Most people start their day first thing with a big cup of delicious hot coffee, then rush to the office and enjoy yet another large cup of coffee all the while forgetting one very important detail which is essential all hours of the day - hydration! When you are gulping down coffee all morning, there is very high chance that you are not drinking water along side of your cup of Joe. This used to be a very bad habit of mine. Lunchtime would roll around and all of the sudden I'd realize that I haven't had a cup of water all day.
Most all of my female clients deal with the dreaded belly bloat which can come from a host of things like food allergies, leaky gut, candida, too much sodium, or more simply just plain old dehydration! When we are rushing around each day running on coffee alone for the first half of the day, we start to retain water which is the last thing we want when we are trying to get a flat belly.
I'm not out to make coffee the bad guy because there are actually a lot of benefits to drinking organic coffee such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. But I can bet that if you are just drinking coffee from Starbucks or the office pot of coffee, then you are most likely drinking coffee that has been heavily sprayed with pesticides that are toxic to our bodies and get stored away in our fat cells. I don't know about you, but I don't need any extra junk stored in my fat cells!
So what can be done to start reducing that stubborn belly bloat?
There are two things that I absolutely love to do in the mornings to help reduce belly bloat...
- #1 Drink a large glass of water first thing when you wake up. I prefer warm water with the juice of half a lemon or 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil, but just plain warm water is perfectly fine too.
- #2 Swap your morning coffee with my favorite flat belly tea recipe (below).
Not only will both of these morning rituals help you to kick your coffee habits to the curb it will also decrease belly bloat, help stimulate digestion, stop cravings in their tracks, and may help with weight loss by jump-starting the metabolism! You will still need to remember to drink water during the rest of your day, so make sure to keep a water bottle next to you to sip on throughout the day.
Flat Belly Tea Recipe
- 1 cup organic hot green tea
- 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- Juice from a lemon half
- Stevia or raw honey to taste
1. Brew 1-2 tea bags of green tea in 8oz of filtered water.
2. Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and stevia to taste.
3. Stir and enjoy!
What's your best tip for de-bloating or ditching the coffee habit?
Disclaimer: We earn a small commission if you use the highlighted links to purchase the products mentioned in this post. We recommend only products that we would use in our own home or that we would recommend for our clients. Your purchases help to support our blogging activities such as creating yummy recipes to share with you and also helps us to bring even more helpful nutrition and training information to you on a weekly basis. Thank you for your continued support and for helping us continue what we LOVE to do!