Why I Eat Whole Foods

December 26, 2011

in Blog, News, Facts, Fitness

Happy Holidays!  Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas.  We sure did, and I’ll have a little recap of that soon…

But now I’m left feeling like this….

No, I’m not pregnant, I’m just bloated.  This is what a day or two of ‘eating off track’ does to me.  I’m talking about packaged foods, treats, wine, bread, etc.  Not overeating, this is just by eating things I don’t normally do.

This pic below was taken a few weeks ago.  I normally don’t sport a bloated belly.

So when people ask why I do I pretty good job at sticking to a healthy eating plan and workouts, its because I hate feeling like I do in the first picture. Not fun.  One of the most uncomfortable feelings out there.  Feeling all bloated and yucky is motivation for me to get to the gym and get back on plan.  While the holidays are great, and I enjoy all the food, I can’t go more than a few days eating the wrong foods, or I just feel awful and sick.  Some people feel like this all the time, yet they don’t do anything about it.  That is what I don’t understand.

Sometimes people complain about their stomach size. Many of those people probably have bloating and don’t really realize it.  Some big culprits for me that cause bloating is: wheat (gluten in general), dairy products, alcohol, packaged foods, white sugar, anything higher in sodium.  Cleaning up your diet is not only better for losing weight, you will also lose a lot of puffiness and bloat.

So there you have it.  I have my bad, yucky feeling days too.  Thankfully 95% of them are all good!  Now, time to get back at it!

Question: What do you find makes you bloated?

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  • http://twitter.com/caloah ♡ Shannon ♡

    I’ve been struggling with bloating most of the week and I’m eating all the right things. No preservatives, no white flours, no prepackaged foods, no starches at night, no dairy, low carb lunches, low sodium.. veggies with every meal. I drink almost 100+ oz a day as well.

    I did have a lot of chia seeds and flaxseed over the course of the day. Do you think that could be what might be causing it?

  • Julie Luong

    Same here with looking pregnant! Eek. I’m trying to go gluten-free to see how that goes. And maybe I can cut out more sugar. :/

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      All you can do is give it a try. I bet you’ll feel a lot better. Let me know how it goes! Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy, http://www.busybuthealthy.com

  • Melissa Toler

    Sugar is my big enemy.  The day after Christmas I looked like I was 6 months pregnant!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Ugh, its the worst huh….

  • http://blueeyedbarbie.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    I get like that after one day. Its comforting to know my body isnt the only one who rejects processed foods and freaks out like that.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Totally. Its a bummer when it happens so easily, but its also sort of a blessing in disguise!

  • Sarah

    I look the exact same way after just one meal of eating foods I wouldn’t normally eat! I hope that yours takes less time to go down than mine does – I’ve been bloated for a week from eating too much dahl 🙁

    FODMAPs in general make me feel bloated! Really, really bloated. But particularly fructose and sorbitol (oh how I miss my beloved apples) and fructans (wheat, onions, garlic, etc.). I was bloated for a very long time on my super healthy diet before I figured this out, though! Then I finally learned that my love of healthy foods was actually the source of the bloat! I ate a heap of Brussels sprouts on Christmas and oh, the pain…

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I can sometimes get really bloated off just one meal too.  Not fun.  Sorry to see so many things bother you…even though they’re healthy items.  Brussels, broccoli and cauliflower are the gassiest veggies around 🙁

  • http://twitter.com/gymmychic CMC

    Oddly, I have discovered over the years doing my stomach exercises once every two weeks to feel any soreness, holds my stomach taught for a whole week-reverse incline crunches & hanging knee raises. I `ve had a couple of PT`s try to prove me wrong, one had me do 10 different exercises, 10 of each, 100 all up, another just different types, yeah, it was screaming at the time, but felt nothing after. My point is I ensure I do this before ‘holiday bloat time’ (LOL) and it does help. But yes, I find too much fruit will bloat me, overdose in fruit salad & I look 4 months pregnant …or too many carbs, sugar, too much alcohol the same. Finding that “I gotta stop now’ point when you`re eating something delicious like a fruit salad YUM. I`m carrying an extra 1.5kgs right now anyway…so I`m just  going to blame that at this time of year 😉

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Hmm, never thought of doing ab work to beat bloating. 

      Do you think that maybe you get sore after doing abs once every 2 weeks versus more often like the PT’s suggested, is because you’re body isn’t used to it?  You know how you get super sore after not working out for a while, but when you do it consistently, you don’t get sore, or not as much because your body is used to it?

  • Krmacdonald

    Would fiber help? I’m trying to eat better and find that bloating is a big problem….

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Fiber is great. Although you have to gradually increase or else it will bloat you if your body isn’t used to all the extra fiber all of a sudden. Flax and psyllium are both great!

  • Shereen

    lol that is sooo me!  i’m off meat too, only seafood, so it’s better this year than most…but all the CHEESE on that appy platter is NOT agreeing with me today! lolol  oh well, once a year won’t kill anyone  just reminds me why i eat the way i do every other day of the year!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Oh yes! The cheese! Gets me every time too!

  • Ashlee

    Ugh that’s exactly how I feel this am. I don’t exactly look like your ‘before’ photo with a 1 month old. But I had gotten my stomach back to flat with my diet and exercise and yesterday I noticed it was just… Bloated. I eat a whole food vegetarian diet normally and going off it makes me feel like crap. Tired, bloated and uncomfy. And the worse part, I transferred the uncomfy to my daughter. Glad to have the holidays over. Time to go back to my normal.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I hear ya on the tired, bloated, uncomfie! Sorry to hear that certain things bother your little one, but its certainly another motivation to stay on track!

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