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From: Grace (srh1074.urh.uiuc.edu)
Subject:         High-Fat Diet Transition?
Date: October 2, 2007 at 11:28 am PST

Hi! Last year I suffered from an ulcer and then a terrible salmonella infection. Obviously, my stomach has not been a happy place. I was diagnosed with IBS/GERD after the infections. Before the infections I was an on and off standard vegetarian with a diet high in grains/soy. After the infection I tried a lot of different diets, animal and veg, with very little success...until I tried a diet that was the opposite of typical recs. I'm now doing a vegan diet with 50% calories from fat, mostly flax, olive, avocado, coconut, and various nuts. I'm monitoring the balance to keep omega-3 high, omega-6 moderate, and saturated relatively low. The rest of what I eat is fruits and vegetables, with lots of greens. On average I get the 25g recommended dose of fiber, but sometimes it's lower.

I'm 21, 19 BMI, low cholesterol, no cardio problems, and I feel better than ever, but I'm worried about this diet in the low term. I've tried transitioning out to the more standard veg diets, but the stomach problems crop up. I've been tested for celiac and it was negative. Tofu has been a problem lately and I can only tolerate small amounts of bread. Oats are OK, but I can only eat a bowl a day. Are there any gentle foods veg foods that are not fatty that I can add to shift the balance away from fat, but keep the other benefits?

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