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I just did a Google search and this thread came up.  Coffee, only in the last year, has begun to make me nauseous.  The last back reaction was about 1.5 weeks ago when we had company.  I had coffee and suddenly broke out in a cold sweat and felt like I could throw up... there was an accompanying sharp pain in my stomach.  I have really been working on my diet since my naturopathic doc put me on a strict regimen of only roasted meats and roasted or steamed vegetables (non starchy ones).  Super boring diet, for sure.  Also she prescribed a ton of digestive supplements that cost about $300/ month when I'm on the full load.  However... within a week I felt much better.  Fatigue factor went way down.  I felt like being my busy self again, going to the gym, doing hard workouts, etc.  But I am devastated to lose coffee... it feels like part of who I am... I liked being a coffee girl.  

Recently I moved to a Keto diet and have felt weaker but it was time to drop the 10# I've gained in the last 5 years.  I'm planning a 469-mile bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway with my husband this fall, so I'm training for it now... and finding I need more of a carb boost while on my bike.  Small bites here and there kept me going on a recent 44 mile mountain ride, so maybe that will be my ticket.  

Just this morning I tried something new - RapidFire Ketogenic Coffee.  So far, it's only been 30 minutes but I don't feel too awful.  We'll see if that changes.  If not, after reading this post, maybe I will have to give up coffee altogether.... what a bummer.  I'm gonna try that pre-emptive Zantac idea tomorrow.  

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1 hour ago, Stephanie U said:

I just did a Google search and this thread came up.  Coffee, only in the last year, has begun to make me nauseous.  The last back reaction was about 1.5 weeks ago when we had company.  I had coffee and suddenly broke out in a cold sweat and felt like I could throw up... there was an accompanying sharp pain in my stomach.  I have really been working on my diet since my naturopathic doc put me on a strict regimen of only roasted meats and roasted or steamed vegetables (non starchy ones).  Super boring diet, for sure.  Also she prescribed a ton of digestive supplements that cost about $300/ month when I'm on the full load.  However... within a week I felt much better.  Fatigue factor went way down.  I felt like being my busy self again, going to the gym, doing hard workouts, etc.  But I am devastated to lose coffee... it feels like part of who I am... I liked being a coffee girl.  

Recently I moved to a Keto diet and have felt weaker but it was time to drop the 10# I've gained in the last 5 years.  I'm planning a 469-mile bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway with my husband this fall, so I'm training for it now... and finding I need more of a carb boost while on my bike.  Small bites here and there kept me going on a recent 44 mile mountain ride, so maybe that will be my ticket.  

Just this morning I tried something new - RapidFire Ketogenic Coffee.  So far, it's only been 30 minutes but I don't feel too awful.  We'll see if that changes.  If not, after reading this post, maybe I will have to give up coffee altogether.... what a bummer.  I'm gonna try that pre-emptive Zantac idea tomorrow.  

Nice to see you found a coffee that works for you, sometimes you have to find a lower acidic coffee, or a decaf coffee. I had to drop to decaf this last year, the washing process seems to lower the acidity and bite making it easier on my stomach (I have no problems with caffeine pills)  Still swear by Christopher Bean Flavored ones though....

One point on the keto diet, taking in carbs can throw you into the keto flu and back to that transition phase. Try using ketone bars, ketone powders (I use one with potassium to help with D) and perhaps some MCT oil in you drinks or coffee. Point of keto is you use fats for energy not carbs or sugars. SO if your getting tired you need a easy to digest fats or the pure ketones your body is burning. I like nut meal porridge, avocados, and nut butters myself, but nothing beats a bit of coconut milk powder in your coffee whipped up or if you can stomach it something like collagen fuel from primal kitchen.

If you want to mix it up a bit try some stuff like Primal kitchen mayo or ranch as a added in condiment, or using Nuco or thrive market coconut wraps to wrap up your veggies or meats and mix it up.

I hear you on the digestion thing...I have to cook everything to mush, and normally microwave my eggs, nut flours, seed meals, veggies into a kind of quiche that is super soft and moist....odd but extremely easy to digest. I also spend around $300-500 a month on supplements, digestive aids. I found I have to take enzymes with meals, take herbal supplements to treat my Ulcerative colitis, and supplement on magnesium, b-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D....and take tons of plant based protein as I have issues with most meats except in the smallest amounts.

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On 8/3/2006 at 6:20 PM, Guest AlabamaGirl said:

About 6 months ago, I sort of accidently discovered that I'm gluten intolerant so I cut out all gluten (though there has been quite a learning curve), and after going gluten-free all of my 'symptoms' immediately disappeared (things that had been going on for years!). Anyway, about two weeks ago, I started feeling horrible stomach pains and nauseated right after drinking coffee. As little as a half-cup of coffee causes a severe stomach ache and nausea within 10-20 minutes of drinking it. Tested it again two days ago and the symptoms were as bad, if not worse. Is there such a thing as coffee intolerance??? Could it somehow be related to gluten intolerance??? Oh my, how I miss my morning coffee. Switching brands, brewing it weaker and switching to decaf did not work. Yup, it's definitely the coffee. Anyone relate?

Cross reactivity. If you have a gluten intolerance then it is very possible that you have other things beyond gluten which are hurting you. Cross reactivity is terminology you may not know yet so to explain this quickly: your immune system has flagged gluten as an enemy but your immune system isn't perfect and things that look similar to gluten can also be now flagged as an enemy. So your body attacks the gluten and maybe those of foods which contain proteins similar to gluten. Here are some other potential cross reactors you should be aware of:

  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Yeast

This list isn't comprehensive but it's a good start for you. There are two ways to test for cross reactivity. You can practice elimination and then reintroduction at a later date or you can get a test. If you’re going to get tested for celiac anyway, get tested for this too.

A good coffee alternative is yerba mate. You can find a good one at most loose tea stores both brick & mortar and online.

Edited by Jonny B. Good

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