Bloat. Ugh. A common issue we all try are darnedest to rid, yet often struggle to succeed in doing. I by no means condone the “crash dieting” fad many of my peers have come to rely on for beach-ready bods, but do have a few simple tricks to lose the pooch. You may not realize that you’re feeding into, literally, some of culprits of bulging bellies so Spring Breakers, listen up!
Taylor and I on Halloween…stay away from pizza if you’re trying to banish belly bulge!
Natural Remedies - Believe it or not, there are a lot of natural remedies that help alleviate bloating like ginger and peppermint tea. According to Redbook Magazine, you may want to try pineapple and papaya, which contain enzymes that aid in digestion, as well as foods rich in potassium like mangoes, spinach, asparagus, tomatoes and bananas, which contain an amino acid (asparagine) that act as a diuretic. Exercise comes into play here, too!
Cut Back on Sodium Intake – Sodium retains water. By reducing your daily consumption and by drinking lots of fluids, your body will flush out excess sodium, helping you look and feel better! Try cutting back on cheeses, soups, highly processed foods and salt-based seasonings.
Pass on Gassy Foods - Foods that cause gas accumulation include dairy, beans, sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, among others. You don’t need to completely cut these out of your diet, but you’ll be happier in your bikini or swim trunks if you eat them in moderation. Fizzy drinks also trap gas in your stomach and intestines, causing buildup and puffiness so avoid these, too!
Eat Less, More Often - Eating smaller, more frequent meals boosts your energy levels, metabolism, controls hunger and helps tempers bloating by simply not overindulging in big meals.
Woah, slow down there speedster – Eating too quickly causes you to swallow air which subsequently adds bloat to your belly. Take your time when you eat, what’s the rush? Thoroughly chew, taste and most importantly enjoy what you’re feeding on. Tips: cut food smaller/take littler bites or use smaller utensils. Hey Lauren, what about chewing gum? Yup, you guessed it, same thing…causes you to swallow air so try sucking on a mint instead!
So there you have it SWL fans, 5 ways to battle belly bulge. Have a great weekend (and for my fellow Huskies, a fabulous Spring Break)!
Sprinkled with Love,