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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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Your Diet Doesn’t Have To Be A Riot-Healthy Tips To A Trim Tummy And Slimmer You!!

I know it takes some effort but really with a little determination and following some of the below guidelines you can find yourself on the road to a slimmer you. I am taking this one step further and am about to start a 90 day fitness program created by the most brilliant health/fitness person I have encountered, Christopher Warden so I am with you all in the ongoing struggle to look and feel our best. For now I am providing you with these tips but in the upcoming weeks I will be posting about my 90 day health and fitness program (including a 30 day detox of no sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, starchy carbs or dairy-whole foods only-God help me survive those 30 days without chocolate and diet Pepsi). Hope these can help you feel great in your swimsuit/bikini!

-Never ever, and I mean ever skip breakfast-“When you wake up hungry and skip breakfast,Leptin levels can change encouraging the body to hold onto body fat” (Paul Byrne fitness). I recommend a high protein low carb breakfast such as plain yogurt with fresh berries and nuts.

-Start Cooking veggies if you want a less bloated Stomach (who doesn’t???)-Cooked veggies cause less stomach swelling than their raw counterparts. Beware of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage which can cause bloating.

Keep Protein lean, lean, lean so you are a lean machine-Protein that is fatty or fried delays stomach emptying, and beans cause tummy inflation. But filling protein such as fish, skinless chicken, tofu and lean red meat does not do either.

Eat less later in the day-“As the day goes on, reserves of carbohydrates in the muscle called muscle glycogen tend to fill up. As glycogen's stores approach “full” the body tends to become more efficient at storing food, especially carbs, into body fat.” (Paul Byre of Paul Byrne fitness)

Monkeys have the right idea!-Have a banana, orange or some delicious cantaloupe as these are high in potassium which help flush excess sodium from the body, flattening the tummy.

Fiber, fiber and even more fiber-Fiber acts as a natural detoxicant for the body and helps regulate the digestive system.

Basic keys to losing weight and staying slim are in a nutshell-drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day (or half your body weight-ex-100lb person should drink at least 50 ounces of water a day), eat several small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism revved. Lean protein, dark greens and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts) help fill the body up with minimal calories. The more refined carbs, sugar, sodium, fried foods, alcohol and carbonated and caloric beverages cut out of your diet the better!


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betchai said...
oh, i'll try to follow these advises Heidi, they look simple, you're so right, our diet does not have to be a riot.
foongpc said...
Thanks for these wonderful tips! So having banana or orange can help flatten the tummy. Cool!

Yogurt and berries and nuts for breakfast? Yummy!! I would love that!

Look forward to read about your 90-day health and fitness program. Good luck on your 30-day detox!! : )
Great tips Heidi...they all make a great deal of sense...

Keep us posted on your 90 day program...I'd like to hear how you think and feel.

Unknown said...
30 days without caffine .... Good Luck!! I can't wait to hear about that progress. I'm so in love with this blog right now, I need these tips. I don't know if it's because it's swim suit season or that my daughter will be 3 and I can't keep using the "oh I just had a baby" excuse, but I'm going to implement some of these tips. It's hard, but I gotta start somewhere. Thank You!♥
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Lynne said...
I've really been trying hard the last couple of weeks to grab an apple in the afternoon when I'm wanting a snack. It's really so much better for me than anything else I have in my pantry.
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eastcoastlife said...
Oh no! I have been frequently skipping breakfasts for years now. :(
eastcoastlife said...
And I love to snack.... on preserved fruits, candies and chocolates. :(
TC said...
Hey great blog. I would suggest adding a superfood supplement to your program like Perfect Food Berry or Greens Plus. You will get the powerful nutritional benefits of supergreens plus antioxidants, phytonutrients and probiotics. Don't leave home without em. I write about it in my new book Live Smart & discuss other healthy strategies in my blog. Hope that helps. http://livesmartbook.blogspot.com
P.S. - you look great.
TC said...
P.S. - I'll link you up on my blog. All the best
Miguel Wickert said...

I continue to be amazed at your work and growth. I've followed your site for some time now... congrats on all your success and keep plugging away! :)

Ailurophile said...
All very sound and useful ideas indeed. I hadn't thought about eating less later in the day owing to the build-up of glycogen reserves before! Thanks for another very informative and helpful post. Have a great week :)
Swubird said...

How does white rice fit into this scenario? Unfortunately, my stomach won't take brown rice, but I cook a lot of the white Japanese rice. Is is good or bad? Love to eat it with vegetables.

Happy trails.
Cascia Talbert said...
Great tips! I had no idea that eating less later in the day is supposed to be better. I guess in our society we have it all backwards. Most people have their largest meal in the evening. I'll have to remember that tip!
Soge shirts said...
I keep skipping breakfast lately and it is killing me. Got to get some yogurt and berries.
jacqueline said...
Hey Heidi,
I think I'm going to try this 30 day run. . . after one more snack. :-) Seriously, thanks for the inspiration. I'm definitely up for the challenge.
liefglorie said...
Hi Heidi,
I was relieved to see that someone saw the fun in my Too Sad To Swallow post, and not surprised it had to be you, thank you, you're great fun yourself! I'll try to remember the tips, as always, but one of these days you'll have to reveal the mystery that makes you look younger and younger in the pictures here! You'll have to stop one day, or else we'll have to send you dipers!
Steve Borgman said...
Heidi, I recently watched a short film clip by @tonyrobbins regarding the importance of drinking up to half your weight (your weight in pounds, divided by 2, only in ounces), and of eating plant based foods with water in it. If you want to live, eat living things. Also, I have found Fiber One bars to be great in terms of getting more fiber into my diet, and the sugar content is not too high (with the oatmeal chocolate ones). And when I do eat rich foods, I am working on halving what I normally would eat as a portion. These things seem to be helping me lose some of my belly.
I read some of your posts and enjoyed reading every information you've shared. Thanks for sharing.
Some top tips there Heidi. Can't argue with lots of fruit, vegetables and water.
Great tips! And you know if everyone can't do all of them cold turkey, then if you pick a couple that you think can start on, you will be ahead of the game. I ALWAYS drink lots of water - helps you stay full also. I have also found eating small meals throughout the day to work out well.

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