When game-changing opportunities (say, a next-level wellness retreat) come knocking, the last thing you want holding you back is bloating. Because whether you’re lying poolside or rocking your chic athleisure at a networking event, feeling your best is an absolute must.
That’s why I asked Candice Kumai, wellness maven, all-around badass, and one of Well+Good’s inaugural retreat leaders, to share her top anti-inflammatory tips before a photo shoot (Kumai, in fact, shared these tips from makeup chair of one), ahead of an event, or any other Instagram-worthy special occasion (like, *ahem*, life). If you’re already in-the-know about anti-inflammatory eats, you’ve heard that ingredients like ginger, moringa, and olive oil are gold-star ingredients, but according to Kumai, there are a few others you can stand to add to your toolkit, ASAP.
Keep reading for Kumai’s 4 tips for bidding farewell to inflammation so that *you* can be the life of the party.
Sip green tea and matcha
Kumai is pretty much the *queen* of matcha so, yes, she always sips her fair share before hitting an event. Not only is this buzzy beverage anti-inflammatory, it’s also l-o-a-d-e-d with antioxidants. If you don’t have ample time to whisk your matcha to frothy perfection, enjoy a cup of green tea with all the same benefits instead.
Supercharge your smoothies
In the days leading up to a big night out, Kumai fills her blender with all the fruits and veggies she can get her hands on. Namely: berries and greens. For an extra digestive boost, she adds a scoop of collagen and/or Dr. Frank Lipman’s cleanse packets.
Skip the alcohol and sugar
Sugar and alcohol are arguably some of the worst offenders when it comes to inflammation. So in order to make the most of your night on the town, Kumai recommends abstaining until the actual party begins. “You don’t need to drink every day. I think people need to be told that,” she says. “I actually only drink for celebrations like hot date nights, holidays, birthday parties.”
Infuse your salad dressing with anti-inflammatory heroes
“At night, I make a really nice yum salad that’s fresh and clean,” says Kumai. “I think that it’s just to key to eat delicious food that makes you feel satiated.” For her super salad, the chef reaches for leafy greens (or her new fave red leaf lettuce), avocado, tomatoes and red onion. Then, to top it all off, she whips up a whole made, anti-inflammatory dressing with her choice of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, ginger, turmeric, and curry powder.
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