Ah yes, #MDW has passed and South Beach has become as terrifyingly hot. Higher temps, less clothes, tinier gals at the Soho House pool, amiright? This time of year I’m always strutting a bikini… and though I have a few wobbly bits here and there – nothing rocks any outfit better than confidence. But for those body parts needing more than a mask of confidence, there are a few tips the pros use to get their bod into bikini shape.
Today on the blog we encourage you to get your tan on and feel no shame next to the glitzy crowd at the beach hotspots because you’ll have a bangin’ bod in no time. Monica, Brickellista Files resident Dietitian, is sharing her top tips to get you as lean as an A-list on a Saturday night. Read on to get the skinny and check out my swim picks for pool side strutting! xo ~Ev
Want flat little abs like the Brickellista, discourage cravings/overeating, and make your skin glow? Drink WATER. Not coffee, not alcohol, not bubbles, not even… champs (gasp!). Detox yourself with God’s great aquatic gift. Bonus points for a splash of apple cider vinegar in there (don’t take shots of that stuff – you’ll corrode your esophagus. Not cute.) Soak mint, rosemary, citrus, and cucumbers in your water pitcher. You’ll feel like you’re Kanye at the spa.
#2 Go green to get lean
Make AT LEAST half of your plate veggies – cooked AND raw. Different nutrient accessibility, friends. Use starch as garnish, not the base. Add in healthy fats like avocado, raw nuts, and flaxseed oil to help you absorb the fat-soluble nutrients in the garden of veggies.
#3 Shake it like a salt shaker (but avoid salt)
Dance your tush off and get sweating in unconventional ways. The elliptical is for sad sorority girls. Take a Zumba class, a barre class with Brickellista’s fav Julie, a gravity training class (LOOOOVEEEE Morphe in Little Havana, YES, LITTLE HAVANA), a reformer Pilates class, or go paddle boarding on our glistening waters. Make exercise feel… not like exercise… and you’ll do it more often, longer, and get stronger. If I see one more miserable person trudging away on a Stairmaster, I am going to start just standing there and staring with pity next to them awkwardly.
#4 Feel the Fermentation
Happy tummy – happy life. Friendly bacteria help you strengthen your immune system and your stomach’s motility. Sip on kombucha tea and plain kefir; munch on saurkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, and half-sour pickles.
#5Banish the salt
Salt = bloat. Fruits, veggies, unsalted nuts, avocado, good oils, and unsalted beans/grains are great eats that are low in sodium/high in nutrition.
#6 Wrappers are for 99 Jamz; er.. Rappers?
Try not to eat any food that comes in a wrapper! Why? Processed foods = added sugar, added salt, added chemicals. Eat foods that grow/live outside. Farewell, slices of cheese. Hello, expensive gourmet French blocks of cheese with strange odors and colors! Yum!
#7 Fill up on fiber
Fiber slows down digestion, keeps you full, binds cholesterol, and stabilizes blood sugar. Choose fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa, sweet potato, squash, and oats.
#8 Drink with caution
Besides the fact that too much alcohol makes for bizarre next-day Snapchats, it also slows your metabolism, inhibits your ability to make good food choices, makes you hungrier, and causes rapid fat storage (sorry to be the Grim Reaper of Booze). Choose clear spirits and mix with club soda and fruits and ALWAYS drink plenty of water with those babies to avoid dehydration. Think of alcohol as a treat and not a necessary meal accompaniment. Bring me all of your leftover white wine… for safekeeping, yanno?
Most Importantly, Wear Something Flattering
Enjoy your summertime!
The Nutritionista to the Brickellista
Monica Heather Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N