Why do I feel so bloated after eating?

This can be for many reasons, but primarily it’s because you’re not eating a personalised diet. That is, put simply, a diet that’s entirely tailored towards you, your sensitivities, and your predilections.

Commonly people can have allergies and intolerances, they’re getting more common in fact. But what we’re talking about here is sensitivity to foods, as well as intolerances and allergies. You may know what you’re allergic to, or intolerant to, although sometimes people don’t. Fortunately, there are tests that you can do to find that out.

For example, there’s the DNA test that I’ve done and that we sell as a company. This tells you your sensitivity to two of the three major macro nutrients, carbohydrates, and fat.  I know, for example, that I’ve got moderate sensitivity to saturated fat, so I moderate my intake. But I’m highly sensitive to carbohydrates, which means if I consume these in high amounts, I’m going to have a very rapid energy spike, which is always followed by a big energy dip, which is not good for my energy level, and blood sugar regulation.

I’m also more likely to store an excess of carbohydrate as subcutaneous fat, the fat that we can pinch and that you don’t really want. I moderate my carbohydrate intake, along with my saturated fats. That’s one reason you might be feeling bloated, you’re eating the wrong kinds of foods. If you want to explore this without spending any money, just do an elimination test. Cut out refined carbohydrates, see how you feel. Cut down on saturated fats, see you how feel. Cut out a certain food product and see how you feel. Bring it back in and if you get your symptoms back, then that could be the answer.

A lot of people are over consuming refined carbohydrate and white flour products, and I would urge you to have a look at that in your diet. You don’t have to eliminate them completely, but just look to cut that down.

Finally, think about sensitivity to things like glucose and lactose. It’s very easy to test for those two things and the DNA test does it as well. A lot of people have a gluten free diet, but you may not necessarily need to. It’s important not to cut out food groups for fashion, or because it’s worked for somebody else.  Personalisation is key. Find out what works for you. Do what works for you based on testing, elimination diets and how you feel.

The last thing I’d say in account to bloating is slow down. Slow down you’re eating. Chew more mindfully. Think about the provenance of the food at the start, to slow the whole eating process down. Don’t eat in a hurry, don’t eat at your desk. What we know is that when you eat in a hurry, you don’t absorb all the nutrients from your food, so even if you’re eating a really knock out salad, if it’s at your desk in a rush, in a stressed state, you won’t be pulling out all those nutrients.

Think about all these concepts, focus in on the personalisation element and let me know if that works for you.

Bodyshot Digestion Package

We have brought together everything you need to optimise your digestion, in one package. The Digestion Package includes the DNA test for diet and fitness combined with a non-invasive blood test panel for 10 key markers including thyroid, cholesterol, vitamin D3 and B12 and folate.

Once we’ve received the results of your DNA and blood test, we arrange a suitable time for the consultation which takes place online and lasts approximately 60 minutes. In the consultation, we analyse your results, explain what everything means and draw up a personalised action plan.

Our Digestion Package includes an eBook that talks you through the Digestion Signal and gives you loads of tips, information and a resource you can keep coming back to. The eBook is a concise summary of everything we’ve learned from the hundreds of clients we’ve helped to optimise their digestion.

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  • DNA test for diet and fitness
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Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit www.bodyshotperformance.com or email info@bodyshotperformance.com to register your interest in our services and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.