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Former Miss NI Tiffany Brien reveals personal photographs of her battle with bloating

Published 21/06/2016

Tiffany's swollen stomach
Tiffany's swollen stomach
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany in her bikini
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien

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".

Miss Northern Ireland 2012 Tiffany Brien pictured at Helens Bay. Photography Mark McCormick 29/05/12
Miss Northern Ireland 2012 Tiffany Brien pictured at Helens Bay. Photography Mark McCormick 29/05/12
Tiffany Brien in action modelling
Tiffany Brien, former miss Northern Ireland, in the 10k race of Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series
Tiffany Brien, former miss Northern Ireland, in the 10k race

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!  

Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shared photographs online to illustrate her battle with bloating
Tiffany Brien as she is now

* 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.  

Beach babe: Tiffany Brien
Beach babe: Tiffany Brien
Tiffany Brien as Miss Northern Ireland
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21 May 2012 Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Sunny days: Tiffany relaxing on the beach in Dubai
Please Byline Photo by Kelvin Boyes IN! Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21 May 2012 Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland- 24th January 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. TWENTY SEVEN BEAUTIES GATHER TO LAUNCH THE TWENTY SEVENTH MISS NORTHERN IRELAND COMPETITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH OPEN + DIRECT INSURANCE Twenty seven former winners and finalists of the renowned Miss Northern Ireland contest this morning (24 January) gathered at the Europa Hotel in Belfast to celebrate the launch of this yearÕs Open+Direct Miss Northern Ireland competition, which is in its twenty-seventh year under the direction of model agency boss Alison Clarke. The contest, which is sponsored by local insurance company Open+Direct, will see heats right across Northern Ireland from February until April of this year, with the gala grand final taking place at the Europa Hotel on Monday 13 May. The glittering event, which will be hosted by TV presenters Zoe Salmon and Marc Mallett, will see top class entertainment and a catwalk show from fashion partner, The OUTLET Village in Banbridge. Former winners and finalist pictured during the launch at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Left to right. Finola Guinnane, current Miss NI Tiffany Brien and Catherine Jennings.

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