HOW TO GET THE BEST RESULTS WITH BUMBLETEE

IS IT OKAY TO HAVE A CHEAT MEAL?

By Switch Support Collaborator

The worst thing about healthy eating, especially if you're like me and have a huge sweet tooth, is thinking that you may have to say goodbye to your favourite foods. Cheating is giving yourself a calculated, planned permission to break the rules and be a lil' bit naughty. People often need this cheat meal or cheat day because then they are more likely to stick to the prescribed diet the majority of the time. 

Soooo, are cheat meals okay?

YES! Indulging in your favourite foods once a week is not going to harm you. The main reason I started blending my own tea and how I ended up with BumbleTee's Bye Bye Bloat Tea was because I wanted to have a go-to saviour to reduce my bloating after I had a sneaky cheat meal! I didn't think it was fair that I suffered with 3 days worth of severe bloating all because of one cheat meal and equated to 5% of my entire weeks diet!

Not only that, it's good to reward yourself and enjoy life. I never wanted BumbleTee to be a brand like many other detox teas that promote unhealthy and unrealistic beauty standards. I want people to know that it's perfectly okay to enjoy that chocolate, pizza or hot chips and gravy (which is my fav cheat meal btw) as long as it's in moderation. BumbleTee is about being confident and comfortable in your body, which I seriously struggled with everyday when my bloating was almost constant. We are not about unhealthy weight loss methods. BumbleTee is happy to have you in the hive whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight or just want to be comfy in your skin :) xx

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MEAL IDEAS TO REDUCE BLOATING

By Switch Support Collaborator

For sufferers of chronic inflammation, your diet can make a huge difference in not only your bloating, but your overall health. It helps inflammation, strengthens bone, boost the immune system and help joint pain. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases such as cancer, alzheimer's, arthritis, diabetes and depression. So there are many reasons besides bloating that I chose to implement this lifestyle change.

Anti-inflammatory diets and Bye Bye Bloat Tea have changed my life and confidence and I truly hope it can do the same for you. Feel free to research the countless benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet and please let us know how you go on your journey!

Breakfast:

  1. Buckwheat and chia seed porridge
  2. Oat porridge with berries
  3. Buckwheat berry pancakes
  4. Scrambled eggs with tumeric
  5. Smoked salmon, avocado and poached eggs on toast (my personal fav)
  6. Pineapple smoothie
  7. Gingerbread oatmeal
  8. Gluten free crepes
  9. Coconut yoghurt with fruit and berries
  10. Oatmeal with honey

Lunch/dinner:

  1. Grilled sauerkraut, hummus, and avocado sandwich
  2. Whole wheat wrap with chicken breast
  3. Spinach and feta frittata
  4. Quinoa and citrus salad
  5. Lentil, beetroot and hazelnut salad
  6. Cauliflower steak with beans and tomato
  7. Lettuce wraps with smoked trout
  8. Salmon with zucchini pasta and pesto
  9. Roasted cauliflower, fennel and ginger soup
  10. Lentil and chicken soup with sweet potato
  11. Salmon with greens and cauliflower rice
  12. Prawn and vegetable curry
  13. Salmon cakes
  14. Mediterranean tuna salad
  15.  Kale caesar salad with grilled chicken wrap
  16. Lemon herb salmon and zucchini 
  17. Baby spinach and mushroom frittata

Snacks:

  1. Chia seed pudding
  2. Smoothie of your choice
  3. Yoghurt 
  4. Turmeric nachos
  5. Matcha smoothie bowl
  6. Acai bowl
  7. Trail mix
  8. Dried fruit (without added sugar)
  9. Wholegrain avocado toast

Once you get the hang of what you can and can't eat, you will realise that it is quite an easy change and the options of meals are endless!

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FOOD DO'S AND DONT'S FOR REDUCING THE BLOAT

By Switch Support Collaborator

Inflammation is the bodies response to avoid foreign objects that may cause you harm. Your diet can absolutely cause inflammation. As someone with Chronic Inflammation, I have a VERY sensitive stomach that can easily be inflamed and cause bloating, amongst other awful symptoms. 

Throughout my experience with severe bloating, I have tried every diet imaginable. I have found the best results through an anti-inflammatory diet. This helped improve my gut health, bloating, and even helped my migraines, alot surprisingly. Consider trying an anti inflammatory diet if you wish to get the best possible results with BumbleTee or even if you suffer from IBS, or even migraines. As someone who used to be skeptical of certain foods being able to help my bloating or migraines, I can honestly say I was shocked at the results. 

An anti-inflammatory diet helps reduce body wide inflammation. It mainly consists of fruits and vegetables, foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, lean protein and healthful fats (such as avocado) and spices (like cinnamon.....which is an ingredient in our Bye Bye Bloat Tea!.)

Avoid foods such as sugary or processed foods, which can cause inflammation in the gut. Keep up a healthy intake of antioxidants, like the ones in our Bye Bye Bloat Tea!

An anti-inflammatory diet is hardly a 'diet', but more of a style of eating. Feel free to research foods that are considered anti-inflammatory and try a range of anti-inflammatory diets such as the DASH diet or Mediterranean diet.

Feel free to keep an eye on our blogs for extra tips and food guides! xx

Throughout my years of personal trial and error experimenting with different foods I now have a list of things to avoid and things that are safe.

Foods to avoid:

  • Refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pastries
  • Fried foods/trans fats
  • Soda/soft drinks
  • Red meats
  • Processed meats
  • Margarine 
  • Processed sugars or overly sweet foods

These foods are already typically listed as unhealthy and bad for your health. I personally do enjoy some of these foods and have quite a sweet tooth and it is absolutely okay for you to occasionally splurge and have a 'cheat meal'. The reason why I created BumbleTee and my first product was the 'Bye Bye Bloat Tea' was so I had some help reducing my bloating after a 'cheat meal'. I didn't want to give up my weekly cheat meal all because I had plans and couldn't afford to bloat and not fit my clothes or feel extremely uncomfortable. Enjoy that cheat meal, enjoy that night out with friends and know that our Bye Bye Bloat Tea will be waiting for you to save you from uncomfortable and inconvenient reactions.

Foods that fight inflammation:

  • Tomatoes
  • Berries e.g strawberries, blueberries, oranges, cherries 
  • Kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower 
  • Eggs
  • Nuts e.g. almonds and walnuts
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado 
  • Leafy greens
  • Fatty fish
  • Fruit and Veggies 
  • Wholegrains
  • Beans
  • Herbs and spices
  • Green tea (which is an ingredient in the Bye Bye Bloat Tea)
  • Mushrooms 
  • Grapes 
  • Tumeric
  • Dark chocolate and cacao (yes, you can enjoy some chocolate!)
  • Red wine, up to 140 mls per day (woohoo)

Benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet:

I wanted to include a list of benefits besides bloating reduction to show you the amazing health benefits and other reasons why you might want to implement this diet into your daily life, or if you have someone you know with these conditions and you want to pass on the message.

  • Improvement of arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus and other autoimmune disorders
  • Decreased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer
  • Reduction in inflammatory markers in your blood
  • Improved blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Improvement of energy and mood

Chronic inflammation is unhealthy and can lead to disease. You can improve not only your bloating, but also your quality of life with introducing anti-inflammatory foods. 

Please note: some of these foods may still cause your body to react. For example, broccoli causes bloating for me but it may not for you. Keep notice of what foods you eat and what reaction it causes for you. Everybody is different and has different reactions to certain foods. I kept a food diary throughout my introduction into anti-inflammatory foods to pinpoint exactly what wasn't working for me and what was.

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