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Tip#1 Bloating the liquid diet (10 Tip Series)
We’ve all been there, date night’s coming up, you’re choosing the perfect jacket, trying to decide whether to go for the sexy liquid leggings, or the playful red dress.. and then you pass the mirror, and there it is. Mocking you, like a constant reminder that no matter how much effort you put into your look, things just won’t be going your way. WELL I beg to differ.
Most women think bloating is caused by 2 things, namely trapped wind and obviously periods! Actually many things cause bloating and what I want to talk about is my personal lifestyle and how my friends use this ‘diet’ to prevent bloating. It’s not practical long term for most, but if you have an event coming up then this is great way to make sure that tummy stays fit and flat!
About 2 yrs ago I got very sick to the point where I wasn’t able to eat, and even now 2 yrs later as healthy and ‘normal’ as I appear to be I still generally don’t eat anything that isn’t in liquid form (if you’re interested in hearing more about that and the negative side of upkeeping this type of ‘diet’ then I’ll be posting that on blogher or blogcritics sometime soon.)
3 things make up the ‘liquid diet’
There’s also many other alternatives like mash potatoes, custards, baby food (someone well known for eating baby food to keep in shape especially before events is American actress Reese Witherspoon!).
The 1’st thing to know is there’s 2main types of foods you want to avoid. Sugars & salts, and anything gassy such as lemons, cabbage and broccoli.
We all know sugars can become fats, but most people don’t know salt and other processed foods contain sodium which attracts water (similar to sugar) which means you’ll be retaining a lot more water and in turn appearing bloated and just generally feeling less filled with energy!
The most important household item you’ll need is a blender or liquidiser. In this you can blend up soups and any other types of veggies or fruit smoothies.
I personally use the Breville, it’s a great brand, almost purees food in a sense AND it’s very reasonably priced – they range from around £28 – £45 and these really do work much better than hand held blenders.
Soup will be your staple if your planning on doing this for 2 – 3days running up to an important event like a wedding, or any type of special occasion.
I advise against tinned veg, and soups because of BPA – the chemical used during the packaging process is harmful to humans so I suggest soups in plastic containers, or these cartoned soups. Covent Garden if you’re a Brit, is low cal, really filling, and there’s a great selection. To mine I add Hummus (I did a post on this on my own site which you can check out here http://goo.gl/0Sd9x) when you want a thicker creamier soup actually adding cream is very fattening which you’ll want to avoid. Hummus is a very healthy low cal alternative – Organic low fat + 30% less fat hummus in a variety of flavors is my personal choice.
Cravings are something all women get and I’m pretty sure men do too, but today’s all about us beautiful females. Drinking hot chocolate and eating chocolate are 2 very different things but you’ll find that drinking chocolate will kick the craving just as well without having the high fat content - meaning it won’t sit on the stomach or thighs and since it’s warm, you’ll stay fuller for longer.
Tip: most times when your body craves food you’re actually thirsty, have a hot drink and if you’re still hungry then yes you do need to eat.
I LOVE Ski yoghurt, now for my personal reasons I only have the smooth ones in a variety of flavours from peach, rasbperry, to cherry and vanilla.. so again with cravings there’s always something sweet you can have that’s sort of probiotic actually promotes the metabolism to start burning and if you want to know more about that you can google ‘french women and yoghurt’ since the French openly proclaim yoghurt as their secret to staying skinny!
I hope this helps some of you, like I said at the beginning there is a downside to this and I don’t recommend anyone doing this for a prolongued period of time because it’s not sustainable for most people and once you do start eating ‘normally’ again and your body has to work harder to digest foods – you’ll put on weight so I’m not in any way suggesting this as a healthy diet plan.
I’m also not affiliated with any of the brands, products or companies mentioned in this post they’re just my personal recommendations and if any of you have your own tips I really encourage you to tweet me (covermeinhoney) and I hope this helps!