Road body= body that is ready for the road (if you desire a lean body, round in all the right places that is YOUR road body) *Cue Kerwin and Nessa*. Here’s to those subtly defined arms, that intense v-cut and distinct definition of the bumper. Although everyone’s (road) body goals will differ just as much as body types differ in general, there’s at least one take away point in this piece for everyone. It is no lie that you are what you eat. After all, there’s a reason the phrase has been around for such a long time! Of course, if your current diet is heavily influenced by any of the three mentioned below, it is not expected that you quit cold ham (get it?), but a gradual reduction can improve well-being and reveal that road body. Here are just a few tips for more zessing and less stressing on the road this carnival.
Possibly the bane of our existence. Think about how fizzy an ice cold Sprite is, now imagine all those bubbles in your tummy not a good look right? It is possible for the air bubbles to get trapped in the stomach, contributing to the look and feel of bloating. Also, a study in the Obesity Research and Clinical Practice journal states sipping on fizzy drinks can even encourage us to eat more due to the increased release of a hunger hormone in the blood. While artificially sweetened beverages may appeal to some more than water, we can find a middle ground. Replace with fresh fruit smoothies which are naturally sweet and nutritious. It’s a win-win!While carbohydrates are a source of energy for the body, refined ones have gone through a process where there are now minimal amounts of nutritious substances to benefit us. I know right! What’s the point? Many times products that are made from white flour, for instance, will be advertised as enriched and this is the reason. Filled with simple sugars, these kinds of foods cause a spike in blood sugar levels, and are only beneficial if some sort of physical activity follows their consumption almost immediately. The glycemic index (GI) is a label given to foods based on how quickly the sugar content is absorbed in the blood- therefore affecting our blood glucose levels. Refined carbohydrates are high on the GI chart. They are digested quickly and thus don t keep us full for very long. Think about how much you enjoy a range of sometimes overpriced pastries only to be hungry again, perhaps even half hour after consumption. However, have no fear, your favourite eats can still be enjoyed while being more beneficial to the body (revealing that v-cut) by simple replacement with whole grain instead. This is low on the glycemic index which means it is released slowly into the bloodstream thus keeping you fuller for longer. In addition, with magnesium present, the inclusion of whole grain relaxes the intestinal walls, thus allowing ease in gas expulsion and a direct to reduction in bloating.
That’s right girl no breakfast meats, like hot dog sausages or bacon and no quick fix corned beef either, Susan. Chemicals are added to fresh meat in order to preserve them. One of these chemicals is sodium nitrite which acts as an antimicrobial when curing meat. The other is sodium chloride (also known as salt) which is used to mainly naturally preserve taste in food. One of its uses in the body is to absorb various substances in the small intestine. Although salt is a vital substance in our bodies for various functions, as with everything else, too much then causes an imbalance in the body with various effects. Processed meats are not only high in sodium and fat, but they can be linked to chronic disease as well. So what action should you take? Eat less salt, I know it sounds hard, but if you consider all of the naturally occurring salt in your daily food consumption you’ll realise there is no constant need for added salt in the amounts present in some of these convenience foods- like processed meats. I know what you’re thinking, Less salt? I might as well eat cardboard! However, there’s a great alternative. By using herbs, spices and the like to flavour food instead, you not only reduce your salt intake, but you get the benefits of these additions as well. For instance, garlic is a diuretic and so it causes increased passing of urine which means less bloating from water retention (which is increased with high salt intake).
A firm believer in meeting you where you are for your health and wellness goals, Zakiya-Tuere Savary is a budding health educator with a passion for dance; fulfilling her purpose one health promoting tip at a time. Follow her on IG @tueretalks