Beat the bloat
Fall is here and while the weather may not be telling us that the season has changed, our schedules have! Back to school means back to stress for a lot of us. Instead of worrying about how much fun we are going to have, we are now thinking, “How am I going to do that”? On-the-go schedules can quickly impact our eating habits and how we take care of ourselves. We quickly default to salty, processed, unhealthy foods that leave us feeling bloated and sluggish. Here are just a few tips to make sure your diet does not slow you down.
Avoiding salt-based seasonings, and highly processed foods (chips and salty snacks) is one of the best things you can do. Water is attracted to sodium, so when you take in higher than usual amounts, you’ll temporarily retain more fluid-which contributes to a sluggish feeling.
Cut the excess carbs. Our bodies need carbohydrates for energy, but having too many carbs can be dangerous. Our body has limited capacity to store excess carbs, so if we consume too many, the excess is easily converted and stored as fat. Try to stay away from having large meals with loads of carbs. Instead, stick to smaller-sized meals, with plenty of good fruits or vegetables on the side.
Hydrate! It’s a reoccurring theme when it comes to staying healthy. And when you’re feeling bloated, probably the last thing you want to do is drink something. But downing several glasses of water a day will keep your entire body regulated. Avoid carbonated water, and any sodas. Even if it’s diet, don’t let the no-sugar, no-carb thing throw you.
Feeling good on the inside radiates to the outside. Slow down enough to make feeling good and your health a priority.