anonymous asked:

i've honestly never had this but i just ate a lot of fruit, dried fruit etc, a HUGE apple... and now my stomach hurts a lot, i can barely move. does that happen to you sometimes? ugh

Eating a lot of fruit in one sitting can cause gas pains and cramping from the large amounts of fiber. Certain digestive conditions—such as hereditary fructose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome—could cause stomach cramping after eating a lot of fruit. Take a look at this info:

Gas Pains

Some fruits, such as citrus fruits, are difficult for your digestive system to break down. Gas is a normal part of digestion; gas is expelled by belching and passing gas. Any gas that’s not expelled can build in your digestive system, leading to gas pains and bloating. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse states that trapped gas can cause sharp pains that come and go. The pain may be felt anywhere in the abdomen and could cause a cramping sensation. If you’re prone to excessive gas, talk with your doctor about using a digestive enzyme that could help prevent gas pains.


Certain fruits are high-fiber foods that can cause bloating, gas and stomach cramping. Some common high-fiber fruits include apples, raspberries, pears, strawberries, oranges, figs, raisins and bananas. The more of those fruits you eat in one sitting, the more chances you have of developing cramping afterward. Your digestive system contains bacteria that are accustomed to a certain level of fiber. If you suddenly increase the amount of fiber in your diet, you might experience excessive gas, bloating and abdominal cramping.

Hereditary Fructose Intolerance

Hereditary fructose intolerance occurs when your digestive system lacks the enzyme to break down fructose—a simple sugar found in fruits and used in processed foods and as table sugar. If both your parents have this condition, you have a 25 percent chance of being born with it, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Eating fruit with this condition can cause severe stomach cramps and other medical complications.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms could develop after eating too much fruit. If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS, it’s important not to overeat and to know what types of food might trigger an attack. IBS symptoms include cramping, stomach pain, chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation. There is no cure for IBS, so avoiding foods that trigger your symptoms is the best prevention method.

THIS.  This is the absolute secret of why any given fiber behaves the way it does and why you can’t make it behave like a different fiber.  This is what they look like under a microscope.

Do you see how with all the animal fibers they look kind of like scales stacked on top of one another?  Those scales are everything.  They act like hooks with the other fiber.  When the yarn isn’t felted, they hook up and un hook randomly, which is exactly why an animal fiber is both so warm and can still breath.  When animal fiber is felted (and it’s the ONLY fiber you can felt), it’s those hooks doing the action.  They link up and the combination of soap, hot water, and agitation makes the formation much more permanent.

You can also see the differences in the specific kinds of animal fiber.  Take a look at the two on the right hand side.  They’re both wool.  But one’s coarse and one’s fine.  You can see that there’s a huge difference between the two.  It’s exactly why a coarse wool, or rug wool, doesn’t act like merino and merino doesn’t act like a coarse wool.  

The plant fibers, linen and cotton have a little bit of roughness, which allows for microscopic variations in the yarn, which allows it to breath.  It’s exactly why a cotton or linen dress in the summer is so nice.  But because it lacks the scales of the animal fiber, it can’t hook up to hold in the heat when the cold weather hits.

And polyester… polyester is the same thing as acrylic or nylon or rayon.  The exact same stuff.  On the microscopic level, there is no difference.  Which means there is no difference in how the eventual fabric behaves.  Think about this… do you like wearing polyester?  It’s kind of icky, isn’t it?

Synthetic fibers lack variation in the microscopic structure of the fiber.  Because of that, it can’t create the space for air flow.  It doesn’t breathe.  And it can’t trap in heat because it doesn’t have the scales to trap in the air.  It’s just there.

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mini geometric macrame wall hanging by bohemianharvest

it’s no secret i love tapestries and macrame … so boho. and this mini macrame piece is so detailed and earthy, it MUST be mine. i love the neutral color palette and the wood bar accent on top.

Really been lovin’ quinoa lately! Quinoa is a great #glutenfree source of #fiber #protein #iron and a quick way to get in some #wholegrains ! I’ve been cooking it a bit like fried rice with my favorite veggies (corn, green peas, carrots, tomato and spinach) and tofu and eating it with a serving of more veggies (green beans and mushrooms) and healthy fats (avocado) on the side. Yum!

Only for the Crochet?

Hello lovely peeps.  Recently I received a question from a follower asking me why I have been posting more knitting links between my crochet posts. This blog did start as a crochet blog because that’s what I loved doing. Over the years that I’ve been blogging you will have noticed that I have taught myself to dye fibre, spin and make my own yarn, weave, and eventually knit my own handspun.  This iteration of crafting interest has meant that my blog has changed slightly to mirror these interests. That is why there is a little more knitting-love in my posts.  I love everything about yarn, fibre, wool, weaving, knitting and crochet!  What do you think?  Are you happy seeing a range of fibre posts on my blog, or are you here only for the Crochet?  I’d love to know.

Much love Claire x