This morning my oatmeal was almost naked! Since I am moving a week from Friday, I do not have much food in the house. However, today I need to get more essentials, as I am completely lacking in eggs, fruit, milk, and bread. I think today will be my final grocery store trip until I move into my new house in Cleveland, OH!
My breakfast this morning consisted of:
- 1/2 c oats
- 2 tsp sugar
- almond milk
- 1 egg and 2 whites on the side
Although tasty, this breakfast was seriously lacking! I needed some fruit to spruce up my oats or maybe some salsa to top my eggs.
My lunch today has a bit more color, which always spruces up a meal! I had a half box of pasta I needed to use up, so I boiled up some whole wheat spiral noodles for my lunch today.
To the pasta I added some mixed frozen veggies and some shredded parasean cheese.
This is the word of the day for me! I am retaining some some serious water weight this week due to my lovely time of the month.
Each month I retain at least 3-5lbs of water weight. It doesn’t sound like too much, but I can feel it and I feel very uncomfortable! This morning I hopped on the scale, knowing that my weight would be high, and yep it was higher than my ‘normal’ comfy weight. It was actually higher than the high end of my comfy weight (a number that I have not seen in long time!), so I feel double bloated this month. I. feel. gross. The joys of being a woman 😉
Instead of sulking about my water retaining body (which I have been all morning), I decided to look up some tips on ways to combat this.
Beating the Bloat
- “Many herbs act as diuretics-that is, they help your kidneys remove water from your body,” says Michael DiPalma, N. D. a naturopathic doctor and director of natural medicine at the Village at Newtown Medical Center in Pennsylvania. (www.mothernature.com).
- Drinking two to four cups of dandelion leaf tea a day is a good remedy for temporary bloating. If you don’t like tea, you can also try one or two capsules of dried dandelion leaf, according to Dr. DiPalma.
- Lack of potassium can raise a person’s blood pressure and potential for fluid retention. Consuming potassium-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables will help minimize bloating.
- According to Dr. Pratt drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is another way to safeguard against water retention. This ensures a proper balance of minerals in your body and removes excess salt that may cause water retention from the body.
- Carbonated and alcoholic drinks may also trigger bloating. So try to limit your consumption of them. You also want to try to avoid gas-producing foods like fried and fatty foods, eggs, sugar and sugar substitutes, wheat, and many pre-packaged foods.
Do you have any tips to relieve bloating?
What are some of your favorite foods to add to oatmeal?