Battle of the Bloat Part II: The Best Foods to BEAT the bulge

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Good Morning Loves,

This past week and a half has been terribly busy so I wasn’t able to post as I was working extremely hard closing out my fiscal year activities. However, no worries, I am still here serving you a different look into the life of the courageous and curvy. As promised, part II to beating the bulge is here.  Due to me missing a week, I will also dedicate this first week of October to several posts about PCOS and nutrition.  In the meantime, check out this list of foods that will snap you into shape if you are feeling puffed up and sluggish:

Bananas

Although bananas may feel heavy and a lot to consume, their high consistency of potassium help to reduce inflammation and water retention.

Cantaloupe 

Another potassium filled fruit is cantaloupe.  This not only is packed with the ability to help keep you trim but it also is good for hydration as it is packed with H2O, which will keep your body feeling fresh and energized.

Leafy Greens

Now I mentioned earlier that spinach fresh can make you bloat, but if blended down or cooked it actually cleans you completely out. This is also true for Kale as well; my other go to leafy green.  Other examples of bloat reducing leafy greens are Romaine Lettuce, Arugula, Collard Greens, and Swiss Chard.

Olive Oil

It has been scientifically proven that olive oil can help reduce stomach fat and ease bloating if ingested over a period of time.  Olive Oil contains a chemical called oleic acid, which helps break down fat in the body.

Artichokes

Artichokes have been linked to assist in proper digestion and ease the bloating of the stomach when eaten. NO not in the form of spinach and artichoke dip, which is fattening while delicious. Artichokes that are lightly steamed, sauteed, are the best way to receive benefits from them.

Avocados

These guac stars are filled with healthy, filling monounsaturated fat. Spread on whole-wheat bread for avocado toast, or slice up half an avocado and mix it into any salad

Fatty Fish

Those like salmon and mackerel are packed with healthy, filling omega-3 fatty acids, which are structural fats, not storage fats, so they’re less likely to be stored in a layer of belly fat

Cucumbers

These crunchy veggies have few calories and are natural diuretics, meaning they help flush out excess water weight

Berries

Hello, summer! Berries are full of fiber and antioxidants, plus they’re low-cal. Eat them solo or use them as a topping for yogurt or cereal.

Celery

Since it’s packed with water, celery helps your body flush out extra liquids, which makes your stomach appear flatter.

Asparagus

These stalks contain potassium, which helps remove excess fluids from your body. Eat them raw or sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil and toss them on the grill.

Eggplant

This veggie is very low in sodium and high in water, so it helps fight bloat.

Watermelon

This red fruit is packed with water, so you can eat tons of it. And what’s more refreshing at the end of a summer barbecue?

Almonds

Almonds are loaded with protein, making them a great afternoon snack. Just be sure to stick with the natural kind, and limit yourself to a one-ounce serving (about a shot-glass worth).

Shrimp and Eggs

Both are packed with protein and are lean sources to indulge in. Although science advises from eating too many egg yolks, so egg whites are your better pick (which actually contain the same amount of protein as the yolk). Shrimp is  packed with keep-you-full protein and is super low in calories, so you can eat up until you’re satisfied without getting bloated.

Lemon Water

Drinking water (contrary to what you may think) helps to flush excess sodium and sugar from your body while the lemon helps to ease the digestive system. So this combo always wins.  Other citrus fruits that also work well are limes, grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines.

More foods to help beat the bloat can be found on webmd.com and at this article posted on redbook at http://www.redbookmag.com/body/healthy-eating/advice/g772/foods-that-reduce-bloating/?

 

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