Former Miss NI Tiffany Brien reveals personal photographs of her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has revealed dramatic photographs of how much her stomach can bloat in just a few hours.
The beauty blogger posted the photographs on her Facebook page to make the point. "we are not all what we seem on social media".
In the first photograph her stomach is noticeably bloated, while in the second her tummy is toned and taut from her hard work at the gym.
She commented: "No I'm not six months pregnant. It's just my food baby ... These two photos are 12 hours apart, left before bed and right when I woke up ..."
Ms Brien added: "We are not all what we seem on social media. I thought I would share a bad day with you to show you nobody is 'perfect' and it is ok to have an off day where your body just decides to not play ball. Don't worry girls, it happens to the best of us, all part and parcel of being a female! It is a delightful cocktail of lack of sleep, stress, hormones and food intolerances. A mixture for a whole lotta bloat."
The Holywood woman won Miss Northern Ireland in 2012, she went on to be placed in the top ten at Miss World Beach Beauty and was first runner up at Miss World Sport.
However she admitted despite her glamorous life, bloating can afflict her at inconvenient moments, such on while on an evening out in a tight dress, "I could be half way into my main course and I suddenly feel uncomfortable and now really unattractive with a big bloated belly".
Ms Brien said she has noticed that certain foods can trigger the bloating, and also warns that stress and not getting enough sleep can also trigger it.
She also added some her of top tips to avoid bloating.
* Get your zzz's!
* Write a food dairy and reflect where and when you bloat.
* Don't over exercise to compensate for a bloated belly. It's not fat. Exercising will most likely make it worse.
* Look into gut health supplements - multivitamins and probiotics.
* Drink peppermint tea to soothe your tum.
* Relax and be happy... It'll be ok, you're not alone. Promise.