Foods to Avoid Before/During a Date – No Bloating Here!
There are actually foods out there that cause more bloating than others. Knowing these will let you know which ones to avoid. This can be helpful on a day to day basis, but especially helpful on date-night or when you’re wearing a tight-fitting outfit. Not only will I list some of the bloat causing foods, but also some alternatives for them so you don’t have to starve yourself while you’re out and about!
Carbonated Drinks are at the top of my list. Why? They are all too popular. Not only at lunch, dinner, or as a snack in between, but so many people use them as a mixer in their alcoholic drinks. Jack and Coke, Captain and Diet, Vodka Red Bulls…you get the point. These are not your friend when you are trying to keep the form you had when you left the house. What causes this? These drinks contain a high amount of carbon dioxide, which is a gas. Where do those gases go that you swallow? Down to your belly. That’s why you burp so easily after drinking soda. Alternatives: Water, Tea, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice.
Beans and Lentils are next up. Both of these are Legumes, and are both high in fiber. Fiber can cause added bloating, especially to people who don’t consume much fiber on a regular basis. One way to help with the bloating that these cause is to soak and drain them several times before cooking them. This helps get rid of the FODMAPs, which are basically carbohydrates that turn into gases during digestion. Alternatives: Grains or Quinoa
Broccoli, Onion, and Garlic also can cause extra bloating when consumed. Broccoli has those same FODMAPs that Beans and Lentils have. Next, Onions and Garlic contain fructans, which is a fiber that, like explained above, causes bloating. Guess what? Fructans are part of the FODMAPs family, so there’s no getting around it there. You may start thinking, “Oh, darn you FODMAPs! You’re taking all the delicious options out of our meals!’ But wait, there are alternatives here too! Thyme, Parsley, Basil, Chives, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, and Zucchini. Yum!
Will knowing these bloating foods help on your next adventure? I hope so, and don’t forget about the alternatives, as they are also really tasty and won’t cause your gut to grow (well, as long as you don’t eat too much, but that is another topic). Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below. I love to read your feedback, ideas, and opinions. Thanks for reading!
Kim Shapira MS, RD