By now, many of you have received your April Women’s Health Birchbox, so you know that this month is all about tiny tweaks, big results. In honor of that, our video intern, Charisse, is focusing on improving small things in her daily routine. She’ll be sharing the results with all of you, of course! Next up: her snacking habits.
Week Three: Snacking Habits
Though my official title here at Birchbox is Editorial and Video Intern, my unofficial title is Queen of Snacking. As a lifelong fan of Nutella and pretzels, I love sweet and salty things. Let it be known that I also occasionally indulge in a scoop or two of ice cream—and by occasionally, I mean every night. This week, I rose to the challenge of changing my food habits by switching out the snacks and drinking more water.
Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.
Few symptoms are more uncomfortable, energy-sucking, and inhospitable to skinny jeans than parade float-style bloating. It’s one of the most common complaints my clients seem to have. Whether it’s due to excess gas, hormones or the proverbial “food baby,” it all means one thing—your digestion is out of whack. Different things work for different bodies, so try each of these simple de-bloat strategies and see what works best for you.
An abundance of bad gut bacteria can lead to the one-two punch of gas and bloating. Probiotics, the good bacteria, can overpower them and ease your digestive funk. Support the good guys with a daily probiotic supplement and a variety of fermented foods. Yogurt is a great one, but also try sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and kombucha. Variety is key as they all carry different strains of good bacteria.
If there’s one thing my mother asks me every time I speak to her, it’s “Are you drinking enough water?” If I happen to mention that my skin is looking less than stellar, she’s quick to remind me to drink the recommended eight ounces. I know I should drink more water and that it’s good for my skin but I’m often too lazy. But for the last six months I’ve been making a concerted effort to keep a water bottle on hand and in that in that time I’ve noticed a big change in my skin. Of course I still get breakouts, but I can always tell when I haven’t been drinking enough water. My skin just starts to look a little dull and blotchy.