newbie

    I did get those symptoms when i got off eating and drinking soy.I don't think i can't stop eating lentils and beans but will loove to know why do they make some people feel like that???maybe an allergic reaction to protein???

  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

    i've read that our body doesn't have the digestive enzymes to break down beans (that's why we get gas when we eat them!)

  • malchusmommalchusmom Raw Newbie

    does that mean our bodys don't get to process and absorb the beans proteins and nutrition??? =-O

  • germin8germin8 Raw Master

    Are you talking about cooked beans/lentiles or germinated/sprouted?

    If cooked, do you soak the beans/lentiles before cooking? This removes the enzyme inhibitors... (which cooking does the same), but I (total guess here) think that removing them completely by soaking and throwing out the water would help! After all, some say sprouted & cooked grain bread is easier to digest then cooked grain bread.

  • Someone already mentioned to consider what you eat with the lentils. You may also want to look at what you eat BEFORE (like say lunch, if you are eating lentils for supper). Maybe your previous meal is still in your stomach?

    Also, if you enjoy them- just having them when you will not be stuck in a social situation afterwards:-)

  • Where I come from lentils are very popular, but every good cook knows you HAVE to use cumin with them (whether vegan, vegetarian, cooked, sprouted, soaked or not), this eases the bloating effect.

    I usually like to snack on sprouted lentils; I sprinkle a little bit of cumin and pepper or any spice you prefer... but remember to always add cumin to the lentils.

    This also works with cabbage and other gassy / bloating foods! Let me know if it works out :)

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