Beat the Post-holiday Bloat

Are your jeans a little snug today? You may be suffering from a term I call post holiday bloating. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past few weeks at great parties with amazing friends and family eating too many carbohydrates and sweets and having one too many adult beverages. Sounds familiar?

All is not lost, here a few tips on how to beat the holiday bloat, and get back into those skinny jeans before you’re singing auld lang syne on New Years Eve.

Cut the carbohydrates.  Eating carbohydrates causes your body to retain water, which ultimately gives you a bloated feeling. Remember that not all carbohydrates are bad for you, and a portion of your dietary needs should come from carbohydrates. Choose wisely by selecting fruits, vegetables and ancient grains. Stay away from white bread, pastries, cereals, and rich past and rice meals.

Burn baby burn. If you’re in a part of the world with a milder climate, head outdoors for a brisk walk or run. If you live in cooler climate, do aerobics at home or hit the gym for a cardiovascular workout. Try to workout at an elevated heart rate for at least 30 minutes. Getting back into your normal workout routine (or choosing to start working out) will reduce the sluggish feeling you may have post-holiday. It will also feel great to sweat!

Go Green. I love cleansing with fresh green veggies. My favorites are kale and spinach . Pick your favorite green vegetables, add your favorite fruit, and blend it into a smoothie. Click here for an easy not so green smoothie, green smoothie recipe.

Drink water. Holiday meals contain a lot of sodium which leads to bloating. While you may not feel like drinking water, try to encourage yourself to have a glass every 3-4 hours. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Remember, your daily intake should be half of your weight in ounces.

Love your gut. Consider taking a daily probiotic with digestive enzymes to get your digestive system back on track after the holidays. There are many benefits associated with taking probiotics including assisting with weight loss, stimulating immune response, preventing infections, decreasing allergies, and increasing digestive health. My favorite probiotic is probio 5. To learn more about it click here.




Mexican Chicken Soup

I hope this soup is politically correct. I’m calling Mexican Chicken Soup because it calls for cumin (my favorite spice) and it is garnished with avocado. In my world, that’s enough to claim the title of “Mexican” cuisine, or at the very least Tex Mex…

Level: Beginner
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 35-40 minutes

Here’s what you need…

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions and peppers (red, yellow, orange or green – pick your favorites)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper
4 cups of chicken broth (if using store bought, that’s great, but look for a low sodium, organic brand)
1 can or 2 cups (if doing homemade) diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cumin
A few turns of your pepper mill (to taste)
2 cups of diced or shredded cooked chicken breasts

Garnishes: diced avocado, diced tomatoes, onions

Let’s cook…

Heat olive oil on medium heat. Add onions and peppers, and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes, you’ll know good things are happening when you start to small the garlic.

Add the homemade chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cumin, salt and pepper, and bring to a slow boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer (medium/low) and cook for 15-20 minutes.

While this is cooking, it’s a great time to either put your boneless chicken breasts in the oven to bake, dice already precooked chicken (do not buy frozen precooked chicken or Tyson precooked chicken. I’m suggesting precooked chicken that you’ve cooked yourself), or debone a store bought whole rotisserie chicken.

Combine diced or shredded chicken, and cook on low heat for another 10-15 minutes.

Ladle into a bowl, and serve with your favorite garnishes!

It’s really so ridiculously easy, and delicious on a cool night. Ole!


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