Nobody likes the feeling of a bloated stomach! Unfortunately, most women, especially those experiencing severe PMS, are familiar with an unpleasant feeling of having a bloated belly. It feels like you have a balloon in your stomach that’s weighing you down, making you feel heavy, and not sexy at all! Bloating doesn’t help with the romantic part of your life either. What is more of a “mood killer” than feeling like you swallowed a basketball?
I used to experience bloating quite a bit before introducing ayurveda and conscious eating into my daily life. As it appears, bloating is mostly a result of improper eating habits. Yes, certain people are more susceptible to it due to hormonal imbalance (like with PCOS) or due to weak digestion, but it is preventable if one follows some eating guidelines. I still remember that unpleasant feeling of a full belly even after a small meal and I'm so happy that those days are behind me. Now that I found a solution for myself, I want to share what works for me and, hopefully, some of you will find these suggestions useful as well.
Conscious eating is one of the main components for preventing bloating. If you are aware of how your stomach feels, how hungry you are, and the effects that certain foods have on your body, you will be able to adapt your eating habits accordingly. I believe that people who are truly conscious and follow their intuition rarely experience digestive un-ease.
If you don’t trust your body to that level just yet, here are some suggestions to prevent and alleviate bloating while you are working on making friends with your belly.
It is best to prevent bloating instead of trying to address the issue when it is already there. It is a lot easier and will save you the trouble of experiencing this pretty unpleasant feeling.
First, let's start with some prevention strategies: