NOTE: I am a recovered stress eater and founder of The Stop Emotional Eating Program – a life-changing online home course – with fascinating research on the root causes of over-eating – and willpower tools – which stick. I’m passionate about helping people END bad eating habits. With this in mind, below are some helpful tools.
I used to wake up with what I called a “food hangover.” I felt tired, bloated and even “too full” to want to eat breakfast. Now thankfully that’s all changed.
How? I spoke to all my brilliant and highly educated nutritionist friends – then gathered together these 12 helpful (and necessary!) longterm changes in my diet and habits!
I’m happy to say that thanks to these 12 tools I now consistently wake up perky and energized to face the day – and stay perkier longer. Plus these tools also helped me to slim down, as well as healthy-up!
12 Tools To Stop Feeling Tired And Bloated
1. Don’t eat too close to your bedtime. A good rule to keep: Make sure you stop eating 3 hours before going to sleep. If possible, try to go for a nice walk after dinner.
2. Make sure you’re getting your fiber from whole foods (lots of water-rich fruits and veggies as well as whole grains) not processed foods (packaged foods of all kinds). Every time you open up a can, box or bag of anything which processed and loaded with chemicals – you’re simultaneously opening up the possibility of lots of health challenges! Know this now: Processed foods are not only empty of of nutrition – they also rob your body of minerals and clog your digestive tract. In particular watch out for the ingredient “inulin” – it’s a fiber that’s particular tough on the tummy -according to research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Also, whenever possible, try to eat ocean vegetables (dulse, wakame, nori). They’re super good for your adrenal and thyroid health.
3. Keep away from highly processed wheat and dairy products. Research is now showing both of these to be major food allergens for most people.
4. Watch out for foods with lots of dye colors and/or additives like sulphur dioxide. Enough said.
5. Choose gluten-free products whenever you can. For example try to find gluten-free pastas and breads (made with kamut, rice, amaranth, quinoa).
6. Say a big NO to sodas. Enough said.
7. Watch your salt intake! Whenever you eat salty/high-sodium foods, your body attempts to dilute the salt/sodium with water – which causes major water retention – which shows up as uncomfortable bloating and fatigue.
8. Watch your sugar and fat intake! It can create Candida – which not only causes uncomfortable bloating – but other a range of health troubles including: flatulence, bad breath, fatigue,mood swings, irritability, headaches, lack of concentration and brain fog. Two recommended holistic helpers for Candida: Grapefruit Seed Extract and Probiotics.
9. Make sure you’re getting enough exercise. If you’re not getting enough exercise, you might suffer from bad circulation – which then causes lots of problems – including low stomach acid which messes up your digestion. Two recommended holistic helpers for low stomach acid (besides exercise): papaya and pineapple! Papaya offers up the enzyme papain. Pineapple has the enzyme bromelain.
10. Try to include fermented foods and beverages in your diet. Examples: kimchi, yogurt, pickles, cultured vegetables of all kinds, kefir and kombucha. Fermented foods and beverages offer lots of probiotics to help you digest food, assimilate nutrients, and boost your immunity.
11. Drink lots of water. If you feel tired a lot – or suffer from an inability to sleep deeply – it might be due to dehydration. You need water to keep your cellular function flowing. These days when I wake up the first thing I do is drink 2 glasses of water. I also bought some pretty water bottles which I keep by my desk and in my bag, so I find it as appealing as possible to keep drinking water throughout my day. Another hydration tools: About ½ hour before you eat a meal, be sure to drink a large glass of water to get your intestines revved up for digestion.
12. Make sure you’re getting enough sunshine. Your body craves vitamin D – which your skin manufactures when out and about in the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is often the culprit behind foggy headedness and fatigued. Lack of Vitamin D can also lead to an impaired immune system, insulin resistance and brittle bones. So if you can’t get outside and play, be sure to take Vitamin D supplements.
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