Bloating can be a symptom of medical conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Coeliac Disease, and other digestive disorders. If you have not already seen your doctor about your bloating you should.
Bloating is frustrating and embarassing. I can wake up in the morning with a stomach as flat as a washboard and by lunchtime look like I have put on half a stone. A GP suggested I tried a Low FODMAPS Diet to help eliminate this. There are many foods to be avoided on the a Low FODMAPS Diet and to be honest I couldn’t be bothered with that much restriction. But I did study the list and pick out what I thought would be the likely culprits for me. Some of them I was aware of already but there were a couple of surprises that on elimination proved to be causes.
When I say I avoid these foods I mean I avoid them if I don’t want to be bloated. If I am going to be tucked up in bed in my Winceyette pyjamas by 8.30 then it doesn’t really matter to me if I am bloated or not, but if I am squeezing myself into lycra and strutting down to the gym then I would rather not have a pot belly!
Life is all about balance, I eat these foods when I want to and don’t mind the consequences and I avoid them when I feel its worth it. Apart from 1 and 2 – they give me a lot of pain and neither of them are worth it!
Here is what I have found works for me. Avoiding:
Soya – evil stuff! I opt for unsweetened almond or Oat Milk
Onions and Garlic
Leeks and Spring Onions
Chamomile and Fennel Tea – I used to drink a lot as they are said to be soothing for the digestion!
Wheat, Rye and Barley
Beans and Pulses
Asafoetida – this is a spice that tastes like onions and is a staple in my cupboard! It is also a great time saver for when you don’t have time to chop up onions too!
I don’t have the perfect antidote to my bloating yet – I am sure there are other foods that may cause it too but this list has made it a lot more manageable. I would love to hear if you have foods you know cause you bloating too – please comment below.
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