4 Foods That May be Causing You to Bloat

I'm pretty sure we can all agree that feeling bloated is the worst. There is nothing more uncomfortable than having to go through your day feeling too big for your own skin. 

Unfortunately, a lot of the food choices that we regularly make cause bloating. In fact, you'd be surprised at how many healthy options can actually cause you bloating. But don't panic, most of the time you should be fine as long as you eat them in moderation. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is thought of as stagnation which causes an imbalance in the functioning of food and fluid processing 

Here is a short list of things that you should avoid if you 

Onion

This may be hard to believe… but onion contains CARBS. In general, your body doesn’t absorb onions well. So it’s probably best to keep onion to a minimum, particularly raw onion. And let’s be honest avoiding raw onion could make you generally more pleasant to have a conversation with. 

Beans

A no brainer right? This amazing source of protein, unfortunately,  can be pretty bloating for some people. This is because the outer coating or shell can be tough for your body to process. 

There are a couple of ways around this problem, like soaking beans overnight (this also helps them cook quicker) But if you are short on time a great alternative is lentils. They, as beans, are packed with protein and are complex carbohydrates that help keep you fuller for longer.

Watermelon

How can something so light and fresh be bloating? It seems unfair almost…

The high levels of fructose in watermelons make them a very bloaty fruit. 

If, however, you have a big melon craving  why not try Cantaloupe. Cantaloupe contains high levels of potassium which helps a lot with bloating, it is also has a high water content so you can eat as much as you want without having to worry! 

Grains

This is a more obvious one, we all know (even if most hate to admit it) that grain products are very bloating. It’s always good to approach these  with moderation if they cannot be completely avoided. 

The good news is that there are now so many alternatives to that you don't have to live with the craving. One of my personal favourites is rye bread, I sometimes have it in the mornings with some cashew butter…even better than regular toast! 

Of course, none of this means that you need to avoid these foods completely, moderation is key. Also been aware at what time you eat them is a good around it. 

Now you know what to avoid when you have stuff going on!