Our newly-designed gourmet diet delivery Beach Body Programme has been receiving some great reviews – so much so that we want to share some tips and recipe ideas with you so that you can have a go at doing it alone.
The aim is to ensure energy levels are raised (so that you can have a good workout to tone up) and tummies are de-bloated and flattened. You also want to eat foods packed with vitamins B, D and E as this will give your skin that holiday glow before you even leave the runway!
Avocado – Photograph by j_silla
It is important to eat breakfast, and we recommend a handful of fresh berries with some low-fat live sheep’s yoghurt and half a handful of granola or some avocado, cottage cheese and rye bread.
- Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, with excellent moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties – see our recent blog post for lots more interesting avocado facts.
- Choose a granola that has raw seeds in it – seeds are a good source of zinc which is required for the synthesis of collagen and elastin in the skin. Zinc also controls the productions of oil in the skin.
- Stay away from wheat – lots of people are intolerant these days, and in general wheat is quite an abrasive food. Try cutting it out for just three days and your tummy will be flatter.
Have a salad – they’re especially delicious and appropriate during the warm weather we’ve been experiencing this summer. Try and combine 3-5 different vegetables with leaves in your salad and have a palmful of carbs (no starchy white ones – have brown rice, brown rice noodles, baby potatoes with their skin on or barley couscous) with a palmful of lean protein (chicken, turkey, fish or shellfish).
- Try a coleslaw based salad, but instead of a mayo dressing, make a balsamic one. Cabbage is a vital source of soluble fibre, the antioxidant vitamins A and C and the energy releasing B vitamins. The antioxidant properties help prevent skin damage from ionizing radiation (i.e. sunlight).
- Whole grains like brown rice, barley, etc. are a good source of B vitamins which are beneficial to the skin.
- Beetroot is yummy and is a good source of fibre – check out one of our earlier posts for a great beetroot hummus recipe. It’s also rich in anti-oxidants which help boost the immune system, and helps build collagen to keep cells supple and elastic.
Salmon – Photograph by jlastras
What we suggest to get a bikini body is to have a lean piece of fish or a handful of chicken with 2-3 handfuls of fresh seasonal vegetables. Follow similar rules to your lunch if you want carbs, too.
- Try kingfish or salmon – the former is a good source of vitamin A which helps to maintain skin health by controlling the rate of keratin accumulation. A lack of this vitamin can result in dry rough skin. Salmon’s omega 3 essential fat content helps cell walls retain moisture, preventing dry skin. Salmon is also rich in vitamin E which has excellent moisturising properties.
Make sure you have a healthy snack around twice a day in between your breakfast and lunch, and then again between lunch and dinner. This will really help to balance your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings.
- Try a piece of fruit with a small palmful of raw nuts or seeds – the essential fat content in nuts can help regulate the skin’s oiliness.
- Have a tablespoon of hummus – and there are lots of different types – with about 10 carrot batons or any raw vegetables. Eating vegetables raw like this means you will get their maximum nutrient content. Beans such as chickpeas are packed with protein, fibre and iron which will help cleanse the digestive tract and aid detoxification of toxins and old hormones, giving you energy, clear skin, vitality and glowing hair.
What To Avoid
Sugary, yeasty foods, eggs and wheat.
The Pure Package gourmet diet delivery Beach Body Programme is a service already used by many beach idols, with Alexandra Burke, Rachel Stevens and Erin O’Connor all using the specialised food programme to look fabulous this summer. What are your top tips on how to get a bikini body?