Fitness blogger Tiffany Brien has shared a ‘bad day’ photo in order to educate others on looking after your body.
Posting side-by-side photos of herself looking really bloated, and another where her stomach is flat, Tiffany revealed the photos were taken just 12 hours apart. One before bed, and when after she had woken up.‘We are not all what we seem on social media,’ she wrote.
‘I thought I would share a bad day with you to show you nobody is ‘perfect’ and it is ok to have an off day where your body just decides to not play ball. Don’t worry girls, it happens to the best of us.’
Blaming her bloated belly on ‘a lack of sleep, stress, hormones and food intolerances’, Tiffany said in her post it was something she had been struggling with for years.
After a lot of research, she said, she found that it was normally triggered by eating certain foods and activities that cause her stress.
However, on this certain occasion, she wasn’t totally sure of what had caused her stomach to bloat.
She said: ‘I have gone over everything I ate and I was relatively clean so it could be something I think is ‘healthy’ that my body now thinks ‘naaa no likey’.
‘Sometimes your body becomes intolerant to something you’ve always eaten, you just have to work it out. Fun game though? No. Not really.’
Alongside hormones and lack of sleep, Tiffany admitted that stress also affected her negatively.
She said: ‘Stress. The killer. I have a busy and stressful job which pushes me every day. I love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world but I have to factor in de-stress time to help me unwind and allow my insides to untwist after a tough day in the office.
Yoga, walks with the dog or just putting my feet up and watching Netflix normally do the trick.’
Using her photos as a start to a fitness journey, Tiffany continued: ‘I am in no way perfect. In fact I am miles away from being a role model when it comes to looking after myself fully in this sense. We all have our areas of weakness.
‘I know what I am doing wrong and I know how to fix it but it is actually implementing it into your lifestyle that’s the tough bit. I am trying extremely hard to sleep more, relax more and eat right (not less, just right) and I am definitely seeing improvement and will share tips and photos as I go.’
Here’s why you might be suffering with a bloated stomach
Suffering with a bloated stomach? It’s not uncommon, and could be easily helped.
Long-lasting conditions that cause bloating, including irritable bowel syndrome and coeliac disease.
Bloating can be exacerbated by stress.
Food intolerance could be an issue – but fewer people are genuinely intolerant of food groups like dairy and gluten – see a qualified nutritionist for a proper diagnosis.
In short-term cases, you may simply have excess wind, constipation or you could be swallowing air when talking or eating.
Tiffany’s tips to treat bloating include:
- Get your zzzs!
- Write a food dairy and reflect where and when you bloat.
- Look into gut health supplements – multivitamins and probiotics.
- Drink peppermint tea to soothe your tum.