7 Bloat-tastic Foods to Avoid During the Holidays

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Instead of feeling guilty after the holiday is over, try being proactive! ย 

 

There are foods that can contribute to bloating and it is best just to avoid them. ย As you are planning for the holidays, try keeping these foods off your shopping list if you want to avoid unnecessary holiday bloating.

 

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Avoid Excess Sodium

Sodium is a mineral that makes up 40% of salt. ย It can cause your body to retain water, which attributes to excess water weight. ย Nobody got time for that!

To avoid the pitfalls of sodium, opt for low-sodium diet by paying attention to your food labels. ย A good rule of thumb is to choose foods that contain 140 mg or less per serving or less than a total of ย 2000 mg per day. ย Look for no-sodium or low-sodium alternatives to salt, such as Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning,ย vinegar, or pepper. ย 

 

Our Advice:ย 

  1. Choose for low-sodium foods, such as milk, yogurt, grains, vegetables, and fruits.
  2. Avoid soy sauce, bacon, canned/cured meats, buttermilk, processed cheese, pickles and watch your condiments.

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Avoid Carbonated Drinks Like Soda and Champagne

We are all occasionally guilty of grabbing a quick soda or a celebratory glass of champagne (Cheers!), but you would be wise to avoid these guilty pleasures during the holidays. ย Carbonated drinks contain air. ย That air gets trapped in your body and causes bloating. ย Basically, stop drinking cola for the month – kay?

Our Advice:ย 

Drink water, fresh fruit/vegetable juices, and Teami.

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Avoid Garlic & Onions

Garlic and onions contain fermentable components or fructans. ย These nasty-fructan guys contribute to bloating, gas, and the biggest holiday offender… belching! ย 

Our Advice:

Opt for herbs, ginger, lemon, vinegar or pepper as a substitute.

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Avoid Rice, Potatoes, and Pasta

It’s best to avoid the popular carbs, but if you must have them, avoid the leftovers. ย Reheating rice, potatoes, and pasta can turn them into a resistant starch. ย Resistant starches release into the small intestine during digestion, which causes bloating. ย But, donโ€™t get too bummed out, there are healthy alternatives that taste great and your family will love!

Our Advice:

Opt for whole wheats, quinoa, or even sweet potato pasta.

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Avoid Gum

Although gum is a quick fix for bad breath, it adds additional air to your system. ย Excess or trapped air should always be avoided as it causes bloating. Plus, it contains sugar! ย 

Our Advice:

Instead of chewing and popping the day away, Drink Teami Skinny if you want to take the edge off!!

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Avoid Beans and Lentils

The good news is that beans and lentils are high in protein, carbohydrates, fibers and they are also rich in vitamins and minerals. ย However, beans and lentils contain sugars called alpha-galactosides. ย That is a fancy name for sugars that escape during digestion and ferment in the gut! ย Not exactly the thing you want to do if your trying to avoid the bloat!

Our Advice:

Try sprouting your beans and lentils before you cook them! ย Itโ€™s as simple as soaking them overnight so they grow a little โ€˜sproutโ€™ or tail. ย This releases the bad stuff so it doesnโ€™t end up in your gut!

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Avoid Processed Foods

The holidays are a time to enjoy fresh foods, but if you are tempted to opt for a processed alternative, avoid the urge. ย Processed foods are foods that have been altered from their natural state and often include additives, like extra salt, sugar, and other chemicals. ย Many processed foods also include gluten or gluten derivatives, which can have a direct effect on digestion and cause bloating. ย So, say no to packaged foods and opt for fresh whole foods instead. ย Your belly will thank you for it!

Our Advice:

  1. Avoid canned/packaged fruits or vegetables, processed lunch meats, pre-cut salads, and packaged junk food.
  2. Instead, look for foods that are in their natural state, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and freshly sliced deli meats. ย 

There you have it! ย Now that you are off to a great start, why not up the anti? ย If you haven’t tried Teami Colon yet, there is no better time than the present!

 

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