3 Ways to De-Bloat

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Did you know that food is not supposed to bloat you?

Did you know your suppose to be able to zip up your jeans after you eat?

Did you know you can have relief from your tummy bloat?

Bloating is an abnormal, general swelling which may cause abdominal pain, increased stomach growling and can at times be accompanied by gas, oh my.

All this can be caused by overeating, stress and/or not chewing food properly. Be aware certain foods might not agree with your digestive system and unfortunately bloat you. It’s imperative to avoid those items to remain bloat free, but if you are, here are three simple home remedies to de-bloat.

1.   Water:

I can’t say enough about H20 and all its benefits to your bodies when we drink it. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of bloating, and the cure is natural hydration. Drink lots and lots of water. It’s commonly noticed that drinking a lot of alcohol or eating foods that are too salty consistently results in bloating. Water helps wash the waste out of your system. Drink eight glasses of water daily to not only de-bloat but also for the other amazing things water does. If possible, swap all your beverages with water. Doing so will help you lose weight and have great skin.

2.   Avoid too much fiber at one time and increase potassium intake:

Too much fiber at one time when your system is not used to it can be difficult to digest and results in bloating. Don’t increase your daily fiber intake by more than 20-25 grams a day. Also, always remember to include eight glasses of water in your daily routine.

When you eat too much salt, increase your potassium intake to de-bloat. Avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas and coconut water are all rich in potassium.

3.   Warm hot water, lemon and a pinch of turmeric:

This is a wonderful trick. It’s very simple and inexpensive yet effective. If you have severe internal bruises or are suffering from bloating, this will always be your savior. It benefits every system in your body and does wonders for your long-term health as well.

The practice of sipping hot water all day long is very beneficial, as the ancient science of Ayurveda suggests. Yogi’s believe that hot water is very soothing to your digestive system and cold water hampers digestion. Try it and I think you’ll agree. Traditionally turmeric is said to work as a carminative and aid in digestion and relieve intestinal gas.

Including these three, be sure to look at your other eating habits and avoid bloating before it makes you suffer. Avoid drinking out of a straw or chewing gum. Both cause air to fill your stomach. Are you eating on the run…slow down and eat your meals in a relaxing space and pace.

If you found these tips helpful I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share which tip was most useful to you.

4 Steps to JumpStart Your Metabolism

peppers-1939665_1280 with copy Have you ever weighed yourself and noticed the scale wasn’t budging and you were struggling to lose weight?

After turning 40 (and before the age of 40), I have been right where you are and felt this same frustration. Sometimes we can seemingly do all of the things we think we should be doing to reach our health and weight goals, but our metabolism is frustratingly seems to be working against us. Having a healthy, functioning metabolism to regulate our bodies is a crucial piece of the puzzle.

There are things that can cause a sluggish metabolism and a slew of things we can do to rev it up, as well. I’m sure you’re familiar with some of those tried-and-true ways to kick your metabolism into gear, which do in fact work very well. Some of these popular tricks include…

A good nights sleep. Sleep is when our bodies rejuvenate and replenish, so getting healthy amounts of sleep on a regular basis will help to keep a healthy metabolism.

Drinking water. Drinking enough water affects your metabolism, so drink up! Drink approximately half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. Proper hydration lends far more benefits to your health than a healthy metabolism, so this one is very important.

Eating breakfast. A large percentage of the population skips breakfast. Mornings can be rushed and busy, but starting your day with a healthy protein packed breakfast is very helpful for cultivating a healthy metabolism.

Exercise. Of course! Specifically, High Intensity Interval Trainings (HIIT) are excellent for hitting the metabolism reset button.

If you’re doing the above mentioned and still feel extremely challenged to lose weight I’m here to help.

 

You may not have heard of these or tried them but here are 4 more ways to jumpstart your metabolism that just might do the trick…

 

Eating enough. Yes. I’m giving you full permission to eat. There’s a common misconception that eating less helps you lose weight, which is not entirely accurate unless you are eating 5 fast food meals a day. Eating enough calories spread throughout your day will keep your metabolism constant. Overeating is never a good idea, so don’t do it no matter how good the food tastes (you can always get more), but don’t be afraid to eat healthy, whole foods until your stomach is 80% full!

Get spicy. It’s getting HOT in here…adding some hot peppers into your meals may give a pop to your metabolism; so if you enjoy a little spice in your meals, remember this trick. My boyfriend, Dave, is from New Mexico (land of the Hatch Green Chili) and is addicted to green and red chili, so we have a constant supply of chili in our household keeping things spicy.

Intermittent Fasting. This is when you don’t eat for up to 12, 15 or 18 hours. When you practice intermittent fasting you allow your body to burn fat as fuel instead of the foods you eat non-stop. This form of fasting is wonderful in helping your body to start healing and detoxing your body since it doesn’t have to worry about sending all its energy on digestion. I personally will eat dinner at 6pm without any night snacking and not eat breakfast until 9 am the next day. That’s gives my digestive system 15 hours to clean, clear and burn calories.

Practice yoga. Roll out your dusty yoga mat. Yoga poses that help to rev up your metabolism are lunges, bow pose, plow pose, fish pose and spinal twist and the good old downward facing dog. (Stay tuned for yoga video on my website)

Pick out a tip or two to start implementing this week if you’ve been frustrated with your goal of losing weight and it is taking longer than you’d hoped. Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re going to try. I’d love to cheer you on!

 

 

 

Wonderfully Beneficial Holiday Spices

spices-834114_1280 The holidays are a wonderful time for nostalgia and beautiful memories. I remember my grandmother’s favorite spice was nutmeg and she loved to use it in her holiday baking.

There are few things that can instantly remind you of the holidays, no matter what time of year it is – the scent of a pine tree, the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg – they instantly take you there. Holiday spices are incredibly inviting, comforting and most of all, very beneficial to your health.

These spices hold a purpose beyond their delicious taste that you may not have realized before. Your favorite holiday spices have wonderful health promoting properties that provide you with several health benefits to keep your immune system strong this season.

Benefits of your favorite Holiday spices…

Cinnamon. Arguably the most popular of the holiday spices and the most widely used year-round. Cinnamon provides a warming effect to your body in the cold months, boosts your immune system, stabilizes blood sugar and aids in digestion. I love to put cinnamon in my morning lemon water for the warming affects.

Nutmeg. Another favorite holiday spice, nutmeg, adds a punch of flavor with only a tiny amount needed, so use sparingly in small doses. Nutmeg stimulates your digestion, helps in detoxifying the body and promotes healthy circulation. Enjoy a dash in your morning oatmeal or homemade nut milk.

Cloves. Similar to cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves help promote healthy digestion, which is certainly helpful after those heavy holiday meals. Cloves are also beneficial for reducing phlegm, which is a common occurrence this time of year due to cold and flu season. I like to put cloves in a pan of boiling water, which fills my home with a beautiful aroma.

Rosemary. A favorite to add to your roasted veggies, rosemary is a popular Mediterranean herb that can be used sparsely to add a punch of flavor to your dish. Rosemary is helpful for natural stress relief, combatting inflammation, detoxifying the body and calming an upset stomach. Infuse you olive oil by adding springs of rosemary to your oil.

Peppermint. The perfect follow-up to your hearty meal, peppermint is wonderful for aiding in digestion, relaxing the stomach and enhancing your mood. Have yourself a cup of peppermint tea as a daily ritual during the cold months or to ease indigestion from heavier holiday foods.

Life is too short not to spice it up. As you can see, you have an array of health promoting herbs and spices to infuse into your kitchen this season. Whether it be adding a cup of peppermint tea to your post-dinner wind-down, a dash of cinnamon in your steel-cut oatmeal in the mornings, or sprinkling fresh rosemary on your roasted vegetables – take all the chances you can to enjoy these beneficial spices this season.

Leave a comment below and share with me your favorite spice and how you use the spice in your life.