Top 5 Tips On Getting Slim For Summer
When IS the official start of Summer anyway? Some say Memorial Day is the marker and others say it’s the Summer Solstice, which is on June 21st. Either way, I’m guessing you might be thinking about (and possibly dreading) getting into a bikini right about now. Not to fret, today I’m going to share my Top 5 Tips on Getting Slim for Summer. Let’s get to it.
TOP 5 TIPS ON GETTING SLIM FOR SUMMER
#1 MAKE FRIENDS WITH FAT.
Fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does. Fat speeds up your metabolism. Sugar slows it down. But it’s important to be getting the right kinds of fats in your diet.
Stay away from trans fats or hydrogenated fats & focus on the good fats your cells are craving, like extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed), coconut oil (unrefined), avocado, nuts, seeds and nut butters.
They will help keep you full, kick up your metabolism and even make your skin and hair shiny and luscious. I also recommend a high-quality and pure fish oil supplement.
#2 EAT MORE GREENS.
When I say eat greens I mean dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, etc.
An easy way to get more greens into your diet is to incorporate green juices and green smoothies.
Both are fantastic ways to get all the nutrients greens have to offer. They’ll help you slim down and make your skin glow. The combinations are endless, but you can start with my Summer Glow Smoothie. See the recipe HERE on my blog.
#3 QUIT COUNTING CALORIES.
This may seem counterintuitive but from my experience counting calories doesn’t work. When you focus too much on calories you may start leaning toward processed foods like low-fat packaged foods (lite ranch dressing?), artificial sweeteners (diet coke?), or 100-calorie packs of Chips Ahoy. I know you know those aren’t healthy.These “PHUDES” will mess with your metabolism and endocrine system and make you crave sugar, which is NOT going to help you lose weight and be healthy.
WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD, NATURE GETS IT RIGHT.
Stick to REAL FOOD and you won’t have to count every calorie. Your body will work with you to burn fat, trust me!
#4 TRUST YOUR GUT.
A healthy digestive system means more than just not being bloated or having a little heartburn. It’s critical to good health and connected to everything that happens in your body, including weight loss. It allows you to absorb nutrients, keep your immune system up and active, and get rid of toxic waste that’s dragging you down.
You have good bacteria and bad bacteria in your small intestine. The good ones feed on fiber and the bad ones feed on sugar, yeast and STRESS.
Therefore you want to eat a diet full of fiber-rich foods (at least 30 grams a day), get some relaxation time to manage stress (see #5 below), and take a high-quality probiotic supplement to maintain a healthy balance of gut flora.
#5 STRESS LESS.
I ﬁnd that stress, or the perception of stress, is the root of 90% of peopleʼs dis-ease. Lack of energy, sugar cravings, poor sleep, weight gain, digestive issues. These can all be attributed to stress. It could be a “real” stressor like a last minute client presentation or a “perceived” stressor like you think your best friend might be mad at you (even if he or she is not). Doesn’t matter, both of these will create the same response in the body.
Your adrenals pump out adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones that raise your blood pressure and blood sugar, shut down your digestive system (because that’s not crucial to your survival at that moment), and tell your body to burn sugar and store fat.
Hello sugar cravings and increased belly fat storage! Not what we want.
My three favorite ways to take your body out of “fight or flight” mode are:
- WALKING, preferably in nature – see blog post on walking HERE
- DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING – Deep, slow, full breaths signal to your nervous system that you’re safe and can come out of “fight or flight” mode and into “rest and digest” mode. Take 5 of these breaths anytime you’re feeling tense and see how you feel.
- BATHING – Add 2 cups of Epsom salt, a half-cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of lavender oil to a very hot bath. Then soak for 20 minutes.
So there you have it, my Top Tips for getting slim this summer. Try them on your own or even better join the next session of my CLEAN UP YOUR DIET program, which starts on June 9th. We’ll be covering all of these topics and then some. Plus you’ll get a high-quality multivitamin, fish oil, and probiotic included in your program cost. Registration is now open. Sign up at shannonvigil.com/clean-up-your-diet.