“Amber, do you ever have fat days?” Yes, that is a legitimate I got asked. No, not recently but in college! In college I had this friend that I worked with. I loved having shifts with her because even on the most boring of shifts, she could make me laugh because of her randomness. We would feed off of each other, and we’d often make patients laugh because we were ridiculous together. We had a way of making those that weren’t feeling well, forget that they weren’t feeling well at that moment. I’ve lost touch with her over the years… but that’s another story. Back to her question! Basically what she was asking was, do you bloat and why am I bloating?
While I don’t get asked the question often if I have “fat days” anymore. I do get told a lot by my clients or by my readers that they really struggle with bloating and wondering how to combat it.
Before we get into it though, allow me to say this- being a woman, we’re going to bloat. For some stinking reason, it is in our genetics and our genes and our little silly selves to bloat. It’s called hormones. It’s part of it. However! There are ways that you can keep the bloat to a minimum.
Why am I bloating?
Let’s start with hormones
I’m going to keep this part very short because we all know the basics, right? We have our lovely time of the month that if we’re being honest, sometimes I feel like it lasts two weeks instead of just one.
We swell up like a balloon, we do our thing, then we go back to normal size. Right? It is what it is. That said, next time you are bloated, look at the calendar, if it’s the week before, it’s highly possible, that is your culprit for bloating.
That is literally all I’m going to say about that, because hey, I’m not a doctor, and if your periods are painful, it’s time to go talk to your doc, mkay?
Now on to more fun things like food
Food! This is a big one that can make a difference in your bloating. There are foods that tend to cause bloat and there are also foods that help reduce bloat.
Foods that can cause bloat are things that have a tendency to swell when they are wet. For example, breads. Have you ever noticed that you feel full faster if you eat bread with your meal?
It’s because that bread is swelling in your stomach. When bread gets wet, it swells. There are other foods that might cause you to bloat:
- Beer (wheat!)
- Alcohol in general
Sometimes we have an intolerance to certain foods and we don’t even realize it. Which leads me into my next point. First let me say that I don’t recommend crash diets at all. Never ever.
However, if you are looking to see if you have an intolerance to certain foods, I would recommend checking out Whole30 to see if it’s right for you. What Whole30 does, is it helps you eliminate certain foods for 30 days that might be causing adverse affects in your body without you realizing it.
While some people do use Whole30 as a jumpstart for weight loss, it really doesn’t have to be for that, it can simply be to see if you have an intolerance to certain foods!
How to Stop Your Bloating
Had Your Water Today? Drink some more
I’ll be the first to admit that I am pretty bad about getting enough water. Let’s just get real for a minute. Sometimes I have to set myself reminders to drink water. Literal reminders on my phone to drink water.
Besides the obvious of keeping you hydrated; drinking enough water helps flush your body of toxins that it has been holding in and in flushing those toxins, it helps keep the bloat down.
So what’s enough water?
Typically, I try to drink my body weight in ounces. There is also the old saying that 8 cups of water is the best to place to start and while that might be a good starting point, I strive to drink my body weight in ounces and recommend the same for my clients and readers. I feel better when I do and it
keeps those toxins flushed.
Here’s an example: if you weigh 130 pounds, typically you should be drinking around 130 ounces of water per day. Yep. That simple.
Now, if you’re not used to drinking your body weight in ounces of water per day, you will probably feel like you’re drowning a bit trying to get that much water down. Not to mention all the bathroom breaks!
If you’re not drinking your body weight in ounces in water, start with 64 ounces of water everyday for a week. Then start working your way up.
You will have to go to the restroom more, it’s just a fact of life, but your bloat will be more minimal.
Apple Cider Vinegar is My Best Friend
At the risk of sounding like a weirdo – which I’m sure you’ve figured out by now at this point in the post- I love Apple Cider Vinegar. I have found some of the coolest remedies with it, not the least of which is to help with bloating. Let’s just be honest right now, there can be some uncomfortable gas that accompanies bloating and I have found that the Apple Cider Vinegar can kick both the bloating and the gas either quickly or before they ever start.
I take a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar on most mornings and then I wash it down with water. If you’ve never taken Apple Cider Vinegar straight, just buckle up because it’ll clear up those nasal passages and probably make you cough at first. Just chase it down with water and it’ll be fine.
Since we are all besties now by this point, because just in this post alone we have talked about periods, peeing, and gas, I think it’s pretty safe for me to say, that it’s a little bit like shooting cheap whisky. While I don’t do shots anymore because this 29 year old is way to old for that crap, plus, it’s just not cool.. Anyway! I’m just saying that having some apple cider vinegar is a bit like shooting cheap whisky… without the side affect of feeling drunk.
You can get some Apple Cider Vinegar at most grocery stores, but I have learned that it is cheaper to buy it on Amazon.
Who’s excited to drink Apple Cider Vinegar?
Just kidding. But seriously, while we will never fully get rid of and prevent bloating- because, well, hormones- we can absolutely keep it at a minimum with these simple tricks. Because, lets be honest, bloating can be painful sometimes!
Remember to check your diet and make sure that you’re eating real and clean food. Eating pre-made dinners in a box that only require adding water and a package of mystery seasoning can really take a toll on your body!
If you are super interested in doing Whole30, go check out my interview with a gal who has done Whole30. I love her because she is all about the facts and no nonsense business. Remember just like with anything, make sure you’re making an informed decision!
When you drink you water, sometimes it can get boring, I really do get it. Do it a little bit at a time throughout the day. Carry a cup with you which will help you with the drinking small amounts at a time. Because if you wait until later in the day, you will feel like you’re drowning, PLUS drinking too much water at once isn’t exactly the best thing for you either. It’s all about balance.
If you decide to give the Apple Cider Vinegar trick a try, I recommend in the morning and only a tablespoon! I take that, and then I chase it down with a big drink of water and move onto my breakfast.
Today, my Apple Cider Vinegar shot is for you. Here’s to you and your quest to end the bloating. Cheers!
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