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Hi Erin


There are a number of foods than can cause stomach-ache/cramps but unless we know what you've been eaten it would be difficult for us to comment. Can you list out what you have eaten over the past few days giving specifics on portion sizes & veg types? Also liquid intake, and details of any meds you might be taking, or pre-existing medical conditions...

Once we're armed with that info we'll hopefully be able to suggest a few tweaks  :)

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Ok, I've been working on figuring out the portion peice for sure. The only medical condition I have is a migraine disorder/slightly hypo thyroid. I'm on topomax for migraines.

Breakfast has consisted of either twice baked sweet potatoes with an over medium egg, onion, garlic and prosciutto baked in, peice of fruit (banana or berries). Or egg fritata, mushroom, onion, garlic, spinach chopped in w prosciutto.

Lunch has been a large spinach salad with grilled chicken breast, tons of veggies avocado, radish, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, any veg in my fridge w balsalmic and evoo

Sometimes I get hungry and have either an apple w almond butter or a handful of pistachios.

Dinner has been super fun and I've been trying a variety of recipes. Some don't have as many veg as they should, but they range from baked chicken thighs with zucchini noodles and homemade pesto, asparagus on the side to chicken curry w califlour rice to pork chops Ranchero.

The stomach aches come at a variety of times and are never consistent. The only thing I'm sure of at this point is that I have to eat organic eggs bc there's something is reg eggs that really gets to me, but the organic ones are fine....

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Ok, a few things that you're eating can be problematic - avocado, mushrooms, broccoli, onion, garlic, asparagus, apple, almond butter & pistachios are all high FODMAP foods for starters, but you'd most likely get some serious bloating if you were FODMAP sensitive & eating this volume. Broccoli is also cruciferous which has it's own set of problems.

Nuts are problematic all on their own and cause all kinds of digestive distress - for this reason nuts/nut butters should be eaten in moderation. I'd be tempted to remove those completely and see if things don't settle down - there are lots of superior fat sources, and if you increased the size of your meals (breakfast in particular is low on protein & fat) you'd most likely not need to snack anyways. If you are genuinely hungry between meals try eating at least two of the three food groups with protein & fat being your best option - keep your fruit to eat with or as part of a meal (think berries in a salad for instance...)

Re the protein - when eggs are your only source of protein in a meal a serving would be the number of whole eggs you can hold in one hand, which is 3-4 for most females so you could do with at least another egg (or some ground beef or chicken etc) in your breakfast. How many eggs are in a serving of frittata?

So yeah, ditch the nuts & nut butters & see how you go. Next step if there's no improvement would be broccoli...

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