I have another Mexico vacation this week for my best friend's wedding (super exciting). Some of you may remember, I was in Tulum just a year ago for another friends’ wedding. I’m thinking Vegas is out, and Mexico is in for weddings, and I’m not mad about that. Enjoying the Mexican sun and beautiful beaches should be all one has to worry about on vacay right?! That’s what I thought until I started becoming severely bloated on a regular basis this past month. It was really bothering me because I thought,“I eat healthy, I exercise regularly, and practice stress management, what the heck is going on?!" I knew I needed to nip this issue in the booty (or rather the stomach) because being bloated while in a swim suit is the LAST thing I want to have to worry about while on a tropical vacay.
Bloating can happen to anyone, it’s usually from poor eating habits, but it can also be related to stress or PMS, weak digestion, or other medical conditions (some serious). I started evaluating any recent dietary and lifestyle changes I had made, and pinpointed the issue down to a few possible causes:
1) Having a daily protein shake with a new vegan protein powder I had gotten (Before this, I’d have them maybe 1-2 times a week, not daily). I did some research and it turns out some ingredients commonly found in plant-based protein powders can be hard for our bodies to break down.
2) Multi-tasking while eating (known as unmindful eating)…I know not good right?!
3) Having hummus daily- While chickpeas are healthy, they can be hard for the body to digest and have enzyme inhibitors that slow down digestion. So consuming them on the regular was possibly too much for my digestive system to handle.
Since recognizing that one or all of these habits could be contributing to my recent bloat, I’ve made a few changes to make sure I won’t be bloated for my trip: I’ve ditched the protein powder, opting to add hemp seeds, chlorella, and spirulina for protein in my smoothies instead. It’s been 2 weeks and already it has helped dramatically. I’ve also been practicing mindful eating by setting down my phone and eating lunch outside, away from my computer. I have ditched my beloved hummus for now and am going to start sprouting my garbanzo beans when I do start eating it again, which will increase digestibility.
Additionally, I’ve been practicing some of these go-to no-bloat tips. I thought with potential vacays coming up and summer right around the corner I’d share them with you because being bloated isn’t fun for anyone, and can especially be a bummer when you work so hard to feed your body right and work up a sweat on the regular.