Why am I thinking about foods that don’t cause bloating? Well, I’ve been flying a lot lately. After a tough experience of relocating from one university to the next my daughter Delaney started playing lacrosse for the University of Indianapolis. (It’s a long story with a happy ending that I’ll share another time.)
So far, my husband Russ and I have traveled to watch her play twice in Indianapolis. We followed the team to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they made program history by winning the GLIAC conference title. They also won entry into the NCAA Division II quarter finals.
You better believe this Momma was glowing. Unfortunately, she was also retaining a little water. Yes. The air pressure changes and gastrointestinal-tract-slowing effects of the airplane always take their toll.
I love traveling and I even enjoy plane trips but it does make my body exhausted, and a bit swollen from time to time. Fortunately, I’m a veteran. I know a thing or two about minimizing the damage by choosing foods that don’t cause bloating.
Before I share my best airplane snacks to avoid bloating after flying—and those you should definitely pass up—here are a few simple ground rules. The cosmopolitan woman who wants to travel a few thousand miles without adding a post-flight inch or two to her waistline should always:
Here are my top 5 airplane snacks for avoiding bloating after flying:
I like to order a fresh garden salad and make a meal of it with a low-sodium protein sprinkled on top. Chickpeas, salmon, or chicken keep me feeling full and happy to leave those pretzels unopened.
The fiber, protein and good fats in almonds fills me up and activates my healthy digestion. Plus, when I choose unsalted almonds, it helps me avoid bloat.
In terms of foods that don’t cause bloating, fruit is a superstar because it’s full of fibre. Apples, oranges, and bananas give me lasting energy, hydration, and digestive benefits. For energy, bananas are my favourite because of the natural carbohydrates.
Its protein fills you up–in all the right, and none of the wrong ways! Plus, it’s a creamy bit of indulgence that staves off cravings for less healthy snacks.
Look, traveling can be stressful and all of those quick, fatty, tasty snacks look extra tempting when you’re stressed out. Bring high quality dark chocolate and get that dopamine kick without the gurgling belly.
Now, here are the foods you should avoid at all costs:
Sadly, those Pringles, pretzels, and salted peanuts are going to plump you up like you wouldn’t believe. Not worth it!
Breath-freshening benefits aside, sugar-free gum will do a number on your tummy. Because it contains hard-to-digest sorbitol and causes you to swallow more air, it’s a major bloater.
That ginger ale is going to taste sweet going down, but it’s going to feel sour once it reaches its destination. Sip your water bottle instead.
Fatty foods are probably your worst offender when it comes to slowing down your digestive tract.
A certain amount of bloating after flying is unavoidable. But you can avoid the worst of it with a few careful choices. It’s worth it. I know when I’m cheering my heart out for Delaney, I want to be focused on nothing else.
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