TO FEEL BLOATED is very, very uncomfortable and a symptom of digestive issues. Luckily, we can all tame our tummies and feel amazing inside and out with a few slight nutritions adaptions.
It's no science that certain foods are more difficult to digest than others, especially if you have a sensitive digestive system, food intolerances or food allergies. We all have different bodies but eliminating these foods can help you avoid the discomfort that goes hand in hand with belly bloat.
A few suggestions here...
FOODS TO AVOID
- Pro-inflammatory fats
Processed meats like salami, bacon and hydrogenated oils.
- High-lactose foods
Ice-cream, cottage cheese, yogurt.
- Cruciferous veggies
Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cauliflower
Wheat, rye, barley, processed foods.
Black beans, soybeans, kidney beans.
While some of the foods mentioned above are best to be avoided in any diet, many of those are beneficial to a healthy diet. For instance, kale is a staple in my diet, as are brussels sprouts and broccoli. However, I know I have to be weary of the effect they have on my digestive system. When I find I'm having tummy troubles I will swap my typical menu for some tasty new foods for a little while.
Remember: Variety is the spice of life. Rotating your menu is wonderful for your health. There are lots of healthy, delicious foods that are generally easier to digest.
All veggies are good for you. They contain a ton of essential vitamins and mineral, plus are delicious. Vegetables that contain high water content are great because they are digested and broken down easily. These include cucumber, asparagus, bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, arugula...
- Fresh fruit
Always a good call. Full of antioxidants and enzymes our bodies need to thrive. The best choices for a sensitive stomach are berries, bananas, pineapple, papaya, lemons and citrus.
High-fiber, easily digested gluten-free grains like brown rice, quinoa, gluten-free oats are our happy tummy friends.
- Nuts and friendly fats
Raw, plant-based fats are the best for our bodies, and our bellies. Raw, unsalted nuts are great to snack on. Avocado is another satisfying fat that our bodies LOVE.
- Clean protein
In the form of wild fish, organic poultry, tofu, and cage-free eggs are a great choice.
- Drink water
Plenty of water.
This is a sample of what you might eat in order to improve digestion and keep bloating (not to say discomfort) at bay.
- Breakfast. Superfood green smoothie
- Lunch. Quinoa salad with lots of veggies
- Dinner. More veggies (grilled, steamed) + organic animal protein
- Snack. Sprouted nuts and piece of fruit or green juice
- Dessert. a piece (or two) of 70% raw vegan chocolate