[HACKS] WAYS TO A HAPPY BELLY
Jun 03, 2019
Have you ever woken up to a belly that was COMPLETELY angry with you? Distended, gargling noises, some discomort... making you rethink what you had at dinner with the girls or maybe you indulged a wee bit too much on vacation.
Dude. We have all been there, sometimes, I even go there... and I KNOW my belly is going to be upset with my lifestyle choices the next day. But, after some trial and error, I found some tips to help me get my gut back on track AND it’s one question I get asked probably once a week if not more.
So. I figured I’d just jot it down for you here, love... my tips on how to make my belly happy! And you probably guessed it, the first place we are going to start is with the diet.
HAPPY BELLY TIP #1:
REFRAIN from processed, refined foods such as donuts, cookies, cakes, chips, etc. FOCUS INSTEAD ON EATING WHOLE, UNPROCESSED, UNREFINED FOODS.
One of the best ways to maintain gut health involves cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and jacking up gut-supporting fiber. Make +60% of your plate be vegetables and plant-based foods.
How do I do it? Well, I make something called a NOURISH BOWL... now, don’t let the name NOURISH BOWL hinder your creativity, this can mean a smoothie or even a dinner plate. I just like the wording, “nourish bowl”.
It’s basically about loading your plate with leafy greens, then veggies, then adding some healthy fats, clean protein and so on. Check it out HERE!
HAPPY BELLY TIP #2:
GET HEALTHY FATS on your plate... these include fats like avocado, coconut oil, seeds, nuts (not peanuts, they are technically legumes) and EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil). WHY? Well, these fats actually help decrease inflammation... and make you feel fuller LONGER. HELLO!
One of my favorite ways to sneak in these healthy fats is in my mid-morning smoothie... don’t let the avocado in the smoothie scare you, it actually gives the smoothie a creamy texture + you can’t even TASTE the avocado. Trust me.
HAPPY BELLY TIP #3
You HAD to know this one was COMING... ADD FERMENTED FOODS.
This can look like sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, kombucha and miso ALL of which contain good amounts of probiotics so your healthy gut bugs... can get HAPPY!
Here’s a tip I have for you, though... IF starting to use fermented foods for the first time — start slow! Like with sauerkraut, try 1tsp a day... then gradually work your way up to 1tbsp a day.
HAPPY BELLY TIP #4
BE SMART WITH SUPPLEMENTS.
Did you know that studies are discovering that omega 3 fatty acids can support a happy gut? We snag our essential fatty acids formula from a local health store... another supplement to consider is: PROBIOTICS!
There are TONS out there... do your research. But a good probiotic supplement will support the good bacteria in your gut WHILE reducing inflammation in the belly. Hello, NO BRAINER!
HAPPY BELLY TIP #5
GET YOUR SLEEP.
I know this one has NOTHING to do with your plates but it’s the one that has the MOST impact on MY GUT! TMI? Maybe so... but we are talking about having a happy belly.
Most folks need about 7-8 hours of sleep each night!
And that’s a wrap on some quick hacks, I follow when my focus is on how to get my gut back on track... aka. Happy Belly!
If you have any health hacks of your own, fill me in... there’s ton more out there: fasting, adding more fiber, drinking my water. But, I fast every morning and usually hit my water intake (although, traveling is a challenge for me to get my water intake in... am I right?).
Anywho. FILL me in with your hacks by dropping a comment below OR sharing in our community.
Because the more you know, the more you can grow...
Grit + Gumption.