Friday, November 29, 2013

Bloat Busting Menu

As I type this this morning, my head aches, my face is all puffy, and my fingers look like little sausages to me.  Sorry for the un-pretty mental images, but I'm bloated!
I ate Sugar Freedom style at Thanksgiving dinner, (no sugar, no grains) but I did make some yummy cupcakes, sweet potatoes, and gravy that contained almond and coconut flour.  Plus, there was a good deal of salt in the rub I used on the turkey, so even when I'm on plan I can get pretty puffy if I eat foods that aren't typical.
If you're feeling the effects of extra sodium, or extra anything for that matter, give this menu a try today.
Start with warm lemon water.
Start with warm lemon water.
At breakfast:  2 eggs, poached, served over a bed of spinach cooked in olive oil, and topped with salsa.
Snack: 1 organic granny smith apple and a small handful of almonds.
Lunch: 3-4 oz turkey (leftovers you know.) Served with 2 cups salad, cucumber, celery, and olive oil and vinegar dressing.
Dinner: 3-4 oz broiled salmon, 1 cup asparagus, 1 cup sliced mushrooms cooked in olive or coconut oil.
Drink at least 6 glasses of water throughout the day.  The vegetables on this menu have a diuretic effect.  Feel free to have more of them if you're hungry, and add parsley to any of your cooked dishes to get the benefit of its anti-bloating effect.
If you want another snack, low sugar fruits like berries are a good choice.  Pair them with one ounce of raw unsalted almonds or walnuts if you need something more substantial.
Honestly, I still feel full from last night, so eating lightly sounds great to me.  Remember, you can use this simple menu any day to get rid of bloat and feel lighter and sleeker.
Whatever the day brings, shopping, football, time with friends and family, don't forget to to add some walking to use up any of yesterday's extra fuel.  Here's a simple exercise routine you can do at home: Warm up with 10 squats, 10 stick ups, 10 cross crawls, and 10 leg swings on each side.  Then do 3 rounds of ten each of Total Body Extensions, Close Grip Push Ups, Jumping Jacks, and Cross Body Mountain Climbers.  You can find these exercises at my You Tube channel:  Just search Catherine Gordon.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buE6tyS2TEc
Even if you're into eating leftovers today, this Sugar Freedom bloat busting menu will be ready whenever you need it.