Being bloated is a side effect of being human.
I was listening to a Food Psych podcast earlier this week and something was said that made me go, “OMGSH YES! That is what I’ve been trying to articulate!”
And that is –> people will describe a set of symptoms that are actually just symptoms of being a human. And they will try to cure these you-are-a-human symptoms by buying ‘X’ product, eliminating carbs, being scared of dairy, avoiding gluten, etc. and so on.
Bloating from time to time is normal. It’s uncomfortable. It makes you feel blah. It makes your pants feel tight. But it’s a normal side effect of being a human. I described in a previous post that being bloated is no different than getting a headache from time to time.
Times I feel bloated:
- when I don’t get enough sleep. Oh my goodness on Monday when I woke up at 3:45am to go to the airport I was mega bloated by the time I got to the airport…sleep is important.
- when i’m stressed or anxious about something.
- eating too much fiber.
- eating too little fiber.
- right before I ovulate. I have a friend who does natural family planning and she’s been educating me on what means what. This is probably TMI for some, but you ovulate around the time you have egg white consistency cervical mucus appearing when you wipe. I found this fascinating…yet another thing public school education didn’t teach me lol. But it’s been interesting to track how I feel bloated and have break outs right around the time I ovulate. It isn’t because I ate a snack before bed or ate gluten. Go figure.
When I feel bloated, my thought is to take care of myself like I do if I had a hangover or the flu. I’ve found in the past that feeling anxious and stressed about being bloated only tends to make me more bloated. So instead I focus on self care by:
- doing something that calms me like, walk while listening to a podcast, watercoloring, or going through a 5 minute yoga flow.
- eating some fiber OR avoid fiber depending on what my body is telling me.
- having a latte. That always gets things moving;)
Moral of the story: bloating is a normal side effect of being a human. It is worth noting that in the disordered eating population, bloating is often most severe for those consuming vegetarian diets high in fiber.