The fit of your waistband shouldn’t vary from between the appetizer and dessert. If your clothes start to bind after meals, here are some common-sense suggestions.
Sodium is an essential mineral, but overdoing it can cause bloating (and many, more serious health problems). You may reach for the shaker less often, but are you aware of how your required daily allowance changes as you age? Do you know that even seemingly bland foods and (non-nutritive foods) can contain salt?
The NIH advises: “People 51 and older should reduce their sodium to 1,500 mg each day—that includes sodium added during manufacturing or cooking as well as at the table when eating. That is about 2/3 teaspoon of salt.”
Processed foods, such as chicken nuggets (600mg,), often contain very high levels of sodium. Cleveland Clinic says that – counterintuitively – “… sodium-rich culprits may even taste sweet.” You may reach your daily allotment at lunch: “… consider the bread, cured meats, processed cheese and condiments, and sandwiches can easily surpass 1,500 mg of sodium.”
People who tend to experience gas and bloating often avoid veggies such as beans and cauliflower. Instead, try these cooking tips and follow recommended daily serving guidelines. Cauliflower tastes best when sautéed; steaming or boiling can make it mushy and unappetizing. You should aim for 1-1 1/2 cups of cruciferous veggies (such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts) per week.
Sometimes an individual food isn’t the source of your tummy trouble: the problem results from combining two menu options that are hard to digest.
If you skip pizza when you’re dieting, you’re on the right track. The cheese – dairy -and bread contain a double serving of carbs.
That quick burst of energy you get from grabbing an apple or banana usually means that your body is burning through fruit’s simple sugars. If, however, you add a starch (jelly donut or English muffin and jam), the “fruit sugar will stay [in your stomach] for too long.” The seemingly healthy breakfast of yogurt topped with fresh fruit may cause the same result.
You may opt for protein-rich meals if you have a physically demanding job, are working out, or are a new mom. Double servings of protein, such as chicken salad with beans, can be difficult to digest.
Not all fats are created equal! Just as your body needs some sodium, it also needs a moderate amount of fat. “If bloating is a common occurrence after high fat meals, cut down on the fat.”
It’s easier to digest a few small meals than two or three big ones. WebMD advises: “So go for five to six small meals each day, but make sure the quantity of food and calories are proportionate to your needs. To create a daily meal plan that includes the recommended amounts of all major nutrients, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate web site.”
Chamomile, mint and ginger can help ease the discomfort associated with intestinal gas. Drink a cup during and after meals to help settle that tummy.
Dr. Jocker suggest you add some of the herbs pictured below to your favorite dishes, or nibble them when you’re in distress.
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