With all the New Year’s goals people have, two of the most common are getting healthy and losing weight. While the majority of Americans are overweight, and some 30% of that population are obese, getting healthy and losing weight often go hand in hand. With a focus on getting healthy by including more exercise, detoxing the food and other toxic things in life and a better diet consisting of whole foods rather than processed foods, fast foods, sugar, and drinks that just don’t serve the body, people can lose the unhealthy pounds and inches. Conversely, when someone focuses on losing excess weight and on weight management– and does it in a healthy, sustainable way without dieting, pills, powders and potions, their body can heal. That’s why I love detoxing and clean eating – it’s all about cleansing and nourishing with whole natural foods.

Over the next three blog posts, I’ll be sharing the top three things I’ve learned about getting a flatter belly!

Did you know that most of the times when we feel “big” in the middle, it’s not because of fat but because of what’s going on in our stomach? It’s true! It’s called BLOAT! It’s called inflammation. It’s called digestive stress.  Keeping our digestive system happy and healthy, especially avoiding bloat can go a long way in helping us look and feel slimmer. Sometimes people have bloat and don’t realize it. That’s what happened to me – I was bloated a lot of the time and didn’t know it. The scales hadn’t changed, but doggone it my jeans told me differently. I was felt thicker. “Fatter.”  And not happy!

Detoxing with whole foods through an elimination diet changed that for me!   I learned a lot about what causes bloating that I’d like to share with you.

Here are a few tips to ban bloat:

  1. Use herbs such as basil, dill, ginger, fennel, and mint – all of these herbs have gas-relieving properties
  2. Introduce fiber-rich food gradually – fiber is great, but if you are not used to a fiber-rich diet and suddenly eat a lot of fiber-rich food, your GI tract will act up.
  3. Cook beans properly – soak beans for at least 4 hours, and use spices or kombu to improve digestibility.
  4. Notice how your body reacts to vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, and moderate your intake if necessary.
  5. Look for potential food intolerance (e.g. lactose or gluten) – if your body cannot digest and assimilate these properly, they can cause gas.
  6. Yoga poses such as twisting can help relieve gas – these poses stimulate the movement of the smooth muscles of the intestinal walls and help “move things along.”

Each of us has a unique blueprint for what nourishes, recharges, and reboots our system. What works for one person may not work for another.  Yet there are common allergens that affect the majority of people in some way. That’s what people figure out through my 7-day detox and the transition period that follows.  My program is actually a 15 day guided program. Following the 7 days of detox, you benefit from four transition days that are laid out for you to follow so you know how to best continue the discovery of how food works for you.

Come check out my Winter Wellness program – my delicious 7-day detox.  I promise you’ll love the recipes, love the menus. You’ll make your own breakfasts, lunches and dinners from delicious whole food ingredients you buy at the store. Together, we’ll sip and sup on scrumptious meals. Together, we’ll figure out what’s causing your belly bloat and we’ll get a flatter tummy! Together, we’ll get healthier!  I’ll be with you each day, each step of the way!

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