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I thought i had my bloating under control by giving up dairy - but it seems to have come back. I was wondering what the most popular contenders are for causing the dreaded bloat!!!
 

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3 million different things, I think!
I've given up everything "bad," and I sometimes swell up off and on for half the month. Actually, mine seems to be due to some hormonal/immune-system thing; sometimes I also wonder if I'm sensitive to some of my nutritional supplements!
 
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A lot of almost everything makes me bloated, so I am not sure what exactly triggers it, did eat 2 tacos for lunch about an hour ago, BLOATED! Drinking peppermint tea right now as I read the BB, already helping my poor tummy flatten out.
 
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Enna, forgot to ask you. You said that you had to give up dairy. If you enjoy drinking milk as much as I do, have you tried to drink only 1/2% milk? I bloat from a lot of dairy too, but decided to try the 1/2% and so far I am drinking at least 3 to 4 glasses per day, and have not had bloating problems from it. Or you can try lactaid drops, you can find it almost at any drug store, or even try lactaid milk, I never tried that, but have heard that it is as good as regular milk. Just thought I would throw some suggestions your way!
 

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Just eating and drinking causes me to bloat all the time and exercise does also. Sometimes it is worse than other times but always there.I know I cannot handle drinking anything that is carbonated and I try to stick with water with lemon and iced tea. But the caffeine seems to bother me also so it doesn't leave much to drink.I drink Chamomile tea and it seems to help calm my stomach in the evenings.
 
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enna,Not certain what was causing my bloating, but I too, have given up cow's milk and wheat.I now use goats milk or rice dream (milk made from rice) and in addition to cutting out a great deal wheat, I have noticed a tremendous difference. Wheat is the most difficult to totally cut out, but I have certainly cut down.I am very rarely bloated now. Carol
 

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enna,Wheat seemed to be the big trigger for bloating for me. I cut it out and my tummy was flat again.
I also don't have any dairy products because it triggers D for me. I use a lot of rice and rice milk products now.
 
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How do you know you have problems with Wheat? i have considered this - but sometimes i eat it and i am fine - so i have been assuming it can't be that!It sounds really hard to give up wheat - it is everywhere!!!MuStang..what is 1/2%milk? is that a brand name? Not sure we get that in the UK? I have not heard of lactaid either?I was never a huge milk fan though - i just used to have it in cereal. I do miss things like custard and porridge and sauces that are made with milk though... and the other night my boyfriend made toad in the hole and used milk to make the batter and i thought i would be ok - but i blew up like a balloon and felt awful for the rest of that night and the next day!!
So i miss it in that context to - i have been thinking of trying soy milk - but don't know if that tastes funny?
 
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Enna,All that 1/2% lowfat milk means is that it has less fat in it. Not really sure how to explain it, it seems to hepl me, I used to drink the whole milk. WHAT IS LACTOSE INTOLERANCE? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lactose intolerance is an inability to digest lactose -- the milk sugar found in dairy foods. This is caused by a deficiency of the natural enzyme called lactase (say LACK-TAYS) which breaks down the milk sugar to make it digestible. Left undigested, the milk sugar lactose (say LACK-TOES) can lead to the production of gas, bloating, diarrhea and stomach discomfort. WHAT IS LACTAID? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------LACTAID is the original dairy digestive supplement that works naturally to make dairy foods more digestible. LACTAID actually contains the natural enzyme, lactase, that breaks down the milk sugar, lactose, in dairy foods, and helps you enjoy them without stomach discomfort. So before you dig into your next bowl of ice cream, eat that chunk of cheese, or swallow that glass of milk, just take LACTAID, and enjoy! IS LACTAID RIGHT FOR YOU? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Yes, if you've given up calcium-rich dairy foods because you experience digestive discomforts such as gas, bloating or diarrhea when you eat foods such as milk, ice cream or cheese. LACTAID may encourage you to enjoy these dairy foods again. HOW TO ENJOY DAIRY FOODS AGAIN --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Millions of people are discovering that there is a way to enjoy dairy products without dealing with discomfort, thanks to LACTAID. LACTAID is the first supplement that naturally restores the enzyme in your body that makes dairy foods more digestible. LACTAID can let you enjoy the goodness of milk, yogurt, ice cream, cheese and other delicious and nutritious dairy foods without experiencing the problems of lactose intolerance.I hope this gives you a better understanding.
 

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I thought 1/2% milk had just that 1/2% of fat and skimmed milk had no fat...????
 
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osgev - ha ha ! I wasn't thinking - sorry!toad in the whole is a yummy yorkshire thing! where you make some spongey battery type stuff with eggs and flour and milk and then cook some saussages - and put them in a dish with the battery mixture drizzled over them and put them in the oven. Out comes toad in the hole - sausages are the toad i think - no real toads i'm glad to say!!!
It's a bit like a big savoury cake with sausages in!
Sadly i think the milk did me in!
I remember when i was little i didn't know what it was either - and we were in this hotel and it was on the menu and i asked my mum what it was - i thought it sounded disgusting so i asked the waiter for "toad in the hole - without the hole" and he looked very wearily at me and said "so you want sausages?" i felt so silly!!!
lolI am experimenting with leaving stuff out. feel ok so far today - but have only had toast...so maybe gluten is ok? I do hope so.my big suspicions are carbohydrate and apples...but i am hoping that in moderation they will be ok!It is lunch time now - i am about to have some rice and veg and an apple! wish me luck!!!
 
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how long after you eat something do you feel bloated?just had a thought - i had toast about 4 hours ago and so far i feel ok.does this mean that gluten is ok???
 
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All of these diets are so confusing. Wheat free diets, gluten free... this free... How can one keep up with it all. Soon, all food will be bad to eat. It is hard enough being Vegan (similar to vegetarian but no dairy) but I have been told not to eat acidic foods as well. Like tomatos, cabage, beans.... I can not go to a restaurant and most Vegan cookbooks contains beans and what not. I guess my question is.. what the hell can one eat? What effects IBS and what does not? Someone please tell me, I am being driven nuts. BB
 
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Good Question.if we had the answer we wouldn't be here? Experiment! enna here's a good place for "IDK".(I don't know).
------------------BJV/Female__(D)
 
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osgev - i think you are right - lets change the name! I would be much happier saying i had IDK syndrome sounds more mysterious though eh?and BB - don't despair - just cos somethings are bad for some folks doesn't mean it will be for you - that's the think about this sydrome - everyone is different...just try and see what works for you.
 

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I haven't found any relationship between particular foods and bloating. I'm almost always bloated whenever I eat, no matter what I eat. I just figure I have to eat anyway and am going to be bloated anyway, so I just eat anything no matter how bad it is supposed to be for IBS.
 

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Hi enna..excuse my woozy typing I'm on vicodin..I have found that I can eat dairy in very tiny amounts and wheat or corn in small amounts without much bloating. I used to eat loads of pasta, bread and cheese and was constantly C and bloated. I found if I cut out wheat, corn and dairy completely, I don't get bloated at all. However its really hard to give them all up so I eat the odd slice of spouted wheat bread and a few corn chips now and again. I have also switched to rice pasta. For me its all a matter of balance. When I'm less stressed I can eat most anything..but not on workdays.I haven't eaten dairy in years and I feel a lot better for it. Some of us also have a problem with a milk protein..casein that can be hard to digest. Lactaid won't help digest that.woozy Jane
 
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