6 Sneaky steps to slim your tummy – Week 5 – Bin the Bloat!

How was week 4 of your “6 Sneaky steps to slim your tummy”?

  • Did you swap some cardio for resistance training?
  • Did you try a yoga or pilates class?
  • Did you tummy feel a bit better?


I would love to know! Share your stories with me on any of…

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Week 5:

Bin the bloat:

I once did a talk on health and exercise at the St. Pancras Spa in London. I suggested to the women present they stay away from foods that bloat them. One woman raised her hand and said, “But I don’t know what foods bloat me.”

This is where mindfulness of your body comes in.

Start recognising how you feel “body-wise” after meals. We will get to practices below in a moment.


“You may not actually have extra tissue on your belly but in fact be bloated in your gut. There is a big difference.”


When the gut is unhappy it doesn’t function well which has knock on effects all through the body on:

  • Weight maintenance
  • Skin health
  • Energy
  • Moods (depression now linked to bacteria in our guts)

For a little insight into what is now being called the Gut-Brain Axis watch this interesting Ted Talk with Heribert Watzke.



Let’s make this about you!

  • Be mindful of how you feel after a meal or snack. Sometimes symptoms of bloating can kick in within minutes or even hours later.
    • If keeping a diary is your thing, do this for a week after each main meal writing a few words about how your belly/gut feels.
  • Have you been to a nutritionist, had some testing done and been told you have an intolerance or allergy to a certain food?
    • Best to stay away from these items.
    • Want to delve into this in more depth with a nutritionist? See my recommended list below. Some will do skype and/or phone sessions.

Practices for this week:

  • Keep a food diary
    • Take note of how your body feels, moods and energy.
  • Already know a food bloats you? – Stay away from it this week.


Need some help planning your weekly food and becoming more mindful?

Check out my EBOOK – “Simple Healthy Living – A Guide for Busy People”

You will find lots of tools and tricks to guide you!


Remember each week keep the practices from the previous week going.

So, sugar will be taken out for all six weeks…..

Alcohol is being decreased.

Implement stress strategies.

Start using a variety of exercises for effective work.

Bin the bloat – stay away from foods you know bloat you!

Press any of the above points to review that week.


Recommended Nutritional Therapists:

All will deal with gut health if needed as this is a foundation for any nutritionist.

Liz Butler – Richmond/London & Skype – General & cancer

Charlotte Watts – Brighton/London, Skype & Phone – General & stress focus

Angelique Panagos – London – General & PCOS

Charlotte Stirling-Reid Skype & Phone – General & Children



I would love to know how you are doing over our six weeks so…..

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Charlene Hutsebaut

Charlene Hutsebaut is a Canadian Personal Trainer and corporate wellness speaker working in London. Charlene wants to help you become the hero in your own healthy story! She was a Life Fitness - Top 10 Global Finalist in the Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. Charlene was the only UK woman to make it and 1 of only 3 women in the top ten. She brings her passion for the outdoors to the core of her workouts. She aims to make wellness achievable for everyone, with or without a gym membership. Her love of fitness started early, at age 3, on her first pair of ice skates. Since then, she has completed degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as studying Athletic Therapy. She is a Stott Pilates instructor and has Functional Sports Nutrition Academy Levels 1 & 2. She has logged an impressive 15,000 PT hours in her 24 years of experience. Charlene’s training is a cutting edge fusion of pilates foundations, mind-body connection and traditional weight training. Charlene trains at the St. Pancras Hotel Spa, or outdoors, in Mother Nature’s gymnasium. When she isn’t training or making fitness videos, Charlene runs corporate workshops, and is the featured expert in Psychologies Life Labs and Monarch Airlines in-flight magazines.

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