If you’re like me though, a long winter of stews and roasts (not to mention dollops of mashed potato) has left you less then ready to whip out the old itzy-bitzy polka dot number and go rushing into the sunshine.
But fear not. Whether you’re a bare-all bikini babe or a fan of the structured swimsuit, it doesn’t take much to beat the bloat and boost your beach body confidence.
Zest magazine has put together a simple three-day diet, adapted from The Diet Bible by their nutritionist Judith Wills. It’s designed to cleanse the system, helping your tummy function healthily and look flat. So here goes:
|Day one||Day two||Day three|
|Breakfast||Dandelion tea, live yoghurt and an apple.||Hot water with fresh lemon, and live yoghurt with blueberries.||Freshly squeezed fruit juice – or a fruit smoothie – with sunflower seeds.|
|Snack||A handful of pumpkin seeds.||A handful of walnuts.||A handful of almonds.|
|Lunch||Rye bread with vegetable soup, made with carrot, parsley, leek, tomato, onion, garlic and low-salt vegetable stock. Add in your favourite herbs.||Fresh fruit salad sprinkled with sunflower seeds and a tahini dressing, with a few wholemeal or rye crackers.||A small tuna steak, grilled, served with a tomato, cucumber and herb salad.|
|Snack||An orange, sunflower seeds and aloe vera juice.||An apple and a cup of dandelion and burdock tea.||An apple and a cup of green tea.|
|Dinner||A small salmon fillet grilled with your favourite herbs or seasoning, with a red pepper, cucumber and herb salad dressed with olive oil.||A chicken fillet grilled with your favourite herbs or seasoning, and vegetable soup as the day before.||A large mixed leaf salad dressed with live yoghurt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.|
One tip to remember is to drink as much water as you like between meals; it will help to control any hunger pangs.
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I’ll be trying it myself, so hope you find it helpful.