No it's not some fad diet, express detox or starvation programme. It comes down to clean, healthy eating. It's simple really... cut out the junk and replace it with healthy alternatives. Now you can use this to get into that dress for the weekend wedding, work function or birthday event, or you can eat clean every day and look fabulous always!
We have broken the guidelines down into a few simple categories below. Rather than saying "don't eat this... don't eat that", we have given you options of what foods are the best to eat and which ones are best to avoid. So don't think of it all as an "I can't" diet, but rather think of it as all the new things you get to try for a few days. Stick to the guidelines and you'll be on your way to a flat tummy within just a few days!
Lots of good fats will keep you feeling satisfied. Coconut Oil is the best option here and it actually helps to promote weight loss and improve thyroid function. 1-2 Tablespoons per day will serve you well over the 3 days and even after. You can cook with it, bake with it or even eat it off the spoon. Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy oils, as long as they are not roasted or salted. If you can preferably activate them (soak and dehydrate on very low heat or in a dehydrator) or at least soak them before you eat them then you'll find they will digest much easier.
Lean protein from unprocessed sources. It is preferable to get grass/pasture fed or organic where possible. No hams, bacon, salami etc. due to the additives and high salt content. Salt will make you bloat and hold fluid in your stomach region. Best to avoid it for good health also. Lean red meat, chicken, turkey and fish will be your best option here.
If you can avoid grains altogether you'll get the best results here. But if you work a busy job, do a lot of exercise, are pregnant or breastfeeding or are used to eating a lot of carbs and sugars you may need a serve or two per day. If this is the case go Gluten Free. A small serve or brown rice or some super grains like quinoa can help fill and sustain you. Don't use flour as it is too highly processed and breaks down very quickly. Using the whole grain will keep you feeling fuller for longer and you won't need as much to fell satisfied.
Fruit and Veg:
There are a few things I'd keep away from here, but generally speaking, you can eat as much fresh salad and vegetables as you like. Fruit tends to have a lot of sugar so stick with apples, pears, papaya, berries, kiwi fruit and pineapple for the best results. They have a lower sugar content and fruits like papaya, kiwi fruit and pineapple will actually help improve your digestion and flatten your tummy.
Herbs and Spices:
Salt is the big no no here! It causes you to retain fluid and will make your stomach bloat. Cut right back on the salt and replace it with some beautiful fresh herbs or dried spices. Cayenne Pepper and Garlic are great, flavoursome spices that help to combat Candida which causes stomach bloating, among other things. Be creative with your cooking and you'll find that you don't even miss your old way of eating.
Herbal teas are great, especially green tea, chamomile and peppermint. Drink at least 2-3 L of water per day! It's so important to help flush toxins from your system and keep you hydrated. Drinking water can actually reduce fluid retention believe it or not. You'll find it works even better when you cut out the salt and processed foods because these things require you to drink even more water. As far as milks are concerned, I'd avoid cow's milk and soy milk altogether. They are hard to digest and will make you bloat. When it comes to nut milks, just beware of added salt and sugar. Best to make your own if you can, or find unsweetened nut milk without too much salt. This is obviously if you find nuts easy to digest.
So there you have it! Not so scary after all. Take some before and after photos and tell us how you go by filling out the form on our CONTACT US page. Good luck :-)