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TOPIC: Stomach bloat after eating ANYTHING.

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May 30, 2013 3:25 PM
Not sure if this was the right forum or not, but oh well. So my stomach always looks good in the morning. But as soon as I eat something or drink something (no matter what it is) my stomach blows up. I finally took some photos this morning. The first two are before I had my breakfast which was; 2 chocolate crunch rice cakes, 2 tbsp of peanut butter and about a 1/4 cup of Bob's Redmill granola & NOTHING to drink. That's clearly not a lot of food, but the the 3rd and 4th photo clearly show how much my stomach blew up after. Obviously the more I eat, the bigger my stomach gets, then the next morning it starts all over again. help ? /:
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  17325069
May 30, 2013 3:31 PM
I'll be curious what people say, because I feel like I have the same thing happen. I was curious if this would be less of an issue if I strengthened my core with crunches and similar exercise?
  44319308
May 30, 2013 3:32 PM
Ooh, I had the SAME problem a few months ago! It was miserable and didn't matter WHAT or how much I ate, I always looked 5 months pregnant after eating. If it's what I had, it was some kind of bug (or my Dr. said some sort of food poisoning that lingered?) and I started taking probiotics and within two days, my digestion was almost back to normal. I took probiotics for about a month and haven't had the problem since!
  39191463
May 30, 2013 3:33 PM
QUOTE:

I'll be curious what people say, because I feel like I have the same thing happen. I was curious if this would be less of an issue if I strengthened my core with crunches and similar exercise?

I go to the gym almost every day and have my own ab routine. In my before you could kind of see my abs starting to come in a little, but i guess maybe I just need to keep going until they're strong enough to hold in my bloat ? I hate it though. I feel like if I wanna go to the beach this summer I can't eat beforehand, which isn't good, I hate skipping meals.
  17325069
May 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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Ooh, I had the SAME problem a few months ago! It was miserable and didn't matter WHAT or how much I ate, I always looked 5 months pregnant after eating. If it's what I had, it was some kind of bug (or my Dr. said some sort of food poisoning that lingered?) and I started taking probiotics and within two days, my digestion was almost back to normal. I took probiotics for about a month and haven't had the problem since!


Yeah this has been happening for most of my life, maybe I'll try taking some probiotics. I hate pills though, the only pill I can take without feeling like I have to gag is my birth control because they're so tiny, ahaha.
  17325069
May 30, 2013 3:36 PM
I usually have that too; stomach all flat and stuff in the morning and after eating looking all pudgy. Then I did the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and am almost done with her Ripped in 30 video and have noticed a big decrease in stomach bloat, even after eating. I have IBS too so I take probiotics as well which also helps I think
May 30, 2013 3:37 PM
It's a classic food sensitivity / IBS symptom. Only way to stop it is to identify all food triggers. You can try something life FODMAPS, where you eat a very limited number of foods that produce no symptoms, then add other foods back 1 at a time. I've been doing this for a few months. It's a painstaking process. At least now I know there are a few foods I can eat without symptoms. I was becoming afraid of food altogether.
May 30, 2013 3:38 PM
I'll have to try probiotics again...it makes sense that they would work (and a whole lot easier than crunches!)
  44319308
May 30, 2013 3:39 PM
I get that if I eat gluten. Try going gluten free for acouple weeks. I also find if I eat alot of sugar my stomach is sore and hurts throughout the day.
Edited by babsbod On May 30, 2013 3:44 PM
May 30, 2013 3:41 PM
ugh I was afraid it'd be an IBS problem or gluten issue. Bleh I'll give both a try though, because I'm so sick of this.
  17325069
May 30, 2013 3:43 PM
In for advice - think I'll try probiotics first though, seems like the easiest change to make smile
May 30, 2013 3:43 PM
I would guess that it's some sort of digestion issue. The probiotics are a great suggestion. Trader Joe's sells some chewable digestive enzymes for like $2.99 that might be worth a try too! I would try to up my veggie intake and reduce gluten and sugary foods, which could definitely be contributing to some inflammation.
May 30, 2013 3:43 PM
Same thing happen to me. Thank you for asking
  11614737
May 30, 2013 3:45 PM
A second on the gluten...I never knew anyone could eat something without bloating! I feel so much better, can eat without bloat AND can wear a belt!
  26583302
May 30, 2013 3:46 PM
Try more protein for breakfast and less grain stuff. I have found that really makes a difference for me. Maybe a protein shake with Almond milk.

But just for the record, when I saw your after pictures of what you think is a big belly, I want to SCREAM and rip my hair out!!!!
I would KILL for my tummy to be that flat again!!!!! sad
May 30, 2013 3:47 PM
Yeah i'm going to try to limit some of the foods I eat a lot that i saw on the FODMAP list, but definitely going out & buying some probiotics as well. Thanks everyone ! I should of asked this awhile ago but I would always forget to take photos of before, haha.
  17325069
May 30, 2013 3:49 PM
QUOTE:

Try more protein for breakfast and less grain stuff. I have found that really makes a difference for me. Maybe a protein shake with Almond milk.

But just for the record, when I saw your after pictures of what you think is a big belly, I want to SCREAM and rip my hair out!!!!
I would KILL for my tummy to be that flat again!!!!! sad


haha believe me it's usually a lot worse than that because I usually eat more than what I ate this morning, but thanks that makes me feel a little better. I've always had a love/hate relationships with my belly more than any other part of my body anyways :p
  17325069
May 30, 2013 3:49 PM
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May 30, 2013 3:51 PM
Is what you put in your body supposed to magically disappear instantaniously?
Edited by eric_sg61 On May 30, 2013 3:54 PM
May 30, 2013 3:51 PM
This happens to me too. Funny thing...if I happen to skip a meal it happens too! (which has not been too recently as I'm trying to be healthy)
  25646274
May 30, 2013 3:52 PM
Yeah, I cut out gluten a while ago because I have so many digestive issues. It might be worth it to try cutting it out for a few weeks and see if it helps. I tried not eating ANY gluten or dairy for a few weeks to see if that was the source of the excessive bloating, but it didn't stop. That's when I tried the probiotics. Also, an alternative to swallowing pills-- I like to buy the probiotic capsules so I can open them and pour the contents into my smoothies :) You can also buy yogurts and kefir with probiotics in them. TJ's has a really good probiotic kefir that is yummy :)
  39191463
May 30, 2013 3:53 PM
also get checked for candida (a simple blood test can tell) - if positive, cut the sugar and simple carbs which will make it worse - do a candida cleanse (available at any health food store) and get on major probiotics. I had same problem, tested positive, and am in the process of doing the cleanse. Good luck with it. And, like others, I think gluten is another possibility.
  36493065
May 30, 2013 3:57 PM
this happens to me too, I assumed it was normal and just looks so bad on me because my abs are weak.
thanks for asking here, I'm going to try the probiotics.
it happens to me no matter what I eat. it can be just some watermelon or a handful of almonds and instantly I look 4 mo pg.
May 30, 2013 3:57 PM
QUOTE:

Is what you put in your body supposed to magically disappear instantaniously?


No, but I think the point is that it's not supposed to make you bloat or shouldn't with a healthy digestive system.

It's even more noticeable on a very slim frame.

I used to have that problem a lot too but haven't had it in a long time. I think it helps to drink a lot of water.

I never identified any "trigger" foods (used to think it was butter or cream but was never sure).
  8865471
May 30, 2013 4:07 PM
I have the same problem. Reducing gluten helped a lot, but still get it sometimes. Like another poster said switching to high protein breakfasts also seems to help. I eat almost exclusively eggs now with veggies, or sometimes bacon or sausage (be careful though because most brands have tons of sodium, which also makes you bloat). If I eat anything in the morning like cereal or oatmeal I look preggo all day.

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