May 29, 2015

Memorial Day weekend seems to be our lovely reminder that the swim clubs are open, beach houses are occupied, and summer is just around the corner.  

It’s also our reminder that bathing suit season is upon us… which I know brings up a lot of anxiety, stress, and often some crazy diets.

But, there are actually easy, enjoyable, and sustainable ways to slim down and truly feel your best without putting your body and mind through hell. And below are 5 of my favorite tricks for getting in shape and losing the extra pounds that somehow seem to creep on over the long winter months (PLUS:: a bonus tip and special (free!) challenge below)!!


1.  *Water with lemon*

This is one of my favorite ways to start my day and an extremely beneficial daily practice. The lemon helps jumpstart digestion in the liver + boost your metabolism, while the water hydrates your body giving you clean energy, focus, & glowing skin to name a few. This tasty combo helps with digestion, flushes out the junk, and is also very refreshing, especially in the summer time. For some extra hydration and freshness, add a few slices of organic cucumbers to the mix. And while we’re on the topic of water, 1A. is drinking plenty of filtered water throughout the day, and even more water as the days get hotter!

2. *Don’t eat right before bed*

There’s a lot of controversy regarding whether it’s really bad to eat at night. Typically, my rule of thumb is to pay more attention to the quality of your food and your overall food consumption as opposed to stopping the clock at 6PM leaving you starving, cranky, and unable to sleep… especially if you’re not going to bed until 10 or 11PM. That being said, when trying to lose weight, it’s beneficial to stop eating a couple hours prior to sleep in order to give your body time to thoroughly digest your food. Not only will this help you slim down, but it will set you up for a better night’s sleep since your body won’t be working so hard to break down your food. And a good night’s sleep is crucial to your slim down success- double wammy.

3. *Intermittent fasting*

Now before you get turned off, intermittent fasting is not as bad as it seems. With IT (intermittent fast), you stop eating after dinner (around 7pm) and don’t “break the fast” for approximately 14-16 hours. While eating breakfast can be a very important part of the day, giving your body and digestive system a break is also crucial. So, incorporating IT every so often will give you time to thoroughly digest your food, burn fat, and leave you with more energy.

4.  *Slow down and practice mindfulness while eating*

We live such fast paced lives- rushing out the door in the morning, running from work to the gym to pick up errands, trying to fit in all our social commitments, and then inhaling our food somewhere in between (stay tuned for my new blog talking more about this + my recent reminder to slow down). The problem here, is that when you eat quickly and in a rush, your body is in a state of stress, and this combo of stress + eating leads to poor digestion. Additionally, when you scarf down your food, you definitely don’t have time to thoroughly chew each bite, leaving your body with all the hard work and in turn zapping you of your energy.  So, it’s important to breathe and slow down before and during eating, so that you are more in tune with yourself and your food, chew eat bite completely, and stop eating when satisfied, not full. Additionally, being aware of your mental and physical state can help you better understand and squash cravings and poor choices.

5. *Work that body*

Now, there’s no need to go crazy here and fit in hard core sweat sessions 7 days a week, twice a day, but it is important to try and move your body daily along with a few more intense workouts a week. I suggest 4-6 more “hardcore” workout sessions, so if you’re on the lower end, try and up your physical activity to 1 or 2 more sessions. This can be a jog, a vigorous yoga class, barre or Pilates, free weights- whatever you’re thing is, just do it and know that the results will follow. Additionally, having some time off to rest your body is also important to help repair and maintain your muscles while still burning fat.

BONUS: Cut out the junk

Get rid of foods that are processed, cut out added sugars, & remove gluten and dairy from your diet. 

The best way to do this is through an Elimination Diet, which unlike it’s name, isn’t actually a diet. It simply consists of removing foods that cause inflammation and can lead to weight gain, bloating, digestive issues and dull looking skin. That’s because these foods are typical allergens and therefore cause a myriad of reactions in your body and can also be extremely hard to digest. But, even if you’re a sugar addict, don’t let this intimidate you! Instead of focusing on what you can’t have, think about all the delicious foods you CAN enjoy, which include loads of leafy greens, veggies, low sugar fruit, healthy fats, lean protein, gluten-free grains, and legumes.

Interested in giving this a whirl? Then join me for a FREE 14 day Elimination Challenge! Let’s do it!! More info will be sent out on Sunday! Challenge starts Monday, June 1st –>> and after 14 days of healthfully cleansing your body, you’ll be looking and feeling more radiant, slim, energized, and confident!

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