Eating “clean” but still feeling “puffy”? Pants that usually fit not fitting? Blame bloating.
One of the most frustrating situations I see clients face is eating “perfect” but still feeling “fat”.
All those veggies, you still feel yuck, and your button just popped. I feel your pain.
When it comes to feeling puffy, you can blame the extra inches circling your waist on gas and/or rebellious digestion, which can be caused by:
- eating high fat foods
- eating too fast
- chewing gum
- drinking from a straw
- sucking on hard candies
- consuming sugar alcohols
- consuming artificial sweeteners
- carbonated beverages
Some of our fave healthy foods, like beans, dairy and veggies like Brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, can even make us bloated. Unfair, I know.
Good news for you, we can get rid of some of your discomfort with a few delicious flat belly foods.
3 Best Flat Belly Foods:
Dandelion greens are great at deflating your bloat thanks to their fiber profile and ability to stimulate the digestive system, moving things along your digestion pathway. Think, moving along at a nice pace on the highway versus getting “backed up” in traffic.
They also have amazing diuretic properties (can you feel that puff reducing already?), which have earned them a claim to detox fame and although there is no concrete scientific evidence, they have been linked to cleaning up your liver and kidneys for centuries.
Dandelions aren’t just for picking. Add 1 cup dandelion root tea to your night time routine until your symptoms subside and add into your salad or side veggie rotation a few times per week.
Kimchi is fermented cabbage and it’s as famous to Korea as peanut butter is to America.
Kimchi’s fermentation process loads it up with probiotics, those friendly bacteria that aid digestion, rid your belly of gas and fix the bloated feeling. Yes, I often recommend a probiotic supplement but I never want people to skimp on getting nutrients from real food which is usually the most absorbable form.
Nowadays, kimchi is hanging out on local bodega and supermarket shelves somewhere near the pickles. It’s exotic presence — think 10th grade science lab jars — is hard to miss.
Aim to have at least 1 fermented food per day. If you choose kimchi, eat it as a side dish (a few bites or a 1/3 cup is all you need), top a salad or saute it up with an egg for a delicious lunch or snack.
Bananas are my go to bloat busting tool. The potassium in bananas helps drain your body of water it sometimes likes to retain. Our bodies often retain water in and outside of our cells due to consuming foods high in sodium.
Have you avoided bananas because you fear they’re constipating? Let’s debunk this one: unripe bananas are linked to constipation, but ripe bananas are actually full of fiber and excellent for constipation prevention and relief.
I recommend 1 or 2 max pieces of fruit per day. When you’re feeling bloated add a banana to rotation. Have one with a couple of teaspoons of nut butter or treat yourself to banana-pops for dessert.
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