eat often; feel better
Not to be too graphic or anything, but I’ve had stomach issues pretty much since Linsey was born. Let’s just say that it’s either going well or it’s not…
So after doing a little bit of research I have made a few alterations that I’m hoping will help me tremendously. I’ve decided to change up my eating habits slightly. Instead of three fairly big meals during the day I’m going to be eating five or six smaller meals to help keep from getting overly hungry, but also to keep from loading my stomach so much at meal time. My days are going to go a little like this for a bit and see how the changes help me.
I’ve been regularly working out for quite some time so that isn’t a big change really, but what my workouts will look like is a bit different. I’m mixing them up quite a bit more than I have been lately to get a good mix of yoga, cardio, strength training and HIIT going. This morning I brought back an old favorite…
Meal Number One
I’m a big proponent of breakfast! And a big proponent of coffee. I always drink a cup (or two) of coffee and always eat breakfast. Usually it’s pretty healthy, but it doesn’t always stay with me for a long time. Most mornings my breakfast resembles something like this.
In the bowl:
- 1/4 c cooked steel cut oats with banana
- scoop of natural peanut butter
- tablespoon of chia seeds
- sprinkle of cinnamon
Meal Number Two
About three hours after my first meal I’ll be eating something else fairly protein based, but also filled with some leafy greens and fresh vegetables. Today I toasted a slice of whole wheat bread and had half of an egg sandwich with spring mix, red onion and tomato slices.
Meal Number Three
After the deli closed today (about three hours after my last meal) I was freezing and starting to feel a tad bit hungry so I went with some piping hot soup and crackers. Jason makes really yummy tomato basil soup so that was a no brainer meal choice.
Meal Number Four
Regan has decided that she’s done taking a break from dance classes so she and I packed some snacks and headed to the studio. She picked a cheese stick and juice box. I went with a few cookies the girls and I had baked last night and a honey crisp apple — and Breaking Dawn.
Meal Number Five
Dinner time was surprising for me. I wasn’t really hungry! But I also knew that if I didn’t eat something I would be raiding the pantry at bedtime like a beast so I made myself a yogurt bowl with dark cherry chobani, peanut butter and banana slices. It was filling and sweet — a great combination.
I’ve started taking a probiotic supplement every morning with breakfast for a multitude of reasons…
- enhanced immune system
- increased ability to digest food
- can help to reduce eczema
- reduces incidence of yeast infections
Psyllium Husk Powder
I’ve started mixing a scoop into a jar filled with water and drinking that every night before bed. The benefits of psyllium husk powder have become more important to me lately upon the recommendation from a friend.
- controlling blood sugar
- constipation relief
- treating diarreha
- weight loss
This is just a glimpse into a day in my life and the things I’m trying to make my little tummy feel better all the time. As gross as it seems to talk about “stomach issues” I have come to realize in my ‘completely open-book life where I really keep nothing secret’ that many people suffer from the same issues I do. I would really love to hear from you guys! If you suffer from crazy stomach issues like I do please tell me…
What have you found to help you with bloating, the ebb and flow of digestion or any other stomach troubles I may not have mentioned?