Beans are one the best things you could be eating, Ms. Peach. Cut out the refined grains and sugar, and eat the beans daily for the high soluble fiber and complex sugars!!! The more you eat them, the better you will feel too, as adding them back into your diet will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and with daily usage, most bloating and gas goes away.
Thank you so much for the encouragement Dawgboy, but the diet plan that I chose to help me control my blood glucose is the plan recommended by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein and beans are not really on that plan. If they are, they are extremely limited and if I'm only going to have a tablespoon or so, I'd rather just skip them. I don't eat any grains (wheat, corn, oats, etc.), potatoes, rice, fruit or refined sugars. If it's got flour, cornstarch, breadcrumbs, sugar (or some variety like dextrose, etc.), I just don't eat it. I do eat lots of green things (collards, turnip greens, kale, mustard, cabbage, asparagus, cucumbers, brussels sprouts, spinach), olives, and other vegetables, as well as olive oil, milk, cheese, cream, butter, meats, poultry and seafood. After about a month and a half of eating like this, plus implementing a strict, self-imposed exercise plan, I was told that I was in "remission" and things have been holding steady for the past couple of years. I only took Metformin for about 3 weeks before it gave me hives but my doctor was okay with just letting me continue with my eating/exercise plan and cut out the meds. I lost 85 lbs in about 8 mos. Time for me to buckle down and lose the rest though.
Granted, it's not the path that everyone would take but that's okay with me.
Mods: I apologize for the off topic stuff.
But yay again for the okra seed suggestion. So. Much. Yay.