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  1. Cheryl September 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Catherine, are you chewing any sugarless gum or using other products with artificial sweetener? They can cause stomach discomfort and bloating.

    If not, you might do well to have some chia seeds or ground flax or psyllium to help things move along. I find that the increase in fibre that happens when adding a lot of vegetables to your diet can cause digestive issues.

    Hope that helps,


  2. Catherine September 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    The great news is that on day 9 of the Sugar Free Detox diet, my sugar cravings–for the first time in my life–are almost non-existent.

    However, I am experiencing difficulty with digestion and wonder what your tips are. I have been getting painful/uncomfortable bloating and stomach distension. I am eating a lot of almond butter (about 4+ tablespoons per day) and/or almonds and walnuts. Should I cut down my consumption of nuts and nut butters? Or, is my body just adjusting to the new diet and over time the painful bloating will cease? Finally, is unsweetened shredded coconut okay to consume? I’ve been making a dessert of almond butter, unsweetened coconut, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Thank you,

    • Dr. Scott September 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm - Reply


      Stomach upset is common when switching diets. Our gut flora adapts to what we are eating and when we change it takes a while to catch up to us. You should see your symptoms decrease soon. I wouldn’t think the nuts would be causing it, I would look at fruits, broccoli, onions, cabbage as possible culprits. Yes, coconut is great to add into your diet.

      Best of luck!

      Dr. Scott

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