Today’s Diet is Tomorrow’s Tummy

Today’s Diet is Tomorrow’s Tummy

I recently dug this amazing dress out of my closet’s I’ll-wear-this-again-some-day section. The last time it had seen the light of day (or darkness of night…it was a cocktail dress, after all) was three years ago. That would put it into the frightening relic category of “pre-child wardrobe.” I cautiously slipped it over my head. I shimmied it down. I eagerly zipped it up. Success! I had found my Hot Mom dress for a swanky club opening the following week.

The day before the event, I modeled the dress for my daughter (she comments on my outfits. I’ve actually changed clothes because my little fashionista said I looked like Grandma–it’s nothing personal, mom). I ran through the steps—dress over head, dress on body, zipper zip…Wait a minute. Why do I look three months pregnant? Just a few days ago, I rocked this frock. Now I had a pooch. And less than 24 hours to get rid of it or succumb to the safe, go-to LBD waiting in the wings.

I did a mental status update. This couldn’t be a physique issue. I mean, I work out (Wii, gym, Home Arc Trainer).  I watch what I eat. Sort of. This was a temporary problem. Right?…RIGHT?

If a bulging belly is from too few gym trips or too many cupcakes at the last toddler birthday bash, you can’t flatten your stomach overnight. If I knew how to do that…well…I wouldn’t be sitting on this couch with last year’s MacBook. I would be lounging pool-side, tapping on next year’s Mac invention that Steve Jobs personally asked me to try, while Rachel Zoe planned my outfits for the week and a secretary fielded celeb lunch invites.

I do, however, know how to blast temporary bloat. Something on our minds (and bodies), as the calendar becomes flush with holiday parties galore.

So I jumped to action. OK, I didn’t jump. I skulked. I was sad. I didn’t feel like jumping. Here’s my plan:

  • Pass on the saltshaker and forgo salty foods (even sneaky ones, like canned veggie soup, cottage cheese, Chinese food). Water loves sodium. The result? Water retention. And a puffier you. To get rid of water, drink tons of it—a surefire way to also flush out excess salt.
  • Although uber-healthy, certain foods like broccoli, onions and brussell sprouts create excess gas. If you want a flat belly for a big event, skip ’em the day of.
  • Nervous energy is best spent at the gym, not flapping your gums on chewing gum. Gum makes you swallow air, which gets trapped in your belly, causing a puffy stomach.
  • Put down the Perrier. Step away from the soda. Fizz in the glass mean air in the belly. Reach for uncarbonated drinks, like peppermint tea (a known gas blaster).
  • Snack attack? Don’t grab crunchy baby carrots, even though they’re perfect for long-term healthy eating. Raw veggies stay in the stomach longer, making you look and feel bloated. Instead lightly steam veggies.

A local spa trip for a tummy wrap is another indulgence to lose a few inches. They waste away quickly but will reappear just as quickly, so don’t count on this for anything other than 24 hour slimming.


In the end, I fit into that dress. I banished the bloat and looked great for the event. At least that’s what my little fashionista told me. She asked her Pink Puppy and he agreed.

From editorial director to marketing specialist, copy writer to copy editor, Cheryl Fenton’s finger is no stranger to the pulse of today’s trends and goings-on in the worlds of fitness, fashion, travel, nightlife and beauty. And in 2007, she added motherhood to her ever-growing list of expertise. Maintaining a strong relationship with her first love of magazines, Cheryl now juggles her exciting career and a never-boring life with her daughter Cadence. With bylines in Glamour, Cooking Light, Wallpaper, Women’s Health & Fitness, Ocean and Elegant Wedding, and marketing creations for Global Goddess Beauty, Pur~lisse, Stride Rite and New Balance, her voice is well-known in the beauty, fitness and fashion industries. Her Easy Peasy blog will offer tips, tricks and products to help all moms-on-the-go be beautiful, fashionable, stylish and live life—all in record time. Cheryl is thankful for her laptop, IPhone and naptimes. For more about Cheryl, visit

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