No, I am not pregnant, I just had lunch.
And it’s all thanks to our period.
Because you’d rather swim than sink.
Do you find it difficult to keep a slim tummy after a big meal? Not only is bloating extremely common, but it’s also a fact of life that women are oh so familiar with. The next time you feel your body betraying you, follow these tips to keep it in control, and beat the bloat!
Chew food slowly
Take time to chew your food properly (especially if you’re by nature a fast eater). Sometimes swallowing food can lead to painful bloating which often is hard to manage by the end of your meal!
Foods which are high in sodium (salt) cause the tummy to bloat, and also make you feel over-stuffed sometimes. If you suffer from chronic bloating, this is probably due to an increase in salty foods found in your diet. Curb those cravings with crunchy vegetables such as cucumber and carrot if you want something with a bit of crunch!
Eat more fruit
Raw fruit not only keeps your body functioning properly, but it will also decrease any nasty bloating. Try and aim for a raw food snack 2-3 hours after eating a big meal such as lunch or dinner, since this will make your body feel better in no-time.
Drink more water
Sometimes you might feel your tummy bloat purely because you haven’t eaten for a prolonged period of time. Try and drink a glass of water (with a lemon included for an extra kick to your metabolism), to get things working back to normal.
Avoid too much dairy products
There is no denying that dairy can very much lead to bloating and stomach issues. If you can’t stomach any dairy products (literally), stick to dairy-free to keep your tummy looking flat and firm. Almond milk is a great substitute if you still want to maintain a delicious breakfast without the horrendous dairy symptoms which some women exerience.
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Overindulging in rich foods, too much drinking, hangovers and heartburn…welcome to silly season. But you can enjoy the best of summer festivities without feeling it the next day (or week!). Food coach Judy Davie shares her top tips to keep you healthy this festive season
1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and night
Heat and alcohol combined is a recipe for dehydration and a horrible hangover to follow.
If you are drinking alcohol in hot weather, aim to drink at least 3 glasses of water to every 1 glass of alcohol. For optimum rehydration, try adding a pinch of good quality sea salt and a dash of apple juice to your water.
2. Ditch digestive discomfort
More often than not, our diets and eating routines change during the festive season. We are busier with an increased social calendar, consuming larger meals or eating foods we normally wouldn’t consume like canapés and cake. Taking clinically proven natural medicines such as Iberogast assists the relief of digestive discomfort like indigestion, heartburn or bloating and helps you continue the festivities feeling better.
3. Don’t stress by making promises you can’t keep
It’s easy to vow to cut out all the unhealthy stuff at the beginning of the day before the party starts, but once the music starts and champagne pops, willpower is usually out the window. Instead of feeling stressed and guilty for breaking your promises, allow yourself to indulge a little – it is Christmas after all!
4. Drink up – water that is!
Drink at least 6-8 glasses of fresh, filtered water throughout the day and steer clear of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and cola.
5. Enjoy some alcohol-free nights
Set a rule to have a minimum of 3 – 4 alcohol-free nights a week and ensure that on the days you do enjoy a glass or two that you don’t binge and support your body’s natural detoxification processes by taking a natural medicine like Legalon to improve and maintain healthy liver function.
What are your best health tips for surviving the silly season?