Are You Feeling Excessively Bloated At The Moment

Bloating is so uncomfortable and can even feel so bad that it actually hurts.  You know that feeling when you have overeaten on a really special occasion like Christmas or maybe it’s just because it is a Saturday night!  It makes your stomach look so much bigger and feels so uncomfortable.   This blog will give you 3 simple things you can do right now to reduce that feeling and get you back on track, these 3 simple but very effective things that will help you to feel better as well as improving your immunity and health.


Stop talking!

At difficult times we all #emotionaleat,  in fact, emotional eating is one of nurturing and loving ourselves.  Eating with care and really enjoying what you are eating will hit the dopamine receptors in the brain and make you feel good.  The other benefit of taking your time is that you can taste the flavours of the food.  You will feel more satiated.

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Slow eating and not talking whilst eating, be fully involved with what you are enjoying has a psychological effect, and a physiological one.  Eating with discernment and awareness will stimulate your digestive system as well as increasing the surface area of your food, which means it can then be broken down more easily. Food that isn’t broken down properly will cause gas and discomfort.

Chewing your food better will reduce the amount of air you swallow when eating and which is another cause of bloating.   Therefore in a mouthful, stop talking whilst enjoying your food  and enjoy tasting what you are eating.


Drink more water

Ensure that you are adequately hydrated so that your digestive juices can flow more readily.  If your stomach acid and digestive enzymes are working well you will break down your food more effectively and feel less full and bloated.  Have you joined my water challenge?

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You’ve noticed I am sure that when you are highly stressed you forget to eat, it isn’t a priority.  A client called it the “Divorce Diet”

Stress produces the hormone cortisol in your body and produces adrenalin both of these hormones stop you from digesting your food, in case you need it to run away from a scary predator.  It is often called ‘cortisol belly’ or stress belly, have you heard of that one?

In addition, when you are highly stressed you are not getting the nutrients from your food.   Because in order to get the most nutrients and really digest your food, you need to be in ‘rest and digest’ mode and not ‘fight or flight’. If you’re stressed, anxious, or concentrating hard on something else your body will not think of digestion as a priority.  Your body needs you to consciously work alongside it.

Are you a stress bunny?  Are you suffering from overwhelm and overwrought with thoughts that keep going round in your mind, perhaps you are aware that this is affecting your health?  Then talking to someone you trust is an effective tool for mastering your thoughts, improving your confidence.   Knowing you are not on your own helps enormously.  Sometimes it is your bestie and other times it can be a stranger.

Reach out has never been easier.  I have been an advocate of online coaching for years.  The anonymity of not knowing your everyday life with the added benefit of feeling more relaxed because you are in your own surroundings makes online coaching one of the fastest-growing industry, going online is the new proactive life experience that will enhance and benefit your mental and physical health. Not sure if you are eating energy-zapping food, great, then  Book some time for you x

If something I’ve said has resonated with you then please leave a comment below or email me right back,  I would be interested to know what do you think?  Share your story in the comments.

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