I often hear people complain about tummy aches and bloating. They tell me that whatever they do, by the end of the day their tummy seems swollen and sticks out. The most obvious reason for this, although not many people tend to consider this, is a wheat intolerance. Unfortunately wheat intolerance is difficult to diagnose and comes with other symptoms such as fatigue and headache and often people find the thought of cutting out wheat just a huge task. Of course it is important to eliminate more serious digestive problems and food allergies, but on the whole wheat intolerance seems to be quite a common problem (reasons for which are unclear).
If you think that you may be struggling with this then really try and cut out wheat of your diet to assess if you feel better. We tend to rely on bread and pastas in our busy lives for a quick lunch or dinner, but even people without a wheat intolerance say they feel so much better cutting down on or even cutting out those foods. My common rule of thumb for healthy eating is “eat what grows on the planet” instead of man made foods. Especially if you are trying to keep an eye on your diet, this is a good strategy. So try and eat more (brown) rice, new potatoes and perhaps substitute bread for rye bread and avoid eating these foods late in the evening. In the morning start the day with porridge or scrambled egg. Lastly, make sure you take care of your portion sizes. There is a delay in your tummy being “full” and that message being translated in the brain, so make sure you don’t overeat.