I’ve been studying up on getting a flat tummy back at 47 on a high raw diet, and here are some great tips on the topic that I’ve found…I’m adapting them below to a raw diet….
1. FIBER (Up intake gradually to 25 grams a day so you don’t get gassy)
- beans (soaked, if you are strictly raw)
2. BANISH BLOAT
1 cup low-fat yogurt a day (I believe this works because it is a cultured food. Fermented foods are cultured also, so opt for these raw fermented foods as staple ingredients in your recipes: apple cider vinegar, Bubbies or homemade dill pickles, mustard, kim chi, and sauerkraut)
3. NO CARBONATED DRINKS OR SUGAR–FREE SWEETS / CHEMICALS THAT CAUSE BELLY SWELL
Includes chewing gum, which usually always has aspartame in it. Aspartame which is also in diet sodas and diet candies is a neurotoxin of the excitotoxin variety, which overstimulates the pancreas to produce insulin which causes sugar in the body to be stored as fat. In other words you can put on a serious belly quickly by just chewing gum with aspartame!
4. DE-PUFF YOUR TUMMY
Drink enough water so your tummy doesn’t retain it.
Cut back on sodium.
5. RED PEPPER BOOSTS METABOLISM
Sprinkle chili pepper on food.
Choose dark leafy greens, veggies and soaked garbanzo beans over pasta as it takes more energy to break down protein. Aim for 80-90 Grams lean protein a day. (I didn’t include nuts here even though they are a raw vegan’s primary protein source as I’m not sure nuts would be considered a lean protein, however their fats are good fats so I don’t know if we really have to worry about getting our raw protein in “lean” form)
7. GUZZLE GREEN TEA
Studies have found that drinking two to four cups of green tea daily increases your metabolism by four to 10 percent, thanks to a powerful antioxidant called EGCG. Hel-lo, lean tummy! (Make mine a sun tea! Also I will stick with one cup a day because caffeine)
8. NEVER EAT TRANS FATS
Not only does it promote belly fat but it also mobilizes fat from elsewhere (the butt!!!) to migrate to your middle!!!!
partially hydrogenated oil
9. BIG BREAKFAST
It really works.
10. KICK CRAVINGS
Don’t confuse thirst for hunger. Down a glass of water or tea when the afternoon munchies hit.
11. EAT MORE OFTEN
Eat if you are actually hungry. It’ll prevent binging later.
12. HIGH SATIETY FOODS
High-satiety foods make you feel fuller, so you end up eating less, and trimming your tummy. Since your high-satiety food might not be the same as someone else’s, figure out what healthy options really make you feel full and satisfied. it might be a green smoothie for breakfast, big salad for lunch and a handful of almonds for a snack.
Flat Tummy Menu
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