From PMS-induced bloating to drunken-nights induced puffiness to excessive-salt induced sushi face*, this is your guide to #debloat.
We all know (or should know) that consuming super salty food and fizzy drinks causes sushi face, but sometimes we just can’t help but put reasoning aside and indulge. Ways to debloat fast.
It’s the weekend and I’m probably going to have a vodka-soda-lime tonight, and mayyybbbeee even a tequila shot (that calls for straight-up salt). Also, yesterday I had a bowl of Jamun, aka black plum, with some salt….because that’s how I remember my grandpa having it. Ohh…and I’m having a bowl of Makhana, aka Fox Nut, with a little too much salt and chilli, as I type this post.
I’m pretty sure when Sunday comes, I’m probably going to be three things – hungover, puffy and bloated. I know it sounds bad and I can prevent it, but sometimes FoMO climbs the priority-ladder. Carpe Diem and all of that.
So after telling myself that I’m never going to drink again, I will probably do the following:
– Chug 2-3 glasses of coconut water. Preferably fermented coconut water because that always takes care of my hangover.
– Check Instagram to ensure that the pictures I probably uploaded in my misguided state are decent and insta-worthy.
– Call my best friend, Sachi, and fill her in on all the latest everything…but this weekend she is visiting me so I’ll just have to roll over in bed and see her pretty face instead! *Balle Balle* #LifeIsGood
– Check the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator to ensure that I have all the ammunition to terminate sushi face and belly bloat.
– Begin the #debloat mission.
- Sip on warm lemon water. If you want to go all out, then add some freshly cut ginger, turmeric powder and chilli powder.
- Make friends with bananas, pineapple, papayas, berries, and oranges. Bananas and oranges #debloat due to their high potassium content which balances the sodium-potassium balance in our bodies. Papaya and pineapple are loaded with enzymes that aid digestion. Berries are superfoods (especially blueberries) that take away that icky feeling that comes with being bloated.
- Give yourself an at-home, easy-peasy, much-needed, quick lymphatic drainage facial massage. Click here to watch the video and know how.
- Chug debloating-slimming-vitamin infused-yummy water – recipe here. Also, If you haven’t already had your fermented coconut water, this is a good time to do it. Hydration is key!
- Ice your face. Take cubes of ice, wrap it in a thin towel and gently press all over your face and neck. This will bring down the inflammation and get rid of unwanted sushi face.
- Feed your gut with probiotics. Homemade yoghurt is the perfect choice as it is full of live gut-friendly bacteria that will aid digestion and reduce bloating. If you have store-bought yoghurt, ensure that it is without any artificial flavourings, additives and sugar. I usually add my blueberries and banana to a bowl of yogurt and chia seeds, for a healthy and filling snack.
- Have Asparagus, Spinach & Quinoa over for brunch. A warm asparagus, spinach and Quinoa salad will not only take good care of your tummy but will also fill you up. Asparagus is a natural diuretic while spinach and quinoa are rich in fiber & debloating minerals like magnesium and potassium.
- Have some fresh mint tea. Mint soothes your tummy which is basically what you need now, other than a hot-stone massage. If you really must have caffeine, then Green Tea is your answer.
- Go for a walk. Or stretch. Most often when I’m bloated, I do not want to go out in public (or wear pants). If you share my sentiments, check out Blogilates YouTube channel and do one of her incredible stretching videos.
- Salmon can make you feel sexy. Foods rich in omega-3 help decrease inflammation and can aid in getting those snug jeans to zip up faster.
- Lay off the chewing gum. Not only are you swallowing air but also most chewing gums (even the sugar-free versions) contain a yucky ingredient that causes bloating.
- Lay in bed. Wear boxers. Watch Younger. Because it makes you happy and happy hormones help the body heal faster. (On a side note, any suggestions for new chill tv shows? Let me know in the comments)
- Sweat & Stretch
- Say NO to fried food, starchy legumes, salt & sugar.
- Say YES to probiotics & omega-3’s.
- Eat: Bananas, Oranges, Pineapple, Papayas, Berries, Chia Seeds, Asparagus, Spinach, Quinoa, Ginger, Cinnamon, Mint, Turmeric, Natural Yogurt & Salmon.
- Do: Ice your face and give yourself a lymphatic drainage facial massage.
*The term sushi face was basically coined by some dude who ate a lot of sushi and woke up with a puffy face the next day. It was probably due to the fact that he was double dipping in the soy sauce.
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