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Woman Gets Real About Her Struggle with Bloating

posted: 06/08/18
by: Kristine Boyd

We all get bloated from time to time. Sometimes we ate a little too much the night before or it's that time of the month. However, for some, there is more to the story than just a full belly. The truth is that bloating can be a chronic condition that causes a lot of insecurities. It can also be extremely painful and uncomfortable having to deal with extreme bloat on a daily basis. Blogger, Lee Tilghman of Lee From America, recently opened up about her struggle with bloating and how she was able to overcome it.

 

Hello, belly bloat ?? When I was consistently bloated for months on end before I figured out my triggers, bloat ruled my entire life. It had total control over how I felt about myself, what clothes I wore, my self talk, energy levels, and if I was worthy of hanging out with people or not. The bloat-anxiety-depression cycle was ruthless. Bloat gave me anxiety which caused depression which caused more bloat. But as uncomfortable as bloat is, it doesn't rule me anymore. If there's one thing I've learned, it comes and goes. I do everything I can in my power to avoid getting bloated. I have all the tools I need, and sometimes it still comes up. Today's bloat is brought to you by last night's glutenous pizza, which was worth every ounce. Yes, this bloat is painful AF and not my best moment. But my mindset is this: I choose to go on with my day, giving myself everything I need: the space, grace, and love to feel whatever I need to feel. I am equipped with the knowledge that it won't last forever and also, its kinda cute. #bloatisbeautiful #leefromamerica

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Lee shares that bloating for months on end took over her life. "It had total control over how I felt about myself, what clothes I wore, my self talk, energy levels, and if I was worthy of hanging out with people or not," she explained. She talks about her "bloat-anxiety-depression cycle" where she would feel anxious about getting boated, depressed from feeling anxious, and eventually this caused her even more bloat. She felt as if there would never be a solution.

After having months of the same symptoms with no relief, Lee finally accepted it for what it was. Over the years she has found ways to combat and prevent it, but she is aware that it will never fully go away. Lee knows that certain foods will cause her to have the uncomfortable feeling in her stomach, but she also knows that pizza with friends is worth it every once in a while! It has allowed her to find tips and tricks that she is then able to use to help thousands of people with their bloating insecurities.

 

thinking about how cool it would be if it rained matcha

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"Yes, this bloat is painful AF and not my best moment. But my mindset is this: I choose to go on with my day, giving myself everything I need: the space, grace, and love to feel whatever I need to feel. I am equipped with the knowledge that it won't last forever and also, it's kinda cute," says Lee.

 

For some, bloating may be an occasional occurrence, but for many it can take over their confidence and mindset. Lee wants people to know that they are not alone in this struggle and that it is okay!