I Know I’m Bloated When….

I Know I’m Bloated When….

When I find myself rubbing my extended stomach and muttering to myself, “I feel “blubbery,” that’s a sure sign that I am bloated. That’s the best way I can describe the feeling – my stomach feels blubbery. My stomach is protruding and pudgy, and I feel fat and lethargic. The last thing I want to do is go clothes shopping. Even though my weight is still the same – I don’t always gain weight when I feel blubbery – but I feel so fat that I can’t imagine trying to buy new clothes. I can sort of feel the lower part of my stomach, under my belly button, settling in my lap when I’m sitting down. That’s how I’m feeling right now.

I’ve been reading that the Low-FODMAP diet can provide relief for 70% of people with IBS. IBS symptoms include bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. I have never been diagnosed with IBS, but I often have three of these symptoms (not diarrhea). According to the book I’ve been reading, two of the biggest FODMAPs to avoid are garlic and onions. Today I ate a salad of spring greens with Tessa Mae’s Zesty Italian dressing. This dressing was recommended to me early on by my nutritionist because it is gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free and tastes very good. I noticed that it has garlic in it as well as onion powder, but I had already purchased a bottle and surely, the amounts of the garlic and onions are so small they will not make any difference, right? Well, by the way my stomach is feeling blubbery right now, apparently it is enough to make a difference. So, I definitely need to avoid garlic and onions, even in tiny amounts, from now on.

Last week, my stomach was feeling about as flat as I can ever remember it feeling. Then, I ran out of berries to eat with my breakfast and cut up an apple and sprinkled it with cinnamon to eat instead. Later that day, my bloating seemed to return and I haven’t been able to get back down to that flat-stomach feeling again. Apples are a high-FODMAP food! Apples seem like such a healthy food to eat, but the book I’m reading says apples are high-FODMAP and they contain two (or even three?) different kinds of FODMAPs. So, I need to avoid apples for a while, along with the garlic and onions.

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