It’s not like we’re talking to co-workers or other people and asking how many times a day we’re pooping so many of us don’t realize what normal looks like.
Many of us are taught that “potty talk” is inappropriate and even though I talk about digestion I still don’t like my girls using the word FART! Eww..gross! See?
SO many of us aren’t addressing our digestive issues or even aware we have a problem. So let’s start those conversations now.
So what is constipation? Regularly having infrequent bowel movements.
What is frequent?
1 to 3 times a day is good but two to three is ideal depending on how much you at that day.
Think about it? You eat, your body takes what it needs from the food, and the rest is waste.
You don’t want that waste staying in the body longer than it has to.
Let me start with a story. In episode 1 I mentioned I was looking for love in all the wrong places and it wasn’t that my boyfriends were bad but depending on them for acceptance and belonging isn’t healthy.
I became close to my boyfriend’s family after my dad died and looked for a place to belong. I was living in Corpus Christi and had no other family. I even moved in with my boyfriend’s family at one point.
He and his brother had a separate little apartment in the back of their parents’ house. Guess where the bathroom was? In his brother’s room!
Imagine two college-age guys with girlfriends. They want their privacy! So his brother would lock his door after a certain time so I just didn’t go because I didn’t want to go into his parents’ house.
It wasn’t good. The pain got really bad and I had to go to the ER. I will never forget the nurse’s reaction when she looked at my X-ray.
“Ok, now honey...look...you’re just full of shit. That’s your problem!” I was like “Oh my God...how embarrassing.” So yeah, I really was full of it.
I never liked using public restrooms since I was a kid. I would hold it all day during school and it affected my digestion.
Even stress, diet, lack of movement can lead up to constipation.
So now that I’ve shared some of my embarrassing stories about constipation, let’s go over some other signs of constipation.
Signs of Constipation
Magazines in the bathroom - You probably remember your dad or someone staying in the restroom FOREVER with reading material. This is not the place for leisure reading!
This is 40 Movie - Paul Rudd - sitting on the toilet with his device in his hand hunched over reading it.
FOCUS! Git r done and get out of there.
You may be listening to this right now in the bath