We have all heard people say that are so “bloated” and most of us have experienced bloating ourselves. There are many different reasons on why you can feel bloated and can happen at any age. Abdominal bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract is filled with air or gas. This can leave a feeling of being full, swollen, or tight in your abdomen. Bloating can make your stomach look much bigger than it actually is which is not ideal.
What causes bloating?
The most common reason for bloating is increased intestinal gas, which usually occurs after eating.
Causes of gas:
- Eating or drinking to fast
- Swallowing air (from gum or a straw)
- Eating fatty foods
- Eating high fiber foods (beans, vegetables)
Other causes for bloating:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Weight gain
- Menstrual period
Ways to eliminate bloating
- Don’t eat too much at a time
- Stay active and exercise
- Reduce salt intake
- Medication from doctor
- Add high fiber foods slowly so body can adjust
- Reduce swallowed air
- Identify foods that make you bloat
Edible cookie dough is my favorite treat to have. We all love cookie dough and to be honest I like it way more than I do the actual cookie. This is not a healthy recipe but it is an alternative so you are not exposing yourself to salmonella. I love this recipe and could eat it all day but of course it is always about balance. There are only a few amount of ingredients so you can enjoy your eggless cookie dough in no time!
2 Tablespoons of softened butter
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon of milk or almond milk (more if needed)
2 cups of flour or almond flour (add more or less based on how thick you want it)
1 cup of mini chocolate chips
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Leave in fridge for 30 min
If you have never tried match green tea you need to go buy it now! I order mine from amazon Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea-100 ct 1.5g tea bags <– exact brand I order. Matcha really brings out my inner Kourtney Kardashian haha. But seriously if you are looking for something to replace coffee or just something to sip on, I highly recommend trying it. Matcha contains nutrients from an entire leaf, meaning it has greater amount of caffine and antioxidants thats typically found in green tea. I love match green tea because you get the benefits both from matcha, and from the green tea. I also like to add a little bit of honey and almond milk to mine! Try it out and let me know what you think, there will be a post soon all about the benefits 😉
SHRIMP! My favorite food besides steak that I no longer can have because I stopped eating red meat 🙁 I know very sad. Anyways shrimp tacos are extremely quick and easy to make… literally 15-20 minutes at most. If you do not use cheese and sour cream it is a very healthy meal, but I like to add just a little because you only live once.
-Seasonings (ground cumin, cayenne pepper, old bay blackened, crushed red pepper, pepper, himalayan salt)
-Sour Cream (optional)
-Hot Sauce (optional)
Put the minced garlic, olive oil, and some butter (if wanted) and let garlic cook for a minute. Then add the shrimp and seasonings, cook until done.
Ginger is a spice that is also known as Zingiber officinale, it comes from rhizomes in the plant. Ginger can be used for many things like pain relief, treatment for degenerative health disorders, and can help with antioxidant and inflammatory effects.
1. Relieves Muscle Pain and Soreness
Ginger has the ability to reduce inflammation because it contains 1-Dehyrdo-(10)-gingerdione. Just like Aspirin and Advil ginger blocks COX enzymes, and the production of inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes and prostaglandins. Adding ginger to your daily diet can can help treat muscle pain and arthritis.
2. Helps with Digestion
Ginger helps to stimulate the break down of food, which promotes motility in the gastronintestinal tract. It helps to take food out of the intenstines. It contains prebiotics that is part of a plant-based fiber that causes good bacteria to go in your digestive tract. It can also help prevent health problems like dyspepsia, a common condition of impaired digestion. The symptoms include pain, heartburn, and fullness.
3. Regulates Blood Sugar
High blood sugar can lead to serious problems like nerve damage and impaired wound healing. Researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran, studied 88 people with type 2 diabetes. The group of people had type 2 diabetes for around 10 years. They incorporated ginger capsules with her normal diabetic medicine everyday. In just 8 weeks they saw a decrease in blood sugar.
4. Helps Prevent Cancer
-6-gingerol is found in large amounts of ginger, which is an anti-cancer property. Ginger can help liver cancer by inhibiting inflammation, protect liver from carcinogenic agents, and suppress metastasis.
5.Help Treat Morning Sickness and Nausea
Ginger is a natural remedy that has been used for decades to help with nausea. One review looked at 1,278 pregnant women, and concluded that 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce nausea. Another study from the University of Rochester Medical Center showed it helped reduce severe nausea in patients going through chemo.
I love guacamole and will literally eat it out of the bowl with a spoon lol! The good thing is it is completely healthy and actually has many benefits. Guac is loaded with folate and Vitamin E which will both reduce your risk of heart disease. Avocados have healthy fats and lots of fiber which will help you stay fuller for longer. The healthy fats are are monounsaturated fats that promote weight loss. Something that is very interesting to me is that guacamole can help reduce your chances of cancer. Avocados contain compounds that destroy pre-cancerous oral cells, without harming the healthy cells. Long story short it is mostly the avocados lol, but it is basically just them mashed up with seasoning! This is great for Mexican night, a snack, a spread, or to dip pita chips into! I eye everything out like I do with most things sorry #professional.
-Avocado I only had two but I recommend using 3 or 4
Pink Himalayan Salt
-Black Pepper and Red Pepper flakes
This meal is incredibly healthy because we are using sardines. First of all sardines are a great source of protein! In addition they are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and potassium. Something that is interesting is that one can contains 351 milligrams of bone building calcium, you should be reaching for 1,000 milligrams a day. This seems like a pretty good meal to me plus it keeps you full!
-Sardines (fresh is a much better option of course)
-Onions, Jalapenos, Tomatoes
-Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes
Saute the onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, and the minced garlic. Put the can of sardines in and cook until they are tender. I like to add red pepper for extra spice, and black pepper with himalayan salt.
I have avocado for a very nutritious side, plus I love it 😉
Eating two to three pounds of vegetables a day does not sound ideal to me, and that is why I love juicing. I started juicing a few months ago and now I do it about 5 times a week. It can help with increasing energy levels, stronger immune system, and help aid weight loss. Research shows it many even reduce the chances of a stroke, cancer, and heart diseases, which are the three leading causes of death. MAKE YOUR OWN JUICE! This is so important because the ones you buy in bottles are heated and processed, taking away the vitamins and minerals. A juicer can be on the pricey side but it is definitely worth the investment. This is the juicer I use Omega VERT Slow Juicer VSJ843QS, Square Version, Silver. I love this juicer because it is so easy to use and clean up after. I know there are a lot that take you about two hours to finish everything, this one only takes me around 15-30 minutes!
This is what I use when I make my juice: Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Beets. I also like to add some berries just to make it a little sweet and easier to drink.