so i may not be trying that vegan cashew cheese again after all…
i mention in my last entry that i have been further restricting what i eat while i try to figure out the cause of the latest discomforts, but i don’t mention what i cut out:
-first i cut out oatmeal/oats after making, twice, Smitten Kitchen’s raspberry breakfast bars, and having digestive issues digesting them both times. i settled on oats as the potential culprit, because i do still eat raspberries, flour, lemon, cinnamon and the other ingredients in other recipes and am fine. i have been meaning to do an oatmeal test to be sure (as in, eat a bowl of oatmeal warm cereal), but first i was waiting for the constant issues to settle down. and, well, i *am* a bit afraid of what the aftermath could be…
-i had been cutting back on whole wheat breads & whole grains breads, as i start to test things from the low in FODMAPS diet, as the sugar in wheat/grains can lead to digestive issues. i will have to retry whole wheat again and see what happens.
-before i continue, i’d like to state that i *have* been tested, twice, for gluten intolerance (most recently this last may), and the results show i am not even close to being gluten sensitive (whew!).
-i have been eating mostly steamed veggies (safe ones for me), rice, and oven baked chicken or fish (with nothing on it), as safe food.
-so then the cashew cheese episode brought on headaches, cramps, bloating, major discomfort in my belly and other unpleasantness. i cut out nuts, and seed butter, which i have been eating more often for the past 2 years as snacks or pre-gym food, as i know they can be irritating (for example, for people with diverticulitis). i kept eating my almond milk and some crackers made partly with chestnut flour, my logic being that the « crunchy/irritatingness » part of the nuts had already been transformed. after realizing monday that i got headachy/belly discomfort some time after my bowl of cereal, i thought i should cut out almond milk and see what happened.
well, lo and behold: i have been fully nut-free for 36-48h now, and my belly has been feeling fine (finally!) for about 24h now. had cereal with lactose-free cow’s milk yesterday and today. no problems.
i will give myself a week or 2 and try eating a moderate amount of nuts again, see what happens. i hope i can continue to eat nuts: i’d be really sad to have to cut them out of my diet. but i’ll do what i have to do do digest well and have a happy belly.
i’ve done some googling already (« nuts digestive problems »), will do some more. i have already found some interesting readings:
http://pilatesnutritionist.com/why-eating-nuts-upsets-your-stomach/ (she has a recipe to soak & dry nuts, making them easier to digest, which i will definitely try!)
(i still want to check their claims against other references, but the info seems legit at first glance.)
seems like issues digesting nuts are a common thing!
i’m seeing my doc again in 2 weeks, i’ll ask her for a referal to a nutritionist. i’m ok at googling and figuring things out on my own, but i’m certain i’d benefit from an actual expert on the subject (i assume figuring things out would go faster that way!).