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QLen­tils make me feel re­ally bloated. But I am ve­gan so I do need to have it for pro­tein. What do I do?

ALen­tils have antin­u­tri­ents called lectins, which pass though our gut or stom­ach lin­ing eas­ily caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion.

Over a pe­riod of time, this can be harm­ful and can cause is­sues such as mild ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome, skin is­sues or sud­den sen­si­tiv­ity to a food that you’ve been eat­ing for a while.

This is true for any other in­flam­ma­tory food like gluten, dairy and soy.

One way to deal with this is to avoid them for a while and al­low your gut to heal by eat­ing cooked veg­eta­bles, a whole lot of good fats, start­ing you day with a ta­ble­spoon of ghee. You can also have a ve­gan pro­tein shake and spir­ulina or add sea weed chips or sea weed to your salad.

If you are un­able to fol­low any of these op­tions, soak len­tils overnight in wa­ter with 1 tbsp of ap­ple cider vine­gar. Drain and cook the next day.

Make sure you buy a brand that says or­ganic. You can also pres­sure cook the len­tils the next day to negate the ef­fect of lectins on your gut or sen­si­tive stom­ach lin­ing.

Adding some fresh ginger slices to your prepa­ra­tion will avoid the bloat­ing sen­sa­tion you ex­pe­ri­ence after eat­ing len­tils.

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