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3 Ways to To Prevent Bloat March 2, 2015

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For years I battled with digestive issues- you know that bloated feeling you get after eating a big meal? Well, imagine feeling that pain and bloat all day everyday. The only time I felt relief was first thing in the morning before food consumption would begin.  That pain was the main reason why I had little to no appetite and would only be able to eat once or twice a day.  I always felt full, so my brain never sent the message to my stomach that I needed to eat.  Until I decided to make these three changes:

Eat Healthier

This was the easiest part for me. Since I barely ate anyway, I really didn’t have to “give up” any bad foods that were in my diet at the time.  But what I did have to do was create a healthy meal plan.  A plan which would force me to eat at least five times per day- starting with a healthy breakfast (like oatmeal, eggs and blueberries), a healthy snack (like granola and Greek yogurt), a good lunch (like a spinach salad with dried cranberries, feta cheese, pecans, salmon, and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing), another snack (like sliced apples with peanut butter), and a small dinner (like asparagus and tilapia).

Adding these healthy items not only jump started my appetite, but they also provided enough protein and fiber to help prevent bloat. Oh, and not to mention at least a gallon of water to help with digestion. Speaking of water…

Stay Hydrated

I wasn’t drinking nearly enough water as I should have.  Once I increased my water intake, the bloat slowly, but surely started to go away. But the most effective way I have found to help ease my stomach pain and increase regularity, is to drink water hot or room temperature water with lemon. There are many benefits to drinking water in this way, but the most important ones are aiding in digestion and flushing out toxins, which are key in keeping the intestines and colon healthy. (Take Somaya’s 7 Day Water Challenge here.)

Enzymes Everyday

As my diet is current high in fiber and protein, I found that taking digestive enzymes at least once per day helped my body breakdown those foods to help prevent bloat. Fiber is non digestible and unabsorbable within the intestines. This means that it can travel through the intestinal tract having the potential to clog things up. The enzymes break it down to allow for normal digestion and decreased bloat.

Sometimes a great deal of our health problems can be solved by changing our diet.  Do you research, find what works for you, and watch how your body reacts. You deserve to feel good…make it happen!

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Don’t Starve Yourself, Lose Weight the Right Way November 16, 2014

Filed under: Exercise,Health — Maya Fit Girl @ 9:34 am
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[As originally contributed to on August 24, 2014]

No matter how tempted you are to do it, please don’t skip meals with hopes of losing weight. That is the most unhealthiest way to shed some pounds. Sure, you’ll lose a few pounds, but not for long and not as much as you could by eating right. So what actually happens when you miss a few meals or skip whole days of eating?

 Loss of Nutrients

When you take away vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function, it has to get it from somewhere else. The first place your body will get what it needs is from your muscles. The protein in your muscles becomes the only energy source your body has when you deprive it of foods. The body will break down the muscle cells to get the protein and convert it to energy. Water, which makes up about 70% of your muscles, is released and excreted into your system. This loss of water is the weight loss you experience. In other words, you lose weight at the expense of your muscle.

You Look Fatter

You would think that the body would at least do you the favor of burning your fat when you decide to starve it. Not at all. While your muscles are being eaten away, the fat remains, not only increasing your body fat percentage, but even making you look bigger. One pound of muscle takes up much less space than one pound of fat, so when you muscle is gone, the fat has more room to spread, thus making you look bigger than you did before you decided to starve yourself.

Your Metabolism Decreases

Muscle is a metabolically active tissue, which means it keeps your metabolism elevated. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism and the more calories you burn (even at rest). So, while starving yourself, you lose muscle, which decreases your metabolism and your ability to effectively burn calories.

So what’s the lesson? You need to eat in order to lose weight. Starving yourself is the worst way to lose weight and be healthy. You deserve to have the body you want, but you also deserve to get it the right way. Love yourself enough know that.


Not Gonna Do It In 2012 January 10, 2012

Filed under: Family,Life,Woman — Maya Fit Girl @ 10:03 pm
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When embarking on a new health and fitness plan, one must come to the realization that there will be a few things in which one must cease indulging. At the start of implementing this new plan, I went through a sort of trial period where I would test my will in resisting those unhealthy, yet yummy goodies. I wanted to see if I could really do it. If I could abstain from the deliciously naughty goodies and replace them with either positive thoughts or a carrot stick or two, I would be able to make it through the first stage of my lifestyle change.

So, I have decided to give up the following things for 2012 and beyond:

  1. All fried foods, especially those golden delicious French fries from both McDonald’s and Wendy’s. How could one truly resist that salty,crunchy exterior with its soft and warm insides that when dipped in smooth ketchup-y goodness, creates an explosion of taste that has you yearning for more and more! Obviously, that’s gonna be a hard one…
  2. Non-minty candy, which includes my “weakness trinity” of Starburst, Sour Skittles, and Twizzlers. Man, how I will miss their sweet, sweet blast of pseudo-fruity flavor as it hits my ever-awaiting tongue! But, I will have to keep the mints in my fast-decreasing list of candies so as to not offend anyone when the time presents itself.
  3. Canned goods have made their way off my list, as well. Although convenient and affordable, I cannot consume something that is meant to last for an infinite amount of time. There is something a little too precarious about beans that have been sitting in a thick syrupy substance for who knows how long. Or peach halves that have been marinating in pear juice for 10 years. Have you ever left a cup of juice on the counter for more than 10 hours? It starts smelling like fermenting wine!
  4. Milk! Unfortunately, in my old age, I have become…or should I say, my stomach has become very uncomfortable when milk comes around. Oh, how I will miss its silky, creaminess as it envelopes each little brown flake in my favorite bowl. Milk has now been replaced with almond soy milk.

Last, but not least…

5. No more Golden Oreos! I still remember the first time I saw the commercial for these little tasty treats. I felt like the heavens had parted and the sun was shining down on only me. The regular Oreos weren’t that good to me, so I would always buy those cheap vanilla sandwich cookies to quell my cookie craving. But no more!! I could finally delight in the tasty goodness that is the Golden Oreo. All my dreams had come true in that one moment of television viewing. Alas, the dream is over. I will now have to find a replacement for my sweet delicacy.

I know that changing eating habits can be a difficult thing, but if I keep in mind that I am doing it all to live a long, salubrious life it will help put it all into perspective.

I can do it!




Time to Make Some Changes January 9, 2012

Although I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, I did happen to resolve to do a few new things within the last few weeks. In mid-December, my physical therapy was coming to a close, holiday eating seemed to be on the increase, and I was resigning control of the cleanliness of my home to my boys.  I had to make a change and I had to do it fast, if not for my sanity, then for my health.

Going through physical therapy, as a result of my car accident, allowed me to get back into physical fitness on a daily basis for a little over two months. Prior to that, I had an on-again, off-again relationship with regular exercise as it always ended in me losing too much weight and going down a size.  I couldn’t figure out how to combine healthy food habits with my exercise regimen.  I needed some help! But seriously, who’s going to the help the little skinny girl figure out how to stop losing weight so she can exercise on a regular basis? What a tragedy [insert sarcasm and dramatic violins]!  Oh, and did I mention, my appetite is practically non-existent.  Unless, of course, I get a hold of the few unhealthy foods that I love so much.  I could probably eat a whole Giordano’s stuffed pizza, Original Pancake House’s full stack (6) of buttermilk pancakes, and strawberry Twizzlers (not all together). But luckily for my waistline, I don’t consume those naughty treats very often.

So, I decided to slowly start a new nutritional and fitness routine.  I have begun with some weight training and core exercise routines based on a few fitness DVDs that have been collecting dust in my exercise room.  I have been advised by a physical trainer friend that I must eliminate or significantly decrease the cardio from my workout in order to stop the weight loss. Yoga, Pilates, core strengthening, and weights will now be the focus of my workout regimen.

The hubs and I have also changed our eating habits. For breakfast, we might have oatmeal with fruit and honey in it or, if I am too busy, I will eat pink grapefruit, an apple and have a cup of green tea. Lunch may include delicious homemade chicken and veggie soup and green tea.  For dinner, we have been eating robust salads, which include green leaf lettuce or spinach, feta cheese, baked chicken, almonds, tomatoes, apples, corn, and balsamic vinaigrette or light ranch dressing. Those salads are my favorite and are very filling. Between meals,  I eat nuts, raisins, fruits, popcorn, wheat crackers, Greek yogurt, pretzels, etc. The change hasn’t been that drastic for me, but it has been great having a meal plan to stick to that helps ensure that I eat often throughout the day.

And now for the best change of all!  In the past few weeks, I decided to take back the order in my house.  With two little boys and a husband, cleaning is not something that tops their list of excitement. Nagging everyone to clean up after themselves grew tiring and, thus, I gave in to the mess.

Gone were the days of the regular Saturday cleaning routine. Everyone would clean whenever they felt like it. Things had gotten so lax that I found myself contributing to the mess.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we weren’t about to appear on an episode of  “Clean House”, but it wasn’t up to the standard OCD standards that I was used to [ OCD blog entry]. I had to do something drastic…

I decided to pay the hubs an undisclosed amount of cash to deep clean the first floor of the house. He did an awesome job! I could have done it myself, but I figured that if he cleaned that one time, I would clean every day after. I wanted to start off fresh in order to regain control of and reinstate my OCD power within our home.  This time, no one will be a victim of my tyranny!  I will now bear the burden of maintaining my home, aside from my son’s bedroom and bathroom, which he will handle himself.

Is it weird to be super excited to clean up every day? If it is, I don’t care!

I am so happy to be back on the right track, both with the appearance of my home and the appearance and health of myself.  Getting things in order in 2012!

Next up- Getting debt free…except for student loans because that’s gonna take a life time!


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