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Beach Body Confidence

Rebecca Tucker

10 Jun 2019

Secrets to Body Confidence on the Beach - Does the thought of getting into swimwear fill you with dread? Do you spend all your time on the beach covered up and feeling self conscious instead of relaxing and enjoying your time away? These nutritional tips will help you to throw aside any insecurities and radiate confidence on holiday - and all year round! Do your “nutritional homework”: Often the reason we don’t feel confident on the beach is because we feel self conscious about our tummy, especially if we feel uncomfortable and bloated. Try starting the day with a cleansing cup of fresh ginger and lemon tea (mix peeled and grated ginger and squeezed lemon juice with boiling water) for a couple of weeks before you go away. This will rev up the metabolism and cleanse the digestive system, helping to beat the bloat. You also need to up your protein intake two weeks before you go away, to notice results. So that means eating lots of fish like salmon, cod, haddock and mackerel. The protein in the fish will make you feel fuller for longer and stop you snacking in the day, while the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats will make your skin glow! Next, stock up on asparagus, which contains high levels of amino acid asparagine - a natural diuretic. In other words, eating more of the spears can help flush out excess fluid and salt from your body, which can help you look leaner and feel more confident on the beach. You are what you eat: Carbs certainly aren’t the enemy, and the body uses the right kinds of unrefined carbohydrates – like brown rice, lentils, and oats – to generate energy. But if you’re trying to lose a few pounds pre-holiday, then ditching processed (also known as refined) carbs is an effective way to see results. This is because simple carbohydrates like white pasta, white bread and white potatoes are metabolised very quickly into sugar by the body, which can then be turned into fat. Refined carbohydrates also lack the fibre, fats and protein that help you feel full, meaning you’re more likely to over-eat. So in the run up to your holiday, try cutting back and swapping refined carbs for high-fibre foods like beans, brown rice and nuts. Instead of white toast and sugary jam for breakfast, toast some tummy-friendly rye bread (which doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels) and eat with a protein-rich poached egg, which will fill you up until lunchtime. For lunch, have a crisp green salad with prawns or mackerel and lots of raw veggies. Then feed your body with nutrients with a dinner of stir-fried chicken and broccoli with brown rice. Alternate your lunches and dinners with different proteins and vegetables, and you’ll soon feel more confident in your body. Rebecca Tucker is a registered nutritional therapist practising at the Natural Healthcare Centre. For more beach body confidence tips or to find out about her four week Shape Up for Summer Programme visit www.nourishbalanceglow.com

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