I remember chatting with a great friend of mine over dinner years ago (V Lucky).
We talked about how during that time of the month women become very bloated and most women don’t know why and just put up with that horrible feeling for at least 7 days.
We discussed that during that time we stopped eating certain foods and what occurred was amazing. In that week the stomach was not bloated and the menstrual cramps were not as intense. So it must be in what we eat.
So here is what I came up with. You know sodium best as table salt, but salt and sodium are hidden in all kinds of products, including packaged foods, fast foods, frozen foods, canned foods, and condiments, to name a few.
When you eat sodium, the excess sodium is deposited just beneath the skin where it attracts water, which is retained in your cells. This makes you look puffy and feel bloated. You don’t have to make yourself crazy over this, because there is sodium in everything! But here are a few tips:
• Read labels to check the sodium content of what you’re eating.
• Replace processed foods with fresh.
• Avoid prepackaged and canned foods.
• Be wary of salt-laden condiments and use very little soy sauce, mustard, and table salt.
• Go easy on dairy, and avoid processed meat (hot dogs, jerky, bologna, corned beef), anything pickled (pickles, capers, sauerkraut), relish, ketchup, and butter.
Here are some sodium-free substitutes you can use instead: Here are some sodium-free substitutes you can use instead: garlic, lemon, olive oil, vinegar, pepper, basil, cayenne, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, curry, dill, garlic powder, ginger, lemon, lime, mint, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.