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Life With Bile Acid Diarrhoea
Many of us continue to have abdominal distension intermittently or frequently and many of us are unable to lose weight despite following rigid low fat diets. In addition many find that they continue to struggle to exercise. This all has an impact on how we feel about our body image and many of us have found that we hate clothes (when we go shopping we cannot find anything that fits or is flattering to wear) thus some of us end up wearing baggy tops in dark drab colours and hate the way we look when we look in the mirror.
If this is you then when you are starting to feel better it is worth considering what is in your wardrobe once again because what you wear can have a significant impact both negatively and positively on how you feel. Take a friend or a family member shopping with you, talk to them and the shop assistants about what will suit your shape and suit your colouring. You don't have to go to an expensive department store or designer shop. It's amazing how something you think would not suit you hides your distended abdomen, looks flattering and the colour brightens your face. If you do have a bit of spare money then there are companies out there which provide colour pallets and styling services. Consider having your hair restyled, often people have found the worry and stress of sitting in a hairdresser's chair prior to diagnosis too much and put off going to the hairdressers. Having your hair restyled and coloured can really help lift how you feel about your body image.
Getting back into exercise is another area that can be difficult. As we start to feel better we then think we can build up to a similar level of exercise to that which we did before our illness. Unfortunately for the majority of us we have found this is not achievable and our stamina remains low. Set yourself small goals each week and build up to what feels comfortable. For example, you may find that you can no longer jog as you used to so begin with walking.
You can always ask your GP for information on healthy life style programs or see what programs your local sports centre is running to support people to increase your exercise levels.