Do you ever have those days where you open the closet, and nothing feels good on you? Maybe you spend 45 minutes just searching through your clothes, just trying to find an outfit that will hide your bloated belly!
You eat lots of green salads, superfoods, and organic veggies. Your refrigerator might even be stocked with food that is healthier than 95% of the population’s diet.
So why is it that even when you eat healthy, clean, simple food, you still struggle with digestive issues like constipation, diarrhea, or gas? Even though you’ve tried different nutritional approaches and diets, you still spend many days feeling puffy, bloated, and uncomfortable.
The truth is that you are not “what you eat.” It’s more like: You are what you digest — the nutrients you assimilate and the waste you eliminate.
Basically, you can eat the cleanest, most organic foods and still feel constipated, bloated, and fatigued if you aren’t digesting them well and eliminating all the leftover material.
Here’s how it works — Every day, your body is renewing itself, building brand new cells out of the nutrients you get from food. If the food that you eat is not nutritious, or if your body is not absorbing the nutrients or not eliminating the waste, the new cells cannot be healthy.
A healthy belly digests food well and makes the entire body feel energized, light, and happy. Unfortunately, many of us are way too familiar with the way an unhappy belly feels: bloated, gassy, heavy, sluggish, and irregular. In fact, one in every three people experience some sort of digestive discomfort throughout the day, from embarrassing gas to constipation, bloating, acid reflux, heartburn, burping, diarrhea, or heaviness after meals.
And it’s not just uncomfortable in the moment. When your digestive system is not functioning well, the effects spread to your entire body — hampering your immune system, mood, hormones, skin, body odor, and sex drive.
The secret to having a beautiful, healthy, and strong body comes down to having a thriving digestive system. And this is what my dear friend Nadya Andreeva is going to help you to do in her new book, Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanced. http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/
After years of research and testing, Nadya has created a manual for defeating bloating and healing your belly for good. Here are few tips from Nadya’s book to help you beat the bloat:
Allow your previous meal to digest before eating the next meal. Wait at least three hours between meals.
Chew well and don’t talk while chewing. If you’re eating with others, put down your fork between bites and let the flavor and the experience of food be your only focus. Don’t eat and speak at the same time. Better yet, meet friends for walks or for a tea and keep social eating to minimum until your gut is healthy and strong.
Be careful with your fiber. Coarse or poorly chewed fiber will delay passage through the digestive system and slow the rate at which the food is digested and absorbed. So if you don’t chew a slice of bread or a piece of potato properly, you’re leaving a lot more work for your stomach and it will take longer.
Eat fruit at least 30 minutes before meals. Don’t eat fruits after a meal. This habit is gas-forming and leads to bloating.
Don’t drink anything cold while eating. Ideally, limit cold foods as well. Fruits should be room temperature (not straight from the fridge). If you can’t live without your ice cream, have some ginger tea afterward.
Chew on fennel seeds or sip a hot fennel and ginger tea. Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seeds and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. A traditional dose of fennel tea is about two to three cups daily. If you’re at a restaurant or don’t have fennel seeds, opt for a mint tea. It’s also soothing to the digestive tract. Another tip: carry tea bags in your purse so you’ll always have the kind you like handy.
Go for a brisk walk. Aim for 30 minutes of walking. I also like to add a few jumping jacks or twists. This helps to increase blood circulation and to release gas.
I am beyond excited to celebrate the launch of this important book. Tonight I’ll be with Nadya at her book launch party:) If you are interested in learning more about how you can make your belly happy, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book! And…When you order Happy Belly between today and March 21, you’ll get amazing bonuses and prizes, like Nadya’s favorite recipes, shopping lists, MP3 meditations, special online courses from guest experts, tools for self-care, and more! (These special gifts are available only for 2 days.) Check it out here. http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/
As always, I send you my love! I am so grateful to you.