'Bloated Belly Whisperer' author shares pro tips to fight back bloating

Plus nutritionist Maya Feller shares what foods and snacks -- even ones considered "healthy" -- that may contribute to bloating.
4:49 | 12/27/18

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Transcript for 'Bloated Belly Whisperer' author shares pro tips to fight back bloating
Now the surprising foods that may be making you feel bad in this new book "The bloated belly whisperwhisperer." She the author sat down with Eva pilgrim. Reporter: It's that time of year when we're hoping a change of diet might help us lose pounds or change a digestive problem, but it's not so easy when it comes to belly bloat. Our systems work a little bit differently, and not every nutritious food will feel good in every person's body. Reporter: Author of the new book "The bloated belly whisperer" says there are common mistakes we all make during meal times, especially when it comes to choosing foods for digestive health. We have cereal and oatmeal here in front of us. Why is that? Some fiber cereals will add these special types of fibers to boost their numbers. That can be fermentable and cause gas in the gut. Reporter: And an alternative to cereal? Oatmeal. Something more healthy. Reporter: We have two versions of kale. Why is that? As your stomach is trying to current that coarse, big bole of kale into kale smoothie in your stomach, it is creating a lot of acid, a lot of churning and some people can experience that as reflux. When you put it in a soup form, it's chopped up really, really fine. It's cooked down. The texture is really tamed. Reporter: Cauliflower is the vegetable everybody is eating. It's in, like, all forms from regular cauliflower to cauliflower rice. The problem is when you eat it, especially in larger portions, it can be incredibly gassy. Zucchinis are much less gassy for people than cauliflower. You can turn them into noodles, put sauce on them. Reporter: If they don't cause you distress, don't stop eating them. Listen to your body. There are healthy foods out there everyone can tolerate and your health and wellness mission should be finding those foods, having that diet and not wondering or worrying about what someone else is eating. Let's bring in Maya feller. Thanks for being with us. Thank you. This is not a one-size fits all. Right. The bottom line is many of us are eating what we think is healthy, but are causing problems. That's right. Because of the one size fits all, if you have a sensitive stomach, you don't want to follow one of those high-fiber diets filled with vegetables because it might actually upset you. It's kind of contradictory to what you are hearing but if your stomach is sensitive, pay attention to what you are putting in and make choices that suit you individually. We talked about the high fiber cereals. What's a good way to start the day if that's giving you problems? Right. The reason we're not going for this high fiber cereal is it will create a lot of bulk. We'll go for something like blueberries or strawberries with a bit of oatmeal that has been well-cooked and you can choose a nondairy beverage or lactose-free milk. I like that. I have to watch. Certain types of kale can be problematic. What's the alternative? Instead of this rough vegetables here, right? Bulk, it's going in. We're going to go for some soup. Something that has been cooked and the fiber has been broken down a little bit. Maybe a spinach salad with cooked baby carrots. Sushi is a great option if you are looking for something that's not incredibly bloating. We have salmon, but with different sides and that's the difference between belly bloat and feeling much better. Cauliflower is everywhere, right? It's, like, rice, pizza crust. People are all cauliflower, cauliflower, cauliflower, but that's, like, gas bloat, gas bloat, gas bloat. I'll say, try something like zoodles that's less bloaty, and well-cooked green beans are tolerated well. Once you cook it, you break it down. That's right. You're taking that fiber and breaking it down. What do we do with the snacks? Again, I'll say you see this high fiber cereal bar, you have to read the label. Some of them have 46% of your value of daily fiber. That is so much finer. Use clementines and these are amazing right now. A little bit of banana with nut butter, you know, really fantastic. Thank you. These are awesome solutions for

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