1 week before I start my cycle, I bloat very badly (I gain an average of 10 lbs of just water). I feel ugly and fat; like my body isn't even my own. It makes me want to just curl up until it goes away.
Unfortunately, this month I can't do that. I have to stand up in a wedding the week before my period is supposed to come. Is there anything I can do to beat the bloat? Bulging Brenda
Dear Bulging Brenda
Drink lots of water - like the equivalent of the Adriatic Sea and try not to eat very many carbs a few days before your period. You can read lots more here about feeling Bloated and Miserable.
Really be sure to watch your salt intake - I can't stress that enough. It will only cause you to swell more and will undo what the water will accomplish.
Also, invest in a pair of Higher Power SPANX . I've written about them before because they RULE! They won't permanently help you with your water weight, but they can offer a temporary solution for the wedding.
These babies suck you in a good inch or two and should help to make your body feel more like your own for the time being.