Thursday, December 15, 2011

Continuation of What a Gas

If anyone has been holding their breath, waiting for the noxious gas update; I am sorry for the delay. I have no excuse, I just wanted to start a post about gas with the phrase 'If anyone has been holding their breath. . . .'

I appreciated all the thoughtful suggestions in your comments on What a Gas. I want to properly respond to many of them here before I give you the update:

E Jane - I do understand the importance and necessity of passing gas. I do not have a problem with gas. I have a problem with me passing gas that is so noxious I do not stay in the room. I avoid sugar alcohols and have not had extra onions. 

Not my gas . . . . 
ThatTOPSlady wrote "you did literally make me laugh out loud and almost wake my husband." My husband has to live with me - but this does not have him laughing. But I am giggling. 

Karen - Yes, beans is a possibility but that usually does not make it so odorous. Lactose intolerance? Maybe. 

Babs wrote:  . . . I read recently that lactose-intolerant folks can build up a tolerance by adding dairy back into their diet,  . . . . tossing the soak water and refilling your pot before boiling will reduce the gas-inducing properties of legumes. I am working out the idea that it could be dairy. I learned about the beans and soak water a few years ago. Same with sushi rice and some grains. 

I would prefer a product that does
not invite me to eat ice cream . . .
VICKIE -  Yours is another voice about dairy and I thank you. I am doing the elimination thing. Ah well . . . .just another step on the journey. I do not take probiotics because normally I have my yogurt daily. I will not think about replacements now. I will wait to see what happens. What the heck, I can always try adding something to my dairy to neutralize the lactic acids. 

Affectionforfitness (Marion)
Why be sorry? Farts are funny! - unless they send people from the room. (I am not kidding).  I do not have any issue with passing gas - only gas that makes me pass out. lol

Sheri
I know I pass more now and that it is healthier to do so. I just want to not have to issue gas masks to my guests. 

Can vegans eat these when they
have a face??
Munchberry - I avoid overcooked veggies like the plague. I never thought of any issue with non fat dairy and meat combo before. I do not think that is it. I have been having them together forever and have not had the issue. 

Heather – It has gotten better over the past three days with eliminating foods so I do not think that is it, but you get the Dr HOUSE prize for remembering I recently went to South America. It also shows you remember what I write about and that warms a writers heart! 

ANONYMOUS - My uterus was removed 6 years ago so it is not that. I am regular and I WISH there were a difference between those days and (whisper)...constipation, but have found none. 

NOW, to continue with the process of figuring this out:
Our family is Italian and I
am wary of vampires

One of the things I do in keeping the pounds off is to write down my food each day. I have a record of what I ate over the past 5 months to forensically dissect causes of noxiousness. One thing that list does not do is break things down by individual ingredients. Beans are usually fine for me, so are onions - but when I remembered that garlic went into many of the dishes a light started to shine. Then there is the case of the hidden soy. 

Contains Soy!!!
I bought myself an instant coffee - sugar free, milk fat free Hills Brothers double chocolate cappuccino. Somehow I missed that the ingredients include SOY. For those who do not know/remember, I am completely free from soy products because they cause this type of noxious gas in my body. I immediately stopped having the instant coffee but have not found complete relief - yet. 

Three days ago I entered a testing mode of eating. Today is day three of no beans, dairy, cruciferous vegetables, heavy artificial sweeteners, soy or anything else that causes very smelly gas in normal humans. So far today I have not found myself offensive. If that continues all day, tomorrow I will add back in small amounts of dairy and see how that works. After that I will try one ingredient at a time, for at least 2 days before adding another. I am going to work this out. I am determined to have a sweeter smelling home life. 

My meals are simple and a bit bland right now but that is okay today. The pounds are still off and noses in my world are happier. I will give you an update once I learn anything new. 

Jane~









5 comments:

Gerri Helms said...

LOL, Oh Jane, anyone who can't relate to this topic must just drink water and then I might question their denial!

I heard that on Dr. OZ, a normal person passes gas on an average of 40 times a day. No way! So, being the doubting Thomas that I am, I decided to count.

Yep, 40's about right. It can be very embarrassing. I had a bout at my Zumba class this week. (not saying which day, in case any of my Zumba buddies reads this - it was somebody else, not me! LOL)

Gerri Helms said...

LOL, Oh Jane, anyone who can't relate to this topic must just drink water and then I might question their denial!

I heard that on Dr. OZ, a normal person passes gas on an average of 40 times a day. No way! So, being the doubting Thomas that I am, I decided to count.

Yep, 40's about right. It can be very embarrassing. I had a bout at my Zumba class this week. (not saying which day, in case any of my Zumba buddies reads this - it was somebody else, not me! LOL)

Fatoutofskinny said...

Been thinking about this dilemma...scary!!! I too have the same problem at times, but mine is due to corn and it's by products, I know when I've had "hidden" corn products, I have to hold my breath!!!!!

Vickie said...

my youngest can't tolerate dairy at all. I have now (with all my testing) been dairy free for over a week. I am going to carefully watch as I add back yogurt to see if there are any issues. it is something I had not considered before your posts.

I know you know this, but Helen and I (your same age) have observed again and again (last couple years) how much the body's response changes as we age. what worked before (weight loss wise for example) doesn't respond the same now. we are more sensitive to some things (food/chemical wise), etc. A very good reason to maintain.

E. Jane said...

There is something else that I remembered after reading your last post. A family friend had this problem a couple of years ago, and it was discovered that he had diverticulosis. Eating certain foods that were retained in the small pouches or diverticuli of the colon, caused the problem. Everything soon cleared up, but only after a while. I guess the majority of us develop diverticulitis after we reach a certain age. Not sure if this applies to you, but thought it might be worth mentioning, since you're trying to figure this out.