Healthy Habits | Drinking More Water

Part of my 2015 goal to take better care myself includes drinking more water.  I, like many folks, am pretty chronically dehydrated and the culprit is that I just don’t like the taste of water.

The subject of water-drinking came up at the cafe the other day and my coworkers and I had the usual conversion:

Those who like and drink water all the time: “How can you not like water?!”

Those who don’t: “I don’t know, it just tastes gross! I drink other things like tea and coffee, does that count?

Those who like and drink water all the time: “No, tea and coffee are diuretics! Those don’t count.”

Those who don’t:  a plethora of grumbles and excuses

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So that day one of my coworkers and I decided to be accountabilibuddies and help each other drink more water.  I did a bunch of online reading and research and we shared some links, turns out that tea and coffee do count toward water consumption, especially if you’re a regular consumer because your body develops a resistance to the diuretic properties of these drinks.

In my research I also came across a LOAD of articles that talked about the benefits of drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning and so I decided to try it out for myself.IMG_0492

I’ve definitely had to add a tiny bit of honey to the water because, as expected, lemon water by itself is pretty bitter and hard for me to drink straight.

I certainly like to add things to my water – cucumbers, lemon, ginger, fruit and other herbs.  I find that the extra flavor really helps me WANT to drink the stuff and it doesn’t hurt that it adds zero calories. I’m still only a few days into the experiment but I have noticed a few things:

  • I’m less hungry
  • I crave salt less (anyone who knows me knows that I love popcorn, crackers and all that salty, crunchy goodness so this is a big one)
  • I have more energy – mentally and physically
  • I don’t have to pee as much as I thought I would – “if I drank that much water I’d be in the bathroom all the time!” but nope, normal stuff here
  • It doesn’t seem like I have time to do anything BUT drink water, really!  Maybe that’s just a testament to how little I typically drink but still, it’s on my mind constantly!

Overall, I think it’s a good thing to focus on and I’m going to keep doing my best at it.

Are you a water drinker? Or a wish-I-could-be-a water drinker?

Juicy Juice

We interrupt your usual programming to bring you a small discussion on the soap box of Juice.

I’m really big into food – my favorite genre of movie is a food documentary, I love learning about nutrition and health, what we eat, why, how we should, etc.  I just find it so incredibly interesting and can’t get enough!

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed that I acquired a juicer recently and I’m so excited about it!  I know a lot of folks who like to drink smoothies, for me, the texture of smoothies is unappetizing (one of my many food-related quirks) and so juice is a perfect avenue.

Spinach, Grape, Apple, Ginger

Drinking fresh juice is the quickest way to get nutrients into your body, your cells absorb the nutrients easier, faster and more efficiently with juice than with anything else!  I don’t want to take over the entire blog with a juicing speech, but I highlyrecommend you check out some of the following titles:

I’m not saying that everyone should be vegetarian, or go on a juice fast or anything like that, but I think that just being aware of some these facts, some of this knowledge, will help us all to be healthier, happier folk!

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

1 Large Sweet Potato

2 Tbsp Corn Starch

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Seasonings

A potato of the sweet variety

Instructions:

1. Wash the potato and cut into fry-sized pieces

Fry-sized

2. Soak for at least an hour in water, drain

we have the weapon

3. Put the cornstarch and seasonings in a ziplock bag and mix together

having a bath

4. Toss the fries with the corn starch and seasonings until coated

5. Lay out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with oil

snuggling up

6. Mix the fries together so that they are evenly coated with oil

7. Pop in the oven at 450 for 20-25 minutes

things got heated

8. Turn the fries over and let cool

9. Enjoy with your favorite person or people

they surprisingly well with white wine 🙂