Well, full disclosure, you probably won’t shed any kilos by tonight (unless you lop off a limb, which we don’t recommend). But it is possible to feel and see the results. Just follow these suggestions for a day…
Can it be done in a day?
Yes! When you start the day with a conscious decision about what will and won’t go in your mouth, it provides the mental momentum to carry on making better choices all day long. The reverse can also be true. Scoffing a cronut for brekkie often leads to an ‘oh well, I may as well go on eating crap’ kind of day. Psychologically, we’ve already ‘blown it’ so we tell ourselves tomorrow is another day. Well guess what? Tomorrow isn’t far away! After just one day of consuming only foods and drinks that help and heal, you’ll feel better physically and emotionally. Hopefully you’ll feel so good you’ll be inspired to make the same healthy choices again and again.
- Start the day with a mug of hot water and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice or unfiltered apple cider vinegar to wake up your digestive system.
- Head out for a 30-minute brisk walk or jog.
- Drink your coffee black or add in a little unsweetened almond or cashew milk.
A breakfast of 2–3 eggs, half an avocado and a heaped serving of grilled or pan-seared asparagus. You can change it up if you like. Just make sure you’re getting protein, healthy fats and vegies.
Treat your tummy to a filling, bloat-busting fruit smoothie. Pineapple and papaya are rich in enzymes that help digestion and fight inflammation. Plus, they’re delish.
- This is a no sandwich zone. Think monster salad instead.
Sliced grilled chicken breast, a boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, chopped spring onions, capers, sliced grapes, slivered almonds and hearty, nutrient-dense cos lettuce. Toss it all together with a little balsamic vinaigrette.
- Snack on a handful of raw, unsalted almonds for crunch and bulk, or apple wedges spread with a little almond butter. And don’t forget to keep sipping water.
- If late night mindless munching is your undoing, eat dinner later and go to bed earlier.
- Keep it simple with a grilled protein of choice and divine roast vegies.
Preheat oven to 200°C. Toss a few handfuls of trimmed, halved brussels sprouts in extra virgin olive oil, sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 30 minutes on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Halfway through cooking, shake pan – you want them brown and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
- Now’s a great time for an after-dinner walk.
- Finish up your daily 2L of water
The no-go list
You can totally manage 24 hours without the ‘banned for today’ foods! The idea is to eliminate items that may cause bloating, water retention and sluggishness and up the ante on those that energise, hydrate and keep things moving.
- Bread, pasta, rice and cereal
- Cakes, bickies, muffins, chocolate and lollies
- Hidden added sugar On the labels, look for words like dextrose, maltose, sucrose, fructose, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice concentrate and organic brown rice syrup.
- Fast food Pizza, pies, sausage rolls, chips, etc.
- Dairy (milk, cream, yoghurt, cheese, ice-cream). Dairy can cause bloating and other unpleasant tummy issues (see page 164 for more on this). Eliminating it for a bit can give you useful info about how it affects you.
- Processed foods If it comes in a box, packet, is a ready-made frozen meal, low-fat or imitation version of a real food, you should avoid it every day – not just today. Processed foods often contain hidden sugars, excessive sodium and mysterious preservatives. If ingredients include things you can’t pronounce, steer clear!
- Chewing gum, fizzy drinks, cigarettes All can cause you to swallow excess air which adds to bloat.
- Alcohol Not even a sip!
- Stand tall Poor posture adds kilos and years. Shoulders back, tummy in, no slumping or slouching.
- Shapewear Firm, flatten, smooth and sculpt in a flash.
- Wear the right bra for you Most of us don’t. Get properly fitted and see the magic!
- Match shoe colour to leg colour to create an uninterrupted vertical line. Nude legs, nude shoes. Black tights, black shoes.