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5 tips to stop belly bloating

5 tips to stop belly bloating

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Whether you feel like you’ve gained five pounds in the past few days, made some poor food choices, or you just feel constant discomfort—there’s definitely a reason for your belly bloating AND there’s many solutions for it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJPkc_vva9o&feature=youtu.be

Here are my top 5 tips to STOP belly bloating

1. Eat slowly

As I talked about in one of my previous articles, eating slowly is essential to proper digestion of your food! In order for your brain to tell you when you’re full, it needs up to 20 minutes to send you the signal to stop eating!

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2. Decrease your intake of processed food

Processed sugars, saturated fats, dairy, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners are the most commonly found sources of an upset stomach and belly bloating. INCREASE your intake of whole fruits and veggies, especially those with a high water content!

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3. Chill out

RELAX! Stress hormones disrupt the digestive system! Always try your best to take time out of your day to FOCUS ON YOU, even if it’s just a ten-minute walk around the block. Along with relaxation comes a good night’s sleep! A lack of sleep distorts your perception of hunger and appetite, often leading you to overeat highly processed foods which can make you bloated!

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4. Up your fiber intake

Choose unprocessed, whole foods that are high in fiber to decrease bloating and improve your digestive system! Fruits and veggies such as watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, cucumbers, grapes, berries, avocado, pears, oranges, bananas, celery, and leafy greens are a great way to nourish your body AND fight off belly bloating while flushing out toxins.

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5. Stop, drop, and chug water

A lack of water and an excess of sodium in your diet can lead to discomfort and unwanted bloating. From my experience, I have found that starting my day with about 32 ounces of water (that’s a liter!) helps to jump start my digestion and wake up my body early in the morning! DRINK MORE WATER!

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Starving, fasting, and using laxatives are NOT the answer to your belly bloating!! Whole fruits and veggies, water, exercise, and sleep will put you on on the road to success and will help you achieve your flat tummy!

These tips to stop belly bloating were written by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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Savour this un-'beet'able gluten free apple and beet salad

Savour this un-'beet'able gluten free apple and beet salad

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I can’t believe spring is finally here, and here to stay! I’ve been waiting a long time for this, mostly because it means that my birthday is just around the corner (I'm smirking right now). Anyways! This month’s recipe is a pretty colorful one, which is bound to get you excited about everything! Not only is it flashy, but it adds a punch to your lunches or dinners! You can say it’s a pretty ‘upbeet’ recipe! Haha! Did you get that pun?! Yes, well if you did, you’ve guessed it, I’m using beets (beetroot) as a main vegetable in this recipe! Yeah, you know that gnarly thing that you’re not sure what to do with it, other than dye everything you own, accidentally of course, hot fuchsia. Other than making your obvious borscht (Ukrainian soup that is beet based), I thought of giving you a recipe that showcases this amazingly delicious and somewhat versatile root veg!

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Sorry, now that I have this out of my system (AREN'T THEY CUTE), I can actually start the recipe!

Ingredients | Gluten Free Apple Beet Salad

  • 2 cups of diced boiled beets (traditional red ones are excellent, but feel free to gran the heirloom ones, they come in yellow!)
  • 2-3 sticks of celery, finely minced
  • green apple, finely chopped (you can take the peel off, but I like keeping it for a punch of colour)
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 3 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar (regular, or white)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2-3 green onions, finely sliced
  • crumbled feta or goat’s cheese

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Before you do anything else, other than turn some music on to dance to while you’re making this, you’re going to want to prep your beets. Usually, beets are sold in bags, much like potatoes, and they need some scrubbing before you use them as well. With a vegetable brush, or a clean (unused) toothbrush that you can use for other vegetables, gently scrub the beets in water. This will dislodge any dirt or unwanted things off the beets before you boil them.

Next, place your beets in a large pot of water (enough water to cover them), and boil them until a fork goes through easily. You will possibly need to add water to the pot while they are boiling, and if the smell bothers you, you can always change up the water throughout. It took me about 1h to boil 6 medium beets.

Now, once they are ready, you want to plunge them in/rinse them in very cold water. This will stop them from cooking more (basically, blanch them). Be careful not to damage the skin. Once they are cool enough to handle, grab a paper towel, or clean dishcloth, and gently rub them. The skin will pretty much slide off on it’s own! No need for peeling.

Gluten free apple beet salad by Zoe Desborough for the PumpUp Blog

There you go, fool-proof way of boiling beets for any other of your needs. You can always bake them  (wrap them in foil and plop them in the oven), but that will alter their taste slightly.

Now chop them up in bite size pieces.

To make the salad, in a big serving dish, mix in your 2 cups of chopped beets, 1 cup of cooked quinoa (follow the package for cooking instructions, but I usually go with a 1 cup quinoa and 1 ¾ cup water ratio… same for my brown rice). Add in your chopped celery, apples, and feta/goat cheese. Follow with your green onions and vinaigrette ingredients (balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice). Season with some salt and pepper to taste and there you have it!

This vegan apple beet salad is excellent as a side, or as a main itself, and will definitely make your taste buds dance with joy.

I will be attempting to make a purple hummus (beet based of course) in the next few weeks on my personal blog, so keep an eye out!

This vegan apple beet salad recipe is part of a monthly series by Zoë Desborough. Follow Zoë on PumpUp ( @zoedesborough) and on her blog

How to optimize your health with food combining — the right way

How to optimize your health with food combining — the right way

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What is food combining?

Food combining is the practice of pairing food based on what mechanisms are needed to properly digest nutrients, optimizing digestive energy consumption and waste production. Certain combinations of food groups will minimize digestive-based stress so that you can feel better and have more energy. The way that food combining works for your body is analogous to refurnishing your house with energy-efficient appliances, which reduces how much you pay for utilities.

I learned about Food Combining from my friend and mentor Nadya Andreeva. She wrote an amazing book on how to develop a healthy relationship with your body called Happy Belly. Highly recommended read!

Poor food combinations

  • Leave the body feeling heavy and sluggish
  • Are stressful for the body and make it work harder than it needs to
  • Are a main source of toxins entering the body
  • OK once and a while but not something you want to put your body through 3-5 times a day.

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Common Hard to Digest Food Combinations

  • Pizza
  • Pasta with Meat Sauce and Cheese
  • Sushi
  • Yogurt Parfaits with Granola and Fruit
  • Meat and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Eggs and Toast
  • Meat and Rice
  • Fruit after a meal

Good food combinations

  • Prevent grazing all day.
  • Make you less likely to overeat.
  • Prevent feeling bloated and gassy after a meal.
  • Are easier on digestive track, the liver and body as a whole.
  • Leave you with more energy to heal, detox and get on with your day.
  • Will help your body to come back into balance and maintain a healthy body weight.

Easy to Digest Food Combinations:

  • Meat/ Fish/ Eggs and Veggies
  • Spiced Oatmeal with dried fruit
  • Beans and Rice/ Grains
  • Quinoa and veggies
  • Soups such as bone broth with a little well cooked meat and veggies or Blended Vegetables
  • Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Millet Bread
  • Veggie Stir-fry or salad with Hemp Seeds and Avocado
  • Green Salad with pomegranate seeds

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Food Combining Take Away Points:

  1. Animal proteins don’t mix with starches like bread, pasta and potatoes but they do mix with good fats and green veggies.
  2. Fruit should be eaten alone, on an empty stomach and NOT for dessert
  3. Dairy (especially cheese) does not digest well with anything.

When it comes to a meal, the less different food groups the better! Keep it simple!

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Remember these are just guidelines, there should be NO hard and fast rules when it comes to food. If you eat a poorly combined meal, thats okay, don’t beat yourself up about it! There are thousands of more opportunities to make loving choices in this lifetime!

This is a post by Gillian B. Follow her on PumpUp @gillianb and connect with her on Facebook for more tips about health, wellness, and holistic living.

Refuel with this 3 ingredient smoothie bowl

Refuel with this 3 ingredient smoothie bowl

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Smoothies can still be Pinterest-worthy without the hassle of looking through Kitchen Stuff Plus for mason jars and paper straws.  A new trend has arrived in the world of smoothie preparation. That trend, friends, is the smoothie bowl. Though you may love the efficiency of gulping down a refreshing smoothie after a workout, there's something to be said about taking your time to really enjoy your food and reflect upon every little chia seed swimming through your mouth (we're exaggerating: that's ridiculous, you probably wouldn't do that). So grab a bowl, grab a spoon, and make this honest-to-goodness 3 ingredient smoothie bowl. It's not as complicated as some of the vegan/gluten-free/non-fat/paleo/etc. recipes that you'll see floating around the internet. This 3 ingredient smoothie bowl from PumpUp member ilovemaki is made with simple ingredients for fuss-free preparation.

For the 3 ingredient smoothie bowl

  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 vanilla yogurt cup (greek yogurt works best if you like a thicker consistency)

For the toppings

  • Chia seeds
  • Tbsp of all-natural peanut butter or nut butter

For more smoothie recipes, check out these PumpUp Blog posts.