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Goodbye Belly Bloat!

This afternoon post-race, I finally caught up on some chores: Laundry, dishes, and grocery shopping. Over the last few days I haven’t been on the healthiest kick. My excuse was we didn’t have any food in the house.

Cookouts

Restaurants

Food Fest

Frozen yogurt

I have certainly noticed the effects a high fat diet and lack of motivation and exercise are having on my personality and my waist line. Lately I have been feeling like I have an inner tube around my body and I’m sick of it! I have been reading and researching some manageable ways I can quickly adjust my diet to eliminate the bloat and restore my healthy habits!

Everyone knows that stress can severely impact your hormone levels and how your body metabolizes food. One of the hormones that is stress-related and causes belly fat is cortisol. Cortisol is apparently released from the body during times of stress to regulate our body. However when there is too much stress and cortisol released, it heightens our blood sugar and negatively effects the way our body stores fat (typically in the belly). Some common signs that you have too much cortisol are belly fat, depression, high blood sugar and pressure, reduced libido, and insomnia.

Foods that can increase cortisol:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Gluten
  • Salt
  • Licorice

With the exception of that last one I eat these these all the time. Especially when I go out to eat. There is sooooo much sodium in restaurant food. There are so many ads for miracle pills that decrease cortisol levels in the body.

Instead of popping some pills, I picked up a few foods that should aide me in my healthy anti-cortisol mission when Nolan and I did some grocery shopping today.

Some foods that decrease /regulate cortisol:

  • Oatmeal
  • Whole wheat cereal
  • Beans
  • Strawberries
  • Beef
  • Chicken 
  • Seafood
  • Leafy greens
  • Tomatoes

Tonight’s dinner was a healthy-ish balanced meal that incorporated many of these foods. We bought a few pan-frying steaks that were on sale. Nolan made up a delicious marinade.

Nolan’s Delicious Marinade:

  • BBQ sauce,
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • A shot of Jack Daniel’s

He cooked the meat in our electric skillet. It’s not a grill but it still tasted amazing. And it was cooked nice and rare just how I like it!

I steamed some fresh green beans, made some instant mashed potatoes (not a good choice I know but there is no better combo than mashed potatoes and steak) and a small salad.

I incorporated beef, beans, leafy greens, and tomatoes! It was a perfect dinner and a perfect end to the weekend.  Now I am sitting around reading my newest issue of Family Circle in hopes of discovering some new recipes.

I am especially interested in the slow cooker rib recipe :-) Enjoy what is left of the weekend!

 

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • mcfiremonkey May 20, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Great post. I’ve been under a huge amount of stress stemming for a disabling car accident back in Sept, which caused me to lose my job, and it all snowballed from there. I swear I’ve put on a good 30 lbs since then just from being immobile from not being able to do much. I’ll try eating these foods (already eat a lot of chicken) and see if I can balance out the cortisol :)

    • savorlifesflavors May 21, 2012, 7:19 pm

      For me, I have to make healthy eating a hobby. It makes planning meals and piecing ingredients together more fun! Discovering how food influences my body has become very important and intriguing to me. It blows my mind that what we eat is processed in different ways depending on outside factors such as stress and fatigue. Good luck!

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