Some days, you wake up feeling slim and sexy; others, you feel like a busted can of biscuits. Such is life as a woman—even if you’re a gym junkie.
Fitness blogger Tiffany Brien has kindly given us all a reminder that being bloated is a natural (though not enjoyable) occurrence. And more important, not one worth beating ourselves up over.
Recently on Facebook, Brien posted side-by-side photos taken 12 hours apart—before bed and upon waking up. The difference in the size of her stomach is pretty remarkable.
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“No, I’m not six months’ pregnant. It’s just my food baby,” Brien wrote. “It is a delightful cocktail of lack of sleep, stress, hormones, and food intolerances. A mixture for a whole lotta bloat.”
Brien detailed how she personally struggles to manage all of these factors (her toughest hurdle: prioritizing solid sleep)—a topic many bloggers don't hit on in between the ab selfies and smoothie bowls they post on social media.
She also explained how even a wholesome diet won't necessarily prevent an inflated tummy. "This photo is a bad day, a day I cannot tell you exactly what I ate that made me blow up," she continued. "I have gone over everything I ate and I was relatively clean, so it could be something I think is 'healthy' that my body now thinks 'naaa, no likey.' Sometimes your body becomes intolerable to something you've always eaten; you just have to work it out."
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While Brien offers a few suggestions for banishing bloat (like drinking peppermint tea and taking probiotics), we love that her message goes way beyond the physical.
“I thought I would share a bad day with you to show nobody is ‘perfect’ and it is okay to have an off day where your body decides to not play ball.”