6 WAYS TO SLIM DOWN BEFORE VACATION

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DSC_1467We all want to look and feel our best when we’re getting ready for vacation, or getting ready for an event.  Both of which involves you in very little clothing. 

So WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU NEED TO SLIM DOWN? I am talking that constant bloat we all have that keeps us from feeling comfortable in a bikini.  I wanted to share with you some of my OWN tips that I do on myself when I am preparing for bikini time. 

Here are 5 things you can do to say BYE BYE BLOAT.

  1. WORK OUT IN THE AM ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.  (i drink coffee before still)  I know it sounds awful but trust me on this.  You’ll break into those fast cells FAST and burn those suckers out of here. 
  2. FULL BODY HIIT WORK OUTS.  I have a plan you can follow called LOVE HIIT BODY GUIDE if some of you don’t have it, try it out.  It’s a quick work out that involves high intensity interval training, so you are on constant mode of burning calories– all while toning up.  Do this at least 4 days a week.  (I like to do some sort of exercise everyday whether that is in the gym, or not)
  3. MORE CARDIO. I add on 20 minutes of stairs, or treadmill, or running outside on top of those HIIT work outs 3-4 days a week when I am trying to slim down real quick.   I will do 1 minute on high, and 1 minute on low, for 20 minutes.  I talk about “INTERVALS” here.   
  4. EAT WELL.  Stay away from processed and greasy foods, and most importantly DAIRY.  I have been off dairy for 4 days and I can already tell a difference in my stomach. It’s FLAT FLAT FLAT. It’s nuts how bloated dairy can make you.  I substitute it with coconut milk, almond milk, and plant based protein.  If you’re going to have dairy, make sure it’s very little.   So what do you need to eat?  Lots of veggies, lots of protein. Protein from chicken, plant based protein, lean meats, and for carbs –eat whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato.   I did a post on “WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM  here to give you more info.  You can also download my 7 DAY MEAL PLAN, if you need something to follow.  It does have dairy in it since when I made it, I ate dairy at the time, but you can easily take it out.  
  5. FAB 4 SMOOTHIE– I drink right after I work out in the morning.   Recipe is…

 -1 cup water, 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla plant based protein, 1-2 tbsp all natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp chia seed, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 huge handful of greens (I use spinach & kale), a few ice cubes.  BLEND!

 Now, don’t expect this to taste like a delicious sugary chocolate smoothie.  BUT it is so delicious AND nutritious.  You’re getting your healthy fat, very very little sugar (if you can do without fruit you should!) fiber and greens.  This helps me make better choices throughout the day and helps keep me feeling satisfied longer.  This is because you aren’t getting that “hunger spike from sugar”.  I have done it without sugar and it’s rough to get down.  I found doing it with blueberries, I still don’t have the crash of hunger a couple hours later.  

If you find yourself getting hungry soon after, add more protein, fiber and fat.  Coconut oil, all natural peanut butter and almond butter are good sources of healthy fats.

        6. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.  I drink a gallon of water every day.  Which also makes that skin nice and hydrated, so win win.  AND  NIGHT TEA. Guys this stuff is amazing, if you haven’t done my night tea yet you should try it!  It basically has apple cider vinegar, chamomile tea and lemon.  You could also do a detox tea with it, but I would recommend doing that only a few days prior to when you leave.

These are things I do STILL to this day.  Of course I have my weeks where I cheat a little to much here and there.  BUT sometimes you just gotta live, ya know?  I am all about BALANCE.  You guys know this about me.  Feeling good all while having a balanced life of a cheeseburger here and there, and a green smoothie everyday.  

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If you haven’t already joined my programs & you have been thinking about it, now is the time my friends.  You get my 7 DAY MEAL PLAN FREE with my LOVE HIIT BODY GUIDE.     Get them TOGETHER & it is only $35, instead of $50.  

I wanted to do this because your diet is 80% of your results.  I strongly believe that my programs are realistic & easy to follow with step by step guides, photo explanations of the moves, plus a grocery list for your shopping needs for the week.

These PROTEIN PANCAKES are 3 ingredients, and SO delicious & SO easy to make.  Much like every recipe in this plan!   I am a busy work from home mom, so I like to meal prep everything & have it ready to just grab.  

The meal plan is not some diet you can’t stick to. It is VERY realistic & healthy.  In fact, I ate everything on the plan when I was breastfeeding.  Obviously I didn’t cut calories, but all the recipes are healthy and keep you feel full & satisfied.

This plan isn’t a “no carb diet”. I love carbs & if I don’t get my carbs, I am a complete pshyco… so I need those carbs.  It all comes down to how much you need for your body & what kind of carbs. Thats a whole other topic.  I have wrote a post on MACROS , so check that out too!  

This plan, also isn’t something that you feel like you’re going to binge out on.  For me, It’s about the longterm.  Not just a quick fix.   You can enjoy your life & not feel deprived all while staying at your healthiest weight & feeling your best.

Remember that carbs & calories are not the enemy. Those are fuel & WE NEED THEM in order to mold & shape our bodies.  Depriving your body from those can do some serious longterm damage.  SO feed those beautiful bodies.  I made my plan to help you & give you ideas!  

Try it out, and let me know how it is going!  Email me, DM me, however you prefer!  I want to stay posted on your journey and be there for you. 

Let me know if you have any questions!

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xoxo,

Sara Lynn