For many years I suffered from undiagnosed food intolerances, which meant that after I ate I had an expanded belly and lots of pain. My body’s reactions were inconsistent so I decided to adjust my food groups to determine the cause. I undertook a period of eating mostly plant-based foods (approx 80% of my food intake), and observed that on those days when I ate carbs from bread, pasta, rice or dairy, my belly became severely bloated. I concluded that my food intolerances are gluten and dairy.
Let’s talk about the bloat for a minute. When it happens, it’s more than just an uncomfortable feeling. It can be painful and affect your overall confidence. Prolonged bloating impacts our ability to excercise and puts unnecessary stress on our digestive system. I quickly realized that bread, pasta and dairy-based ice-cream could no longer be a part of my lifestyle without the penalty of discomfort from bloating. And so, like many of you who enjoy these foods, I learn to live with it each day.
If this is something that happens to you on a daily basis, it might be time to visit your doctor and get yourself tested for common food intolerances like gluten or dairy. I try to avoid gluten and dairy most of the time, not completely however because I want my body to recognize it and to be able to process it every once in a while. After all, who doesn’t like a nice piece of Sourdough bread or a protein packed yoghurt? Living a gluten-free life is becoming a trend which isn’t necessarily a good thing in my opinion. If your body can process gluten and dairy then why remove them from your lifestyle altogether? It isn’t poison after all.
I think we should generally eat less gluten and dairy-based products than we are used to, replacing them instead with plant-based foods which are packed with vitamins and minerals. These are the honest medicines that nature gave us, and we should use them more!
I’m sharing these photos because maybe you’re struggling with a food intolerance and you don’t even know it. Our bodies are amazing engines that adapt and adjust where they can, but every engine has its limits.
My message to you is this. Don’t stop eating gluten simply because the latest trend tells you it’s bad. If your body can process it, then keep it as a part of your balanced diet. But if you are struggling, and suspect you may have a food intolerance, go and get it checked out so you can spare yourself the suffering of the painful bloat.
I warn you now, before and after bloat pictures follow below:
Have a lovely bloat-free day,