There are definitely days when I wake up not feeling my best. It may be that I’m extra tired, and just can’t seem to find the energy to start the day, or it’s that feeling of being weighed down. Often times caused from a heavy meal the night before, water retention, or simply because the body might not be up to feeling the right way. When we feel light, we feel good – about ourselves and the day in front of us. Feeling heavy and bloated is a quick way to send all self confidence out the door, and is also a reason for being lazy or procrastinating. Luckily, there are a few things you can do – in the morning and afternoon – to get you feeling lighter and better by night fall and into the following day.
Your body retains water when you’re not supplying it with enough, causing it to bloat. Being aware of how hydrated you are throughout the day is the easiest way to start feeling lighter. I always try to drink a big glass right when I wake up in the morning. The cold chill helps to wake me up, and I’ve realized that I’m more prone to drink it throughout the day if I immediately start in the morning. Water also helps to flush out the bad toxins and salt in our body which sometimes gives us that extra “puffy” feeling.
Add Some Lemon
If you want to go the extra step, add fresh lemon into your water, but make sure the water is hot! Hot lemon water helps to kick start your digestive system. Drinking a cup of this in the morning can help settle the stomach if you went to bed with a full tummy!
Kick The Dairy
I always have a hard time stomaching dairy first thing in the morning. Dairy is a mucus forming food, which can clog up your system and make you feel heavier. If you find that your stomach is upset, or you’re feeling bloated after consuming any form of it, try cutting back. It’s easy to find substitutes for milk. Try trading it in for soy, almond, or rice milk. And if your worried about loosing out on vitamin D, you can easily get the right amount your body needs from dark leafy greens, and proteins like salmon.
If you think about it, every time you open and close your mouth in the process of chewing a piece of gum, you’re swallowing unnecessary air into the stomach. It sits in your gut, not moving anywhere which can make us feel heavier. Gum also contains sugar alcohol, which causes bloating.
Snack The Right Way and Slow Down
Picking the right kind of foods to snack on is ideal when it comes to feeling lighter. Fiber rich foods, like avocados, raspberries, and quinoa are great to snack on. Quinoa specifically contains fiber that gets rid of unneeded fats and helps speed up the digestion process. I love cooking some up and mashing in a fresh avocado slice. This is super easy to make, and it’s a fast and healthy snack! And always remember to eat slowly, and allow time for your body to realize if it’s full or not! This helps to avoid overeating.
Getting a work out in before the daily grind is one of my favorite things to do. Yes, I always have a hard time waking up a bit earlier to fit one in, but it feels so good to get it out of the way. Sweating out toxins early can help us feel lighter throughout the day, and getting your heart rate up in the morning can fight off grogginess! Knowing that you accomplished a hard physical activity that early in the morning is also a great mental start to the day.
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