Blogger's side-by-side photos show the harsh realities of living with IBS
With more than 20,000 followers on Instagram, Alyce Crawford is used to showcasing her daily fitness routines and meal plans to her followers.
Her various photos show the stunning personal trainer on her local Brisbane beach, erging at her gym, snacking on her favorite smoothies and her worldwide travels. From the likes of her pictures, it seems that the beautiful and fit Crawford boasts quite the enviable life -- but then, she posts a picture to show her reality behind the scenes.
In her honest post, Crawford gets real about living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a common condition that affects nearly 15 percent of the world's population. The disorder, which causes cramping, pain and bloating, amongst other issues, is most common in women.
While all ages can be affected by the condition, Crawford was diagnosed with IBS only three years ago. As explained on Instagram, her bloating has had a "severe negative impact" on her mental and physical wellbeing.
"For the last 3 years, I have suffered with IBS. The symptom I suffer with specifically is severe bloating. It began literally overnight while I was living in America. I woke up one morning, my stomach was extremely bloated & I was experiencing sharp stabbing pains. From that day on, my life was never the same. This illness is often very misunderstood & overlooked a lot by medical professionals & the general public alike," she explains.
On the left is how Crawford's body is almost 90 percent of the time. But the intimate photo on the right, which shows Crawford's bloated belly, shows how her stomach was before she took to fitness and dieting to manage the pain.
"Looking this way was just one of the battles, the other was how I felt. Sick, nauseous, sore, unmotivated & very lethargic. Feeling like this often made the smallest thing in my day a struggle (getting dressed for example). All I wanted to wear, was my pyjamas & not move from a laying down position, as sitting upright hurt too much," Crawford detailed.
The young model is hoping her post brings awareness to the condition and shows others suffering from IBS that it can be controlled with a healthy lifestyle involving exercise and smart eating. "I did my best but unfortunately, I was still battling a minor bloat but hey, that's life and it's not always smooth sailing," she explained in her most recent post.
Crawford then details how she manages her IBS flare-ups, including her diet of FODMAP food, exercises and more.
And since it's gone viral, the photo has been putting other IBS suffers at ease. "These posts are saving me mentally since I can relate to every single word you say. Thank you thank you THANK YOU," commented one user on Instagram.
"You are incredible woman, I'm very glad that I found your profile!" wrote another.
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