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Does eating bread make you feel 'bagged-up'?

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greenmossgiel Mon 15-Aug-11 20:26:49

Although I love bread (especially my own), it seems to make me feel heavy and bloated. I've realised at last, that if I want to feel comfortable and not over-full, some of my carbohydrates must be met with oatcakes etc. Anyone else dealing with similar? hmm

Anne58 Mon 15-Aug-11 20:32:04

When I did Slimming World a while ago, I ate very little bread. When I did re-introduce it it made me feel incredibly bloated!

crimson Mon 15-Aug-11 20:35:21

Haven't ate bread for several months now, and feel much better for it. My stomach is getting flatter and I'm starting to lose weight again. I've gone without bread before, but always slipped back into eating it, and I can just gorge myself on toast. Always keep rice cakes in the house so I can have some with cheese if I want a quick snack. It's a bit like an addiction; when I've not eaten it for a while I get used to not having it in my diet.

dizzyblonde Mon 15-Aug-11 20:39:26

I am doing Slimming World at the moment and eating a lot less bread. Feeling much less bloated.

Jacey Mon 15-Aug-11 20:59:46

Have any of you thought that you may be intolerant to wheat and/or gluten?

After tests I changed my diet is now much easier to buy 'free from' products in our supermarkets. Try it for a few weeks it is not the same 'bread' that you're currently eating ...but you get used to the texture/flavour ...greatly improved in recent years.

It has made a huge difference for me ...but while you're are trying the bread ...remember to remove wheat/gluten in-take from other foods to see if it does make a difference.

Hope this helps you.

greenmossgiel Mon 15-Aug-11 21:03:15

I did wonder about that, Jacey. It may be worth a try hmm.

crimson Mon 15-Aug-11 21:09:48

My Dr Ali's Nutrician Bible comes down very heavy on yeast; thinks it causes all sorts of digestive problems including bloating.

crimson Mon 15-Aug-11 21:11:14

Nutrition..grrrr spelling....

Grumpyoldwoman Mon 15-Aug-11 21:12:36

I am always very tired in the afternoon if I have bread at lunchtime.
Unless it is homemade wholemeal.
I have a very interesting book about (modern) bread and its daughter has borrowed it and I can't think of its title ..

lucid Mon 15-Aug-11 21:16:29

I too love bread but it didn't love me, and it took me a while to realise that it was the yeast in bread that affected my digestion not the wheat. Now I only eat sour dough bread as it is made with a starter and no added yeast. (I try not to eat too much of that either!). Be careful though because some, so called, sour dough breads have added yeast.

crimson Mon 15-Aug-11 21:58:32

Is that like soda bread? I love soda bread; it makes me think of Ireland.

Joan Tue 16-Aug-11 00:08:12

There is a school of thought that wheat is bad for most of us, and although many of us don't have full blown ceoliac (sp?) disease, we have a mild intolerance, so yes, give up bread made with wheat and see what happens.

There is another school of thought, researched by Barry Groves in his book 'Trick or Treat' that all grain is bad for us, natural fat is good (not transfats of course) and we should really just eat meat, fish, cheese, eggs vegetables except spuds, and some fruit, and never eat any processed food. This is because our bodies have not evolved since the stone age, but our diet has changed hugely. A return to the stone age diet might suit our bodies better.

Perhaps a good start would be simply to avoid wheat in all its forms, including wheetabix. Modern wheat is even worse, because it has been bred so far away from the original that it is unrecognisable.

jangly Tue 16-Aug-11 03:15:22

Don't you go short on your B vits if you don't eat bread?

Joan, if you didn't eat bread or spuds, where would you get your carbs from?

We live a lot longer these days than they did in the stone age.

Baggy Tue 16-Aug-11 05:25:59

We are still evolving and a change in diet is one of the things (one!) that affects evolutionary changes. All the foods we eat nowadays, except meat, are different from what we had before agriculture because it is agriculture that has made them evolve into what we know today.

That said, I agree that bread can make you feel bloated. To solve the problem, I just east less at once. That works. Wheat is very good food, better, in being more 'rounded' with regard to protein and vitamins, than the other grains.

jangly Tue 16-Aug-11 08:17:45

Dr Spock reckoned that oats was the most nourishing.

susiecb Tue 16-Aug-11 09:19:50

Bread is definitley the enemy but I love it. like you Ladies felt much better when on Slimming World so its back there in September after my holiday.

jangly Tue 16-Aug-11 09:28:18

Bread and jam is well worth a bit of bloating.

And the odd "jam tart" that may follow later.

Although that is more the fresh fruit.

I think.

absentgrana Tue 16-Aug-11 10:00:36

What exactly is the problem? If you dislike the bloating feeling you get when you eat bread more than you like eating bread, then don't eat it. Otherwise, just get on with it and bloat away happily. smile

greenmossgiel Tue 16-Aug-11 11:10:32

I won't eat it! It makes me bloat away unhappily! (Mainly because it makes me feel bigger and fatter, too)! Just made some really lovely damson jam though...need bread for that, don't I! grin

absentgrana Tue 16-Aug-11 11:53:04

Scones greenmossgiel smile

Baggy Tue 16-Aug-11 11:54:48


Beremeal bannocks.


greenmossgiel Tue 16-Aug-11 13:23:27

Ooh - what a lovely idea! My friend is coming in about half an hour - I'll bash some scones out for her - (and show off!) grin

Jacey Tue 16-Aug-11 19:42:10

Have to say ..that coming off wheat/gluten ...using other grains like rye ...I lost weight ...this was a side effect that made me happy smile

Did anyone else read that book ...'Eat right for your blood group'? Well I think that was what it was called ...basis being that blood groups developed from ancient groups within the area you were born ...therefore foods introduced to your culture were not necessarily good for you 'potatoes' are not good for most Europeans!! sad

greenmossgiel Tue 16-Aug-11 20:37:30

I actually haven't had any bread for about a week, I don't think. I'd not had much of an appetite what with one thing and another happening, so there was no munching of lunchtime sandwiches. I've stopped feeling 'bagged-up', so perhaps bread or its ingredients have been causing the problem? hmm

janreb Wed 17-Aug-11 09:22:00

I feel much better for cutting down on bread, even though I love it. I allow myself a couple of rounds twice a week, always early on in the day though as if I eat it at night I am up all night with indigestion.

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