Leafy greens contain many phytochemicals, which are plant compounds that offer disease prevention.
Berries such as blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, also help in reducing toxic load as they contain antioxidants which reduce free radicals that can come from environmental toxins.
Elisha suggests eating at least one serve of green leafy vegetables and one serve of berries every day.
What foods to avoid
A diet too heavy on wheat and other heavily sprayed grains can adversely affect your health and ability to shift belly fat.
Choosing organic can help to reduce the toxic load, or avoiding gluten containing grains such as barley, wheat, rye and oats can help.
The way gluten can cause toxicity is when you have small holes in the intestine – called leaky gut.
Gluten then gets into the bloodstream – where it shouldn’t be, and our body can create an immune reaction to this. This can show in the form of IBS symptoms, thyroid imbalance or other inflammatory conditions.
Sugar can also cause inflammation when we eat too much of it.
The World Health Organisation suggests we consume a maximum of 6 teaspoons or 25g of total sugars in the diet PER DAY.
Start by cutting out added sugars in soft drinks, biscuits, cakes, confectionary, packaged foods, sauces and condiments.
“Your body will thank you for it,” says Elisha.
Sascha’s lost 5st. and toned up her tummy despite suffering with PCOS
Sascha Farley reveals she overate when she was pregnant, then struggled to shift the extra weight after she gave birth.
“I suffer with PCOS, so I have to work extra hard to shift the belly weight,” she says.
“But after I gave birth, I was tired and constantly thinking about food. After that I looked in the mirror and was totally shocked at how much I’d put on.”
“Healthy Mummy has changed my life. It pushed me to be more educated, it made me explore food on a deeper level and experiment, as well as exercise three times a week and work on my tummy and core,” she adds.
“I now make better food choices, such a drinking more water and eating lots of greens and vegetables. I’ve never looked back, I’ve developed a life long, healthy relationship with food.”
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