Welcome to the bikini series!I'mGlamour's senior online editor,Marissa,and I'm a huge fitness fanatic.I recently discovered pro bikini figure models—a group of women who compete in fitness competitions specifically geared toward the ideal beach body.In order to achieve it,they've mastered the art of building muscle and blasting fat through specific workouts,plus a diet and supplement plan that optimizes the results.After meeting with a local NYC bikini competition team,I decided to try their exact workout and diet plan for a month,and I'm documenting it all here on Vitamin G.Follow my bikini plan poststo see all the updates,from what I'm eating to how I'm working out.Here's the full storyif you need to catch up.
Hello,everyone.So,right in the home stretch of my workout plan,I got sick.Really,really sick.
I was traveling abroad,eating and drinking things I don't normally eat and drink,and I came down with what most likely was terrible food poisoning.I was completely out of commission for the past week and a half and haven't touched a cup of coffee or a dumbbell since.
Now,a funny thing happens when you get food poisoning: You stop caring about Paleo or protein or carbs or calories and just eat whatever your stomach can handle.For the first two days of the illness,my entire day's meal consisted of a banana,eaten in small bites throughout the day,along with a water bottle that I dumped a packet ofDavid Kirsch Vitamin Mineral Powderinto.This ended up being my saving grace in more ways than one.I always pack these convenient single-dose powders for a trip to fight off a cold,but it turns out that they're exactly what you need if you have food poisoning to help rehydrate and rebalance your electrolytes.I had also read a story (probably in our ownGlamourmagazine!) years ago about how bananas are the perfect food to eat after a stomach bug,as they're gentle on your body and contain potassium.As a plus,they're easy to find just about anywhere.
After that,I started eating brown rice,chicken,eggs,potatoes,and fruit,for the most part.Not totally off my diet,but not necessarily what I was eating beforehand,either.As for the fact that I haven't worked out in over a week,the main problem there is that your body will break down muscle before fat when it needs fuel.You won't necessarily gain weight when you're sick since you're not eating like crazy,but you will lose some of your muscle tone if you stop working out.Do you care about that when you have a fever and are sweating and just trying to make it through the day?Nah.