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7 TIPS FOR A FLAT STOMACH

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Having a flat stomach is on most peoples list when starting a healthier lifestyle. Bloating can often times get in the way with that and makes us feel uncomfortable. A flat stomach is the result of a fast metabolism, a well functioning digestion and a healthy diet that’s low in salt and processed sugar. If you want to get summer ready and have a flat stomach all day long  these tips and tricks will get you there. 🙂

DRINK 3-4 LITERS OF WATER DAILY 

The simplest and easiest way to improve your digestion is by drinking more water. Drink around 1 liter of water in the morning before having your first meal of the day. Ideally you should only drink water until your first bowel movement. I love to add fresh lemon or lime to my water to give my metabolism an extra boost. 🙂

CLEANSE YOUR COLON

A well functioning digestion is the key factor to having a flat stomach. You need to have a healthy and clean colon in order to have regular bowel movements. Depending on how long you have been eating an unhealthy diet, your colon might be full of toxins and unable to absorb all nutrients. A clean colon is the key for an intact digestion . The easiest way to cleanse your colon  is to go to a series of colonics. I usually go 4 times a year when the season is changing to give my body a good cleanse.  If you don’t find the idea of going to a colonics very appealing, there are a few home remedies you can do daily to support a healthy colon such as cold pressed green juices, lemon water and soaked chia seeds. My favourite place for colonics in London is KX. It’s a private member club, however, the Spa is open to everyone and their colonics are fantastic.

EAT SIMPLE 

Proper food combining plays a huge role in order to prevent bloating. My rule is the simpler the better. If you focus on eating only one type of food at a time, your body has to produce only one type of enzyme to break down the food and it will be digested super quickly. Especially in summertime when we want to have a flat stomach all day long, I eat a mono meal of fruit for breakfast and often times for lunch as well. My favourite mono meal is watermelon!!

CHEW SLOWLY 

Try to sit down for every meal and don’t eat on the go. When I lived in New York i used to always eat on the go and didn’t really take the time to have a proper meal. Eating too fast will causes gases and ultimately leads to being bloated. Try to sit down to enjoy your food and put your knife and fork down after every mouthful. This will help you to chew more carefully and to entirely focus on eating without being distracted. It really is just a matter of getting used to it! 🙂 I now love to take the time to prepare my meals and take minimum around 1 hour to enjoy my dinner.

STAY AWAY FROM SALT 

Salty foods might be the reason you look puffy and bloated. If you want to have a flat stomach and become leaner, stay away from salt and instead use spices and herbs to add more flavour. Be aware that salt is hidden is all types of foods these days such as salad dressings, pasta sauces, crackers, bread and ready to eat meals.

CUT OUT PROCESSED SUGAR 

Before going vegan I had a weakness for sweets and could easily eat a whole apple tart by myself. Processed sugar is not a real food. It has no fibre, no water, no vitamins or minerals, raises your blood sugar level, leaves you feeling slughish and tired and gets stuck in your colon. I still have a big sweet tooth but am now satisfying my cravings with sweet fruits and dates. Medjool dates are so delicious and literally taste like caramel!! They also are so healthy for us and the best alternative to regular sweets. Click here if you want to know more about the benefits of dates.

EXERCISE DAILY 

You don’t have to do an intense workout every day, however, try to be active on a daily basis. By that I mean go for a 30 min morning walk, take the bicycle to work, take the stairs whenever you can etc. Remind yourself that you need to get your heart rate up at least once a day to boost your metabolism and to burn more fat.

Hope you find these tips helpful!! :=)

xx Caroline

 

 

 

39 comments

Rebecca May 12, 2017 Reply

Hi,
I’m 16 and I recently come across your blog, instagram, and youtube pages which I am totally obsessed with. I became vegan 7 months ago, but I’ve slipped a few times to make it easier for mom around christmas etc. I have two questions.

1. How do I stay vegan on holidays? Do you have any food ideas for christmas, thanksgiving etc.?

2. I’m spending 10 weeks working at a camp this summer. They only have oranges, apples, bananas for fruit, and a small handle full of vegetables at the salad bar. I have 1 day off every week where I can go to the market and get amazing fruits and veggies, but I don’t know the right things to buy in order to make them last (i won’t have a fridge) and make sure I’m getting the proper nutrients. Any tips?

Thanks,

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Rebecca, 🙂

    so happy to hear that you are feeling inspired:-))!
    I always prepare lots of vegan food for holidays and bring them to family dinner etc. :-)) that way my parents dont have to worry about me and Im happy to have my own food:-))! If you go to restaurants, you can call before and ask for a vegan option 🙂 They are usually keen to help.

    I also love to cook with my family and show them how delicious vegan curries & pastas can be and its a great way to enjoy healthy food together!:-))

    To your second question. A great idea would be to bring 3 5KG Boxes of organic medjool dates. That way you have a 5kg box for every 3 weeks and at least dont need to worry too much about having enough fruit. On top of that i would buy as much fresh fruits as possible on the market and ask for a part in the kitchen fridge. Im sure they will help. Maybe you could also buy potatoes and ask the kitchen to simply cook them for you. 🙂

    Hope these tips help a little:)!
    xx Caroline

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Happy to help:-))!

Mariam Rebecca May 13, 2017 Reply

Thanks for these tips. I have recently decided to start living a. healthier life.

Coral May 14, 2017 Reply

Hello i want to start off by saying that you’re such a huge inspirstion and i would love to try being vegan! But i live with my family still and i don’t want to make it seem like i hate my mom’s cooking. Also, i’m rather terrified of giving up my favourite foods (i used to hate eating vegetables and now i don’t mind eating them). How do you suggest i go about starting this new lifestyle?

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Coral :-))

    Thank you so much:))! So happy to hear that!

    I would start by adding lots of fresh fruits/dates/steamed potatoes/veggies etc to your diet. That way you focus on adding good stuff and not on cutting out all your fav foods:)) You will automatically eat less non vegan food then.

    You can also explain your mom that you really appreciate all her effort in the kitchen and if she would mind if you cook a few times per week a vegan meal for everyone instead:-). Everyone usually loves vegan curries, pasta dishes and vegan pizza:))!

    There is also an amazing new movie called What The Health which is so helpful especially if you want to educate your family:))!

    Hope that helps:-)
    There is a post here on my blog with tips for beginners:)!

    xx Caroline

Mrwwad May 14, 2017 Reply

Do you use a daily probiotic? What brand?

    Caroline Deisler June 1, 2017 Reply

    Hi Love, i use the ones from BIO KULT. I don’t take them daily but its def a great supplement and you can take 2 per day.
    Hope that helps! 🙂
    xx Caroline

Courtney May 19, 2017 Reply

Hi, I’m just wondering what I can do about my weight gain? I’m carrying excess fat on my body 🙁 I gain weight when I eat more carbs/fruits , help ! Why isn’t my body weight balanced yet? Please don’t tell me to see a doctor/get a blood test. Anything wrong with me, my parents will just blame it on me not eating meat. They are alr unsupportive of me eating meat as it is now

    Caroline Deisler May 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Courtney,

    You will 100% lose that weight again.It is totally normal to first gain weight on that lifestyle if you come from a restrictive past because your body needs to get used to eating more raw fruits/ larger portions.

    A high in animal protein and low carb diet is extremly unstable long term and will always lead to cravings. Your body needs time to adapt to the new diet because it has been getting only small portions and less calories in the past.

    It took me over a 1 until i first started to see changes in my body (more toned & fit).I never weigh myself and dont know if i gained weight first but I def didin’t lose weight right away.

    Give your body time and most importantly THINK LONG TERM! I cannot stress enough about how important that is! This lifestyle is sooo worth the journey

    Hope that helps!

Sophie May 20, 2017 Reply

Hi, I was thinking about introducing a more raw inclined lifestyle into my diet (I’m already vegan and loving it-ofcourse) But was wondering if you’ve suffered any tooth decay due to the high amounts of sugar in all the fruit you each? Btw your instagram feed is goals Xxx

    Caroline Deisler May 26, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sophie,
    i do get sensitive teeth sometimes when I eat too much pineapple. What really helps is oil pulling. I usually do that 1-2 a week with coconut oil and have been getting great results. :):)
    xx Caroline

Maria Torres May 26, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,

First of all, CONGRATS 🙂
I’ve read in several blogs that apples and watermelon can cause abdominal bloating. Do you think that we should avoid a certain tip of fruits?

Kisses **

MT

    Caroline Deisler May 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Maria,
    thank you so much!:)
    Its normal to be bloated in the beginning. Watermelon is one of my favourite fruits and you should not miss it!:):) Don’t mix watermelon with other fruits as it digests super quickly and can make you bloated if you combine it with other fruits.
    Also never eat fruits after cooked food and drink 3 liters of water daily (more if u worked out a lot.) Hope that will help you!

Scarlett May 27, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline!
Whenever I follow the fruitarian diet, I feel really full and bloated, when my stomach is usually very flat. About how long does it take for your body to get used to the diet and really start to slim down? Like I watched your YouTube video about raw vegan weight loss and I was wondering, from your first photo, how long was it before you saw yourself beginning to slim down?
I get nervous when I don’t see results and I feel more full than usual that I tend to end the diet after a week.
Thank you!

    Caroline Deisler May 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Scarlett,
    Its normal to be bloated in the beginning. Your body needs to get used to eating more raw fruits & veggies.My Tips are 1.Eat fruit mono meals 2.Only eat ripe fruits (bananas are ripe when they are spotty) 3. Never eat fruits after cooked food 4.Drink 3 liters of water daily (more if u worked out a lot.) 5. Do 30min of cardio before breakfast to give your metabolism a kick start.

    About your second question: It took me around 6 month to a year until I saw changes in my body. I never restricted my calories and always ate as much fruit as i wanted. Thats why it took some time but on the flip side thats also the reason why its so easy for me now to keep my weight without ever restricting calories. :):) I really recommend to look at this diet as a lifestyle and to do it long term!!:):)

    Hope that helps love!
    xx Caroline

    Hope that will help you!

Charlotte May 29, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline! I have been eating only fruits for 4 days now but I am TERRIBLY bloated. It is really not normal how bloated my belly is. Is this normal? Will it go away? What do I do wrong? Please help me!

Charlotte

    Caroline Deisler May 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Charlotte,
    Its normal to be bloated in the beginning. Your body needs to get used to eating more raw fruits & veggies.My Tips are 1.Eat fruit mono meals 2.Only eat ripe fruits (bananas are ripe when they are spotty) 3. Never eat fruits after cooked food 4.Drink 3 liters of water daily (more if u worked out a lot.) 5. Do 30min of cardio before breakfast to give your metabolism a kick start. Hope that will help you!

Jules June 5, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline!
Love your blog!! I have been vegan for 3 years and I have never felt better! I was just wondering if you would recommend eating corn or do you eat it?

xo
jules

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jules 🙂
    thank you so much! So happy to hear that!!
    I love corn but dont eat it that often for some reason. It is def a good source of carbs and I would recommend to get the fresh one instead of the precooked packaged one.

    Hope that helps!:)
    xx Caroline

Fredrika June 6, 2017 Reply

Hello Caroline!

I’ve been following you on Instagram and YT as well as I have read you blog for quite some time now. I have a few questions for you that I would really like you to answer <3

1. What do you eat (if you eat) before / after a workout. And how long before / after, time wise. Like do you always eat 30 min before and then 1 hour after or what do you do?

2. Do you ever feel cold when only eating fruits and veggies? I tend to be really cold even when everyone around me are feeling too warm.

Thank you for being such an inspiration to many many people! Keep it up 🙂 <3

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Fredrika 🙂

    So happy to hear that you are following my blog @ social media 🙂 !

    1. I usually eat 30min -an hour after my workout. Your body still burns fat after the workout and if you wait around 30min before having food you dont distract that process.

    If you are hungry beforeworking out I recommend to have fruits or a smoothie so your body doesn’t spend too much energy on digesting the food.

    2. I am also usually quite cold when I eat fruits because I love to put them
    in the fridge too:) A hot water bottle really helps and is my best friend haha :))

    Hope that helps:)
    xx Caroline

Jimena June 7, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline!!!
How many times do you train?

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jimea:-)

    I train 4-5 times per week for 45 minutes and mostly do a mix of cardio like running, spinning & boxing. 🙂

    Hope that helps!
    xx Caroline

Carly June 8, 2017 Reply

Liebe Caroline,

Würdest du mir veraten, woher du deine tollen Ketten hast? Die beiden die du fast auf jedem Foto anhast?

Ich würde mich sehr freuen über eine Antwort 🙂

Liebe Grüße
Charlotte

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Charlotte

    Na klar 🙂 die sind von Eli Halili aus Nee York!:-)

    Liebe Grüße
    Caro

bella June 12, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline, I tried the vegan lifestyle for nearly 6 months and lately decided to combine some animal products again. I don´t want to eat them on a daily basis and not a lot, but after speaking with my doctor I decided that it is the best to do so. Do you think some bio eggs here and there and fish 2-3 times a week will change my body a lot and will let me gain weight? I feel much more energized by combining these products, because I´m very active and often struggled to eat enough calories.. What do you think? And do you think 3-4 times a week is fine to eat animal products? I try to eat very clean normally and for me eggs and fish aren´t cheat meals.. Looking forward to your opinion on that 🙂

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Bella

    I think its great that you have found a balance that works for you! 🙂 However,
    there are def ways to replace eggs & fish (protein & fats) with plantbased options such as avocados, chia seeds, almonds, almond milk, beans, chcikpeas, tofu etc. and if you do feel like you want to eat more vegan foods those would be my alternatives. 🙂 There is a great new movie called “What the Health” that may change your opinion about eggs:).

    Hope that helps love.
    xx Caroline

      bella July 14, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much!! It totally changed my mind and I replaced all my animal products 🙂

        Caroline Deisler September 10, 2017 Reply

        Aww wow so happy to hear that!!!::):) Sorry for the late response!
        xx Caroline

Emily June 17, 2017 Reply

Hey Caroline just wondering do you ever want a sweet snack at night? If you can’t eat fruit after a cooked meal what do you eat? :

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Emily

    Yesss i have to have a sweet snack every night after dinner and its always medjool dates :-)) They are soo delicious & sweet and also help with falling asleep.:) Its still fruit and I wait around 1-2 hours after dinner to not get bloated. I wouldnt eat fruits like watermelon or pineapple after cooked food but dates (& dried figs for ex) are usually fine if you leave a good amount of time in between

    Hope that helps:)
    xx Caroline

Elle June 18, 2017 Reply

What fruits do you not eat? I never see you eat any apples, is there a reason for this? How do you choose which fruits are the best?

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Elle

    I love apples as well! 🙂 I eat all kind of fruits but do have some summer favourites like melons, cherries, figs, peaches, pineapple etc. 🙂

    Hope that helps.:-))
    xx Caroline

emilie July 18, 2017 Reply

ive been eating a high fruit vegan diet for the past 8 months and have no problems with weight ive just been told by my running coaches im over working my panckrease and stuffing up my blood sugar levels by eating so much fruit and not much else, but i only feel my best on fruit i just dont wont to ruin my insides, thankyou!!

    Caroline Deisler September 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi Emilie
    I love to hear that you feel amazing on the high fruit diet and hope you didn’t change anything :):) There is really no need to listen to people who tell you fruits have too much sugar. Fruits contain a lot of fibre, water, minerals, vitamins etc and don’t interrupt your blood sugar levels at all!! In fact they prevent sweet cravings and keep your blood sugar levels stable which is not the case if you eat refined sugars, honey, etc.
    Hope that helps !:)
    xx Caroline

Luisa July 26, 2017 Reply

Hi there Caroline,

What about Jelly?
I am vegan and a fruit lover like you but i love to eat vegan jelly sugar free.
Is that ok?
I heard that if you eat for example dates right after your meal that will not affect the bloating because only 30 minutes later your digestion starts.

Best,
Luisa

    Caroline Deisler September 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi Luisa
    Vegan Jelly is absolutely fine:) I wouldn’t be too strict with rules within the vegan diet as I think this lifestyle is all about not being restrictive.:):) I love to eat dates as a dessert but usually feel my best if I wait 30min to and hour to Gove my body some time to digest the other food first. 🙂
    Hope that helps!
    xx Caroline

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