How much would you say you love your tummy?
If the answer is ‘we’re BFFs’, awesome!
If you aren’t really feeling it right now, here’s the thing: You’ve got to start showing that tummy of yours some love and make friends again.
There’s a combination of things your tummy needs from you in order to help it to heal, feel better and look better. So I’ve put together some Mummy Tummy Friendly Foods to give your tummy the best chance it has to heal and feel awesome again.
#1 For a Healthy Tummy – You know when you eat something and it makes you feel really sluggish, tired and like you could enter a food coma at any point. Yeah. That’s the kind of stuff you want to avoid. Instead of processed foods that contain refined sugars and other unnecessary ingredients that stir up a chemical s**t storm, keep your ingredients list a simple as possible. Use only fresh ingredients, and for energy, eat protein filled eggs, fresh organic meat, fresh fish, green vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli and find natural sugars in fruits like bananas, oranges, apples and blueberries. All of these foods will help you feel less tired (something we could all use, right?), have more energy, be able to think more clearly and most of all keep our stomach healthy.
#2 For Fat Loss – If you’re doing fat burning exercise, you will need to be complementing this with good nutrition, otherwise you won’t lose the fat you want to. If you’re eating lots of sugary snacks, your body will be producing more insulin which means your body becomes really good at storing fat and not so good at breaking it down. Quit refined sugar all together and instead enjoy fruits and nuts, smoothies, infused waters. Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.
#3 To Aid Healing – If you’re healing postpartum you’ll want to give your tummy all the support you can by nourishing it with only good, nutritious and healing foods. You’ll be amazed how what we eat can impact how we heal. Eat lots of the following; Good fats found in nuts, avocado, coconut oil, oily fish and seeds. Organic grass fed meat, eggs and good ol’ H20.
#4 For Pelvic Health – Good bowel habits are crucial to pelvic health. Straining and constipation can be avoided by drinking lots of water and by eating fruits and vegetables daily. While we’re on the subject of 5 star pooping, why not treat yourself to a Squatty Potty to seriously up your bathroom game. Once you’ve pooped with the potty you won’t go back!
#5 To Reduce the Bloat – You eat certain foods and bam, you suddenly look like you’re 20 weeks pregnant again as you surreptitiously unbutton your jeans.. Avoid processed foods and breads to reduce your chance of bloating. Listen to your body and look for patterns, if it bloats every time you eat a certain foods, stop eating that and de-puff the tummy. Turmeric, ginger and rosemary are brilliant for an upset stomach and bloating, so use these ingredients in your dishes or simply infuse as a stomach-soothing tea.
Looking for mummy tummy friendly food inspiration? Check out our MUTU Food Pinterest board for recipes galore!