make bloating your bitch, once and for all
Seriously, like on a day to day basis, aint nothing more uncomfortable than being bloated.
Like pun included, it’s a sure way to take the wind out of your sail, and feel so not sexy, confident, or like youre a badass queen / king. Although I feel guys don’t talk about bloatin nearly as much as women do? Whats up with that? Boys can you please explain? Do you get bloated too? Are you uncoofrtable? Why don’t you talk bout it more? Instead of just leaving us gals floating in the wind with air babies and uncomfortable looks on our faces, ja feel.
So besides my now pending question of do boys get bloated? And can we make this a talked about thing, BLOATING IS SOMETHING I GET ASKED ABOUT A LOT.
IT IS ALSO SOMETHING 99.95% OF PEOPLE I TALK TO EXPERIENCE EVERY SINGLE DAY, almost thinking its normal? Or expected? Or just happens.
And im like BOO BOO NO. bloating is not normal. Its just normalised in our society because people eat foods that don’t agree with them and show off their food babies or like embrace the bloat. But bloating shouldn’t happen every day. It shouldn’t.
Bloating is described from a range of symptoms, distention in our stomach and intestines, gas, pressure, discomfort, and can link into constipation / diarrhoea, associated with IBS, and GI tract dysfunction.
It’s a reaction that occurs inside our small intestine, and as our bugs work to break down what we’ve eaten, and they usually love carbohydrates – whetehr it be simple ones like lactose, or complex carbs and starches like corn, whole grains and legumes, fibre also, they ferment in our gut by the bugs and they emit hydrogen gases, which causes our abdomen to swell up, and thus the bloating, distention, and discomfort.
We don’t have to live being bloated. Uncomfortable. We can remove this pain completely, and it all starts with awareness. I posted up yesterday my bloated belly because I honestly haven’t been bloated in so long, like monthsssssssss, and I ate some organic popcorn and BOOM EPIC BLOATING. I was shocked. And so this is why im writing this. Because I was like “asif I blow up that much from such a small amount of fucking Cobs organic popcorn”. But ya girl did. Gave me a glimpse into what id look like knocked up.
So lets get this through out heads. BLOATING ISNT NORMAL. Bloating isn’t just something we have to live with. We need to become MORE AWARE of what we’re eating that triggers our bloating. Rather than being blind, or just complacent and accepting it, which is what ive experienced with my clients. I’m like “wait, so you had a soy flat white and then the bloating happened?” and theyre like …. Oh yeah. DING DING DING. A culprit emerges.
WHAT ARE YOU EATING THAT BLOATS YOU???
Some common culprits;
- dairy – in all forms, milk, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt, chocolate, pastries, biscuits, cakes, etc
- grains / flours – rices, pastas, bread, pizzas, biscuits, cakes, crackers, most processed tings
- legumes / beans – chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans
- artificial sugars – acesulfame potassium (ACEK),
- fizz – redbulls, soft drinks, beers, even kombucha sometimes etc.
- high FODMAP foods (if you’re GI system is overly sensitive / inflammation occurs)
- probiotic rich foods (counter productive I know right?!?) – coconut yoghurts, kombuchas,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT BLOATS YOU???
- not chewing our food / eating quickly
- mindless eating
- eating when we’re walking
- drinking water / liquids with meals
- drinking cold liquids
- eating cold / frozen foods
- chewing gum
- changes in diet (e.g more fibre, over eating)
- leaky gut / GI inflammation
- malabsorption issues
- hormonal fluctuations
- eating late at night when digestion isn’t as fired up
So take note. What are you consuming or doing that’s causing you to be bloated? And guess what the next step is? CUT THAT SHIT OUT. Problem solvered (well part of it!) Cutting out these foods / changing our habits should reduce and remove 90% of the bloating we experience.
THINGS TO DO
Don’t drink and eat. Eat your food. Drink 30 minutes later.
Warm / digestive loving liquids pre food only (ACV, warm teas, etc).
Sit down to eat.
If youre eating cold foods, add warming herbs / spices
If you’re doing all this and still experiencing bloating, then message me because we’re going to be looking at leaky gut / gi problems, digestive issues, stomach acid / enzymatic imbalances, inflammation, intolerances etc. And each case is individual.
TIPS & TRICKS IF WE DO GET BLOATED
- digestive enzymes w/ foods
- activated charcoal (whether tablets or liquid)
- ACV (apple cider vinegar)
- Ginger – tea / raw etc.
- Digestive loving herbs – fennel, gentian, peppermint, dandelion,
- Aloe vera leaf juice
- Turmeric root / tea
- Probiotic supplementation
Awesome. I’ve learnt my lesson, after not being bloated for months I was shook and was like “this is fucked”, so no more popcorn for me. Zero fucks given. Feeling bloated SUCKS, so be motivated to make the changes, shifts and implement the strategies so you too can BE FREE FROM THE BLOAT.
Love e, aka TMN aka who even knows right now haha