Thursday 29 September 2016

Fitness blogger and beauty queen sparks reaction with honest 'This is my food baby' post

Amy Mulvaney

Published 21/06/2016 | 12:29

Tiffany Brien sparked a reaction with her Facebook post (Photo: Facebook/Tiffany Brien)
Tiffany Brien sparked a reaction with her Facebook post (Photo: Facebook/Tiffany Brien)

Former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has shown how much the body can change in just 12 hours in an honest Facebook post.

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Tiffany (26) runs a popular fitness blog and took to Facebook to share a different type of post with her 84,000 followers.

She posted two photos of her stomach taken 12 hours apart, showing the effect bloating can have on the body, as well as a lengthy piece on her experience with food intolerances.

“Reality check,” she wrote.

“No, I’m not 6 months pregnant. It’s just my food baby… These two photos are 12 hours apart, left before bed and right when I woke up”.

Tiffany then went on to talk about perfectionism and the unrealistic standards that can be portrayed on social media.

“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 [sic].”

She shared how she struggles with food intolerances and how she’s not yet sure what the intolerance actually is.

“I have learnt a lot over the last few years through my own research into my own problems once I noticed my body playing up when I did certain things and ate certain foods. It was really frustrating because I couldn't work out what was triggering it.”

“Sometimes your body becomes intolerable to something you've always eaten, you just have to work it out. Fun game though? No. Not really.”

To finish the post, Tiffany listed a few tips to help with food intolerances and bloating.

“Top tips: - 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.”

The post has since gone viral, receiving over 14,000 likes and four thousand shares.

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