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7 Tips for a Flat Stomach

img_5501.jpgHaving a flat stomach is on most peoples list when starting a healthier lifestyle. Bloating can often times get in the way with that and makes us feel uncomfortable. A flat stomach is the result of a fast metabolism, a well functioning digestion and a healthy diet that’s low in salt and processed sugar. If you want to get summer ready and have a flat stomach all day long  these tips and tricks will get you there.

DRINK 3-4 LITERS OF WATER DAILY 

The simplest and easiest way to improve your digestion is by drinking more water. Drink around 1 liter of water in the morning before having your first meal of the day. Ideally you should only drink water until your first bowel movement. I love to add fresh lemon or lime to my water to give my metabolism an extra boost.

CLEANSE YOUR COLON

A well functioning digestion is the key factor to having a flat stomach. You need to have a healthy and clean colon in order to have regular bowel movements. Depending on how long you have been eating an unhealthy diet, your colon might be full of toxins and unable to absorb all nutrients. A clean colon is the key for an intact digestion . The easiest way to cleanse your colon  is to go to a series of colonics. I usually go 4 times a year when the season is changing to give my body a good cleanse.

EAT SIMPLE 

Proper food combining plays a huge role in order to prevent bloating. My rule is the simpler the better. If you focus on eating only one type of food at a time, your body has to produce only one type of enzyme to break down the food and it will be digested super quickly. Especially in summertime when we want to have a flat stomach all day long, I eat a mono meal of fruit for breakfast and often times for lunch as well. My favourite mono meal is watermelon!!

CHEW SLOWLY 

Try to sit down for every meal and don’t eat on the go. When I lived in New York i used to always eat on the go and didn’t really take the time to have a proper meal. Eating too fast will causes gases and ultimately leads to being bloated. Try to sit down to enjoy your food and put your knife and fork down after every mouthful. This will help you to chew more carefully and to entirely focus on eating without being distracted. It really is just a matter of getting used to it!

I now love to take the time to prepare my meals and take minimum around 1 hour to enjoy my dinner.

STAY AWAY FROM SALT 

Salty foods might be the reason you look puffy and bloated. If you want to have a flat stomach and become leaner, stay away from salt and instead use spices and herbs to add more flavour. Be aware that salt is hidden is all types of foods these days such as salad dressings, pasta sauces, crackers, bread and ready to eat meals.

CUT OUT PROCESSED SUGAR 

Before going vegan I had a weakness for sweets and could easily eat a whole apple tart by myself. Processed sugar is not a real food. It has no fibre, no water, no vitamins or minerals, raises your blood sugar level, leaves you feeling slughish and tired and gets stuck in your colon. I still have a big sweet tooth but am now satisfying my cravings with sweet fruits and dates. Medjool dates are so delicious and literally taste like caramel!! They also are so healthy for us and the best alternative to regular sweets.

EXERCISE DAILY 

You don’t have to do an intense workout every day, however, try to be active on a daily basis. By that I mean go for a 30 min morning walk, take the bicycle to work, take the stairs whenever you can etc. Remind yourself that you need to get your heart rate up at least once a day to boost your metabolism and to burn more fat.

Hope you find these tips helpful!

xx Caroline

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