I have Celiac Disease [About Me].
It’s taken me nearly a year and a half to figure this out, but, I have come to the conclusion that eating too many raw vegetables is a real issue for me.
I first read of this issue in one of the first books I read on Celiac Disease – Jennifer’s Way. Jennifer Esposito remarked that this was a problem for her.
Although I continued to feel quite crummy. I didn’t think that too many raw foods were a real issue to me (I’m also not saying they were the cause of all my problems a year and a half ago). I figured if I had a problem with too many raw vegetables and fruits, I would have some sort of GI reaction, which I did not.
Fast forward a year and half-ish. Even though I’ve adhered to a strict gluten free diet, I still continued to periodically feel crummy, without knowing why.
On the plane ride on a recent trip (heading to Florida and eventually on a cruise [See: Gluten Free on Royal Caribbean]) I finished reading Eat Dirt by Dr Josh Axe. Again, I read mention of issues with too much raw food. Again, I reasoned, this is not an issue I have.
Turning point. In Florida we ate a completely gluten free, vegan, raw restaurant. Within an hour or so I felt horrible and continued to fill ill through the next morning.
At this time, I also recalled that I started to feel ill after drinking my typical lunchtime smoothie AFTER I started adding Spirulina to the smoothie in heaping portions.
In all of these cases, I did not have specific GI symptoms, generally I just feel yucky, tired and blah. It’s almost as if my GI tract has too much work and tells the rest of my body – slow down, this is going to be bad.
Since, I have tried to limit raw vegetables and fruits and have noticed a marked difference. I feel better. I still eat raw foods, I just try to do so in moderation. I still make a smoothie, I just don’t put as much fruit in and I only use a pinch of spirulina. For me, this was some advice I was ignoring, that seems to have made a big difference.
I feel like I also have a similar reaction of I ingest too many probiotic-type things. As of this posting, I’m currently taking one Raw Probiotics Ultimate Care per day and that seems to be working well. I can also drinking a Kombucha or two without issue.
I’m also not saying raw foods were/are the cause of all my issues. I’m confused as to why I still seem to have this issue, but it seems I do. Hopefully over time it will become less and less of an issue.
Disclaimer: This is in no way a recommendation to you. This is not medical advice. The following is for informational purposes only. Before making a changes to your diet, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional to see what choices are right for you.
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