I’ve been meaning to post an update on my IBS Symprove trail for a while now but for some reason or other, haven’t. I’m not sure whether this is because it’s actually going so well I’m worried it might be boring and I’ll jinx it by talking about it, or because I’m not sure how many times I can talk about my irritable gut before people stop reading.
Today I figured sod it, I’m going to post it anyway. I’m just going to attempt to make it a little more interesting by throwing in a pic and general chatter about my style and how I dress to work with my gut. Now that’s a sexy thought. Bet I’ve got you intrigued.
I have no idea how to describe my style. It definitely changes depending on my mood and the situation I’m dressing for. Ultimately though, I’m all about comfort. For the last 10 or so years, my IBS has meant that I’ve spent pretty much everyday bloated and uncomfortable, meaning I now hate the restricted feeling a tight form-fitting dress gives me. I actually shudder at the term body con. For me, those are the words of the devil when you suffer from the symptoms that I do.
When dressing I have some general rules which I stick to – I won’t bore you with them as I’ll sound like a nutcase – but I also have some shapes and styles that I always depend on. I’ll let you have them instead.
These are the items I swear by….
Aka my holy grail. I can’t go anywhere without crushing on an a-line. For my shape, it’s definitely the most flattering. It nips me in at the waist, which just so happen to be my smallest part, gently skims over my hips and then usually hits me a generous couple of inches above the knee. The best part though, is that no one will ever know if you’re suffering from a bloated stomach or secretly have a hot water bottle hidden down the front, because you can wear clothes tucked in and scruffily pulled out. Fabulous.
Over-sized Boyf Tees
I should also point out that boyf shirts fit the bill alongside jumpers. Basically anything that is a relaxed fit, loose around the middle and able to be worn with absolutely anything, skirts, jeans, dungaree dress, smart trousers, you name it. Hides everything, which is ultimately what I’m all about.
You may have noticed that I like things to fit and then flare. I don’t mind showing a bit of leg, so length is never really a issue, I just love things to glide over the stomach area, just in case I’m having a bad day if you know what I’m saying.
Hands up, who doesn’t own a pair of skinnies. I’ve actually just repurchased my favourite Topshop Jamies as my beloved black pair have turned grey and frayed around the crotch. It’s not a good look. I tend to wear my mine with lots of layers, from shirts, to jumpers, to camis and blazers. I also tend to buy them in a shorter leg so I can bust out my sparkliest socks. I won’t ever wear them with a tight fitting top though. That ain’t my bag, mainly because I can’t secretly undo the top button if the situation, or my stomach, calls for it.
I also live for midi skirts I can twirl in, leather hot pants, and a little sequin here and there.
I’d love to know your go-to items. Especially if like me you suffer from IBS and have become paranoid that you constantly look six months pregnant.
Anyway, are you ready for the good news? I’m now in my 10th week of my Symprove trail (I honestly didn’t think I was that far into it) and things are still going well. I’m almost scared to type that. I can report that although I will never get used to the taste of the original flavour every morning, I am loving the results. I used to have intense symptoms (I’ll save you the deets) at least three to four times a week but now I feel like I’ve got it more under control with my symptoms being more sporadic. I don’t have nearly as much bloating unless I decide to be a particularly fat biatch and eat all the food in sight that day.
I’m still sticking to the FODMAP diet and that is also a huge contributing factor. I might be missing out on all my favourites but I am feeling ten times better within myself, which is honestly the most important thing.
At the end of the 12 weeks I’m planning on listing all my symptoms and seeing how much things have changed. We’ll have to wait and see how brave I’m feeling.