One of our worst enemies as ladies is the dreaded tummy bloat. Bloating is caused by water build up between the cells in our bodies and is usually a result of what we’re eating. Poor digestion and too much sodium can cause inflammation and make our bellies puff up, leaving us feeling completely horrible.  Luckily, there are some simple ways to de-bloat and feel amazing so you can rock those photoshoots!  These are my top 5 debloating foods to help get you ready!

1. Wake Up With Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar helps your body reach a natural alkaline pH level. It’s full of vitamins and minerals that clean your liver and intestines. One of the best parts about it is that it helps digestion, de-bloating and weight loss. YAS! I’ve got to be honest and tell you it’s not the best tasting, but it’s totally worth it.

My Morning Kick

2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Filtered Water

Try adding these too, especially if you’re feeling fluish! 

½ Tsp. Raw Honey

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper

2. Eat “Fatty” Foods

Don’t let the “fats” fool you. It’s about eating the right fats that your body will use as energy instead of storing. Foods like salmon, avos, walnuts and flaxseeds are SUPER high in Omega 3 fatty acids. When consumed regularly, these Omega 3’s will help reduce inflammation and can aid in overall weight loss.

3. Drink More Water

Upping your water intake will make a major impact on your body. Water flushes out the toxins in the body that are causing you to retain it. When you hydrate your body, it no longer has the need to hold onto excess water, allowing you to lose the extra water. Make sure to drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day and watch your bloat disappear.

4. Ditch The Dairy

Although you may not be lactose intolerant, the enzyme lactase in dairy is hard for our bodies to digest. Basically, your body gets really angry at you on the inside and puffs up to stick it to you on the outside. The digestion process causes inflammation, gas and bloating.  The exception to this is yogurt with live/active cultures. The good bacteria from the probiotics in yogurt can actually help to decrease inflammation. If you want to ditch it all together though, just add a good probiotic capsule each day and you are good to go!

5. Get Your Fruit On

Many people avoid fruit when they are trying to limit their sugar intake, but there are certain fruits you should consider keeping around to help your tummy relax. Papaya is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to de-bloating.  Along with all of its awesome vitamins and minerals, papaya contains an enzyme called Papain, which aids in digestion and reduces inflammation (and helps keep things moving so your belly can stay flat).

While there are many other natural ways to help you slim down for a photoshoot, these five simple tips are on the top of my list. They can easily be added into your daily routine, which means you will be more likely to stick with it and see results!

I hope this helps!

Much love,