Hello Justinsmam, My wife was worried when she thought she was putting on weight and when she found, at one point, that some old clothes no longer fitted. So, instead of eating the sugary chocolaty ice-creams I bought her she told me, very strictly, to never buy anything like that for her ever again. She also cut down, a little, on the size of main meals. She snacks a bit more during the days. And it does seem to have worked! Gradually her tummy is slowly returning to how it should be, she can even rewear some of her old togs. Turnip is right when he says about fruit and water, but we have found too, that Ginger Cordial or Crystallised Ginger may also help with the bloating, but don`t use ginger biscuits or any phoney ginger stuff as that may make it worse. I know you`ve a month to wait before seeing your specialist, but the dieting routine I`ve suggested may help, I hope it does, and I think you can let yourself go on Christmas Day. Good Luck and Best Wishes. Cowboy101.