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#1 of 6 Old 07-17-2008, 10:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've been doing the ETL program and for some reason the past two days after I eat a salad of romaine lettuce, I get a stomach ache. It's a weird type of ache that feels very uncomfortable.

I know this isn't on the plan, but I felt like I needed to eat something to "neutralize" the feeling. So I ate a small piece of dove dark chocolate a little bit after and it actually helped.

What in the world could romaine do to my stomach? Anyone else ever have a problem like this? It's just the weirdest thing and upsetting too because I love having the big salads.
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I get the same thing from Spinach. Do you think it might have something to do with the higher iron in them?

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Thank you so much for posting back to me. I was really feeling alone here.lol
I hadn't thought of the iron?
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It could also be the nitrates that are sprayed on greens like romaine to help "preserve" it.

It is also possible to be allergic to romaine (and other lettuce types). Its a rare-ish allergy but it does exist. As a point of interest, you are more likely to have digestive problems with romaine if you have a ragweed allergy.

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Were there cucumbers in your salad? Cucumbers can be hard for some folks to digest. Or maybe try a butter lettuce or a green leaf.
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I don't know why, but...lettuce, all types, tend to give me a cramping stomach ache. When I make a salad I use little or no lettuce and basically eat the 'toppings'.
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