Bloating is an uncomfortable physical symptom that can occur as you work towards normalizing eating patterns and intake in recovery from an eating disorder. It can be challenging on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Bloating after eating occurs after periods of restriction/starvation or purging. Understanding the reasons why it happens and framing expectations around the symptoms you're feeling can be helpful in coping with or managing discomfort.
Probiotic Smoothie Recipe:
I recently shared a blueberry and strawberry smoothie recipe on my cooking blog, mostlybalanced.com, and I’m sharing the recipe here now because the impact that the combination of high-fiber fruit with a kefir and yogurt base are on my mind after attending the annual Massachusetts Dietetic Association conference in 2014; one of the most interesting (and popular) presentations was on the role that gut bacteria play in our health (and the connection between gut bacteria, obesity, and diseases like diabetes). It’s fascinating to hear the emerging research on this topic.
Basically, the kinds of bacteria growing in our gut have an influence on our health and how we feel in terms of gatrointestinal (GI) function and symptoms, and the foods we eat can influence the types of bacteria we grow in our own insides.